News holds landmark significance for Latter-day Saints and Bible readers working in Spanish

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In a letter to congregations of Spanish-speaking Latter-day Saints, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the forthcoming imageLatter-day Saint edition of the Holy Bible in Spanish.

“We are pleased to announce that the LDS edition of the Holy Bible in Spanish will be available through local church distribution centers beginning in September,” the First Presidency letter states. “It contains new chapter headings, footnotes, cross-references to all standard works, and other study helps that will enhance understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

The 2009 Latter-day Saint edition of the Spanish Bible is similar to the 1979 English LDS edition of the King James Bible, which, with its cross-references and study helps, made the scriptures much more accessible to English-speaking Latter-day Saints. This Spanish Bible project is one of the most significant scripture projects the church has ever undertaken. The scriptural text of this new edition is based on the 1909 Reina-Valera Spanish Bible and is comparable in the dignity of its language to the King James Version of the Holy Bible in English.

Church leaders began the process to produce a Latter-day Saint edition of the Bible in Spanish in response to the increase in the number of Spanish-speaking members of the church. After years of labor, this new edition will benefit an estimated four and a half million Latter-day Saints whose native language is Spanish.

“This new edition of the Bible will promote gospel scholarship and a deeper appreciation of this marvelous, fundamental scripture,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles. “We anticipate that it will lead Spanish-speaking church members to study the Bible regularly and that the excellent study aids will open the scriptures to greater understanding and that a more earnest application of scriptural teachings will follow.”

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Further details, including an inside peek at the new Spanish Bible’s features, are available at http://www.lds.org/santabiblia/.