170 years ago the country was dividing for a massive civil war. A voting block
of non-slave owners moving into the state of Missouri was a real threat to the
governor. It was wrong, but are the circumstances.Ironic that the
Mormons were considered practicing racial discrimination for nearly 100 years
after being a threat to overturn slavery.
Remember that the Mormons moving in droves to Missouri was a great threat to the
residents already there. What happened in Missouri to the Mormons both by mobs
at Hauns Mill and other egregious acts by others and also by the government with
the Extermination Order was inexcusable and a violation of the First Amendment
rights of the Mormon people.Why was there an Extermination Order
given? One reason is that we know the Mormons had the Danite group organized
which by design was a direct mortal threat to Missouri government officials.
The Missouri Governor, while clearly overreacting was also acting as a
politician usually does and did what he thought was the most politically
acceptable position and that was to go against the Mormons.
The healing concept is beautiful. Just goes to show that when the time is right,
all things will work out for good. This scenario has played out a number of
times since the Gospel was restored and the church organized in 1830. The first
missionaries to South America were completely unsuccessful, today there are
millions of members there. The stone is rolling to fill the earth.