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Deseret Alphabet First, er, Second Reader

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 04, 2014

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  1. I personally like how, using the reader as a guide, the correct pronunciation of “Deseret” is “Deh-zee-reht.” Also, according the Deseret Alphabet Book of Mormon, “Mormon” is pronounced “Mahr-mon.”

    Comment by Gilgamesh — August 4, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

  2. Who needs a tape recorder when you have a phonetic alphabet??

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 4, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

  3. It’s as plain as day that it’s the Deseret Second Book.

    Comment by Left Field — August 4, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

  4. Of course it is, Left Field! You, uh, passed the final exam. I’m going to repeat the class.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 4, 2014 @ 6:27 pm

  5. What year was that published? That looks suspiciously like a cross on the top of the temple…

    Comment by Seth — August 4, 2014 @ 7:11 pm

  6. …by the Regents of the Deseret University. 1868.

    Comment by Left Field — August 4, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

  7. Most of the drawings of the SLTemple before it was completed show a cross (a weather vane?) on the spire. The angel statue was not part of the original design.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 4, 2014 @ 9:03 pm

  8. Could it be a horizontal flying angel like the original Nauvoo Temple?

    Comment by Grant — August 4, 2014 @ 10:15 pm

  9. Maybe, Grant. I can’t say one way or the other — anybody else? (It’s always just looked to me like some doodad to crown the highest spire, and I haven’t read any description of it.)

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 4, 2014 @ 10:52 pm

  10. Probably an arrow pointing East, like the St George temple.

    Comment by Frank Pellett — August 5, 2014 @ 9:48 am

  11. Ok, it’s a vane on the St George Temple.

    But I don’t get the picture. I mean, the angel statue was added in 1892, a year before the temple was dedicated.

    Since the reader dates 1868, 15 years into the 40 year project (and 10 years after the 1858 do-over of the foundation), I’d guess this is an artists rendering, rather than a drawing of the actual temple. The weather vane (which looks a lot like a cross) would be consistent with the St George Temple plan, announced 1871.

    Comment by Frank Pellett — August 5, 2014 @ 10:13 am

  12. You’re right, Frank — this is a prospective drawing. It appears in a lot of places, apparently the favorite drawing before the temple was actually finished.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 5, 2014 @ 10:25 am

  13. It looks like it is indeed a weathervan/angel, at least on the original blueprints from the church historians site. https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/StreamGate?dps_pid=FL538465&dps_dvs=1407368401335~347

    Comment by Seth — August 6, 2014 @ 5:48 pm

  14. Thanks, Seth, that drawing is very clear. Interesting to see the other design tweaks they made between blueprint and completion, the angel being only the largest and most obvious.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 6, 2014 @ 6:13 pm

  15. There are quite a few things, the complete blueprints have even more, and it’s fascinating to see the little changes that made the temple that’s familiar to us today.
    https://eadview.lds.org/findingaid/CR%20679%2013/?pds_handle=

    Comment by Seth — August 6, 2014 @ 10:18 pm

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