Early Version 1. I don't know much about this old table. I found it at the Bancroft Library.
Early Version 2. These tables appeared in an article by Juanita Brooks. The spellings are really quite fascinating. They show the following spelling convention: If the name of a letter was part of a word then you could simply write the letter to stand for its name rather than its sound (you can see other examples of this convention on the $5 gold coin and in some of the Deseret News articles). This convention was experimented with, but was dropped in the most recent printed material. Except in the special case where the name of the letter is the same as the entire word
Life in Utah. This table came from an anti-Mormon book published in 1870. Despite printing this table I could not find any further mention of the alphabet in the book.
City of The Saints. This table was reproduced in 1861 by Richard F. Burton in his book City of The Saints.
Deseret News. This table appeared in the Deseret News. There were scores of articles written in Deseret that were published in the Deseret News. The table is rather concise, and I think it could have been difficult to learn the alphabet with such an abbreviated guide.
Deseret Readers. These are the tables given at the front of the readers. You will notice some slight differences between them.
Journey to GSLC. This table was reproduced in 1861 by Jules Remy and Julius Brenchley in their book A Journey to Great-Salt-Lake City.
New York Times. This table appeared in the New York Times on October 2, 1857. It does not give any key to the pronunciation of the letters, and further makes the claim that the pronunciation was kept secret from all but the faithful. This however is false. Quite the contrary, no effort at all was made to keep the alphabet secret, and a key giving the pronunciations was printed along with nearly every item ever published in it.
German Book. This table appeared in
The Book of Writing, a book, printed in German, by Carl Faulmann. This table is interesting in that it
shows a cursive version of the alphabet! I do not read or write German but, with the help of some online
translation sites, I have produced, in my estimation, a reasonable translation. Faulmann's description of the
alphabet (and of the Mormon Church) is certainly not flattering (nothing new there). The first lines of the Title
Page read "The Book of Writing containing the characters and alphabets of all times and all peoples of the entire
earth arranged and explained by Carl Faulmann".
1868 Shape-Ordered. This table is designed to make it easier to read the Deseret Alphabet books printed in 1868-69. The letter names and example sounds are just as they appear in the Deseret readers.
Cannonicaly-Ordered. This table has the alphabet ordered in the traditional with some letters not used in the 1868-69 alphabet.
New Shape-Ordered. This table has the alphabet with the additional letters, and the clarified names.
New Sound-Ordered. This table has the alphabet with the additional letters, and the clarified names. It will help you write more easily.