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August 29 – Psalms 22:26-27 “The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.  All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.” (more…)

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August 29 – Psalms 22:26-27; “The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.  All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.” (more…)

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November 20 – Hebrews 11:36-38; “And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.”

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stickman thinking 3On the LDS website I came across an interesting submission in the student manuals on presidents of the Church. 

The write-up of John Taylor, 3rd president of the Church, paints a picture of a man who had done nothing wrong and the feds went after him because he announced that he was a Christian. 

Here’s what they had to say; 

 

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Martyrdom of Joseph Smith

Carthage shootout Martyrdom:  the act of extreme suffering; torment.

 Martyr:  a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion.  One who makes great sacrifices or suffers much in order to further a belief, cause or principle.

      The definitions of martyr and martyrdom above will serve as the foundation of what we’re looking at today for this subject matter.  The Mormon Church has emphatically defended their position that Joseph Smith fulfilled the requirements of martyrdom.  I thought it’d behoove us to look at how people in history have indeed become martyrs for the Lord and compare those alongside the case of Joseph Smith.

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