Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback released proclamations acknowledging the contributions of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in their respective states.
The official proclamations were presented to Elder William R. Walker, after the statesmen had participated in a tour of the Kansas City Missouri temple open house.
Governor Nixon said, “On behalf of the six million people of the state of Missouri, I’d like to express our appreciation at your church’s commitment to building a place of such physical and inspirational significance. We are pleased and honored that you have done so. It’s a truly historic moment.”
Elder Walker, noting the storied history of the Church in Missouri, extended his gratitude. “We are deeply grateful that the governor of Missouri came to visit our beautiful new temple. Governor Nixon was very warm and gracious, and his expressions of good will and commendation were certainly appreciated. In this place where there is so much history for Latter-day Saints, it was a truly historic occasion – for the governor of Missouri to come visit our temple and extend the hand of fellowship was very meaningful to us.”
Governor Brownback stated in a proclamation: “I … warmly commend the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the construction of this magnificent temple, for their dedication to religious liberty, for their deep spiritual conviction, all of which provide a valuable contribution to the people and families of the great state of Kansas.”