a. He decided to sit down and write a history of the Church
b. As a rebuttal to an anti-Mormon writer in the New York Historical Magazine
c. Asked by Wilford Woodruff to write an updated history of the Church at the 50th anniversary of the Saints entering the valley
d. He saw too many errors in Joseph Smith’s History of the Church and felt he could provide the Church with a more accurate historyYesterday’s answer:
Arapeen, brother of Ute Chief Walker (Walkara), claimed to have visions where in his brother visited him and told him to make peace with the Saints. Arapeen had a huge amount of respect for Brigham Young. He stated that the words of Brigham Young “entered his ears, sank into his heart, and stayed there,” while the words of the Indian agent, Mr. Forney, was “mere bawling, it would go in at one ear and out at the other.”
B. H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 6 vols. (Provo, Utah: BYU Press, 1965), 5:141.