Zybtster's Deseret Blog Entry 1



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March 11, 2014

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents raised me in the church, and I was a participant in all the youth programs of the church. When I was about thirteen years old I took part in a program called seminary for junior high children (now no longer offered by the church). One day I wasn’t feeling very well, but attended anyway. I happened to notice two books on one of the shelves. The books were in a very strange alphabet. Luckily, at the beginning of the books there was a key describing the phonetic nature of the characters, how they are transcribed into normal Latin script. The books were in the alphabet called Deseret (Deseret as pronounced in the years they were printed). I asked the teacher if I could take them home to study them. He told me I could actually have them. The next day I stayed home because I was quite sick. I found it quite challenging, but thought I would come back to studying them in time. Over the years I have occasionally poked away at them. I even learned that my great-great grandfather had learned and occasionally used the alphabet. Well, recently I have developed a system for writing the alphabet on computers and placing the results on the internet and producing e-books. This is the result.

𐐌 𐐰𐑋 𐐪 𐑋𐐯𐑋𐐺𐐲𐑉 𐐱𐑂 𐐜 𐐕𐐲𐑉𐐽 𐐱𐑂 𐐖𐐨𐑆𐐲𐑅 𐐗𐑉𐐴𐑅𐐻 𐐱𐑂 𐐢𐐰𐐻𐐲𐑉-𐐔𐐩 𐐝𐐩𐑌𐐻𐑅. 𐐣𐐴 𐐹𐐩𐑉𐐲𐑌𐐻𐑅 𐑉𐐩𐑆𐐼 𐑋𐐨 𐐮𐑌 𐑄 𐐽𐐲𐑉𐐽, 𐐰𐑌𐐼 𐐌 𐐶𐐲𐑆 𐐪 𐐹𐐰𐑉𐐻𐐮𐑅𐐮𐐹𐐰𐑌𐐻 𐐮𐑌 𐐪𐑊 𐑄 𐐷𐐭𐑃 𐐹𐑉𐐬𐑀𐑉𐐰𐑋𐑆 𐐱𐑂 𐑄 𐐽𐐲𐑉𐐽. 𐐐𐐶𐐯𐑌 𐐌 𐐶𐐲𐑆 𐐪𐐺𐐵𐐻 𐑃𐐮𐑉𐐻𐐨𐑌 𐐷𐐨𐑉𐑆 𐐬𐑊𐐼 𐐌 𐐻𐐳𐐿 𐐹𐐪𐑉𐐻 𐐮𐑌 𐐪 𐐹𐑉𐐬𐑀𐑉𐐰𐑋 𐐿𐐪𐑊𐐼 𐑅𐐯𐑋𐐮𐑌𐐩𐑉𐐨 𐑁𐐬𐑉 𐐾𐐭𐑌𐐷𐐲𐑉 𐐸𐐴 𐐽𐐮𐑊𐐼𐑉𐐯𐑌 (𐑌𐐵 𐑌𐐬 𐑊𐐫𐑍𐐩𐑉 𐐫𐑁𐐲𐑉𐐼 𐐺𐐴 𐑄 𐐽𐐲𐑉𐐽). 𐐎𐐲𐑌 𐐼𐐩 𐐌 𐐶𐐲𐑆𐑌’𐐻 𐑁𐐨𐑊𐐨𐑍 𐑂𐐯𐑉𐐨 𐐶𐐯𐑊, 𐐺𐐲𐐻 𐐪𐐻𐐻𐐯𐑌𐐼𐐯𐐼 𐐯𐑌𐐨𐐶𐐩. 𐐌 𐐸𐐰𐐹𐐯𐑌𐐼 𐐻𐐭 𐑌𐐬𐐻𐐮𐑅 𐐻𐐭 𐐺𐐳𐐿𐑅 𐐫𐑌 𐐶𐐲𐑌 𐐱𐑂 𐑄 𐑇𐐯𐑊𐑂𐑆. 𐐜 𐐺𐐳𐐿𐑅 𐐶𐐲𐑉 𐐮𐑌 𐐩 𐑂𐐯𐑉𐐨 𐑅𐐻𐑉𐐩𐑌𐐾 𐐰𐑊𐑁𐐲𐐺𐐯𐐻. 𐐢𐐲𐐿𐐮𐑊𐐨, 𐐰𐐻 𐑄 𐐺𐐨𐑀𐐮𐑌𐐨𐑍 𐐱𐑂 𐑄 𐐺𐐳𐐿𐑅 𐑄𐐩𐑉 𐐶𐐲𐑆 𐐪 𐐿𐐨 𐐼𐐯𐑅𐐿𐑉𐐴𐐺𐐮𐑍 𐑄 𐑁𐐬𐑌𐐯𐐻𐐨𐐿 𐑌𐐩𐐽𐐲𐑉 𐐱𐑂 𐑄 𐐿𐐩𐑉𐐰𐐿𐐻𐐲𐑉𐑆, 𐐸𐐵 𐑄𐐩 𐐪𐑉 𐐻𐑉𐐰𐑌𐑅𐐿𐑉𐐴𐐺𐐼 𐐮𐑌𐐻𐐭 𐑌𐐬𐑉𐑋𐑊 𐐢𐐰𐐻𐐮𐑌 𐑅𐐿𐑉𐐮𐐹𐐻. 𐐜 𐐺𐐳𐐿𐑅 𐐶𐐲𐑉 𐐮𐑌 𐑄 𐐰𐑊𐑁𐐲𐐺𐐯𐐻 𐐿𐐪𐑊𐐼 𐐔𐐯𐑆𐐯𐑉𐐯𐐻 (𐐔𐐯𐑅𐐨𐑉𐐯𐐻 𐐰𐑆 𐐹𐑉𐐬𐑌𐐵𐑌𐑅𐐻 𐐮𐑌 𐑄 𐐷𐐨𐑉𐑆 𐑄𐐩 𐐶𐐲𐑉 𐐹𐑉𐐮𐑌𐐻𐐯𐐼). 𐐌 𐐰𐑅𐐿𐐼 𐑄 𐐻𐐨𐐽𐐲𐑉 𐐮𐑁 𐐌 𐐿𐐳𐐼 𐐻𐐩𐐿 𐑃𐐯𐑋 𐐸𐐬𐑋 𐐻𐐭 𐑅𐐻𐐲𐐼𐐨 𐑄𐐯𐑋. 𐐐𐐨 𐐻𐐬𐑊𐐼 𐑋𐐨 𐐌 𐐿𐐳𐐼 𐐰𐐿𐐽𐐭𐑊𐐨 𐐸𐐰𐑂 𐑄𐐯𐑋. 𐐜 𐑌𐐯𐐿𐑅𐐻 𐐼𐐩 𐐌 𐑅𐐻𐐩𐐼 𐐸𐐬𐑋 𐐺𐐮𐐿𐐲𐑆 𐐌 𐐶𐐲𐑆 𐐿𐐶𐐴𐐻 𐑅𐐮𐐿. 𐐌 𐑁𐐵𐑌𐐼 𐐮𐐻 𐐿𐐶𐐴𐐻 𐐽𐐰𐑊𐐯𐑌𐐾𐐨𐑍 𐐻𐐭 𐑊𐐲𐑉𐑌 𐑄 𐐺𐐫𐐿𐑅 𐐺𐐲𐐻 𐑃𐐪𐐻 𐐌 𐐶𐐭𐐼 𐐿𐐲𐑋 𐐺𐐰𐐿 𐐻𐐭 𐑅𐐻𐐲𐐼𐐨𐐮𐑍 𐑄𐐯𐑋 𐐮𐑌 𐐻𐐴𐑋. 𐐄𐑂𐐲𐑉 𐑄 𐐷𐐨𐑉𐑆 𐐌 𐐸𐐰𐑂 𐐬𐐿𐐩𐑈𐐲𐑌𐐲𐑊𐐨 𐐹𐐬𐐿𐐻 𐐪𐐶𐐩 𐐰𐐻 𐑄𐐯𐑋. 𐐌 𐐨𐑂𐐯𐑌 𐑊𐐲𐑉𐑌𐐼 𐑄𐐰𐐻 𐑋𐐴 𐑀𐑉𐐩𐐻-𐑀𐑉𐐩𐐻 𐑀𐑉𐐰𐑌𐐼𐑁𐐪𐑄𐐲𐑉 𐐸𐐰𐐼 𐑊𐐲𐑉𐑌𐐼 𐐰𐑌𐐼 𐐬𐐿𐐩𐑈𐐲𐑌𐐲𐑊𐐨 𐐷𐐭𐑆𐑄 𐑄 𐐰𐑊𐑁𐐲𐐺𐐯𐐻. 𐐎𐐯𐑊, 𐑉𐐨𐑅𐐯𐑌𐐻𐑊𐐨 𐐌 𐐸𐐰𐑂 𐐼𐐨𐑂𐐯𐑊𐐲𐐹𐐻 𐐪 𐑅𐐮𐑅𐐻𐐯𐑋 𐑁𐐬𐑉 𐑉𐐴𐐻𐐮𐑍 𐑄 𐐰𐑊𐑁𐐲𐐺𐐯𐐻 𐐫𐑌 𐐿𐐲𐑋𐐹𐐷𐐭𐐻𐐲𐑉𐑆 𐐰𐑌𐐼 𐐹𐑊𐐩𐑅𐐨𐑍 𐑄 𐑉𐐨𐑆𐐲𐑊𐐻𐑅 𐐱𐑌 𐑄 𐐮𐑌𐐻𐐲𐑉𐑌𐐯𐐻 𐐰𐑌𐐼 𐐹𐑉𐐬𐐼𐐭𐑅𐐨𐑍 𐐨-𐐺𐐳𐐿𐑅. 𐐜𐐮𐑅 𐐮𐑆 𐑄 𐑉𐐨𐑆𐐲𐑊𐐻.


The Deseret Alphabet does take a bit of getting used to. Very few of the characters look at all like the Latin script normally used for writing English. But, if you are ready to learn the alphabet, here is where you can do so. Go to it!


There were 3 primers that were used in "Deseret" (Utah territory) to teach the alphabet to children and those adults who were trying to learn English, or who just wished to learn the alphabet. I am placing on the internet two ebooks, .epub and .pdf versions, of the 1st & 2nd Deseret primer books (including illustrations). There are 3 text versions in the ebooks: each lesson in Deseret followed by Latin script, all lessons in Deseret only, and all lessons in Latin script only. There are 3 versions in the ebooks: Each lesson in Deseret followed by Latin script, all lessons in Deseret only, and all lessons in Latin script only.  You can download the ebooks here.