Talk:Zion's Camp

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neutrality and sources[edit]

This article strikes me as exceedingly friendly to later Mormon interpretations of Zion's Camp. Historians, including Fawn Brodie, commonly treat Zion's Camp as military foolhardiness on Joseph Smith's part. Right or wrong, this article needs to discuss specific historians and the evidence in question. The final paragraph is particularly inappropriate. The language "The purpose of Zion's Camp has often been misunderstood, even by friendly historians." gives away the article's apologetic point of view.
Katapul 00:56, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

Agreed. In fact a quick Google finds it to be lifted verbatim from here - The Story of the Church by Inez Smith Davis, a highly sympathetic officially endorsed history. Gordonofcartoon 18:42, 13 November 2007 (UTC)
The purpose of Zion's Camp has often been misunderstood, even by friendly historians. This "camp," which was not military, except in the sense that not all western immigrations of the day were made in such orderly fashion, was not for the purpose of seizing and holding the possessions of the Saints in Jackson County. The facts were that the attorneys for the Saints had been advised by State authorities, notably the attorney general, that it would be useless to restore these lands to their owners unless some steps were taken to secure the safety of both settlers and property. He suggested, emphatically seconded by Alexander Doniphan, attorney, that if enough of the Saints were concentrated in Missouri to form a regiment of militia, to be known as "Jackson Guards," and given state arms and an arsenal, they would not be molested. Complying with this suggestion, Zion's Camp was organized, but it soon became apparent to the originators of the plan, that more trouble, and not less, would result. Convinced of the futility of the plan, they made known their fears to the church representatives, who promptly disbanded the camp.
With that final paragraph apparently stricken, does the article still appear exceedingly friendly to later Mormon interpretations of Zion's Camp. If not then I think the Disputed Neutrality disclaimer should be removed from the article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:47, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

speaking of neutrality, are there any sources for this being a "paramilitary" group? paramilitary is has very negative connotations, and i see no sources in this article that support this characterization that Zion's Camp was a group of armed men intent on a military attack. (talk) 03:19, 26 November 2012 (UTC)

Reverted content from Joseph Smith, Jr. article[edit]

A rightfully reverted addition to the Joseph Smith, Jr. article regarding Zion's Camp may have some place here. While I don't like the wording (too much POV), I am just going to paste the reverted content here, since the specific numbers and the quotation may be of use.

After the group arrived in Missouri, they began negotiations with state officials, but these attempts at peaceful resolution failed. When armed conflict seemed inevitable, Joseph Smith prayed for guidance and, on June 22, 1834, received a revelation disbanding the camp and declaring that Zion could not be redeemed at that time (see D&C 105). Concerning the members of the camp Smith recorded the following guidance from God: “I have heard their prayers, and will accept their offering; and it is expedient in me that they should be brought thus far for a trial of their faith” (D&C 105:19). Zion’s Camp did not accomplish its political objectives, but it had long-lasting spiritual and leadership results. In February 1835, when the Prophet (Joseph Smith) organized the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the Quorum of the Seventy, nine of the Twelve Apostles and all of the Seventy had served in Zion’s Camp. As recalled by Joseph Young, one of the original members of the Seventy, the Prophet explained to a group of these brethren: “God did not want you to fight. He could not organize His kingdom with twelve men to open the Gospel door to the nations of the earth, and with seventy men under their direction to follow in their tracks, unless He took them from a body of men who had offered their lives, and who had made as great a sacrifice as did Abraham.”).<ref>{{History of the Church|2005|Ch=2:182}}; ''History Of the church'' 2:182.</ref>

Cheers. ...but what do you think? ~B Fizz (talk) 09:05, 30 November 2009 (UTC)

Thanks, B. I've put this article on my mental checklist for revision when I have time to think it through.--John Foxe (talk) 17:13, 30 November 2009 (UTC)