is a phonetic alphabet developed in the mid-19th century by
the board of regents of the University of Deseret (later the University
of Utah) under the direction of Brigham Young, second president of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
to replace the traditional Latin alphabet with an alternate, more
phonetically accurate alphabet for the English language. This would
offer immigrants an opportunity to learn to read and write English,
which is often less phonetically consistent than many other languages.
Similar experiments were not uncommon during the period, and some of
the better-known results include Pitman Shorthand and (much later) the
goal in creating
Deseret alphabet was to offer all faithful Mormons a unifying script
that might encourage a sense of community among recent European
converts, as well as a higher sense of difference from non-Mormons. The
Deseret Alphabet was never widely used.