Excerpts of Gordon B. Hinckley's comments at the dedication of the Mountain Meadows Massacre monument in 1999, published in the Ensign.

Nov 1999
Gordon B. Hinckley
Scribed Verbatim

"President Hinckley Dedicates Mountain Meadows Monument," Ensign (November 1999), accessed July 8, 2021

Brigham Young, Gordon B. Hinckley
Latter-day Saints

This is an emotional experience for me"; Hinckley. “I come as peacemaker. This is not a time for recrimination or the assignment of blame. No one can explain what happened in these meadows 142 years ago. We may speculate, but we do not know. We do not understand it. We cannot comprehend it. We can only say the past is long since gone. It cannot be recalled. It cannot be changed. It is time to leave the entire matter in the hands of God, who deals justly in all things. His is a wisdom far beyond our own.” “I sit in the chair that Brigham Young occupied as President of the Church at the time of the tragedy. I have read very much of the history of what occurred here. There is no question in my mind that he was opposed to what happened. Had there been a faster means of communication, it never would have happened and history would have been different. That which we have done here must never be construed as an acknowledgment on the part of the Church of any complicity in the occurrences of that fateful and tragic day. But we have an obligation. We have a moral responsibility. We have a Christian duty to honor, respect, and to do all feasible to remember and recognize those who died here.

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