Thursday, June 10, 2010

How Many Members in Missouri Results

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it was on June 25, 1976, that Missouri governor Christopher S. Bond issued an executive order that finally rescinded the Extermination Order of, issued 138 years before.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.

3 comments:

  1. How could Gov Bond "rescind" something that had expired long before? Maybe Pres Obama should "rescind" civil war orders to burn Atlanta and WWII orders to bomb Dresden.

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  2. Jim, who said it had been recinded? Maybe it was still legal up until that time to kill Mormons in Missouri.

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  3. The order was from the governor, as commander-in-chief of the milita, to General Clark. Once the governoer left office, the order had no force. And once General Clark was no longer in charge of the "four hundred nounted men," the order was moot. If incoming governors had to rescind every order issued by their predecessors, there would be hundreds - maybe thousands - of such executive orders each time a new governor took office. Instead there are at most a handful, and those normally for formally promulgated Executive Orders, something quite different from what Governor Boggs issued.

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