I keep getting such great material from the local church. My son got a brochure about the upcoming summer Priest activity that is being sponsored by the stake. This 5 day activity is a road trip to Southern UT to
* Visit historic church sites
* Perform baptisms for the dead in the St George temple
* Provide meaningful service
* Hike in breathtaking Zion's canyon
* Learn about early church pioneers
* Build lifelong friendships
* Walk where Prophets have alked
* Be a part of history
Here are the highlighted photos of places they will visit: Zions National Park, Pine Valley Chapel, Lee's Ferry, Jacob Hamblin's house, St. George Tabernacle, St. George Utah temple, Brigham Young home, and..... grand finale... Mountain Meadows Massacre. Each photo has a brief description. The BY home does not mention polygamy directly at all. Here is what it says:
During the three decades that he led the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young directed the establishment of more than 300 communities throughout the American West. "Brother Brigham" sent the first settlers to St. George in 1861. During his annual visits to St. George, he made plans for the construction of the temple and tabernacle. In 1871 he purchased the house, and in 1873 he added a spacious two story front section to the original building. Brigham Young spent the last winters of his life at his St. George home.
Me thinks that 'spacious 2 story front section was likely living quarters for one of his many wives. Plus, it makes me sick that he is made out to be this great leader when it is obvious from journals that he treated many of his wives terribly. I guarantee that polygamy will NEVER be brought up on this trip.
Okay, so the best part about this is the totally evasive (and I think overtly dishonest) description of the MMM:
On the 11th of September in 1857, north of St. George, is the site of one of the worst slaughters of travelers in the frontier west. It is told that Mormons and Native Americans acted together, even though both parties placed the blame on each other. The Mountain Meadows Massacre offers a reminder of the uncertainty in historical records, since the facts of the massacre have been permanently clouded by so many conflicting accounts that historians will never know the true story.
Yep, we'll never know the true story. Says the official line of the church. It's 'permanently clouded' boys, so don't even think that reading anything else will help you come to any other conclusion.