Martyrdom of Joseph Smith the Prophet and his brother, Hyrum Smith the Patriarch, at Carthage, Illinois, June 27, 1844. HC 6:629—631. This document was written by Elder John Taylor of the Council of the Twelve, who was a witness to the events.
3, Preeminent position of the Prophet acclaimed;
4—7, Their innocent blood testifies of the truth and divinity of the work.
D&C 135:1 To seal the testimony of this book and the Book of Mormon, we
announce the amartyrdom of Joseph Smith the Prophet, and
Hyrum Smith the Patriarch. They were shot in Carthage jail, on the 27th of
June, 1844, about five o'clock p.m., by an armed mob—painted
black—of from 150 to 200 persons. bHyrum was shot
first and fell calmly, exclaiming: I am a cdead man! Joseph
leaped from the window, and was shot dead in the attempt, exclaiming:
dO Lord my God! They were both shot after they were dead,
in a brutal manner, and both received four balls.
D&C 135:2 John Taylor and Willard Richards, two of the Twelve, were the only persons in the room at the time; the former was wounded in a savage manner with four balls, but has since recovered; the latter, through the providence of God, escaped, without even a hole in his robe.
D&C 135:3 Joseph Smith, the aProphet and
bSeer of the Lord, has done more,
csave Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than
any other man that ever liveda in
it. In the short space of twenty years, he has brought forth
the Book of Mormon, which he translated by the gift and power of God, and has
been the means of publishing it on two continents; has sent the
dfulness of the everlasting gospel, which it contained, to
the four quarters of the earth; has brought forth the revelations and
commandments which compose this book of Doctrine and Covenants, and many
other wise documents and instructions for the benefit of the children of men;
gathered many thousands of the Latter-day Saints, founded a great city, and
left a fame and name that cannot be slain. He 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 words with his own
eblood; and so has his brother Hyrum. In life they were not
divided, and in death they were not fseparated!
|3a more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived This is a bold statement and can only be appreciated upon an understanding of the plan of God. Within the understanding that Joseph Smith was the foreordained prophet of the despensation of the fulness of times, when all that pertains to the eternal plan of salvation would be placed on the earth from heaven, which is necessary for the salvation of all mankind who have ever lived and will ever live, and to the end of receiving the Second Coming of Christ and the ushering in of the great Millennial reign when all will be fulfilled to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man; within that broader perspective and understanding, one can then understand and appreciate that Joseph Smith was the man and the means by which only Jesus, himself, surpasses in the vastness of the benefit to the salvation of men above that which the Prophet Joseph Smith has so brought about.|
D&C 135:4 When Joseph went to Carthage to deliver himself up to the pretended
requirements of the law, two or three days previous to his assassination, he
said: "I am going like a alamb to the slaughter; but I am
calm as a summer's morning; I have a bconscience
cvoid of offense towards God, and towards all men. I
SHALL DIE INNOCENT, AND IT SHALL YET BE SAID OF ME—HE WAS
MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD."—The same morning, after Hyrum had made
ready to go—shall it be said to the slaughter? yes, for so it
was—he read the following paragraph, near the close of the twelfth
chapter of Ether, in the Book of Mormon, and turned down the leaf upon it:
D&C 135:5 And it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord that he would give unto the Gentiles grace, that they might have charity. And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: If they have not charity it mattereth not unto thee, thou hast been afaithful; wherefore thy garments shall be made bclean. And because thou hast seen thy weakness, thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father. And now I...bid farewell unto the Gentiles; yea, and also unto my brethren whom I love, until we shall meet before the cjudgment-seat of Christ, where all men shall know that my garments are not spotted with your blood. The dtestators are now dead, and their etestament is in force.
D&C 135:6 Hyrum Smith was forty-four years old in February, 1844, and Joseph
Smith was thirty-eight in December, 1843; and henceforward their names will
be classed among the amartyrs of religion; and the reader
in every nation will be reminded that the Book of Mormon, and this book of
Doctrine and Covenants of the church, cost the best blood of the nineteenth
century to bring them forth for the salvation of a ruined world; and that if
the fire can scathe a bgreen tree for the glory of God, how
easy it will burn up the dry trees to purify the vineyard of corruption. They
lived for glory; they died for glory; and glory is their eternal
creward. From age to age shall their names go down to
posterity as gems for the sanctified.
D&C 135:7 They were innocent of any crime, as they had often been proved
before, and were only confined in jail by the conspiracy of traitors and
wicked men; and their innocent blood on the floor of Carthage jail is a broad
seal affixed to "Mormonism" that cannot be rejected by any court on earth,
and their innocent blood on the escutcheon of the State of Illinois,
with the broken faith of the State as pledged by the governor, is a witness
to the truth of the everlasting gospel that all the world cannot impeach; and
their innocent blood on the banner of liberty, and on the magna
charta of the United States, is an ambassador for the religion of Jesus
Christ, that will touch the hearts of honest men among all nations; and their
innocent blood, with the innocent blood of all the martyrs under the
aaltar that John saw, will cry unto the Lord of Hosts till
he avenges that blood on the earth, Amen.