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Published: Tuesday, May 13 2014 11:05 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

1.96 Standard Deviations

The church manuals in my opinion are commonly very slanted taken out of context, twisted and sometimes outright deceptive.

For you to say the early saints were unjustly forced out of places proves that you believe the white washed history of the church that they provide in the manuals.

Sandy, UT


Please define "Big" when you are referring to big groups staying.....

As for your Emma Comment, Yes Emma did not come west because of some miscommunication between her and Brigham. Add to that there were others trying to drive a wedge between them (Ammon Babbit is one of them). But to say she "stayed" is not entirely true, she moved north to get out of Nauvoo to avoid the very real threat. She lived outside of Nauvaoo for several years, then she remarried a non LDS man (Bidemon) who took care of her property.

As for the other members.. no one actually stayed in Nauvoo, they left and went to other communities making sure that no one knew they were "Mormon".

If you want a non slanted book about OP Rockwell, read Harold Schindler book on him.. debunks 80 percent of the Danites myths..... by the way, I don't think he is LDS.

Sandy, UT

You do realize that most of the stories about the "Danites" is false right? If you research historical records that the claims that the Danites did, was all refuted because people were in another part of the country when the event happened (OP Rockwell was the most targeted).

Was there are group called "Danites"? Yes, but when they started crossing the line of normal defense, Joseph Smith put a stop to it. In fact their main leaders (Sampson Avard) was removed from the church.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

The belief that Mormons were driven out of the country and fled to the West to find refuge is largely a colorful myth passed down from generation to generation in Mormon cultural legend. It is true that the situation in Nauvoo had become precarious due to hostilities for which both sides must share blame. But the migration to the West had been discussed and planned since long before the murders of Joseph and Hyrum. It was destined to happen and must be seen as one segment of the larger saga of Americans moving west.

There were many Mormons who remained behind. They were scattered across the Midwest in enclaves that would form a nucleus for splinter groups, most notably the Reorganized Church which is today’s Community of Christ.

G L W8

Rather than enter the debate which perpetuates LDS-Non LDS animosities, I choose to relate the following experience:
Several years ago, my brother in law and sister were serving a family history mission in Jefferson City, Missouri. One of their responsibilities was to help with the filming of Missouri wills. We visited them at the Jefferson City Archives, where we were offered a tour of the facilities by the gentleman in charge. We were given royal treatment! He took us into parts of the archives that not many tourists are allowed to see.
At the conclusion of our tour, he presented us with a copy of the Boggs extermination order along with its Twentieth Century rescindment with this comment: "We had our disagreements a generation or two ago but now we're working together for each other's benefit."
Wouldn't we all be better off with that attitude?

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