“In what languages are Church magazines printed?” Ensign, Aug. 1984, 50–51
Verl F. Scott, assistant managing director, Curriculum Department; business manager, Church Magazines. In a revelation given to the Prophet Joseph Smith at Kirtland, Ohio, in 1833, the Lord said:
“It shall come to pass in that day, that every man shall hear the fulness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language, through those who are ordained unto this power, by the administration of the Comforter, shed forth upon them for the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (D&C 90:11.)
In a later revelation given to Thomas B. Marsh in 1837, the Lord said:
“Let thy heart be of good cheer before my face; and thou shalt bear record of my name, not only unto the Gentiles, but also unto the Jews; and thou shalt send forth my word unto the ends of the earth.” (D&C 112:4; italics added.)
We see these prophecies being fulfilled through the translation of Latter-day Saint scriptures and instructional materials into many languages, and through the thousands of missionaries the Church continues to send to much of the world. Another way the gospel message is being given to people in their own language is through Church magazines.
Our current English language magazines, the Ensign, New Era, and Friend, are available to all English-speaking members and people throughout the world. Using material from these three magazines, the Church also publishes additional magazines, each with their own distinctive names, in sixteen other languages. (As a group, they are called the International Magazine.) The accompanying chart lists the languages other than English in which Church magazines are printed, the names of the magazines, their addresses, and their subscription prices.
The price of a year’s subscription for each of the non-English editions is listed in U.S. dollars. U.S. currency can be converted into the appropriate amount of non-U.S. currency by a bank—or the dollars can be sent to the non-English distribution centers, where currency conversion can be arranged for locally. However, never send cash through the mails.
People in non-English areas who wish to receive the English-language magazines should write to Church Magazines, 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150. (Ensign, $9.00; New Era, $7.00; Friend, $7.00.) Subscribers should send the appropriate amount of money in local currency, which can be converted to dollars in Salt Lake City. Or, if the foreign bank account is in dollars, the correct amount may be sent without any currency exchange involved. Again, never mail cash.
Total circulation of the Ensign is about 500,000 monthly, with the New Era approaching 175,000 and the Friend some 195,000. Paid subscriptions of the non-English magazines total nearly 100,000. There will, perhaps, be more non-English editions of the magazines in the future, and it is expected that circulation of all the magazines will continue to grow.
We hope more and more members will read and use Church magazines. The magazines help us increase our knowledge, strengthen our spirituality, and combat the flood of objectionable printed and visual materials that threaten to engulf every home. They are also powerful missionary tools when given to other fine people who are seeking answers to some of life’s most perplexing problems.
Indeed, Church magazines are a valuable way of sending forth current inspired “words” of the gospel “unto the ends of the earth.”