FOREWORD: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: Excerpt from a Deseret News article on the government’s war on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints years ago:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — U.S. Sen. Christopher S. “Kit” Bond, who as Missouri governor in 1976 rescinded the 1838 “extermination order,” authorizing the expulsion of Mormons from the state, has been honored by the Mormon History Association for his action 34 years ago.
At the Friday evening awards banquet of its annual conference, the association gave Bond its Thomas L. Kane Award for outstanding service to the Mormon community by a non-Mormon.
Absent because of a scheduling conflict, the senator sent a recorded video message and acceptance of the award.
“You bet I’d do it again,” Bond declared regarding his rescission of Gov. Lilburn W. Boggs’ 1838 order. “The treatment of the Mormon people in Missouri in the 1830s and beyond was barbaric. Women were…
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