Mountain Meadows officially becomes National Historic Landmark

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  • Onandagus1834 MIDVALE, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    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."

  • Rick Ingram Glendora, CA
    Sept. 13, 2011 12:25 a.m.

    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 people."

  • cavetroll SANDY, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    Sounds like a project you can undertake.

    Sept. 12, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    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 where saying.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Sept. 12, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    Of 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.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    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.

    Sept. 12, 2011 8:48 a.m.

    So does the actions taken at Haun's mill somehow justify the actions at mountain meadows?

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Sept. 12, 2011 12:00 a.m.

    I'm still waiting for the Haun's Mill massacre site in Missouri to be duly designated as a National Historic Landmark.
    Any offers?