Why did the Church call the majority of the Brethren on missions home in 1841?
A) To speed up work on the Nauvoo Temple
B) Manpower to dam the Mississippi River at Keokuk, Iowa
C) They needed more LDS votes to get the right politicians in power
D) Threat of war between the United States and England
A) The Deseret Alphabet
Conscious that the variety of languages converts brought with them to their new mountain homes made communication difficult and reading English periodicals a problem, President Young promoted for a time a new phonetic alphabet. He believed that this new alphabet would stimulate unity among the Saints. The president asked several of his associates to develop a new phonetic alphabet called Deseret. Drawing on Pitman shorthand as a source for the sounds and characters, these brethren soon accomplished their task. President Young then authorized the printing of the Book of Mormon and several school books using the new symbols. Orson Pratt transcribed the Book of Mormon into the new alphabet in 1869, and a small sized edition was produced.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church History In The Fulness Of Times (Salt Lake City: Published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), 398.