The mysteriousness and ambiguity of the Mormons’ threats and power are far more fear-inspiring than any concrete threat. Ferrier does not know what tragedy will befall him if he disobeys the Mormon creed, causing him to imagine the worst possible punishment. Doyle describes disappearances of men, saying, “A rash word or a hasty act was followed by annihilation, and yet none knew what the nature might be of this terrible power which was suspended over them” (Doyle 89). The religion that had saved John Ferrier and his adopted daughter from suffering death in the harsh desert is now the most terrifying power that is threatening those same lives. Although the Mormons have not yet officially punished Ferrier, their not so discreet messages reminding him just how many days are left until his punishment play with his emotions. It is for this reason that Ferrier puts so much importance on leaving the jurisdiction of the Saints. Had Young Brigham told him what his punishment would be, Ferrier may have just made sure that his adopted daughter Lucy would be able to escape the Mormon lifestyle while he himself stayed and accepted his fate. However, the terror that Young Brigham and the Elders instilled in Ferrier’s heart was too intense to be overlooked, and Ferrier put his trust in Jefferson Hope, who was not affected by threats from the Mormons, to be the brave hero and save them. In the way that the Mormons are depicted, it is obvious the Doyle believes that organized religion is dangerous and terrifying.