They did Offer Women and Children Up As Sacrifices Unto Their Idol Gods

Bryan Richards

Hugh Nibley

"We're getting into the Mesoamerican, Mayan, and especially Aztec, practice of mass sacrifice of prisoners on a tremendous scale. They did it to the point where it reduced the population so much. There are some very interesting studies made of that recently. At the drop of a hat, prisoners had to be sacrificed. It was not just a sacrifice that was symbolic once in a while; then it became an orgy of blood. That's what they used their sacred towers for after that [development]-sacrifices unto their idol gods. That's what they did." (Teachings From the Book of Mormon, Lecture 105, p. 203)