And when religious fanaticism supplants ratiocination, all bets are suddenly off. Krakauer does a great job of weaving the story of the beginnings of the LDS church with modern day stories of fundamentalism.
We provide the link to this third party's website solely as a convenience to you. It's easy to see why there are fundamentalist LDS sects today when you follow the history of the religion.
President Wilford Woodruff issued what has come to be known as the Manifesto, and a constituent assembly of the Latter-day Saints in general conference accepted it in October The two do not deny their crime, but they claim they are justified in their actions because they believe the murders were ordered by God.
It is evident from the adulation that Krakauer heaps on three or four historians who are unsympathetic to the Church that they have heavily influenced him. Like most people I didn't know much about Mormons beyond the basics.
Our limited studies seem to indicate that there was no more — and perhaps even less — violence in pioneer Utah than in other Western regions.