“To seal the testimony of this book and the Book of Mormon, we announce the martyrdom 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. Hyrum was shot first and fell calmly, exclaiming: I am a dead man! Joseph leaped from the window, and was shot dead in the attempt, exclaiming: O Lord my God!” —Doctrine & Covenants 135:1
“Ultimately, [Hyrum] joined Joseph and other martyrs of past gospel dispensations. Their blood was shed as his final testimony to the world.” —M. Russell Ballard
This Day in LDS History
1844: A mob kills Joseph and Hyrum Smith at Carthage Jail.
1972: Latter-day Saint missionaries enter the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia for the first time.
1989: One hundred and forty-five years after the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency dedicates the restored Carthage Jail complex in Illinois.
2002: The rebuilt Nauvoo Illinois Temple is dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.
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