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How the Guide to English Pronunciation of Book of Mormon Names Came About
TitleHow the Guide to English Pronunciation of Book of Mormon Names Came About
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsWoodger, Mary Jane
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Volume9
Issue1
Pagination52-57, 79
KeywordsEarly Church History; Joseph Smith; Language; Name; Pronunciation
Abstract

Nobody in the early days of the church attempted to define in print how the proper names appearing in the Book of Mormon—but not the Bible—were to be pronounced. Joseph Smith spelled out unfamiliar proper names to his scribes during the translation process, and he never formally recorded his pronunciations. Throughout the twentieth century, several church committees attempted to standardize the pronunciation and provided a printed guide for English-speaking church members. In studying the pronunciation guide’s evolution for English-speaking church members, one thing becomes clear: church members will probably never pronounce Book of Mormon proper names correctly until either the ancients themselves tell us how they said their names or the Lord reveals the proper pronunciations.

URLhttps://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jbms/vol9/iss1/12

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