After six years of unprecedented access to LDS Church archives, hundreds of hours in the nation's libraries and thousands if not millions of dollars spent on research, three Mormon historians believe they can put to rest the question of what prompted a southern Utah Mormon militia to slaughter 120 unarmed men, women and children at Mountain Meadows on Sept. 11 1857.
Amazingly, Turdley admits that Young's actions aided the WHY:
"It is true that [Young's] rhetoric during a time of war was part of the backdrop against which the massacre happened," Turley said
Why were these three employees of LDS Inc given unprecedented access to LDS historical archives but non LDS authors have not???
Not surprising, the book penned by LDS Inc does not find fault with Young."We came up with the idea for the book ourselves. We were not assigned to do it," said Turley, assistant LDS Church historian. "We sought the cooperation of church leaders to get access to information [such as the First Presidency's confidential collection] but asked that we retain full editorial control and they've honored that."
Chapelness lives on."Many Mormons still don't know anything about it," Turley said. "My feeling is the best approach is to face it."
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