I did a lot of work with this tribe in preservation areas. They are good people.
Many are trying to come to terms with the early trade off of their tribal
religion when they took the teachings of the LDS faith. But even with the
majority of their tribal religion lost, they have clung strong to their culture.
This is hard. This takes faith.
What part of LDS doctrine states that everyone goes to heaven eventually? What
is Shoshone theology exactly? This article sheds no light on the Mormon
connection per se. Just curious where the rest of that statement's
explanation is?One can appreciate another culture and people without
overstating the "truth" of their theology. To be perfectly factual,
neither Mormonism nor any American Indian beliefs are purely Biblical. The
issue of truth is in the mind of the believer, obviously, but to imply that all
religions possess God's Truth is incorrect. When a doctrine on heaven,
eternity, and salvation is diametrically opposed to the Biblical teaching, be
clear on that point. Otherwise don't include a nebulous statement with no
back-up information. As a teacher grading an essay, the burden of proof is on
the author here, and this assignment is incomplete.I agree that we
can learn much from our Indian brothers. Biblical truth about God's Heaven
is not one of them.
"More than 300 people died, marking the single greatest loss of Indian lives
in American history." This sentence caught my attention.
Having grown up playing Cowboys and Indians in the 1940's in the deep South
- and getting all my information on the subject from the Saturday Morning movies
- I was sure that at least that many were dispatched in every encounter with the
Calvary. I have, of course, grown to abhor the real injustices dealt to the
Native Americans during the building of this country -- but seeing this at least
puts this old brain into a slightly more accurate balance with reality.
Thank you for sharing this story. How appropriate for this story to appear close
to Memorial Day, when we honor our ancestors, especially our ward dead. Thank
you for sharing your traditional beliefs. They are beautiful.
Glad to hear that brother Neaman has found a good and happy place to be. We were
sad when they moved, but they are home, and that is what matters. Thank you for
We have much to learn from our American Native friends - about life and our
relationships to each other and the earth.