Laramie, Wy – L-D-S Church officials say they're
grateful to the state of Illinois for their expression of regrets for events that happened about 160 years ago.
The Illinois House approved a resolution last week expressing
official regrets for the 1844 murder of Mormon leader Joseph Smith Junior and the expulsion of about ten thousand church members from Nauvoo.
Today, Illinois Lieutenant Governor Patrick Quinn and Illinois State Representative Daniel Burke presented church officials with
The first counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley says Hinckley wanted to be there for the historic moment, but was unable
to go due to the death of his wife.
Church officials say all Latter-day Saints rejoice in the recognition and good will on behalf of the people of Illinois.