LDS member, William McMurrin was shot twice in the bowels by a United States Marshall, why was he shot?
a. Attempting to escape prison
b. Trying to give the President of the United States a Book of Mormon
c. Because he was a polygamous
d. Trying to convert the United States Marshall
a. It was an act of Christian charity
The reaction to polygamy would include plenty of humor. Mark Twain wrote. “The man that marries one of them [Mormon women in Utah Territory] has done an act of Christian charity which entitles him to the kindly applause of mankind, not their harsh censure—and the man that marries sixty of them has done a deed of open-handed generosity so sublime that the nations should stand uncovered in his presence and worship in silence.”
Coke Newell, Latter Days (St. Martin Press, New York City: 2000), 108.