Sunday, May 27, 2007

In the News

Here's a newspaper article talking about the project Alison has been working on for the past four years


As the article says, it's a book on the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Alison's main job has been to source check the stuff that the authors write and making sure that the foot notes are all correct. The project has been a long time in the making but it looks like it'll be out soon, which is good since we're having a baby next month. It'll be kind of sad when the book is done, it seems like it's taken over a very significant portion of our lives. What will we talk about if not a massacre of 120 people? I'm excited for the book to come out though, I haven't actually been able to read any of the text (apparently there's some type of author confidentiality thing that Alison always warns me about).

5 comments:

JonnyF said...

Interesting. You know, I learned about Mountain Meadows from my Mom when I was a teenager. It came up when we were talking about some of her ancestors - John D. Lee and Isaac Haight.

morgan said...

Wow, that's amazing that your a descendant of both of them. What were you told about it when you were a teenager?

Julie C said...

So, I worked with a guy descended or related to someone who was killed at Mountain Meadows. When he found out I was LDS, he wanted to tell me about it - luckily I already knew a bit about it. But he was very friendly - his interest was not in hostility towards Mormons, but in remembering and honoring his ancestor(s). So, if you go to http://www.mtn-meadows-assoc.com/ and look under Photographs of the 1999 Monument Dedication Ceremony, you can see my friend Ron Loving (you might have to search for his name). There are pictures of him speaking, presenting a flag to President Hinckley, and hugging President Hinckley. Ron was very proud that he worked in a cooperative effort on the new monument, and we got along great until he retired. Plus, I think President Hinckley's participation really made the family members feel like their ancestors were honored and respected by the Church - not just forgotten or hidden or something.

erin said...

Congratulations, Al! Remember when you started that book? *Sigh*. Nice work. I remember one time when I asked if you were reading about all the weird things people said Brigham Young did, just joking, and you said there was a whole lot more. I remember we talked about how finding things out that you don't expect about people in positions like a prophet (you know, how a prophet as a prophet is God's mouthpiece, but they're still human) can be shaking or strenghtening. It reminds me of something my brother told me once (I've probably quoted him before, but what can I say--he's my older brother). We were talking about perfection and he was talking about different kinds of perfection--there's the kind that is ruined by flaw--it's not perfect anymore. Then there's the kind that can tolerate any flaw without losing it's character or property of perfection. I guess some things are just like that.

Anyway, when are we all going to get together? And, I just planted some tomatoes and peppers. Hopefully in a month or two we'll have a branch of salsa night out here in Wyo.

Nick said...

I read somewhere that "Catholics say their leader is infallible, but don't really believe it. Mormons say their leader is fallible, but don't really believe it." Some people have a hard time finding out less than admirable stories about the early prophets- I know any former missionary didn't have a week go by without someone explaining their inactivity with some story about the bishop's either real or imagined shortcomings (usually real).