Joseph Smith: Lover of the Cause of Christ | Heidi S. Swinton | 2004

Where do you stand? Do you love the cause of Christ, and will you stand firm, no matter what difficulty you face … ?

This speech was given on November 2, 2004.

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The day was June 27, 1844. The place, Carthage, Illinois. In the early evening Willard Richards, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, dispatched sobering news to the Saints in Nauvoo: “Joseph and Hyrum are dead. Taylor wounded, not very badly. I am well… . The job was done in an instant” (HC 6:621–22).

A cortege left the hostile county seat of Carthage early the next morning and arrived in Nauvoo just after three in the afternoon. The mourners were waiting in the streets for the return of their prophet-leader.

“My soul si…

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