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of Latter Day Saints and Church Leaders


Joseph Can't Translate While Angry with Emma

Martin Harris Tests Joseph's Translating Gift

The 3 Witnesses See the Golden Plates

Oliver Cowdery Testifies of Plates in Court

Sydney Rigdon's Final Confession to His Son

Joseph Fulfills Newell Whitney's Vision

Hostile Police Constables Befriend Joseph Smith

Lucy Mack Smith Confronts Rude Minister

Joseph Smith Predicts Stars Would Fall

John Taylor Defends Joseph to Parley Pratt

General Doniphan Saves Joseph Smith's Life

Joseph Rebukes Obscene Jail Guards

Joseph's Prophecy of Preaching in Jackson County

Alexander McRae Tells of Life In Liberty Jail

Turley Challenges John Whitmer's Testimony

Apostles Fulfill Joseph's Far West Prophecy

Joseph's Reaction to Giving Temple Ordinances to the Apostles

Joseph Smith's Rocky Mountain Prophecies

Willard Richard's 2 Minutes in Carthage Jail

Prophecy of Willard Richard Surviving Carthage

Vilate Kimball's Vision of Plural Marriage

Alfred Young's Vision of Celestial Kingdom

Benjamin Brown's Conversion, Miracles and Visions

Pioneer Testifies of Angels Pushing Handcarts

The Miracles of Mary Fielding Smith

Thomas and Mary Thomas' Trials of Faith

Brigham Young's Visions of Joseph Smith

Brigham Young's Vision of Temples

Josiah Quincy Goes to Nauvoo, Meets Joseph Smith

Tolstoy on Mormonism's Future

Members Write of Miracles in Kirtland Temple

Logan Temple President Meets Satan

Lorenzo Snow Sees Jesus in the Salt Lake Temple

LDS Apostles Attacked by Devils

Wilford Woodruff's Vision of Joseph Smith

Wilford Woodruff Revelation on Sugar Industry

Spencer Kimball Helps Pregnant Mother in Airport

Spencer Kimball Calls New Patriarch

Spencer Kimball Corrects Profane Orderly

Spencer Kimball Declares His Priesthood Keys

Girl Teaches Articles of Faith to Man on Bus


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Joseph Smith Rubukes Vile Guards in Richmond Jail

Parley P. Pratt writes of how Joseph quieted a group of guards that were bragging about violating church members.

"In one of those tedious nights [in Richmond Jail] we had lain as if in sleep till the hour of midnight had passed, and our ears and hearts had been pained, while we had listened for hours to the obscene jests, the horrid oaths, the dreadful blasphemies and filthy language of our guards, Colonel Price at their head, as they recounted to each other their deeds of rape, murder, robbery, etc., which they had committed among the "Mormons" while at Far West, [Missouri], and its vicinity. They even boasted of defiling by force, wives, daughters, and virgins, and of shooting or dashing out the brains of men, women, and children.

"I had listened till I became so disgusted, shocked, horrified, and so filled with the spirit of indignant justice that I could scarcely refrain from rising upon my feet and rebuking the guards; but had said nothing to Joseph, or anyone else, although I lay next to him and knew he was awake. On a sudden he arose to his feet, and spoke in a voice of thunder, or as the roaring lion, uttering as near as I can recollect, the following words:

'SILENCE, ye fiends of the infernal pit. In the name of Jesus Christ I rebuke you, and command you to be still. I will not live another minute and hear such language. Cease such talk, or you or I die THIS INSTANT.'

Joseph Rebuking Guards in Richmond Jail"He ceased to speak. He stood erect in terrible majesty. Chained, and without a weapon; calm, unruffled and dignified as an angel, he looked upon the quailing guards, whose weapons were lowered or dropped to the ground, whose knees smote together, and who shrinking into a corner, or crouching at his feet, begged his pardon and remained quiet till a change of guards.

"I have seen the ministers of justice, clothed in magisterial robes, and criminals arraigned before them, while life was suspended on a breath, in the courts of England; I have witnessed a Congress in solemn session to give laws to nations; I have tried to conceive of kings, of royal courts, of thrones and crowns and of emperors assembled to decide the fate of kingdoms, but dignity and majesty have I seen but once, as it stood in chains, at midnight, in a dungeon in an obscure village of Missouri."


Sources:
Parley P. Pratt, "Autobiography of Parley Parker Pratt"
Joseph Fielding Smith, "The Restoration of All Things"


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Isaiah 32:6




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