Bear River Massacre's unexpected aftermath includes forgiveness and hope

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  • Filo Doughboy Bakersfield, CA
    Jan. 25, 2013 6:52 p.m.

    Now if we can extend a full hand to the Fancher-Baker families and protect all the site at Mountain Meadows that would make two good endings.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    Jan. 25, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    Fascinating story. I had only heard of the bear river massacre-not the aftermath. The resilience of this people is amazing. Love the readers comments too. I'd like to see the LDS church do some research and cataloging of indigenous peoples languages. Could be very enlightening.

  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    Jan. 24, 2013 6:09 p.m.

    It would have been useful to know the indigenous religious beliefs and customs among this group of Shoshone that were displaced by their new religion. Was the language retained, or has it been lost like most indigenous North American languages? During the years when the LDS church ran a residential foster parent program for "Lamanite" families to give their youth the chance to grow up in a white household and free themselves from the chains of Indian ignorance, were these Shoshone involved?

  • ericNorCal San Jose, CA
    Jan. 24, 2013 2:57 p.m.

    I minored in History at BYU. I have since read more history than I studied in school. I missed this story thank you for helping me catch up. I played basketball and baseball in High School with Darren's son Jeff Parry and we were in the M.T.C. at the same time in April of 1986. Carlos Harvey in 5th grade, and Danny Sam in High School were great friends growing up I wonder where they are now. I grew up in Davis County.

  • Michigander Westland, MI
    Jan. 24, 2013 12:34 p.m.

    Parry said. “The prophecy about the Lamanites blossoming as a rose (D&C 49:24) ... I believe it has started, but greater things are still to come. There is still work to do.”

    Verily words of wisdom. When the Choice Seer (the future full-blooded American Indian Moses) comes forth, the GREATEST things will happen for America's Aboriginal/Indigenous people.

  • rebagli Saint George, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 12:28 p.m.

    I am not sure which temple that is in the photos, but that is definitely not the Logan Temple. It looks more like the Salt Lake Temple. Just Google pictures of the Logan Temple and compare the windows and the mason work.

  • justice4children Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 12:25 p.m.

    Beautiful story....too bad that many of the nation's people don't know the meaning of how to get along with one another like those of 1873. The color of our skin is's what's inside that truly matters. It may be a fact that it is likely that great numbers of some "colors" have, through the years, developed reputations undesirable to the majorities, but that certainly does not apply to 'everyone'. Though it may be difficult at times to overlook what may have become "labeling", our teachings have told us for many years it must be done. We are, none of us perfect. If the truth be known, if everyone could 'see' what lies inside each of us, some of us might not fair as well as the beloved Indians of 1873. Bless them all, and, the strength of each of their descendants!

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    I went to Ricks with a couple of guys from Washakie. Salt of the earth people and spiritually very strong. The Lord does work in misterious ways.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    A few years ago I had the great privilege of hearing this story told by Mae Timbimboo at an exhibit of Shoshone culture at the Union Station Museum in Ogden. She told me and my students of what had happened to her grandfather that morning.

    Not long afterward, I heard the story of the attack by settlers from Bear River City upon a small encampment of Chinese farther downstream along the Bear River between Bear River City and Honeyville.

    We have a long and terrible history of prejudice and evil in this country. And sometimes I wonder if we might not still have it within us.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Jan. 24, 2013 9:22 a.m.

    Sounds like he was a wise man who knew that if you couldn't beat 'em, join 'em.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    A fabulous story. Even today I am sure some look down on Indians. As a boy in Chicago one of the high school coaches was an Indian and he was the best liked man there. Reservations are terrible for Indians. They have no property rights. The tribal leader can take his land from him any time so I have heard. So that is why only a cheap hut or trailer is used. Indians are wonderful and good people they deserve better.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    An inspiring account of what could have been if the native americans had been treated as they should have. Thank you.