Saturday, June 27, 2009

Do You Know Hyrum & Joseph

SMITH?Today marks the 165th year of the Martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum.
For those that are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

This day will hold more meaning than for others not of our faith.
But, the fact remains no matter your religious beliefs...
Men, Sons, Brothers, Husbands, Fathers, Leaders, Friends
and a PROPHET of God were murdered this day...
and that should make us all sad that we as humans still fear men's beliefs more than God.


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“I am going like a lamb to the slaughter, but I am calm as a summer’s morning. I have a conscience void of offense toward God and toward all men. If they take my life I shall die an innocent man, and my blood shall cry from the ground for vengeance, and it shall be said of me ‘He was murdered in cold blood!’ ” (History of the Church, 6:555; see also D&C 135:4).
Joseph and Hyrum Smith Are Murdered

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The mob inside the jail ran out to see the Prophet’s body, and Willard Richards hurried to the window. After seeing the Prophet’s lifeless body, Elder Richards ran for the door. He stopped when he heard John Taylor cry out from under the bed. He knew he would not be able to carry Elder Taylor out right away, so he hid him under an old mattress, saying, “If your wounds are not fatal, I want you to live to tell the story” (History of the Church, 6:621). Elder Richards expected to be shot as he left the jail, but before the mob could make sure they had killed all four men, someone mistakenly shouted, “The Mormons are coming!” and the mob members fled into the woods.
Elder Richards had not been injured in the attack. This miracle fulfilled a prophecy made a year earlier by Joseph Smith, who had told Elder Richards that there would be a time when “the balls [bullets] would fly around him like hail, and he should see his friends fall on the right and on the left,” but he would not be hurt (History of the Church, 6:619).
The Prophet’s brother Samuel was on his way to Carthage to help his brothers. He was chased by members of the mob along the way, and he arrived, exhausted, to find that his brothers had been murdered. He helped move his brothers’ bodies to an inn in Carthage. Tired and weak from his trip to Carthage, Samuel developed a bad fever, and he died the next month.
The bodies of Joseph and Hyrum were carried back to Nauvoo in wagons and laid out in the Mansion House. The next day, ten thousand Saints waited in line to walk past the caskets and pay their respects. The Saints grieved over the loss of the Prophet and his brother.
Lucy Mack Smith wrote of seeing her martyred sons:
“I had for a long time braced every nerve, roused every energy of my soul and called upon God to strengthen me, but when I entered the room and saw my murdered sons extended both at once before my eyes and heard the sobs and groans of my family … it was too much; I sank back, crying to the Lord in the agony of my soul, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken this family!’ A voice replied, ‘I have taken them to myself, that they might have rest’ ” (Lucy Mack Smith, History of Joseph Smith, p. 324).

Doctrine and Covenants 135 contains an account of the martyrdom written by Elder John Taylor, who was wounded in the attack that killed Joseph and Hyrum. Elder Taylor said Joseph Smith “lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people; and like most of the Lord’s anointed in ancient times, has sealed his mission and his works with his own blood; and so has his brother Hyrum. In life they were not divided, and in death they were not separated!” (D&C 135:3).

I have a testimony that on a cool spring day OUR God and His son, Jesus Christ appeared to a young boy in a grove of trees.
There again the heavens were open...the priesthood keys that Christ had, when he walked the earth as a man, were restored..
That Prophets would again help and direct us if we would just listen.
Today we still have a prophet for the earth...just not the LDS church...he will lead just as the prophets of old...Moses, Noah, Abraham..
We are our Father's Children ...he loves us and will never leave us with out a mouthpiece here on this earth, until the 2nd coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
This is my testimony,
With Love,
Janiece

3 comments:

OUR FAMILY said...

That is such a neat post! I love it!

By the way... our new address is
saydasjournal.blogspot.com

Since I use first names, I didn't want them connected to our last name.

Mindy H. said...

Thank you for the rememberance and for your testimony. It is so important for us to remember everything that Joseph and Hyrum sacrificed for a world that didn't understand the gift that they were. Thanks for taking the time to honor them!

waltandeileen said...

Thank you for your powerful testimony and this post to honor the Prophet Joseph--the Restorter of all things, and his faithful brother, Hyrum Smith.
I'd like each of our children to see this post.
Love, Eileen Petersen - just back from a 10-day health visit to the Argentina Mendoza Mission