Thanks to everyone who responded to the survey on members in Missouri. The correct number of members is 65,122. Twenty-five percent of those who took the survey gave the correct response.
That number of 65,122 represents about a four-fold increase of members residing in the state since the early saints were driven out in the 1830s by persecution and the Extermination Order issued by Lilburn W. Boggs on October 27, 1838.
Interestingly, it was on June 25, 1976, that Missouri governor Christopher S. Bond issued an executive order that finally rescinded the Extermination Order of, issued 138 years before. Governor Bond recognized the invalid legal status of the order and formally apologized in behalf of the state of Missouri.