Bishop Edward Hunter
Prior to Presiding Bishop Edward Hunter joining the Church, his attitude was what concerning the Mormons?
d. Ignored them
On March 11 , Joseph organized a special council, later called the “Council of Fifty” in reflection of the number of members in it (there were initially fifty-three, including three non-Latter-day Saints). The Council of Fifty would be engaged in two primary efforts, one being the searching out and selection of—in counsel with legitimate federal and territorial officials—a remote and available spot of land for resettling the Saints, and the other being a promulgation of Joseph’s candidacy. In a more comprehensive way, however, the council was viewed, in the words of historian Kenneth W. Godfrey, “as the seed of a new political order that would rule, under Christ, following the prophesied cataclysmic events of the last days.”
Coke Newell, Latter Days (St. Martin Press, New York City: 2000), 110-111.