Sunday, August 26, 2012

The infamous order given by Governor Boggs

On October 27, 1838 there went out a decree to Governor Boggs to have the Mormons be driven from the state by force if necessary and if that didn't work then exterminate them if needed to do so.  It was known as the infamous order given.  This is part of our church history.  I don't know of any group that the US government has ever ordered on its own citizens here in America.

"Headquarters of the Militia,"
City of Jefferson, Oct. 27, 1838.
General John B. Clark:
Sir Since the order of this morning to you, directing you to cause four hundred mounted men to be raised within your division, I have received by Amos Reese, Esq., of Ray county, and Wiley C. Williams, Esq., one of my aids, information of the most appalling character, which entirely changes the face of things, and places the Mormons in the attitude of an open and avowed defiance of the laws, and of having made war upon the people of this state. Your orders are, therefore, to hasten your operation with all possible speed. The Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the state if necessary for the public peace--their outrages are beyond all description. If you can increase your force, you are authorized to do so to any extent you may consider necessary. I have just issued orders to Maj. Gen. Willock, of Marion county to raise five hundred men, and to march them to the northern part of Daviess, and there unite with Gen. Doniphan, of Clay, who has been ordered with five hundred men to proceed to the same point for the purpose of intercepting the retreat of the Mormons to the north. They have been directed to communicate with you by express, you can also communicate with them if you find it necessary. Instead therefore of proceeding as at first directed to reinstate the citizens of Daviess in their homes, you will proceed immediately to Richmond and then operate against the Mormons. Brig. Gen. Parks of Ray, has been ordered to have four hundred of his brigade in readiness to join you at Richmond. The whole force will be placed under your command.
I am very respectfully,
your ob't serv't,
"L. W. Boggs,
Commander in Chief."
This order was in effect till June 25, 1976.  The Mormons till that time faced hardship along the way.  Some died trying to defend themselves against the mob.  Even though I was 1 years old that time, though if I had gone or any of my family or friends of the Mormon church went to Missouri at that time before then would have still been exterminated. 
WHEREAS, on October 27, 1838, the Governor of the State of Missouri, Lilburn W. Boggs, issued an order calling for the extermination or expulsion of Mormons from the State of Missouri; and
WHEREAS, Governor Boggs' order clearly contravened the right 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 this 1838 order, I hereby rescind Executive Order Number 44 dated October 27, 1838, issued by Governor Lilburn W. Boggs.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Going back to college.

I will be going back to college this week.  I will try and update my blog as much but it will most likely be on a Sunday when I have no homework to deal with.  Thanks for your friendship for being my friend and brother or sister to me. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My testimony of the gospel and an apology.

I would like to share my testimony.  I know that God lives and loves us unconditionally.  Even when we have done something wrong he will still love us.  I know that Jesus Christ lived and died for us so we can return to live with him again after we die.  He loved us so much he took upon himself the sins of the world from the start to the end.  I know that Christ is my oldest brother and loves me.  I know that Joseph Smith lived and was a prophet of God.  He wasn't perfect, but he did the things that he needed to do.  I'm grateful for him for the things he did.  I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and concedes with the Bible.  That it was written for us at this time.  I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church.  I am grateful for the atonement so I can have the opportunity to return to live after this life and be able to judged according to my works and of how I have lived my life here on Earth.  I'm grateful for the plan of salvation to know that we lived before we came and will live again after we pass after this mortal life.  I'm grateful to see my ancestors who had crossed the plain in the bitter cold to come to Utah.  I know that they had great faith in the Lord even if they died along the trail.  I know that I am supposed to be here on Earth at this time to help my brothers and sisters in whatever way I need to.  I know that I'm not always going to be a perfect person and will make mistakes just like everyone else.  I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
I love you all brothers and sisters.  I want to say I'm deeply sorry for those who I may have offended with any hurtful words I may have said by way of text or email.  I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me and not have a wedge to drive our friendship apart. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

One Olympic event that they should include.

Cover Photo
This is me putting my feet behind my head.  I learned the skill when I lived over in Japan.  I wonder if I would get a medal for this if I tried to compete in the Olympics? Though I don't think I would, since there are some people that are lot better at doing this technique then I am.