“New Edition of Spanish Triple Combination of the Scriptures,” Ensign, Feb. 1994, 77–78
In a major milestone for Spanish-speaking Church members throughout the world, the First Presidency has announced the release of the Spanish translation of the triple combination. In a letter announcing the new edition of these scriptures, the First Presidency urges Spanish-speaking members “to obtain their own copies of the scriptures and to use them in regular personal and family study and in Church meetings and assignments.” It will also be a great blessing to missionaries and to the missionary work of the Church.
Like the first Spanish edition of the triple combination, published in 1980, the new edition combines the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price in one volume. But the new edition has an improved Spanish translation and also introduces special features and a Guide to the Scriptures, a collection of reference materials and study aids.
In the new edition, the accuracy of the Spanish translation has been improved, including preserving Hebraic elements that scholars have identified in the English text of the Book of Mormon. The new edition also incorporates corrections that bring the text into conformity with prepublication manuscripts and early editions edited by Joseph Smith.
Other special features in the 1994 edition include new introductions for all three books of scriptures, new chapter and section headings, new footnotes, running page heads, and a revised list of abbreviations and designations.
Guide to the Scriptures
The Spanish edition is the first triple combination in any language to include the Guide to the Scriptures, a reference section located at the back of the volume. The guide is composed of the alphabetical listing of topics; selections from the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible in English; maps, with an index of geographical names; and photographs of scriptural sites.
The 1980 edition of the Spanish triple combination had three separate indexes for the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. Now all references are combined in one listing spanning 210 pages. Each entry in the listing, which is comparable to the Topical Guide and the Bible Dictionary found in the Church’s English edition of the scriptures, includes a detailed definition or description, usually followed by a list of important references from all four standard works, including the Bible. Most entries also include cross-references to related subjects.
In their letter of announcement to the Spanish-speaking Saints, the First Presidency promised that searching the scriptures, both individually and with loved ones, will bring rich spiritual blessings. “As they prayerfully learn and teach from the scriptures, their testimonies will grow, their knowledge will increase, their love of family and others will expand, their ability to serve others will enlarge, and they will receive greater strength to resist temptation and defend truth and goodness.”
The 1994 edition of the triple combination in Spanish is now available through local Church distribution centers. Members may also order copies through local ward or branch leaders.