Joseph Smith Gives a Baby a Doozy of a Name

During the Kirtland period of LDS church history, Reynolds and Thirza Cahoon had a baby boy.  Shortly thereafter, the Prophet Joseph Smith was walking by, and Reynolds asked if Joseph would do the honor of giving the baby a name and a blessing.  Brother Joseph agreed. 

Joseph held the baby and pronounced the name: “Mohonri Moriancumer Cahoon.”  Everyone was taken aback. When he finished the blessing, Joseph laid the baby on the bed and explained, “The name I have given your son is the name of the Brother of Jared; the Lord has just shown it to me.”

It is nice to finally know the name of the Jared’s brother.  I love my brother, but I wouldn’t like be called, “the Brother of Nyall,” my entire life. 

Sadly, we still refer to this great prophet as the “Brother of Jared.”  Rarely, do we call him by his name, “Mohonri Moriancumer.”  He deserves better. 

“Mohonri Moriancumer Cahoon” is a mouthful.  I presume he was teased by the other children growing up. I also assume his folks tried to come up a nickname. Even that would be difficult. “Mohon?” “Mori?” “Cumer?” “M & M?

Finally, I couldn’t find any record of anyone else ever asking Joseph Smith to name their baby. Understandable.

 (See: George Reynolds, “The Jaredites,” Juvenile Instructor, 1 May 1892, 282; “Mohonri Moriancumer,”; “Brother of Jared,” Wikipedia.)

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