The Martyr of Joseph Smith

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On June 27, 1844 in Carthage jail, Hancock County, Illinois the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith Jr. and Hyrum Smith were martyred (Church History). Their murders, a mob, entered the jail; shot the prophet, his brother, and John Taylor multiple times, and left. The whole event took less than three minutes (Hill). Despite the mobs anger and the American laws at the time, the mob had no right or responsibility to kill Joseph Smith for his religious beliefs because the Bill of Rights states that people in America have the freedom of religion. Joseph Smith was born on December 23, 1805, in Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, to Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. When he was 14, Joseph Smith received a vision in answer to his prayer about which church to join (Church History). He said, "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me […] When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other-This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" (Joseph Smith-History 1:16-17). During his twenties, Joseph Smith suffered persecution and hardship as he translated The Book of Mormon, a set of gold plates that were given to him by the angel Moroni, using the Urim and Thummim (Church History). Early Mormons withstood oppression because they were considered commercial, political and religious threat to their neighbors (mormon.org). In January of 1844 Joseph Smith was nominated at candidate for president of the United States. Later that year, on June 27, Joseph Smith was martyred, along with his brother Hyrum Smith, at Carthage Jail. (Churc... ... middle of paper ... ...ine dictionary that featured a Spanish dictionary, thesaurus, medical dictionary, an English dictionary, and an encyclopedia. I used this site to get the definition of beliefs. "Special Report: Remembering Arch Bishop Janani Luwum - Acholi Times - The Voice of the Acholi People." Acholi Times. N.p., 09 Dec. 2013. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. . This is an article written 36 years after the martyr of Janani Jakaliya Luwum. It gives lots of detail and explains different aspects of the martyr. The article has supporting evidence like quotes from Luwum and other men that were present during various parts of the trial. I used this site top get information on the martyr of Janani Jakaliya Luwum. I compared the martyr of Janani Jakaliya Luwum to the martyr of Joseph Smith.
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