Containing 5,717 Articles Spanning 332 Topics  
Ex-Mormon News, Stories And Recovery  
Online Since January 1, 2005  
PLEASE NOTE: If you have reached this page from an outside source such as an Internet Search or forum referral, please note that this page (the one you just landed on) is an archive containing articles on "H. DAVID BURTON". This website, The Mormon Curtain - is a website that blogs the Ex-Mormon world. You can read The Mormon Curtain FAQ to understand the purpose of this website.
⇒  CLICK HERE to visit the main page of The Mormon Curtain.
  H. DAVID BURTON
Total Articles: 2
Presiding Bishop of the LDS Church.
topic image
Comments On H. David Burton And Keith B. McMullin
Thursday, Apr 6, 2006, at 08:43 AM
Original Author(s): Former Church Insider
Topic: H. DAVID BURTON   -Link To MC Article-
Burton was a secretary to the PB when I worked there and was their "yes" man. He was a CPA and basically a "lifer" with COB, having started there in 1977. In this role, he was ruthless. I watched him run over countless individuals in his quest for GAdom.... I was close enough to him and knew of others who were, had meetings with him, etc. Believe me, his GConf. public persona and his "real" personality are at 180 degrees from each other. I've told my wife that when he speaks in GConf., I have to get up and leave.... Nothing the guy could say or do would ever change my mind about him. It was evident, he's sold his soul for where he's at. If he were a female animal, he'd eat his young.... I'll share a few stories about him in time......I don't know if you're familiar with the "Main Street Plaza" incident a few years ago, but Burton was basically caught publicly in a couple of lies with regard to that issue...I could go on.. but my opinion of Burton is not favorable...I've worked in several large corporations, and Burton stands out as the "most ruthless" person I've ever had the displeasure of working with....If you were above him in the food chain at COB, he'd kiss your ass in a second... if you were below...you didn't exist....

I'll close with a brief comment of Keith McMullen... another COB lifer who was next to Gene R. Cook the most arrogant, self absorbed individual I've ever met up there. Everyone used to comment that he was "bucking for GA" when he was director up there. I don't know that I ever met anyone who worked with this man closely that has much of an opinion of him. He was also supremely incompetent... he worked as the managing director of a couple of areas while I was there. I can tell stories about McMullen as well. The story of SWK stopping at an airport and helping a single pregant woman with kids reminds me of the time I saw McMullen in a hurry at the airport almost knock a lady over a couple of years ago, without apology, acknowledgement, etc....I thought to myself... the guy never changed...
topic image
Robert Taylor Burton: Saint Or Murderer?
Wednesday, Apr 6, 2011, at 08:12 AM
Original Author(s): Rollo Tomasi
Topic: H. DAVID BURTON   -Link To MC Article-
H. David Burton, current Presiding Bishop of the LDS Church, spoke at Gen'l Conf. last Sunday (I believe) of the kindness and love for others exhibited by his great-great-grandfather, Robert Taylor Burton, who took part in the rescue of the Martin-Willie Handcart companies, and, when on his deathbed, instructed his family to "be kind to people." Robert Taylor Burton was a member of the Presiding Bishopric of the Church for over 30 years. David Burton's story made his ancestor out to be a paragon of kindness and love. This made me reflect on another story in the life of Robert Taylor Burton, when he was hardly kind or wonderful.

In the Spring of 1862, the Morrisite War occurred in Utah. Joseph Morris was a Mormon convert from England who emigrated to Utah. By all accounts (friendly and not) he was not completely right in the head, and began claiming to have revelations, was a prophet, etc., which annoyed Brigham Young. Morris eventually garnered around 800 or so supporters, who moved with him to Kingston Fort, about 30 miles from Salt Lake City. Problems arose among the Morrisites as revelations by Joseph Morris failed to be fulfilled. A few dissenters left and grabbed some property on their way, only to be detained and brought back to the fort. Their families sought help from the Utah territorial government, and a writ of habeus corpus was issued for their release, which the Morrisites ignored. Robert Taylor Burton, a deputy U.S. marshal at the time, led a posse comitatus of between 500 to 1,000 men to the fort (with two cannon).

Robert Taylor Burton sent a message to the fort demanding surrender within 30 minutes; when the Morrisites didn't respond, Burton ordered the cannon to fire two warning shots. The second shot killed two women and shattered the jaw of a third woman named Mary Christofferson. The two sides continued to fight for the next two days, and then the fort rose a flag of truce (at the time about 200 men, women and children were still in the fort).

For what happened after that, the following is from the journal of George Morris, brother of Morrisite founder Joseph Morris (all bold added for emphasis):
A white flag was waved in camp and [Robert Taylor] Burton, and his men, went down and disarmed them. After they were disarmed there was a large group of them standing together and Joseph [Morris] was talking to them, saying that he had taught them the principles of righteousness and he would like to know how many of them would stand by him to the death when Burton spurred up his horse and tried to ride on to him saying “will you give up now? will you give up now?” when they had already given up and were disarmed. Joseph caught the horse by the bit and set him back upon his haunches, when [Burton] spurred him up again, saying “will your God deliver you now? We have had enough of your damned apostacy, we’ll try your God now” and then drew his pistol and shot [Morris] in the face. He reeled and fell dead. When a young woman who was standing by, holding in her arms the baby belonging to the woman who was killed by the first cannonball that was fired spoke up and said “you bloodthirstyhell hound what did you kill that good man for?” When [Burton] said “no woman can say that to me and live” and took deliberate aim at her and shot her dead too and someone else went up behind John Banks [ed. note: Banks was a former General Authority who had left LDS Church] and shot him in the back of the neck, but did not kill him. And it was said that he would probably have lived had it not been for some doctoring that he had during the night following. So after having gained such a glorious victory, they were ready to start home with all the men of the camp as their prisoners.
It appears that the woman shot in the face was one Isabella Bowman, because Robert Taylor would later stand trial for her murder and be acquitted (in 1879) by a Mormon jury. Here is the description of Burton's trial, also from the journal of George Morris:
After a lapse of about 17 years and after being hidden away and disguised most of the time, and after the witnesses were scattered and nearly all had left the territory, [Robert Taylor] Burton was willing to stand a trial for murder. So he employed some shrewd lawyers and had a jury of those who were friendly to him and the results was he got a verdict of Not Guilty. But he done the killing all the same. It might be argued that Mormonism had nothing to do with all this, that it was all United States work, but to me it appears to be all the work of “so-called Mormons”. Even Judge Kinny himself was a Mormon. Those prisoners had a kind of mock trial and some were fined and some had all their real propery confiscated to pay the expenses of the expedition and all the rest were pardoned by Governor Harding. But President Young forbid all the Elders baptizing any of them into the church again without his permission.

I attended Burton’s trial all the time it was in progress and carefully read the account of it in the papers afterwards, anxious to discover if there was anything that would justify him in the least for taking the lives of those poor deluded mortals, but I failed to find any justifiable reason for the shedding of one drop of blood or anything that changed my first convictions in the least. I cannot conceive how any one who claims to be far in advance of the average degree of intelligence can take pleasure or satisfaction in seeking out vengeance upon a poor, weak, incompetent mortal, for I never did consider that Joseph [Morris] was a competent person. But we are all of us poor, weak, unworthy creatures and we are in the hands of a merciful God and we shall have to appear before a righteous tribunal to give an account of the deeds done in the body and if there has been any murder commited, or innocent blood shed, the God of all the Earth will give a righteous decision and all unrighteous decisions that havebeen given upon this earth will come up before the Grand Supreme Court of all and be corrected.
Robert Taylor Burton was called as a counselor in the Presiding Bishopric in 1874, and he was a General Authority for the remaining 33 years of his life.

Obviously, George Morris's account is biased, and he was not present at the fort that day (so his knowledge is based on hearsay). Nevertheless, this account (the killing of unarmed men and women) stands in stark contrast to the adoring depiction last Sunday of Robert Taylor Burton.

Link to George Morris's journal: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.a...

Other source: Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, pp. 275-76, 644.
 
mcimg
HOME
FAQ
CONTACT ME
332 TOPICS
THE EX-MORMON FORUMS
MORMON RESIGNATION
Google
Search The
Mormon Curtain





MormonCurtain

How to navigate:
  • Click the subject below to go directly to the article.
  • Click the blue arrow on the article to return to the top.
  • Right-Click and copy the "-Guid-" (the Link Location URL) for a direct link to the page and article.
Archived Blogs:
Comments On H. David Burton And Keith B. McMullin
Robert Taylor Burton: Saint Or Murderer?
5,717 Articles In 332 Topics
TopicImage TOPIC INDEX (332 Topics)
TopicImage AUTHOR INDEX

  · ADAM GOD DOCTRINE (4)
  · APOLOGISTS (53)
  · ARTICLES OF FAITH (1)
  · BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD (31)
  · BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD - PEOPLE (16)
  · BLACKS AND MORMONISM (12)
  · BLACKS AND THE PRIESTHOOD (11)
  · BLOOD ATONEMENT (4)
  · BOB BENNETT (1)
  · BOB MCCUE (144)
  · BONNEVILLE COMMUNICATIONS (2)
  · BOOK OF ABRAHAM (50)
  · BOOK OF MORMON (66)
  · BOOK OF MORMON EVIDENCES (18)
  · BOOK OF MORMON GEOGRAPHY (24)
  · BOOK OF MORMON WITNESSES (5)
  · BOOK REVIEW - ROUGH STONE ROLLING (28)
  · BOOKS - AUTHORS AND DESCRIPTIONS (12)
  · BOOKS - COMMENTS AND REVIEWS (44)
  · BOY SCOUTS (22)
  · BOYD K. PACKER (33)
  · BRIAN C. HALES (1)
  · BRIGHAM YOUNG (24)
  · BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY (54)
  · BRUCE C. HAFEN (4)
  · BRUCE D. PORTER (1)
  · BRUCE R. MCCONKIE (10)
  · CALLINGS (11)
  · CATHOLIC CHURCH (5)
  · CHANGING DOCTRINE (12)
  · CHILDREN AND MORMONISM (48)
  · CHRIS BUTTARS (1)
  · CHURCH LEADERSHIP (3)
  · CHURCH PUBLISHED MAGAZINES (51)
  · CHURCH TEACHING MANUALS (10)
  · CHURCH VAULTS (4)
  · CITY CREEK CENTER (23)
  · CIVIL UNIONS (14)
  · CLEON SKOUSEN (3)
  · COGNITIVE DISSONANCE (2)
  · COMEDY (128)
  · CONCISE DICTIONARY OF MORMONISM (14)
  · D. MICHAEL QUINN (1)
  · D. TODD CHRISTOFFERSON (6)
  · DALLIN H. OAKS (101)
  · DANIEL C. PETERSON (88)
  · DANITES (4)
  · DAVID A. BEDNAR (23)
  · DAVID O. MCKAY (8)
  · DAVID R. STONE (1)
  · DAVID WHITMER (1)
  · DELBERT L. STAPLEY (1)
  · DESERET NEWS (3)
  · DIETER F. UCHTDORF (13)
  · DNA (23)
  · DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS (8)
  · DON JESSE (2)
  · ELAINE S. DALTON (5)
  · EMMA SMITH (5)
  · ENSIGN PEAK (1)
  · ERICH W. KOPISCHKE (1)
  · EX-MORMON FOUNDATION (33)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 1 (35)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 10 (24)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 11 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 12 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 13 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 14 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 15 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 16 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 17 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 18 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 19 (26)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 2 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 20 (24)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 21 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 22 (24)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 23 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 24 (28)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 3 (24)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 4 (24)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 5 (23)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 6 (24)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 7 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 8 (24)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 9 (26)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 1 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 10 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 11 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 12 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 13 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 14 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 15 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 16 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 17 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 18 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 19 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 2 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 20 (24)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 21 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 22 (24)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 23 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 24 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 25 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 26 (61)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 3 (21)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 4 (22)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 5 (24)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 6 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 7 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 8 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 9 (26)
  · EXCOMMUNICATION AND COURTS OF LOVE (19)
  · EZRA TAFT BENSON (30)
  · FACIAL HAIR (6)
  · FAIR / MADD - APOLOGETICS (70)
  · FAITH PROMOTING RUMORS (11)
  · FARMS (30)
  · FIRST VISION (23)
  · FOOD STORAGE (3)
  · FUNDAMENTALIST LDS (17)
  · GENERAL AUTHORITIES (29)
  · GENERAL CONFERENCE (14)
  · GENERAL NEWS (5)
  · GEORGE P. LEE (1)
  · GORDON B. HINCKLEY (68)
  · GRANT PALMER (8)
  · GREGORY L. SMITH (9)
  · GUNNISON MASSACRE (1)
  · H. DAVID BURTON (2)
  · HAROLD B. LEE (1)
  · HATE MAIL I RECEIVE (23)
  · HAUNS MILL (2)
  · HBO BIG LOVE (12)
  · HEBER C. KIMBALL (4)
  · HELEN RADKEY (17)
  · HELLEN MAR KIMBALL (4)
  · HENRY B. EYRING (5)
  · HOLIDAYS (13)
  · HOME AND VISITING TEACHING (9)
  · HOWARD W. HUNTER (1)
  · HUGH NIBLEY (13)
  · HYMNS (7)
  · INTERVIEWS IN MORMONISM (18)
  · J REUBEN CLARK (1)
  · JAMES E. FAUST (7)
  · JEFF LINDSAY (6)
  · JEFFREY MELDRUM (1)
  · JEFFREY R. HOLLAND (32)
  · JEFFREY S. NIELSEN (11)
  · JOHN GEE (3)
  · JOHN L. LUND (3)
  · JOHN L. SORENSON (4)
  · JOHN TAYLOR (1)
  · JOSEPH B. WIRTHLIN (1)
  · JOSEPH F. SMITH (1)
  · JOSEPH FIELDING SMITH (8)
  · JOSEPH SITATI (1)
  · JOSEPH SMITH (101)
  · JOSEPH SMITH - POLYGAMY (43)
  · JOSEPH SMITH - PROPHECY (8)
  · JOSEPH SMITH - SEER STONES (7)
  · JOSEPH SMITH - WORSHIP (13)
  · JUDAISM (3)
  · JULIE B. BECK (6)
  · KEITH B. MCMULLIN (1)
  · KERRY MUHLESTEIN (9)
  · KERRY SHIRTS (6)
  · KINDERHOOK PLATES (6)
  · KIRTLAND BANK (6)
  · KIRTLAND EGYPTIAN PAPERS (17)
  · L. TOM PERRY (5)
  · LAMANITE PLACEMENT PROGRAM (3)
  · LAMANITES (36)
  · LANCE B. WICKMAN (1)
  · LARRY ECHO HAWK (1)
  · LDS CHURCH (19)
  · LDS CHURCH OFFICE BUILDING (9)
  · LDS OFFICIAL ESSAYS (22)
  · LDS SOCIAL SERVICES (3)
  · LGBT - AND MORMONISM (44)
  · LORENZO SNOW (1)
  · LOUIS C. MIDGLEY (6)
  · LYNN A. MICKELSEN (2)
  · LYNN G. ROBBINS (1)
  · M. RUSSELL BALLARD (13)
  · MARK E. PETERSON (7)
  · MARK HOFFMAN (12)
  · MARLIN K. JENSEN (3)
  · MARRIOTT (2)
  · MARTIN HARRIS (5)
  · MASONS (16)
  · MELCHIZEDEK/AARONIC PRIESTHOOD (9)
  · MERRILL J. BATEMAN (3)
  · MICHAEL D. WILLIAMS (1)
  · MICHAEL OTTERSON (1)
  · MICHAEL R. ASH (26)
  · MITT ROMNEY (71)
  · MORE GOOD FOUNDATION (4)
  · MORMON CELEBRITIES (14)
  · MORMON CHURCH HISTORY (8)
  · MORMON CHURCH PR (13)
  · MORMON CHURCH PROPAGANDA (5)
  · MORMON CLASSES (1)
  · MORMON DOCTRINE (35)
  · MORMON FUNERALS (12)
  · MORMON GARMENTS (20)
  · MORMON HANDCARTS (12)
  · MORMON INTERPRETER (4)
  · MORMON MARRIAGE EXCLUSIONS (1)
  · MORMON MEMBERSHIP (38)
  · MORMON MISSIONARIES (142)
  · MORMON MONEY (73)
  · MORMON NEWSROOM (5)
  · MORMON POLITICAL ISSUES (5)
  · MORMON RACISM (18)
  · MORMON TEMPLE CEREMONIES (38)
  · MORMON TEMPLE CHANGES (15)
  · MORMON TEMPLES (116)
  · MORMON VISITOR CENTERS (10)
  · MORMON WARDS AND STAKE CENTERS (1)
  · MORMONTHINK (13)
  · MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE (21)
  · MURPHY TRANSCRIPT (1)
  · NATALIE R. COLLINS (11)
  · NAUVOO (3)
  · NAUVOO EXPOSITOR (2)
  · NEAL A. MAXWELL (1)
  · NEAL A. MAXWELL INSTITUTE (1)
  · NEIL L. ANDERSEN - SECTION 1 (3)
  · NEW ORDER MORMON (8)
  · OBEDIENCE - PAY, PRAY, OBEY (15)
  · OBJECT LESSONS (15)
  · OLIVER COWDREY (6)
  · ORRIN HATCH (10)
  · PARLEY P. PRATT (11)
  · PATRIARCHAL BLESSING (5)
  · PAUL H. DUNN (5)
  · PBS DOCUMENTARY THE MORMONS (20)
  · PERSECUTION (9)
  · PIONEER DAY (3)
  · PLAN OF SALVATION (5)
  · POLYGAMY (60)
  · PRIESTHOOD BLESSINGS (1)
  · PRIESTHOOD EXECUTIVE MEETING (0)
  · PRIMARY (1)
  · PROCLAMATIONS (1)
  · PROPOSITION 8 (21)
  · PROPOSITION 8 COMMENTS (11)
  · QUENTIN L. COOK (11)
  · RELIEF SOCIETY (14)
  · RESIGNATION PROCESS (31)
  · RICHARD E. TURLEY, JR. (6)
  · RICHARD G. HINCKLEY (2)
  · RICHARD G. SCOTT (7)
  · RICHARD LYMAN BUSHMAN (11)
  · ROBERT D. HALES (5)
  · ROBERT L. MILLET (7)
  · RODNEY L. MELDRUM (15)
  · ROYAL SKOUSEN (2)
  · RUNTU'S RINCON (78)
  · RUSSELL M. NELSON (14)
  · SACRAMENT MEETING (11)
  · SALT LAKE TRIBUNE (1)
  · SCOTT D. WHITING (1)
  · SCOTT GORDON (5)
  · SEMINARY (5)
  · SERVICE AND CHARITY (24)
  · SHERI L. DEW (3)
  · SHIELDS RESEARCH - MORMON APOLOGETICS (4)
  · SIDNEY RIGDON (7)
  · SIMON SOUTHERTON (34)
  · SPAULDING MANUSCRIPT (8)
  · SPENCER W. KIMBALL (12)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 1 (18)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 10 (17)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 11 (15)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 12 (19)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 13 (21)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 14 (17)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 15 (12)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 2 (21)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 3 (18)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 4 (25)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 5 (22)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 6 (19)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 7 (15)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 8 (13)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 9 (19)
  · STORIES (1)
  · SUNSTONE FOUNDATION (2)
  · SURVEILLANCE (SCMC) (12)
  · TAD R. CALLISTER (3)
  · TAL BACHMAN - SECTION 1 (25)
  · TAL BACHMAN - SECTION 2 (25)
  · TAL BACHMAN - SECTION 3 (25)
  · TAL BACHMAN - SECTION 4 (25)
  · TAL BACHMAN - SECTION 5 (25)
  · TAL BACHMAN - SECTION 6 (25)
  · TAL BACHMAN - SECTION 7 (9)
  · TALKS - SECTION 1 (1)
  · TEMPLE WEDDINGS (6)
  · TEMPLES - NAMES (1)
  · TERRYL GIVENS (1)
  · THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE (1)
  · THE SINGLE WARDS (5)
  · THE WORLD TABLE (3)
  · THOMAS PHILLIPS (18)
  · THOMAS S. MONSON (33)
  · TIME (4)
  · TITHING (63)
  · UGO PEREGO (5)
  · UK COURTS (7)
  · UNNANOUNCED, UNINVITED AND UNWELCOME (36)
  · UTAH LIGHTHOUSE MINISTRY (3)
  · VALERIE HUDSON (3)
  · VAN HALE (16)
  · VAUGHN J. FEATHERSTONE (1)
  · VIDEOS (30)
  · WARD CLEANING (4)
  · WARREN SNOW (1)
  · WELFARE (0)
  · WENDY L. WATSON (7)
  · WHITE AND DELIGHTSOME (11)
  · WILFORD WOODRUFF (6)
  · WILLIAM HAMBLIN (11)
  · WILLIAM LAW (1)
  · WILLIAM SCHRYVER (5)
  · WILLIAM WINES PHELPS (3)
  · WOMEN AND MORMONISM (86)
  · WORD OF WISDOM (7)
  · WORLD CONGRESS OF FAMILIES (1)
Donate to help keep the MormonCurtain and Mormon Resignation websites up and running!

Note: Dontations are done via my AvoBase, LLC. PayPal Business Account.
Copyright And Info
Articles posted here are © by their respective owners when designated.

Website © 2005-2016

Compiled With: Caligra 1.119

HOSTED BY