In the article on Sunday, September 3, 2006, titled "Historical maker will be placed at the long-lost cemetery," I wish to bring to the public's attention an historical error. Deborah Getrz Husar is an excellent writer and is simply unaware of the facts, as are most Americans. The states "Taylor, Crossley's third great - grandfather, joined the church after hearing one sermon in 1832. Religious persecution drove Taylor, his wife Elizabeth, their 14 children and other Mormons from Missouri to Illinois in 1839."
The Mormon Church PR campaign has been quite successful at rewriting history and painting the Mormon migrations from New York to Salt Lake City as pure religious persecution. A factual study of history proves otherwise. The following is a quote from the book Quest for Empire, page 150:
One enemy of the Saints ask the pointed question, if the Mormons were entirely the victims of the ill will of their neighbors, "why have they come into violent conflict with the people in all seven places of settlement? For they have tried every kind of people, from New York, through Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri, to Salt Lake. Are all the people of all those places incurably vicious, mobbers and trespassers on religious rights?"
The Mormons were forced out of Missouri by Governor Boggs "Extermination Orders" issued October 27, 1838; however, Sidney Ridgon, First Counselor to Joesph Smith on July 4, 1838 delivered a speech in which he stated a "war of extermination" would exist between the Missourians and the Saints until "one party or the other shall be utterly destroyed." The following quote pertains: "But from this day and this hour we will suffer it no more. We take God and all the holy angels to witness, this day, that we warn all men, in the name of Jesus Christ to com on us no more for ever, for from this hour we will bear it no more; our rights shall no more be trampled on with impunity; the man, or set of men who attempt it, do it at the expense of their lives. And that mob comes on us to disturb us, it shall be between us and them a war of extermination; for we will follow then until the last drop of their blood is spilled; or else they will have to exterminate us, for we will carry the seat for the seat of war to their own houses and their own families, and one party or the other shall be utterly destroyed." (A Comprehensive History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Vol. 1, pg 441).
The above sermon by Sidney Rigdon was approved by Joseph Smith and the other leading elders of the Mormon Church. Yes, Governor Boggs issued an extermination order; however, it was almost four months after the leadership of the Mormon Church issued and extermination order against the Missourians. Why do we only hear that Governor Boggs of Missouri issued an "extermination order" against the Mormons? Why don't we hear the fact that the Mormon Church leadership issued the first "extermination order," almost four months prior to Governor Boggs order? For the unedited history of Mormonism, contact MMMO at www.MormonOutreach.org
President Mormon Missions Midwest Outreach, Inc.
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