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By David Stewart

Volunteers Launch Cumorah Project

EVERGREEN, COLORADO -- A new LDS website, the Cumorah Project ( ), launched on July 1, 2001. The Cumorah Project is a volunteer-run group with the objectives of providing international humanitarian service, education, and online gospel-related resources in many languages. The Cumorah Project has no legal relationship to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Free Bible downloads in 36 languages are currently offered on the Cumorah Project website. An English-language download of the Book of Mormon is also offered, as well as links to sites offering the online Book of Mormon text in a variety of languages. Additionally, multilingual translations of a standardized set of online resources, including 23 Questions Answered by the Book of Mormon, 17 Points of the True Church, and more, are being developed. Cumorah Project resources are provided for online viewing or for free download.

Recent studies demonstrate that over 50% of Internet users worldwide speak languages other than English, and the number of non-English speakers is growing rapidly as Internet access becomes more widely available. While only 5% of the world's population speaks English, relatively few online LDS-related resources are available for speakers of other languages, and most of those that do exist are directed primarily towards existing LDS members. A comprehensive Cumorah Project database contains information on over 700 distinct people-groups worldwide, while an integrated language database tracks online resources on all 300 world languages spoken by over one million people. Volunteers are being sought to oversee the creation of online resources in each language. Additionally, The Cumorah Project is compiling an online database of Latter-day Saints on the web with proficiencies in various languages. LDS members fluent in Romanian, Shona, or Zulu are now only a mouse click away.

Cumorah Project will also offer online English tutoring for speakers of other languages by LDS volunteers. The Cumorah Project will assists individuals interested in organizing international education and humanitarian projects by providing international contacts and informational resources.


Volunteers Launch Cumorah Project
Cumorah Project Press Release 2Jul01 D3


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