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Barbara Jones Brown

Sealings Performed Outside of the Temple: Background and Resources

By March 9, 2015

Today we continue our series about polygamy in LDS history, addressing the following question from a JI reader:

I’ve read that some marriage sealings were performed outside of temples. Where were these ceremonies performed and by whom?

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Guest Post: Barbara Jones Brown, Remembrance: A Photoessay

By September 29, 2014

We’re pleased to present today’s guest post from Barbara Jones Brown. Barbara was the content editor of Massacre at Mountain Meadows (OUP, 2008) and is now at work on the book’s sequel. She holds a master’s degree in American history from the University of Utah and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Brigham Young University. She serves on the board of directors for the Mormon History Association and on the Mormon Women’s History Initiative Team.



On September 11, 2014, dozens of people from throughout the United States gathered at the lower monument of southern Utah’s Mountain Meadows. We were there to remember the victims of the atrocity that took place in that valley exactly 157 years before, when Mormon militiamen led a massacre of some 120 California-bound emigrants. Most of the victims were from Arkansas. Only seventeen children aged six and under survived. The monument, dedicated September 11, 1999, marks the spot where the emigrants took cover behind their wagons during the five-day siege and where U.S. troops laid many of their bones to rest in 1859.

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