Invite a student to read 3 Nephi 12:25 aloud. Another indicted man turned state’s evidence [voluntarily testified and gave evidence against the other defendants], and others spent many years running from the law. Barbara Jones Brown tells about these events that led to the greatest atrocity in American history up to that point in 1857. Before then, it had been a part of Mexico although, in practice, it was ruled by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their President Brigham Young. In contrast, Church and territory leaders in Salt Lake City resolved the conflict with the United States government through peace talks and negotiations in 1858. In 1857, when the Mountain Meadows massacre occurred, Utah and the United States were on the brink of war. Enough digital electrons burned to power a small star. The Utah War and the Mountain Meadows Massacre, Foundations of the Restoration—Lesson 25. Gospel Tangents, History, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon & Crime, Mormon Culture, Violence. 20 years before the Mountain Meadows Massacre, 17 Mormons were killed in Haun’s Mill, Missouri. Quite a lot of the perpetrators eventually come out and say why this happened as well as local people. The horrific crime, which spared only 17 children age six and under, occurred in a highland valley called the Mountain Meadows, roughly 35 miles southwest of Cedar City. One (Orme)offered him his gun, horse etc when he left town and the other one (steward) who was a childhood friend from New York Went and retrieved his body and gave him a Christian burial in a hand carved coffin he made. Invite a student to read aloud the handout section titled “Church Leaders Learned of the Massacre.”. House of Mourning: A Biocultural History of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. The Mountain Meadows Massacre. Not everyone has the same background as you, and this post is for people to whom the information is new. Likewise, the perpetrator of the Christchurch terrorist attack appears to have been obsessed with attacks by Islamist militants. What do you do that helps you build your faith on the foundation of Jesus Christ? Bagley is close to the truth (I think) but he is accused of speculation and has an edge. I felt that my feelings would be incomplete without going there to see what there is to see and perhaps let any spiritual feeling impinge upon my soul. ( Log Out /  Explain that because a number of local Latter-day Saints were responsible for planning and carrying out the Mountain Meadows Massacre, some people have allowed this event to negatively affect their view of the entire Church. I thought this topic was pretty much worn out. I think we can also attempt to find what we have in common with each other by actually meeting people who you might tend to view as “other”. The Utah War and the Mountain Meadows Massacre Growing Tension Led to the Utah War Three years after the first Latter-day Saint pioneers reached the Salt Lake Valley, the United States government organized the Utah Territory and appointed Brigham Young as the first governor over the territory. (3) I’m tempted to give motives, but that’s next week’s post! Yes, It has been documented that a lot of the money(gold), wagons, oxen , horses and cattle ended up in his nest. Unfortunately history repeats itself much too often. If you didn’t grow up in Utah, you’ve probably never heard of the Utah War. mormonnewsroom.org/article/150th-anniversary-of-mountain-meadows-massacre, “Peace and Violence among 19th-Century Latter-day Saints,”, “150th Anniversary of Mountain Meadows Massacre,”, “Forgiveness Will Change Bitterness to Love,”. Saying he had not, Haight agreed to send a messenger, James Haslam, to Salt Lake City with a letter explaining the situation and asking what should be done. Yes Indians have been massacred, and historians only seem to care about white Americans, and my wording does not include Indians killed by whites. We also talk about the Utah beer moving off shelves as we prepare for bigger and better beer… or something like that.. We haven’t talked about it before, but the wild horse population in Utah is massive. Invite students to ponder how they might better build their faith on the foundation of Jesus Christ and to set a goal to do so. Chompers, yes children of survivors do feel pain, anger and sadness. Assure students that if they have started down a path of mistakes and sin, they can prevent future heartache and regret by turning to the Lord and repenting of their sins. This war footing led to the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the lowest point in Mormon history. What resulted from the Cedar City leaders’ decision to disobey the counsel of William Dame, the militia commander? To help students understand this phrase, you may want to ask a student to read aloud the following statement by Elder David E. Sorensen of the Seventy: “The Savior said, ‘Agree with thine adversary quickly … ,’ thus commanding us to resolve our differences early on, lest the passions of the moment escalate into physical or emotional cruelty, and we fall captive to our anger” (“Forgiveness Will Change Bitterness to Love,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2003, 11). How would you summarize the choices that led to the Mountain Meadows Massacre? We focus on the only person that took the fall for the Mountain Meadows Massacre, John D Lee. It is a great act of civilisation to draw the line and decide that hatred ends with ourselves. Some members of the wagon train threatened to join the incoming government troops against the Saints. The other man escaped and brought news to the wagon camp that white men were involved in the attacks against them. In September 1857, some Latter-day Saints in southern Utah Territory and members of an emigrant wagon train on their way to California came into conflict, and the Latter-day Saints, motivated by anger and fear, planned and carried out the massacre of about 120 emigrants. Young and other church leaders send out Mormon militia men to hamper their way. Massacre at Mountain Meadows. Although it runs deeper than that (which I’ll get to), part of his thinking appears to be that “if they do this to us, then I’ll do the same thing to them”, ignoring the fact that the victims of his crime had nothing to do with the crimes he obsessed over. The monuments memorialize the victims of a horrific massacre that took place there. Henry B. Eyring, “150th Anniversary of Mountain Meadows Massacre,” Sept. 11, 2007, mormonnewsroom.org/article/150th-anniversary-of-mountain-meadows-massacre. Joseph Smith was no pacifist, and he preached an aggressive self-defense against the Mormon Church's many enemies. I can be reached at gospel tangents at gmail dot com The Utah War and Its Mountain Meadows Massacre: Lessons Learned, Surprises Encountered William P. MacKinnon FARMS Review 20/2 (2008): 237–51. They feared that the troops might expel the Saints from Utah, as they had previously been driven from Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. Barbara Jones Brown tells about these events that led to the greatest atrocity in American history up to that point in … However, because Salt Lake City is approximately 250 miles from Cedar City, it would require about a week of hard riding on horseback for the messenger to reach Salt Lake City and return to Cedar City with President Young’s instructions. It’s hard to hate those you really know. Change ). 2 quibbles/curiosities: (1) I’m no historian, but I think there would be a number of Native Americans who would disagree that Mountain Meadows was ” the greatest atrocity in American history up to that point in 1857″ even if it were reduced to the “greatest war atrocity”. I’m really glossing over things quickly here, but you have what came to be called the Utah War erupt where the troops and the federal appointees, as they are nearing settlements of what was then Utah Territory. Many books/articles/blogs discussed. Anyone. Learn how your comment data is processed. Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows, by Will Bagley (2002) (As students respond, write a principle similar to the following on the board: If we resolve conflict with others in the Lord’s way, then we can avoid the harmful effects of contention.). Our SP said in conference we should only put positive stuff on social media, which is very gentle, very subtle, and can be used against someone questioning muslim hate, as much as those spreading it. See: Nels Anderson, Desert Saints (1966); Juanita Brooks, Mountain Meadows Massacre (1950); Norman F. Furniss, The Mormon Conflict, 1850–59 (1960); John D. Lee, Mormonism Unveiled and Confessions of John D. Lee (1892). Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Learning More: According to Helaman 5:12, what can we do to develop and maintain our testimonies? Barbara: A memorial from Utah’s legislature [was sent to Washington] saying, “Look, if you keep sending us federal officials that we don’t like, that we don’t agree with, we’re going to send them away. United States President James Buchanan sent approximately 2,500 troops to Salt Lake City to accompany a new governor safely to Utah and to put down what he thought was a rebellion among the Saints. He coveted what they had. When mentioning Native Americans, the Baker family were part Cherokee and already had experienced trials and tribulations. One can also look at the centuries-long Arab-Israeli conflict, or Northern-Ireland/Great Britain conflict, or Chinese-Japanese historic warring to see that lots of descendants feel their ancestors were wronged and feel pain for these injustices. Barbara: So I looked at that theory and all I can find is proximate cause, meaning, so okay, this happened in Arkansas, therefore these people were from Arkansas, therefore that must be the reason. Just a few months after Pratt’s death, around 100 immigrants from Arkansas were killed. “… May the God of Heaven, whose sons and daughters we all are, bless us to honor those who died here by extending to one another the pure love and spirit of forgiveness which His Only Begotten Son personified” (“150th Anniversary of Mountain Meadows Massacre,” Sept. 11, 2007, mormonnewsroom.org/article/150th-anniversary-of-mountain-meadows-massacre). This thinking turns all immigration into an invasion, and when immigration is viewed as an invasion, the threat of extremist behavior looms large. It takes some twisted and evil thinking to get to that point, but it’s a common line of thinking that strongly ties one’s own identity with a group and similarly lumps others into a group. American Massacre: The Tragedy At Mountain Meadows, September 1857, by Sally Denton (2003) (Students may identify various principles, including the following: Choosing to hide our sins can lead us to commit further sins. Scopri Massacre at Mountain Meadows di Walker, Ronald W., Turley, Richard E., Leonard, Glen M.: spedizione gratuita per i clienti Prime e per ordini a partire da 29€ spediti da Amazon. But their bias is obvious.They end their book when the massacre ends and omit the next 20+ years of lying and investigation which paints a worse picture for higher leaders than the event. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Starting with the last; yes, what impinged upon my soul was sadness. ), Invite a student to read aloud the handout section titled “Preparing to Defend the Territory.”. More than almost any other event of Mormon history, this massacre has incited so much lying and exaggerating and denying on all sides to the point that it becomes larger than the original event. The Saints wanted to be governed by leaders of their own choosing and had rejected federal appointees who did not share their values, some of whom were dishonest, corrupt, and immoral. Invite a student to read aloud the handout section titled “Conflict with the Emigrant Wagon Train.”. Enacting this plan, John D. Lee approached the emigrants and said the militia would protect them from further attacks by guiding them safely back to Cedar City. Pretty ethnocentric of host and interviewee. .Walker-Turley-Leonard are impossible for orthodox Mormons to ignore because of their role as semi-official advocates for the church. The Aftermath of Mountain Meadows The massacre almost brought the United States to war against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, … … No doubt Divine Justice will impose appropriate punishment upon those responsible for the massacre. …. [Church Educational System manual, 2003], 368–71). Yep. Display a map similar to the one shown here, or draw one on the board. On September 11, 1857, one of the most horrific massacres in U.S. history occurred in Southern Utah. Spain took that approach with its Amnesty Law two years after Franco’s death. Explain that the Church members involved in the attacks against the emigrants chose to try to hide their sins. See https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2826169-look-donovan-mitchell-jazz-and-nets-players-wear-t-shirts-denouncing-racism. Some Latter-day Saints took in and cared for the emigrant children who survived the massacre. This war footing led to the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the lowest point in Mormon history. The four Mountain Meadows Massacre sites are along Highway 18 about 30 miles north of St. George, Utah. On July 24, 1857, President Brigham Young was with a group of Saints celebrating the 10th anniversary of their arrival in the Salt Lake Valley when he received confirmation of earlier news that an army was coming to Salt Lake City. That makes it okay to massacre, lie, rape and steal?..then blame the injuns? It infuriates me that certain Mormans try to gloss over it as if it never happened. Some of the emigrants were killed or wounded, and the remainder fought off their attackers, forcing Lee and the Indians to retreat. Novak, Shannon A., and Derinna Kopp. In 1857, when the Mountain Meadows massacre occurred, Utah and the United States were on the brink of war.Utah had only been an American territory for seven years. Not surprised as to Haun’s Mill and Pratt, but not seeking revenge for those events is a far cry from those events being a part (with many others) of the background of suspicion that led credence to then current rumors about the Arkansas travelers. Killing innocents will always make me mad, make me hurt whether I am related to them or not. The shirts showed grasping hands between a black and white person with the words: “You don’t fight racism with racism. I think there are at least two things in common between this atrocity, the Christchurch shootings, and just about every other massacre not committed by a state. Barbara Jones-Brown tells about these events that led to the greatest atrocity in American history up to that point in 1857. September Dawn had the potential of blowing the lid off this event and making it a household word for the American public the year Mitt Romney first ran for POTUS and lost to Jon McCain. Massacre at Mountain Meadows, by Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley, Glen M. Leonard (2008) This thinking misunderstands both axes of the risk matrix. On September 11, 1857, some 50 to 60 local militiamen in southern Utah, aided by American Indian allies, massacred about 120 emigrants who were traveling by wagon to California. The first monument for the victims was built two years after the massacre, by Major Carleton and the U.S. Army. As the Baker-Fancher train camped at Mountain Meadows, some of the residents of Cedar City and the surrounding areas determined that some action needed to be taken against the emigrants. Up until September 1857, however, the Mormons had been the victims of … Being anti gay marriage has this consequence in Aus. The Utah War (1857–1858), also known as the Utah Expedition, Utah Campaign, Buchanan's Blunder, the Mormon War, or the Mormon Rebellion was an armed confrontation between Mormon settlers in the Utah Territory and the armed forces of the United States government.The confrontation lasted from May 1857 to July 1858. Yes Ji, we can choose to let go of the offense as grandchildren perhaps, but opportunist politicians often dog whistle the past to create a power base. The shooter is Australian, and for 20 years the right of politics here has been using immigration, and particularly muslim immigration, as part of their strategy for success. First is the tendency to group people by shared characteristics, and then make every member of that group responsible or accountable for the actions of any other member of that group. So there’s these kinds of stories, these kind of rumors, some based in fact, some exaggerated that reach Washington. Testify of the importance of living the Savior’s teachings and basing our faith on Him and His gospel. If you had been a Latter-day Saint in 1857 and had heard that a large army was approaching your city, what concerns might you have had? I found this recently through genealogy studies. I think it was a wise step. The Utah War. First is the actual probability of immigration by outside groups threatening the control of dominant groups. “In 1874 a territorial grand jury indicted nine men for their role in the massacre. Three historians working with church records have published an official Mormon account of a 151-year-old incident that remains a PR nightmare for Mormons. These heightened tensions contributed to Mormons in Utah committing the worst war atrocity in U.S. history up to that time in 1857. The Utah State Division of Parks and Recreation is now responsible for its maintenance. The monument was found destroyed and the structure was replaced by the U.S. Army in 1864. So they’re running off their cattle, they’re burning the grass in front of them. This decision was made without accurate information about the situation in Utah (see Church History in the Fulness of Times Student Manual, 2nd ed. ( Log Out /  I don’t know any easy answers, but I do think that learning to see people as individuals instead of members of a group can help. Second, this obsession with group cohesiveness and purity contributes to irrational fears that any inflow of non-group members becomes a threat to the group as a whole. I hope you’ll give us a brief report on the whole slew of reasons and motives proposed by participants. Barbara Jones Brown says the Pratt murder and Haun's Mill Massacre played virtually no role in Mountain Meadows Massacre. “) I’m no historian, but I think there would be a number of Native Americans who would disagree that Mountain Meadows was ” the greatest atrocity in American history up to that point in 1857″ even if it were reduced to the “greatest war atrocity”. 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