I didn’t say this in the post because I didn’t think it needed saying, but I think it might.
I’ve got nothing bad to say about Mormons. I’ve never been ill-treated by them, cheated by them, lied to by them so far as I know. The ones I’ve met have generally been solid, hard-working, honest people. Seemingly more so compared to the impression I’ve been left with in my seven decades of experience with the remainder of the population. Christians, Gentile, Jew, atheist, Muslim and agnostic. Even Buddhists, Taoists, Hindu, and the herd of New Age Gurus. Even Hopi Elders and Ambiguous Native American Shamans.
My interest in Mormons came to being with the gradual realization that the parties involved in the lost gold mine I searched for so many years were predominantly Mormons. It was a factor left entirely out of the legend as it came out of the 19th Century and it required years of research to uncover that fact. The cousin of one of the central characters was evidently the second wife of Brigham Young. Family names of the lost gold mine participants also show up among people involved in Mountain Meadows.
The timing on the lost gold mine incident and that of the Mountain Meadows massacre originally drew my interest.
What Mormons believe about polygamy, same-sex marriages, almost anything at all has no bearing on my impression and generally benevolent attitude toward them as a whole. In areas where we disagree I’m willing to forgive them for being wrongheaded, same as I try to forgive everyone else who disagrees with me. Otherwise I’d be forever having to keep score of who was right in this world, and who is wrong. It just ain’t worth the effort even those relatively few areas where I can’t restrain myself from having an opinion.