Liahona (magazine)

Liahona (formerly Tambuli in the English-language version) is the official international magazine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is named after the word liahona from the Book of Mormon. The Liahona is published in 51 different languages from one to twelve times per year, depending on the language.[1] The magazine consists of articles for youth, teens, and adults, all of which are published concurrently in the church's English-language Ensign, New Era, and Friend magazines. The magazine began publication in 1977. The Liahona publishes 415,000 magazines per month in 46 languages.[2]

PublisherThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
First issueMay 1995
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish and 50 other languages

Name changeEdit

Until the April 1995 edition, the English-language version of the magazine was called Tambuli; other language versions of the magazine had different titles. Since 1999, all the languages have adopted some form of the title "Liahona."


Previous magazines of similar titleEdit

The Liahona was a weekly newspaper edited by Nephi Anderson published in Independence, Missouri in 1907. It was collapsed with The Elders' Journal (published in Atlanta, Georgia) into Liahona, the Elders' Journal (based in Independence) which ran from 1907 to 1942. Both focused on the news and doctrine of the Church, with relevant reprints.

Future plansEdit

In 2020, the LDS Church announced that the English-language Ensign magazine would be discontinued and would be replaced with Liahona.[4] Since Liahona will thus be the church magazine for adults, the current content found in Liahona for children and youth will instead be found in For the Strength of Youth, which will replace the current New Era, with content for children found in The Friend.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Rappleye, Christine. "Liahona: Same magazine, 51 languages", Deseret News, 6 May 2009. Retrieved on 20 March 2020.
  2. ^ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  3. ^ Rex D. Pinegar and Joe J. Christensen were co-editors in 1994.
  4. ^ McKenzie Stauffer, "LDS Church to replace 'Ensign,' 'New Era' with global magazines",, August 15, 2020.

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