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
His work will live to endless ages, and unnumbered millions yet unborn will mention his name with honor, as a noble instrument in the hands of God, who, during his short and youthful career, laid the foundation of that kingdom spoken of by Daniel, the prophet, which should break in pieces all other kingdoms and stand forever.—Parley P. Pratt
This Day in LDS History
1844: Joseph and Hyrum Smith die at the hands of a mob in Carthage Jail. The martyrdom of the Prophet and Patriarch is remembered in Doctrine and Covenants 135.
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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