Languages Spoken
    Footnotes

    “Languages Spoken,” Ensign, Mar. 1995, 79

    Languages Spoken

    In 1830 the Prophet Joseph Smith organized the Church with himself and five other men as its first members. Those six members spoke English.

    But within three decades the gospel was being preached across the oceans to people who spoke a variety of different languages. Today, Church members speak almost 140 different languages!

    The following chart lists the top ten tongues spoken as first languages by members of the Church. Other languages rounding out the top twenty include French, German, Hiligaynon,* Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian, Pangasinan,* Bikolano,* Tahitian, and Laotian.

    English

    4,885,164

    Spanish

    2,354,533

    Portuguese

    506,921

    Tagalog*

    103,191

    Japanese

    100,758

    Samoan

    78,911

    Cebuano*

    70,544

    Korean

    64,992

    Ilokano*

    62,137

    Tongan

    55,941