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Why Was Joseph Smith Murdered?

Why Was Joseph Smith Murdered?

Thanks to Book of Mormon Central for allowing us to share this article.

Modern day Nauvoo is drastically different from what it was in the 1840s. Back then, it grew to be one of the largest cities in Illinois. But as the prosperity of the city grew, so did the contention in and around it.

Pursuing answers to the question why Joseph was murdered, Casey and Scott visit Warsaw, a hotbed of opposition against the Prophet. After sharing some of the threats the printer, Thomas Sharp, published to incite people against Joseph, Scott points out that these threats likely pushed people toward the attack at Carthage.

Joseph faced similar problems in Nauvoo, however. After Casey and Scott return to Nauvoo, they discuss the conflict Joseph had with the Nauvoo Expositor. The newspaper published threats and denouncements of Joseph, so with the agreement of the city council, Joseph authorized the destruction of the newspaper.

With these conflicts and threats circling Joseph, he went to Carthage. When Scott and Casey arrive in Carthage, they visit each room the Prophet and his friends spent time in, leading to the upstairs bedroom of the prison where Joseph and Hyrum were killed.

Agreeing that various events led to the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum, Casey then asks Scott what it all means. Why do these martyrs’ deaths mean so much today? The Smith brothers left a powerful testimony for all future generations. They made it clear that the gospel of Jesus Christ is worth living and dying for.

Patricia Osborn

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

I felt impressed to say after a Sunday School meting recently that because Missouri was a slave state and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints frowns on slavery, it incited the Missourians to hatred of the LDS.