Nepal Receives First Book of Mormon in Nepali

Nepal Book of Mormon Translation
Geoff Openshaw

Geoff Openshaw

The only branch in Nepal now has access to the printed Book of Mormon for the first time.

At an August 2017 district conference in New Delhi, Elder D. Todd Christofferson announced that the Church had delivered the first printed Nepali translation of the Book of Mormon to the Church’s only branch in Nepal.

“I think for them the translation of the Book of Mormon in Nepali makes them feel like they are official now,” said President Kirt Hodges of the New Delhi India Mission, saying that now the Nepalese saints could read and study in their native language.

Elder Christofferson related that five members of the branch in Kathmandu had aided in the translation effort. Each one received an individual commendation and a signed copy of the Book of Mormon signed by the chairman of the Scriptures Committee.

When speaking to the congregation, Branch President Chandra Adhikari started quoting scriptures, then remembered he had a fresh Nepali copy of the scriptures on his chair. Sister Kathy Christofferson, wife of the apostle, said President Adhikari initially struggled to find the scripture because he’d never looked at a Nepali Book of Mormon before.

The translation process took seven years, initially resulting in the production of an online version of the Nepali Book of Mormon. One of the members involved in the translation was Bishnu Adhikari, featured in the 2014 documentary Meet the Mormons. This marks the 111th translation of the Book of Mormon. The 110th translation, into Kosraean, was published in March 2015.

There is one other Nepalese branch of the Church – in Salt Lake City.

Read more at Deseret News.

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