Doctrine & Covenants/Church History
Lesson 32
“To Seal the Testimony”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will teach us about the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and strengthen our testimonies of his calling as a prophet of God.

Scripture references for study:  D&C 135; Our Heritage,pages 62–66
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Lesson 32 Handout (PDF)

Like A Lamb To The Slaughter

Events leading up to Joseph's final months in Nauvoo.

1844:  Joseph Smith for President.

A Conspiracy Against The Prophet.

Like A Lamb To The Slaughter.

Events Following The Death Of Joseph & Hyrum.

For additional background information see the following at

Photos from my trip to Nauvoo and Carthage in 2010

Bullet hole through the door in Carthage Jail - caused by the same bullet that killed Hyrum

A view into the room where Joseph and Hyrum were killed

Carthage Jail

Final resting place for the remains of Emma, Joseph, and Hyrum in Nauvoo

Another view of the final resting place for Emma, Joseph, and Hyrum
The Mississippi River can be seen in the distance

Joseph Smith Has Sealed His Mission and His Works

Section 135 was written by John Taylor.

READ D&C 135:1-2. Announcement of Joseph and Hyrum's death.

READ D&C 135:3. John Taylor's eulogy of Joseph & Hyrum.

Who Was Joseph Smith?


See Lesson 13 - This Generation Shall Have My Word through You for additional information on the mission and contributions of Joseph Smith.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the Prophet Joseph Smith. How can you honor his legacy?

Resources Used In This Lesson

A Comprehensive History of the Church by B.H. Roberts (CHC).

History of the Church (HC).

Joseph Smith and the Restoration by Ivan J. Barrett.

Joseph Smith, The Prophet Teacher by B.H. Roberts.

Journal of Discourses (JD).

Studies In Scripture, Volume 1, edited by Robert L. Millet and Kent P. Jackson.

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