Saturday, October 5, 2019

Loosening his Tongue

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Moses Thatcher

When Moses Thatcher first entered the mission field he was painfully shy and experienced great difficulty speaking in front of people. What was the incident that cause him to become one of the Church’s greatest orators?
a.                  Taking public speaking courses at the Brigham Young Academy
b.                  Joining the debate club at the University of Deseret
c.                   Defending the Prophet Joseph Smith and Brigham Young after an anti Mormon speech on his mission
d.                  After receiving a blessing under the hands of his mission president
Yesterday’s answer:
D   The Deseret Alphabet
From the life of Orson Pratt:   In addition to his lifetime of service to the Church, Elder Pratt distinguished himself as a scientist. He published several works on the subjects of astronomy and mathematics, winning the respect of prominent men in these fields. He was active in the Utah territorial legislature and was also an accomplished linguist, becoming adept in the Hebrew language and an expert in the phonetic alphabets that were very popular at that time. When his brother Parley and others developed a language system known as the Deseret Alphabet, which was used to a limited extent in the early days of Utah, Orson transcribed and published the Book of Mormon in these phonetic characters. It was also Brother Pratt who undertook the enormous task of dividing both the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants into chapters and verses, and of supplying the extensive cross references.
Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 372-373.

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