Own up to massacre
Now that the Mormon church is allowing an "unvarnished look" at the life and writings of Joseph Smith ("New Mormon papers offer an unvarnished look at Joseph Smith," Tribune, Sept. 5), perhaps they will sanction the full disclosure of documents relating to the 1857 killing of 120 men, women and children an event known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
On the Sept. 11 anniversary of that dreadful event, many especially the Paiute tribe may be absolved with the opening up of this historic wound.
Since "Critics will find no bombshells" in the Smith papers, incriminating shrapnel may be discovered in manuscripts relating to the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
Salt Lake City