Mountain Meadows Massacre
Mountain Meadows Massacre
If you’ve never seen the movie September Dawn I highly encourage you to go out and rent the DVD to see a true story of what happened on the original September 11th tragedy of this nation.
On September 11, 1857 a group of pioneers were crossing the lower regions of Utah when all hell broke loose. As they were peacefully rolling along in their wagon train and minding their own business from Arkansas to California, a group of Mormons dressed up to look like wild American Indians viciously pounced upon the unsuspecting men, women and children.
One hundred and twenty adults and older children were slaughtered after being tricked by the Mormons to give up their weapons. After being encircled by men hiding in the bushes and even those right in front of them, these poor Christians were gunned down.
If that doesn’t sound evil enough the Mormons didn’t kill those who were 7 years old and under because they hadn’t reached the year of accountability in the Mormon teaching of when kids can sin. These older people had made decisions in their lives to follow a different God than the god Mormons worshipped. They took the younger kids (14 of them), the clothing, weapons, jewelry, animals and other goods of the wagon train and dispersed them amongst those who participated in the nefarious deed.
The Mormon Church would have you believe Brigham Young had nothing to do with it, but don’t believe it. He actually ordered the raid himself. Eventually the younger children were given to the relatives.
This week the state of Utah FINALLY unveiled an historical marker “commemorating” the event after years of begging on the part of the descendants of those who were murdered. Now the Church is coming out and saying they’re happy about the markers and proud to take part in showing their respect to those who died. Yeah, okay…
I hate to say it, but it isn’t just “the church” who says Brigham Young was not involved, but every reputable scholar who has studied the event will tell you that he wasn’t.
As to peacefully minding their business, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that they were harassing the local Indian tribes, who were friend to the saints in the area. By other accounts they were also bragging about the murder of Parley P. Pratt some months earlier.
I am not trying to say that the massacre was in anyway justified, and those involved should have been executed for the act (though only one was). However, the pioneer group was not as rosy as is being portrayed.
Shematwater, I find it dishonest the way some people repeat Mountain Meadows Massacre over and over again and again trying to make you think that this one bad act was the normal way Mormons treated other pioneers.