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DESERET or DESHRET?
Honey Bee or Red Land of the Desert?
When the Mormons moved west from Nauvoo to settle in Utah they created a mini-kingdom called Deseret which extended from southern Oregon to sothern California, and south-west Wyoming to central Arizona and western New Mexico. According to LDS myth "deseret" means "honey bee" as found in the Book of Mormon. But there is another possible explanation. Egypt was anciently divided into two parts called, by the Egyptians, Kemet (meaning "black land") and DESHRET, the bleak "red land" of the desert. It was "deshret" of the Sinai peninsular that the Israelites wandered in for 40 years until finally being permitted to enter the Holy Land.
According to one New Covenant revelation the true spiritual Israelites in the Mormon Kingdom (Church) will eventually break out of their bondage to priestcraft, false doctrine and idolatry and embrace the New Covenant. If their "Deseret" is truly to be likened to "Deshret" then the symbolism is certainly poignant.
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Updated on 9 March 2001
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