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1857 – Mormon fanatic John D. Lee was angered over President James Buchanan’s order to remove Brigham Young from the governorship of the Territory of Utah. In retaliation, Lee incited a band of Mormons and Indians to massacre 120 California-bound emigrants in Mountain Meadows, Utah. [The Mountain Meadows Massacre is surrounded by controversy. PBS said Lee was "a man whose life was stained by tragedy." The wikipedia entry is much less sympathetic, stating that "Lee led the initial assault, and falsely offered emigrants safe passage prior to their mile-long march to the field where they were ultimately massacred." They were unarmed.]

1962 – American Trappist monk Thomas Merton observed in a letter: “We have not known and tasted the things that have been given to us in Christ. Instead we have built around ourselves walls and offices and cells and chambers of all sorts, and filled them full of bureaucratic litter, and buried ourselves in dust and documents, and now we wonder why we cannot see God, or leap to do His will.”

[Note: This is part of a series on tidbits of church history, taken from An Almanac of the Christian Church by William D. Blake. Click here to see the whole series.]

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