Books Aug 2, 2022 at 9:30 am

Leah Sottile's When the Moon Turns to Blood Examines Mormon Extremism at the Roots of Alleged Murders

Unlike other investigations, Sotille’s book focuses on the social and political context that may have led to the killings of two children: 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and her 7-year-old brother, JJ Vallow. Paige Vickers



"And you have to remember: the LDS church is so young."
The United States' early offers of religious tolerance attracted a lot of commune-like religious cults throughout the colonies. Some were even "free-love" and "gender equal" cults. LDS is one of those early American cults that has managed to firmly plant its roots.


I'd argue $cientology is the most thoroughly "Made in the USA" cult that money can buy. But it's definitely a toss-up re: who has the more interesting lore/cosmology since both involve outer space and non-earthly entities.

Magic underwear vs. e-meters, round 1...


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