Before the Mormons came into these mountains, they were known as friends of the Red
men, and were called in mockery the White Indians
They professed to have solved the mystery, so puzzling to linguists and ethnologists, of the origin of the Indian
On evidence supplied to them by angels, they asserted that the Red
men are sons of Laman, remnants of the lost tribes of Israel
, and objects of God's pecular care.
Giving the Indians a great place in history, the Mormons stamped them as a people who will rise again and make a glorious figure in the world.
They professed to have copies of ancient Indian books.
A history of these Indians was their holy scripture, and they preached a religion racy of the Indian
soil, in which Redskin chiefs and prophets were to play a part.
Missions had been sent out to these lost tribes