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LDS Church envoy to meet with massacre descendants

LDS Church envoy to meet with massacre descendants

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The LDS church is sending an envoy to Arkansas to meet with descendants of victims of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre.

Three months ago, groups petitioned the Church to seek National Historic Landmark status for the Utah site, 35 miles northwest of St. George, where 120 people died. They are the Mountain Meadows Association, the Mountain Meadows Massacre Descendants and the Mountain Meadows Monument Foundation.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has twice declined previous appeals to seek landmark status for the site. A meeting will take place Friday in Carrollton, Ark., but the Church won't comment on what will be discussed.

Members of the California-bound Fancher-Baker wagon train were attacked Sept. 4, 1857 during a stop in southwestern Utah. After a week of gun skirmishes, the group was tricked into a fake truce by a local Mormon leader and killed.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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