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September 27, 2023


In memory of the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, June 27, 1844. This photo essay was originally published on June 26, 2019.

“Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it.”  That is a bold statement from John Taylor who witnessed the martyrdom first hand.  Other eyewitnesses gave accounts and feelings of the event.  I have put this photo essay together to take you to the Carthage Jail, and to help you feel the emotions of that terrible and fateful week in June of 1844.  (Roll your mouse over the image below and click on the right arrow to move forward after you have read each caption.)

Carolyn MadsonJune 27, 2021

Thank you for this beautiful essay of photographs Scott. It is especially touching today, being June 27th. These photos bring back wonderful memories of feeling the Spirit there at Carthage with you and Maurine several years ago during the last day of our Church History Tour with you. You continue to inspire! .Carolyn and Scott Madson

Doris WilliamsJune 27, 2021

Oh, thank you Scot for putting this up again...it's a blessed reminder, coloring our study in Come Follow Me and the D&C. You have done so many inspiring photo essays....especially about Nauvoo. They are a blessing to all of us. Thank you so much.


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