Here’s an interesting random sample of anti-Mormon statements/actions through the ages.
- “…the Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the State if necessary…”óGovernor Lilburn Boggs of Missouri, in 1838. This “extermination order” resulted in the deaths of at least 60 Mormons as well as the rapes of dozens of Mormon women and girls. Countless others died from exposure as they were forced to evacuate the state. The extermination order was finally repealed in 1976.
An example of early anti-Mormon propaganda.
- “Nits will make lice, and if he had lived he would have become a Mormon.”óthe boastful murderer of 10-year-old Sardius Smith, in 1838. Two hundred to two hundred and fifty troops, under the command of Colonel Thomas Jennings and authorized by the Missouri governor’s extermination order, attacked the Mormon settlement of Haun’s Mill, killing eighteen members of the Church. One elderly man was hacked to death with a corn cutter; ten-year-old Sardius Smith, found hiding in the blacksmith shop, was quickly shot. Several days later anti-Mormon militia men entered the larger Mormon settlement of Far West, where, after disarming its defenses, they plundered the city and brutally raped some of the women. The forced exodus of the years that followed probably claimed thousands more Mormon lives. (See The Story of the Latter-day Saints, pg. 137-138.)
- Mormon general conference