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Translating Ether – How I picture it

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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2 Responses to Translating Ether – How I picture it

  1. Debora Little April 24, 2015 at 4:32 am #

    I found this post accidently, but Mahonri is my ancestor. He married Sarah Romney in Salt Lake City in 1853, and he’s buried in Murray. The account of the baby blessing was written by his oldest brother, William Farrington Cahoon who witnessed it. Their dad, Reynolds Cahoon, was baptized in Kirtland in the fall of 1830 and died in Salt Lake.

    Later in Nauvoo, Mahonri was one of the boys who played baseball with Joseph Smith (His wife Sarah wrote about this later.). I think Mahonri kept the name, but in one census his name was written as ‘Henry’. Maybe that was his everyday nickname.

    Sarah Romney Cahoon moved to Rexburg as a widow to be near family. She’s buried there. Mahonri unfortunately died from the effects of alcoholism. His descendent, my grandpa, was also an alcoholic. He was a good man and I loved him dearly. Mahonri’s wife Sarah spoke well of him; he was probably a good man. Also, it’s probably good that I have never had alcohol.

  2. Patty September 30, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    Awesome story. Good follow up Debora Little. Thanks.

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