Our doubts are traitors, and makes us lose the good we might oft win, by fearing to attempt. ~William Shakespeare
Question #92175 posted on 07/29/2019 10:12 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I just learned that Brigham Young ordered the Timpanogos Tribe to be killed and there is even an instance of LDS men shooting men and boys in front of their wives and daughters/sisters. How is this possible? The whole thing started when three LDS guys murdered someone from the Timpanogos Tribe then members of the tribe would steal cattle and it would go back and forth. Is this extermination different from the extermination the LDS people were running from? From what I understand they murdered a LOT of Native Americans and even married the now fatherless daughters off as plural wives. Why would the Lord let this go on? And what if the Black Hawk war???

-My Name Here


Dear friend, 

We apologize for letting this go so far over hours. What I can tell you is that some of the things I learned in my Pioneers and Persecution class were very disturbing to me, like some of the ones you mentioned above. What I have come to understand is that God doesn't magically snap his fingers to change the fate of the universe all the time. God isn't who you should be mad at for the horrible actions of mankind. The massacres that were done by the pioneers to many of the natives and/or other travelers in the early years of this state are an abomination, and I'm sure that God will have his own justice with them. But they were the actions of men, not of God just 'letting' things happen. 

Additionally, it isn't the Church that is ordering murders. Not everything that Brigham Young did was divinely inspired. A lot of it was very rash, and in my opinion, probably not the right thing to do. He was a very imperfect and often problematic person. I won't excuse the things he did that I think are bad, but he also probably got blamed for a lot of things that he wasn't actually involved in. I'm still trying to figure out exactly how I feel about him... but either way, I know that it's not like that's all God's fault. 

It's understandable and valid to feel angry about these events, and you are entitled to have those feelings. We aren't completely sure what question you are asking, or the answer you're expecting, but I would hope that you know that in the end, God will sort it all out and the people who did evil and did not repent will have their justice and that those who lost their lives are certainly not lost or unloved by God. 



posted on 07/29/2019 11:16 p.m.
The Church wrote some scholarly essays on several topics that people may find distressing (or otherwise difficult to research, like Heavenly Mother), such as race and the priesthood, plural marriage, and you guessed it, "Peace and Violence Among 19th Century Latter Day Saints." Maybe you'll find it helpful: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics-essays/peace-and-violence-among-19th-century-latter-day-saints?lang=eng
Corsica S.