On Saturday night, a car pulled up behind me just after I found a convenient parking spot on a narrow Pasadena street. A tall, confident-looking fellow emerged from the car, stuck out his hand, and said, “Hi, I’m Aaron Brown.” Not one to miss a line, I replied, “Do you mean the Aaron Brown?” Suitably flattered, he confessed, and I introduced myself as his co-blogging partner in crime. And thus we convened an impromptu meeting of the California wing of Bcc, Inc. We’re no vast left-wing conspiracy, but we get around.
The event was actually the monthly meeting of the Miller-Eccles group, whose mission (for those who choose to accept it) is “to encourage LDS gospel scholarship, enlightenment and understanding.” The invited speaker this month was Ron Walker, a BYU history prof who is one of three authors of what promises to be the definitive book on the unfortunate occurrence at Mountain Meadows (forthcoming from Oxford Univ. Press in 2005). Prof. Walker’s remarks made it clear there was simply an awful lot going on in Utah in 1857, and most of it is relevant to understanding how something like Mountain Meadows could have happened. Having visited the actual site earlier this year, I found the presentation to be especially interesting.
Incidentally, the host told us he was pleased to see some “younger” attendees (which he generously defined as “under 35″) at the meeting, which seemed like the kind of discussion the average Bcc’er would find interesting. There is a $10 per person suggested donation to defray travel expenses of the presenters, but the discussion seemed well worth the investment. Check the MESG website for details on future meetings and speakers.