“A is for Apple, B is for Ball …”
Alphabet books have a long history. They prepare children for reading and have sometimes simultaneously inculcated moral values: Think of the New England Primer with its “A – In Adam’s fall we sinned all; B – Thy life to mend this book attend.” It isn’t surprising that there are Mormon alphabet books, drawing on the names of Mormon historical figures, scriptural characters, gospel vocabulary, and similar sources to represent the letters.
I’m looking right now at such an alphabet book, published long enough ago that I can post the text on Friday morning. Before then, though, let’s play a game.
What terms would you assign to each of the letters if you were composing a Mormon alphabet book? Would “A” stand for Abinadi, or Adam-ondi-Ahman, or the Atonement, or Apostles, or something else?
Post your ideas in the comments. For each answer that matches the alphabet to be posted Friday, December 7, you’ll win one point. Don’t hesitate to post early – if someone later posts a suggestion that you like better, you can edit your own list with another comment. Lists have to be posted publicly as comments, not sent by private email. No points will be awarded for “X” (I posted a Facebook status recently that would give an unfair advantage to friends where “X” is concerned; I’ve Googled — my historic alphabet isn’t locatable through anything that was in that Facebook status).
Contest closes Thursday, December 6, at 5 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time). If there’s a tie, the person who submitted a list first (even if he or she later edited it) will be declared the winner, so there’s a real advantage to posting early. Winner will be announced in Friday morning’s post, along with the text of the old alphabet book.
Winner wins a copy of the soon-to-be-available Women of Faith in the Latter Days, Vol. 2, edited by Richard E. Turley and Brittany A. Chapman.
(And remember, this is all for fun. My decision of winner is final. If any entry matches the old alphabet too much more closely than other entries, suggesting that a player has somehow found the same old alphabet, I will consider disqualifying that entry. I have nightmares that because I’m offering something of value, some poor soul might dispute the decision. Anyone who challenges my designation of winner forfeits any possibility of winning the prize.)