Proverbs 10:9; “He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.”
New Mormon History Database, May 27, 1848; “Today to our utter astonishment, the crickets came by millions, sweeping everything before them.” Seagulls, no strangers to settlers in small numbers, arrive in dense flocks to devour crickets but not in time to save whole fields from destruction.
Although published letter by First Presidency and LDS sermons refer to this event in non-miraculous terms for several years, anti-Mormon Warsaw Signal of 17 Nov. 1849 shows Mormons soon describe this experience as divine intervention:
“This year, as the story goes-the Lord sent immense numbers of gulls from the Lake, to devour the crickets. Seagulls descend during cricket infestations in 1849 and 1850, but apparently not until 1853 does general authority (Orson Hyde) publicly describe the 1848 Seagull visitation as miraculous. The “Miracle of the Seagulls” is now memorialized by statue on Salt Lake Temple Square and by adoption of seagull as Utah’s state bird.”
Colossians 3:9; “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds”.
Okay, okay, I’m fessin’ up. I’ve never given a second thought to the Church’s, ‘Miracle of the Seagulls’ story. Nor has the idea crossed my mind that even this story wasn’t true.
Am I surprised?
My reaction to this is the same one I have for many of the Church’s so-called historical events.
This Mormon story would’ve been so much better if they had just told the truth. Who doesn’t appreciate the stories of suffering true hardships, and overcoming despite all odds? That would’ve fit into their narrative much better. I was raised as a Utah Mormon to pull myself up by my bootstraps and keep going.
Leave it to the Mormon Church to mess with a simple story which does nothing but trash their credibility for everything else.
Now I’m left wondering…maybe the entire story was a lie from the get-go.