Life and Confessions of the Late Mormon Bishop, John D. Lee
(Written by Himself)
Page and Preface (Pages vii-ix) Wm. W. Bishop, Confidential Att'y of John D. Lee,
explains the commission he was given by Lee to publish Lee's written account.
XVIII (Pages 213-248) - Last Confession and Statement
"I had many to assist me at the Mountain
Meadows. I believe that most of those who were connected with the Massacre, and took part in
the lamentable transaction that has blackened the character of all who were aiders or abettors
in the same, were acting under the impression that they were performing a religious duty. I
know all were acting under the orders and by the command of their Church leaders; and I firmly
believe that the most of those who took part in the proceedings, considered it a religious
duty to unquestioningly obey the orders which they had received. That they acted from a sense
of duty to the Mormon Church."
XIX (Pages 249-292) - The conclusion of Lee's testimony tells how church
leaders attempted to cover-up the massacre at Mountain Meadows. When testimony from Mormons
and Gentiles pointed to church leaders' involvement in the affair, Lee was used as a scapegoat
to appease the American people, and protect "God's Anointed." Lee's testimony, given
just seven days before his execution, gives additional information on the Danites or
"Avenging Angels." He details the murders, and attempted murders, of both Gentiles
and church members ordered by LDS leaders. Included are the willing
"blood-atonement" of Rasmos Anderson for adultery, and the castration of a young man
who would not give his fiancι as a plural wife to Bishop Snow of Manti, Utah.
I think this title is unfortunate, as it implies "anti-Mormon," while Lee's reflections
are more introspective than bent on revenge or attack.
Available from Amazon.com
"Embracing a history of Mormonism from its inception down to the
present time, with an exposition of the secret history, signs, symbols and crimes of the Mormon
Church. Also the true history of the horrible butchery known as the Mountain Meadows
Wording is taken from http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/lee_mm.htm
Brigham Young and Wild Bill
Hickman--Salt Lake City Messenger, February 1991: A comprehensive look into J. H.
Beadle's Book on Bill Hickman. Included are answers to Mormon apologist's attempts to discredit
Beadle's book, and a look at Hickman's great-granddaughter's book, "Wild Bill" Hickman
and the Mormon Frontier, which confirms much of Beadle's work.
Brigham's Destroying Angel:
Chapter V of Bill Hickman's autobiographical manuscript, edited by J. H. Beadle. Contains the
full transcripts of many events referred to in the above article, including the murder of Richard
Yates, the Massacre of the Aiken party from California, and other incidents related to Danite
activities, "blood atonement," and the "Utah war" of 1857-58.
Mormon Blood Atonement: Fact or
Fantasy?--Salt Lake City Messenger, April 1997: Brigham Young taught that there were
certain sins not covered by the Atonement of Christ. In a speech given in 1856 he told the
Latter-day Saints, "It is true that the blood of the Son of God was shed for sins through
the fall and those committed by men, yet men can commit sins which it can never remit . . . they
must be atoned for by the blood of the man." (JD, Vol. 4, pages 53-54) Within a year
he encouraged faithful church members to assist in this process: "All mankind love
themselves, and let these principles be known by an individual, and he would be glad to have his
blood shed. That would be loving themselves, even unto an eternal exaltation. Will you love your
brothers and sisters likewise, when they have committed a sin that cannot be atoned for without the
shedding of their blood? Will you love that man or woman well enough to shed their blood?.... This
is loving our neighbor as ourselves; if he needs help, help him; and if he wants salvation and it is
necessary to spill his blood on the earth in order that he may be saved, spill it...." (JD,
Vol. 4, pages 219-220) Are these quotes out of context? What were these sins that Young referred to?
Did the Latter-day Saints obey their leader's council? "Mormon Blood Atonement: Fact or
Fantasy," answers these questions, and gives references to many early books, diaries, journals
and newspaper articles that document the practice.
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