Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith
Prophet, Seer and Revelator

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Missouri Devastation

At the beginning of April, 1839, the apostles decided not to go as a group; they traveled to Far West by different routes so they wouldn’t attract the attention of the mob. As John said good-bye to Leonora, he knew the dangers he could possibly face. Would he see his beloved wife and children again? He put himself in the hands of the Lord. During the trip, John watched for danger, knowing the Missourians could attack at any time, but he felt the Lord protecting him. Along the way they passed many Saints still struggling toward Illinois. John was devastated when he saw the destruction in Far West. Houses had been ransacked, leaving only empty shells. His hurt turned to anger as he thought of the suffering the Saints had endured at the hands of the mob.

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