Disclaimer: This is not historically accurate. Sorry to ruin that for you. But, if The Work and The Glory could get away with historical fiction, so can I. Truth be told, according to George Reynolds in “The Jaredites” (1 May 1882), Joseph was walking by this guy’s house named Reynolds Cahoon when Reynolds beckoned the Prophet in to give his newborn son a name and blessing. When Joseph blessed the baby, he gave him the name of Mahonri Moriancumer, and then told Reynolds that he just learned that this was the name of the Brother of Jared. This was the word of mouth account, at least. I’d like to think that Joseph really knew Mahonri’s name as they were translating Ether, and the cartoon I just made is what happened. Why? Because it’s much funnier.
PS – What ever happened to the Mahonri Moriancumer that Joseph blessed? Did he stick with that name? Do we have any history on the guy?
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