Joseph Smith Martyr Prophet Of God

Joseph Smith Martyr Prophet Of God

1. Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration

A motion picture about the life and legacy of Joseph Smith, the founding prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who translated The Book of Mormon. To learn more about Joseph Smith’s history visit:

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2. The Martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith

On June 27, 1844, Joseph Smith, Jr., beloved Prophet of the Restoration, and his brother Hyrum were martyred by a mob of some 200 hateful men in Carthage, Illinois. This eight minute video is an excerpt from the movie "Joseph".

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3. Martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith

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4. Martyrdom of Joseph Smith

Gerrit Dirkmaat and Tyler Griffin discuss the Martyrdom of Joseph Smith

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5. Joseph Smith Lecture 8: The Last Months and Martyrdom | Truman G. Madsen

Truman Madsen covers the martyrdom of Joseph Smith and the last few months of the Prophet’s life before adding his personal testimony.

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6. Joseph Smith: The Modern Prophets (2000)

With a divine answer to a humble prayer at age 14, Joseph Smith began to fulfill his inspired mission. He translated the ancient Book of Mormon and restored the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ. Many flocked to the American frontier to worship with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, lead by the Prophet Joseph's dynamic and courageous example. Unstopped by his martyrdom at age 38, Joseph's legacy continues today in the dedicated lives of Saints throughout the world who still sing "praise to the man who communed with Jehovah!"

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7. Joseph Smith American Prophet

John Groberg’s remake of this great documentary on America’s produced day prophet of the Lord.

8. Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration (2005 Original Cut)

This is a biopic of Joseph Smith, book-ended and with occasional editorial comment coming from an Englishman and his adult daughter, a Mormon convert, traveling up the Mississippi to Nauvoo the day before Joseph's departure to Carthage. As the daughter tells the father about the prophet we are shown prominent scenes from his life. The film culminates in his assassination after the duo have arrived in Nauvoo.

Church leaders and other Latter-day Saints have dreamed of creating a biographical film of Joseph Smith for over thirty years. Though Richard Dutcher's recent quest to create such a film is probably the best-known aborted effort, the LDS Church itself spent a great deal of time and resources in the 1970s pursuing a feature film that could be released in commercial theaters to bring the life of Joseph Smith to a paying public. Robert Bolt was briefly retained, and then for a time all original scripts were accepted on spec. These energies were eventually diverted elsewhere, but the impulse remained, and Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration can be seen as a partial fulfillment of that dream (partial because it is playing in a single, Church-owned cinema rather than in commercial centers across the nation).

The film is the work of longtime collaborators T.C. Christensen and Gary Cook, who also worked together on the recent remake of "The First Vision", called "The Restoration" (2003). The co-directors were aware of the distancing effect of the epic scope of the Church's previous two films shown in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and deliberately sought a more intimate feel in tone, characterization, and even cinematography (the 70mm film stock of Legacy and Testaments was eschewed in favor of Super-35mm, projected digitally on two vertically stacked projectors).

Released for the bicentennial of Joseph Smith's birth, the film was also original in that it was quickly distributed to LDS visitor's centers throughout North America, so that it could gain a wider audience than would be available at Temple Square alone.

However, the film suffered somewhat in its aims as a missionary tool, so in 2011 the film was substantially re-cut with many additional scenes of Joseph Smith added while most of the secondary characters, including the bookend narrative of the English family journeying to Nauvoo, were cut. The hope was that this newer version would be a better introduction for non-Mormons to Joseph Smith.

9. Joseph Smith: Sacrifices and Death of the Mormon Founder

LDS (Latter-day Saint) prophet Joseph Smith was the leader and founder of the Mormon Church (also known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and was martyred in 1844.

In the days leading up to his death in Carthage, Illinois, he describes some of the purpose and mission for his life, and the sacrifice he was willing to make for his beliefs, convictions, and progress of the church. He went, like a lamb to the slaughter, but was filled with peace as he traveled to Carthage, where he was later killed by an angry mob.

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10. Carthage Jail: The Martyrdom of Joseph Smith, Carthage, Illinois

The Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were shot and killed while under the protection of the state of Illinois in Carthage Jail. They were in Carthage for trial to answer charges related to the destruction of a newspaper press, the Nauvoo Expositor. The jail and its rooms are shown as the story unfolds. After being kept in a dungeon cell and a debtors’ cell, Joseph Smith and those accompanying him were eventually given the jailors bedroom as their quarters. The events of June 24-27 are related in some detail leading to a mob of men storming the jail, murdering Joseph and Hyrum Smith, and leaving John Taylor severely wounded. The feelings and thoughts of Wilford Woodruff were that their deaths were part of the Lord’s plan and that Joseph is now continuing his mission in the world of the spirits of the dead.

11. How and Why Was Joseph Smith Killed

Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith were killed by a mob in Carthage, Illinois. Join professors Casey Paul Griffiths and Scott Woodward as they travel to places in Illinois such as Nauvoo, Warsaw and Carthage. In these locations they explain the external and internal challenges the Saints were facing, such as the Nauvoo Expositor and Warsaw Signal newspapers. Casey and Scott then explain in detail what exactly happened in Carthage Jail the moments before Joseph and his brother were murdered by a mob.

12. Mormon History: Martyrdom of Joseph Smith - LDS has articles and details about the life of the prophet Joseph Smith.

164 years ago the Prophet Joseph Smith was martyred. Newspaper Headlines at the time screamed: "Thus ENDS Mormonism."

Nevertheless, the work of God has continued to roll forward to fill the earth. This was a critical chapter in Mormon history.

On June 27, 1844, at about 5 o'clock in the afternoon, Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were assassinated by enemies of the Church in the county jail at Carthage, Illinois. John Taylor, severely wounded at the same time, later called the Smith brothers "martyrs of religion" and declared that the Restoration of the gospel had "cost the best blood of the nineteenth century." These faithful souls personified the Savior's teaching: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

"God is my friend," wrote Joseph Smith to his wife in 1832. "In him I shall find comfort. I have given my life into his hands. I am prepared to go at his call. I desire to be with Christ. I count not my life dear to me, only to do his will." Days before his death in 1844, the Prophet reiterated: "I am ready to be offered a sacrifice for this people."

Leaving Nauvoo for Carthage, Joseph said, "I have a conscience void of offense towards God, and towards all men." The Prophet humbly acknowledged, "I am a lover of the cause of Christ."

Do you wonder if Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God? Look around you and see prophesy being fulfilled. Faithful Latter-day Saints have looked and now invite family, friends, and near neighbors to embrace the joy of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

"Persecution has not stopped the progress of truth, but has only added fuel to the flame, it has spread with increasing rapidity. Proud of the cause which they have espoused, and conscious of our innocence, and of the truth of their system, 'midst calumny and reproach, have the Elders of this Church gone forth, and planted the has penetrated our cities, it has spread over our villages, and has caused thousands of our intelligent, noble, and patriotic citizens to obey its divine mandates, and be governed by its sacred truths...there are numbers now joining in every land.

Our missionaries are going forth to different nations, and in Germany, Palestine, New Holland, Australia, the East Indies, and other places, the Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.

Respectfully, Joseph Smith, Jr."

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13. How can Joseph Smith be called a martyr when he gave resistance when he died

“The Mormons refer to this as Joseph’s martyrdom, but, as history indicates, martyrs are people who willingly submit to death for their convictions, leaving final justice to God. Such was not the case with Joseph Smith, Jr., who died with a gun in his hand, returning the fire of his murderers! Self-defense is understandable, but hardly a qualification for martyrdom! “(Martin, Walter. The Maze of Mormonism. Santa Ana, CA: Vision, 1978. p. 41)

This presentation explains how views like Walter Martin are wrong in the understanding of what a martyr is. To be a martyr does not require passiveness or not resisting as the definition of the word shows.

martyr: 1. a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion.; 2. A person who is put to death or suffers on behalf of a cause.; 3. A person who undergoes severe or constant suffering. (Random House Webster's College dictionary (1991)

Martyr: Noun: One who, by his death, bears witness to the truth of the gospel. Stephen was the first christian martyr To be a martyr signifies only to witness the truth of Christ. 1. One who suffers death in defense of any cause. We say, a man dies a martyr to his political principles or to the cause of liberty. Vert transitive - To put to death for adhering to what one believes to be the truth; to sacrifice one on account of his faith or profession. (1828 Webster dictionary

By Joseph I. Bentley and John W. Welch:

This will examine several lesser-known aspects of Joseph Smith’s road to martyrdom. In addition to mentioning outside opponents and background legal factors, we will focus on the motives of those Nauvoo insiders who were most instrumental in causing the prophet’s death. How early did their efforts begin? What were their three principal plans to kill him? Was Joseph’s order as Mayor to suppress the Nauvoo Expositor the main cause of his death on June 27, or was there another legal pretext?

As pressures mounted, why did Joseph and Hyrum cross the Mississippi River early Sunday morning, June 23? What did they do in Iowa? Why did they return to Nauvoo and go on Monday to Carthage? Why then did all the members of the Nauvoo City Council go off and leave Joseph and Hyrum alone, trapped in Carthage? Where were the Twelve Apostles and Joseph’s friends? Where was Governor Ford, and the Carthage Greys? Who was in the mob that stormed the Carthage Jail, and where did they go? How was this all pulled off? Was it a perfect storm?

In its legal aftermath, what was the final outcome of the many Expositor riot cases? Did the Mormon insiders get compensated for the loss of their press? What were the legal charges that put Joseph and Hyrum Smith in Carthage Jail until they were killed, and how did those legal matters finally play out? Did any members of the mob face an earthly justice? How did the martyrdom influence subsequent developments and the desired goal of driving all Mormons from Illinois?

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