Adamic Language - Modern - Latter-day Saints Movement

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Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement (commonly called Mormonism), in the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible (called by some the "Inspired Version", and published by the RLDS under that title), declared the Adamic language to have been "pure and undefiled". Some Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormons) believe it to be the language of God.

Some other early Latter-day Saint leaders, including Brigham Young, Orson Pratt and Elizabeth Ann Whitney claimed to have received several words in the Adamic language in revelations. Some Latter-day Saints believe that the Adamic language is the "pure language" spoken of by Zephaniah and that it will be restored as the universal language of humankind at the end of the world.

LDS Apostle Orson Pratt declared that "Ahman", part of the name of the settlement "Adam-ondi-Ahman" in Daviess County, Missouri, was the name of God in the Adamic language.

The Latter-day Saint Endowment prayer circle once included use of the words "Pay Lay Ale", which some adherents believed were Adamic words meaning "Oh God, hear the words of my mouth". The untranslated words are no longer used in temple ordinances and have been replaced by the English version. Some think that the "Pay Lay Ale" sentence is derived from the Hebrew phrase "pe le-El", פה לאל 'mouth to God'.

Other words thought by some Latter-day Saints to derive from the Adamic language include deseret ("honey bee", see Ether 2:3 and Ahman ("God").

In the Pearl of Great Price's section containing part of Joseph Smith's translation of the Bible's book of Moses, it refers to "a Book of Remembrance", written in the language of Adam.

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