o the Savior and his Apostles, it was a common denominator in allancient cultures, easily comprehended by people who could neitherread nor write. But because the means to understand that language
has since been systematically erased or expunged rom our culture
over time, it has become an enigma rather than a teaching tool.Terein lies a remarkable story.
Codes and keys: deciphering a lost language
A code can be simple or complex. A game o language called “igatin” is an example o a simple code. o use it or understand it, youmust have this key: Move the rst letter or consonant o each word
to the end o that word, and then add an “a” (pronounced “ay”). Tus,
the word “store” becomes “orestay,” or the word “happy” becomes
“appyhay.” And unless bystanders can gure out the key
that is, de-cipher the code
they will not understand what is said by those whodo have the key.So the code’s key becomes the solution to the puzzle.For the sake o clarity, here’s a simple encoded or encrypted textthat is sometimes used to bae the uninitiated.
“How are you? Everything here is ne. Let everyone know that I
am well. lease ease their concerns.”On the ace o it, this message seems to indicate that the writer isin no danger and there is no cause or alarm. But once you decipherthe code, using the key, it conveys an entirely dierent message.ave you detected the key? Can you decipher the message? I so,you know the message is actually a cry or help
literally! By takingonly the rst letter o each sentence and putting it in the same orderit appeared in the original note, we get the word HELP.O course, coded messages are typically more complex than that.
Some messages are obviously a code because the symbols used are
unamiliar and cryptic, or the text appears scrambled. Others appearto be legitimate texts, like our little example, because they can be read
quite easily. In that case, it isn’t even obvious that it is an encoded
message at all, as is the case with the rophets’ Code.