Mormon Conference Provides a Historical Look
The state had an "extermination order" against all Mormons on the books for more than 130 years. The order forced the expulsion of all Mormons from the state. The order was only abolished 30 years ago by then-governor Kit Bond.
"I think it's important for us to realize what has happened in the state of Missouri and how that reflects on the freedoms and the liberties we enjoy now. You know, we enjoy religious freedom, we enjoy being able to have our own property and things," said Michael Jensen, conference participant.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints reports there are more than 50,000 members of the church living in Missouri today.