Governor Bond Recinds Exterminaion Order
In 1976, Governor Christopher S. Bond of Missouri revoked the cruel and unconstitutional extermination order issued by Governor Lilburn W. Boggs against the Mormons in 1838.
Governor Bond's order reads as follows:
"WHEREAS, on October 27, 1838, the Governor of the State of Missouri, Lilburn W. Boggs, signed an order calling for the extermination or expulsion of Mormons from the State of Missouri; and
WHEREAS, Governor Boggs' order clearly contravened the rights to life, liberty, property and religious freedom as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, as well as the Constitution of the State of Missouri; and
WHEREAS, in this bicentennial year as we reflect on our nation's heritage, the exercise of religious freedom is without question one of the basic tenets of our free democratic republic;
Now, THEREFORE, I, CHRISTOPHER S. BOND, Governor of the State of Missouri, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby order as follows: Expressing on behalf of all Missourians our deep regret for the injustice and undue suffering which was caused by the 1838 order, I hereby rescind Executive Order Number 44, dated October 27, 1838, issued by Governor Lilburn W. Boggs.
In witness I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the great seal of the State of Missouri, in the city of Jefferson, on this 25 day of June, 1976. (Signed) Christopher S. Bond, Governor."
LDS leaders give appreciation:
[Spencer W. Kimball, “A Report and a Challenge,” Ensign, Nov. 1976, 4
Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Church Grows Stronger,” Ensign, May 2004, 4]