I understand that horrible things occurred at Huan's Mill, but are we able to
pay our respects to those who lost their lives at the Mountain Meadows without
bringing up something almost of a completely different subject? At times I feel
we as Latter-day Saints feel we have to "justify" what happened in the
Mountain Meadows by saying, "The same thing happened to us at Haun's
Mill." I am LDS and a relative of people killed at the Mountain Meadows and
would appreciate far more people who can say, "What happened there was a
tragedy and it is not a good demonstration of Christian values and for that we
are truly sorry."
You might find this interesting. Back about March of 1985, I had been studying a
great deal about Utah LDS history and speaking with various descendants of those
involved who were still living where certain events took place. Of course, at
the time, Juanita Leavitt Brooks was still considered the reigning authority on
the subject. I wanted a little more insight, so I decided to give Leonard
Arrington a call. He was very gracious. And when he could see that I was a
serious, even if only amateur, student, he said something that kind of took my
breath away. I will try to say it as exactly as possible. "You might find
this interesting. Sometime within the past year,(meaning 1984)I understand the
Bretheren very quietly and without fanfare restored all the blessings to those
who lost them before the year 1900". I said "What about McCellan, the
Law brothers, and John C. Bennett?". Brother Arrington replied, "Think
about it. If there had been phones or even a telegraph, Mountain Meadows would
never have happened. They were not evil people, but surrounded by those
particular times, they did something evil. The Lord will judge all those
@morpunktSounds like a project you can undertake.
@morpunkt there where numerous atrocities by both sides I agree but your
original post sounded a lot like excuse making, sorry if I mistook what you
@PhrancOf course not. However, Hollywood jumped on the opportunity to
bring this story to the big screen, several years ago, but ignored the other
atrocities that led to this one. It seems like one-sided exposure to me.
I'll bet you $10.00 that Salazar has never been to the site and has no clue
where it is. Making it a monument is just fine. It is an interesting place to
visit. And by the way, I agree that Haun's mill would be a fine place for an
designation as an National Historic site. The people killed there were just as
innocent as those killed at Mountain Meadows.
@morpunktSo does the actions taken at Haun's mill somehow justify the
actions at mountain meadows?
I'm still waiting for the Haun's Mill massacre site in Missouri to be duly
designated as a National Historic Landmark.Any offers?