In September 2000, an important milestone was reached in the international growth of the Church. In this month, the number of non-English speaking members exceeded the number of English speakers.
English is still the most spoken language in the Church, being used by 39.7% of all members. Spanish is only marginally behind at 31.1%, and is expected to overtake English within the next 5 to 10 years.
Being a world church, materials are needed in many languages. The Book of Mormon is currently available in 110 languages (complete and partial translations). Teaching materials, handbooks and other Church supplies are all necessary wherever the Church is progressing.
Since 1970, the CTR ring has been an important part of the Primary program, helping children to remember to make good choices. While originally made for children, there are now many CTR rings suitable for all ages.
As with other Church supplies, the CTR ring is also available in many languages. Here is the CTR translation in the top ten languages of the Church:
- English 6.08m 39.7% CTR Choose The Right
- Spanish 3.9m 31.1% HLJ Haz Lo Justo
- Portuguese 970k 7.7% CTR Conserva (a) Tua Rota
- Tagalog 172k 1.4% PAT Piliin Ang Tama
- Cebuano 131k 1.0% PAM Pilia Ang Matarung
- Japanese 118k 0.9% (Same character as Li in Chinese, meaning Righteousness)
- Ilokano 113k 0.9% PTR Pilien ti Rumbeng
- Samoan 107k 0.9% FMT Filifili (le) Mea Tonu
- Tongan 80k 0.6 FKT Fili Ki (he) Totonu
- Korean 79k 0.6% (Korean characters)
(Figures based on Church population figures available in 2005 April Ensign)