On June 27, 1844, Joseph and his brother Hyrum were
martyred. His prophetic words: "I am going like a lamb
to the slaughter but I am calm as a summer's morning. I
have a conscience void of offense towards God, and towards
all men. I shall die innocent, and it shall yet be said of me--
he was murdered in cold blood," became a reality.
Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah!
Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer.
Blessed to open the last dispensation,
Kings shall extol him, and nations revere...
...Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven!
Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain.
Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren;
Death cannot conquer the hero again.
~~William W. Phelps
Sitting by the graves of Joseph, Emma and Hyrum.
The graves of Joseph, Emma and Hyrum are located to the
right of Joseph and Emma's home in Nauvoo. Over-
looking the Mississippi, this is a beautiful and peaceful place.
We stood here and read several excerpts from my father's
journal because he served his mission in the Northern State's
Mission. He both began and concluded his mission in
this hallowed place and relates many special experiences in
his journal, including an all-mission conference which
took place in part in back of this home on the lawn.
(We ended our week by visiting Niagara Falls,
as you can see in the last few entries below.)