Scripture Roundtable 36: D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 32, “To Seal the Testimony”

(Originally published on 21 July 2013.)

This is Scripture Roundtable 36 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss Doctrine & Covenants Gospel Doctrine Lesson #32, “To Seal the Testimony,” focusing on D&C 135, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures. These roundtables will generally follow the 2013 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.

Here are some links to resources mentioned in the roundtable discussion:

Some interesting highlights from this roundtable discussion include:

  • Historical overview of the time and events leading up to and what occurred on 27 June 1844 with the Martyrdom of Joseph Smith
  • Thoughts on why martyrdom was necessary for Joseph and Hyrum and why their blood needed to be spilled, why they were the testators.
  • “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief” – John Taylor sung with a different tune than we now use.

Panelists for this roundtable include Andrew Smith, Cassandra Hedelius, Craig Foster, and Lincoln Hale.

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“To Seal the Testimony” D&C 135

Introduction

June 27, 1844 marks the date of one of the most tragic events in Mormon history—the day the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Patriarch Hyrum Smith became martyrs for the cause of truth at the Carthage, Illinois jail.  After reviewing the events that led up to that dark day let us pause for a few moments to reflect upon the magnitude and meaning of the work of Joseph Smith, the Lord’s chosen servant. Continue reading