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What effects did the Mormons have on the Plains Indians?

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2011-09-13 10:53:35

They did their best to convert and ally with the Native

Americans. These were fairly successful as the Church teaches that

the Book of Mormon itself is actually a history of the former

inhabitants of the Ancient Americas - that is, that the history is

of the forerunners of the various Indian tribes of the Americas.

The Church also teaches and practices kindness and peace towards

all peoples. As a result, many Indians were willing to side with

the Mormons during the Mountain Meadows Massacre.

The LDS also raised Indian children in the belief that if they

grew up in Mormon homes, they would become white and delightsome as

they grew in favor with God. This concept was also part of the

ancient teachings contained within the Book of Mormon.

On May 13, 1870, Brigham Young wrote the following to Mr. D. L.

Thomas of lndianapolis, Indiana in reply to his questions about the

policy pursued toward the Indians in Utah: "... eternal vigilance

is the price of safety, and have proved it wise to be prepared for

them should they come as friend or foe. In caring more for the

preservation of our property than for their removal, we have found

another safeguad. The policy we have endeavored to pursue has been

to treat them kindly and strive to raise them up to our standard

instead of sinking to theirs."

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