2010 Steven F. Christensen Best Documentary Award

–Mormon History Association. See here.

2010 Best Documentary Book in Utah History Award

–Smith-Pettit Foundation. See here.

2012 Utah Historical Quarterly

“IN SEPTEMBER 1857, religious leaders in southern Utah orchestrated the betrayal and murder of some 120 emigrants, mostly women and chil- dren, at Mountain Meadows, an overland oasis thirty-five miles west of Cedar City. Having completed the first installment of a narrative retelling of the atrocity, Massacre at Mountain Meadows (2008), Rick Turley and Ron Walker, two of Mormonism’s best scholars, have collaborated on a documentary history of the event that “continues to shock and distress”(viii). The editors hope the release of these documents, drawn from two manuscript collections in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints History Library and from two previously unavailable sources in the First Presidency’s Office, marks “a further step in facilitating understanding, sharing sorrows, and promoting reconciliation” (viii). Read more here.

Turley and Walker, “Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Andrew Jenson and David H. Morris Collections”

“Andrew Jenson’s 1892 mission call was unique. It was startling. As a full-time employee of the Church Historian’s Office he was called—not to preach the good news—but to listen to the worst. Jenson’s “letter of instructions” from the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints outlined his purpose.” –Mormon Chronicles Read more here.

The New York Times and Mountain Meadows from Meridian Magazine

July 31, 2013

“These collections included notes and transcripts of interviews conducted in January 1892 by an employee in the Church Historian’s Office, Andrew Jenson, as well as affidavits and correspondences collected by St. George attorney and judge David H. Morris in the late 1890s and early 1900s. The individuals who gave information to Jenson and Morris were either participants in the massacre or had special knowledge of the tragedy and its unfolding.” Read more here.

Interviews with Authors of “Massacre at Mountain Meadows” from Mormon Newsroom


“The massacre has left a legacy, a burden upon members of the Church, and the only way you can erase that burden, lift that burden, is to confront it with complete honesty and open disclosure, and then at that point healing can take place.” Read more here.