A little while ago, I was talking to a non-Mormon coworker. He, of course, knew I was Mormon, and as we were talking, he said (in all seriousness): “I heard that Mormons are the ones that invented the Wing Dings font as a secret language”.
In case you’re not familiar, Wing Dings are a font available in Microsoft Word (since version 3.1) that renders letters as symbols.
I thought it was amazing that somehow, somewhere, somebody started this rumor. I couldn’t help but laugh, as I took the opportunity to explain the inaccuracy of his understanding.
First, to set the record straight, for everyone out there wondering if Mormons invented Wing Dings… no, we didn’t. In fact, Microsoft created Wing Dings by combining characters licensed from Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes (both Type designers).
But while this particular misconception was harmless (cute, even), many are not. Many are created as propaganda and are proliferated around the internet (and conversations), and can become a great stumbling block to genuine people seeking the truth.
And so I renew my invitation… to all those who have questions about Mormonism, who have heard things that sound suspicious, ask (here). We’ll answer you together.
As Joseph Smith said “The standard of truth has been erected. No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing. Persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, and columny may defame. But the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent. Till it has penetrated every continent, swept every country, visited every clime, and sounded in every ear. Till the work of the Lord shall be accomplished, and the great Jehovah shall say ‘the work is done’”.