Eyewitness Accounts of the Martyrdom: A Photo Essay « Meridian Magazine
May 6, 2021


“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.)

Jan StrongNovember 18, 2019

I just now have had the blessing of viewing this! So tender and compelling-My husband and I are serving our final month of a CES mission and so our second to the last class of SAINTS is tomorrow-half of it is on the martyrdom of the Prophet and Hyrum. Would it be OK to share in our class? If not, it is enough that we could view it! Thank you for sharing your talents and knowledge.

Russell Rich CannonJuly 7, 2019

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/705385933/Education-Week-Separating-facts-from-fiction-about-the-Prophets-death.htmlI grew up attending Ensign Stake Conference in the Assembly Hall and often saw my Great Uncle John Taylor’s watch on display in the old Temple Square Information Bureau. Even if the watch did not stop a ball, the fact that John Taylor’s life was spared was a miracle. I loved the photo essay.


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