Irreconcilable Differences : David H. Smith's Relationship with the Muse of Mormon History
Journal of Mormon History
Salt Lake City, UT
Mormon History Association
When faced with the true history of his father, rather than the selective view accepted by his older brother and the protective silence tendered by his mother, David Hyrum Smith struggled unsuccessfully to come to a rational personal understanding and suffered a life-debilitating mental illness. His struggle and suffering with the truths of history exacted its revenge on him. In like manner, the pursuit of Mormon history is often painful, disruptive, and difficult. It can wreak vengeance upon individuals or institutions "who would belitle or change or ignore" its truths.