The Deseret Alphabet was developed in the middle of the 19th Century. Brigham Young led the Mormon pioneers to settle Utah. Because there were so many immigrants from other countries coming to Utah who were struggling to learn English, Brigham Young asked some men to develop a new phonetic alphabet that would make learning reading to writing English easier.
The Deseret Alphabet went under three major revisions in two years. Four books were published:
- The First Deseret Alphabet Reader
- The Second Deseret Alphabet Reader
- The Book of Mormon
- First Nephi to Omni
Although it was widely publicized, the alphabet never really caught on. It was too expensive to change everything that was already written. Here is an example of what the writing looked like: