As John slowly recovered, he wrote of his friendship for the Prophet in poetry:
“The Seer, the Seer, Joseph the Seer!
I’ll sing of the Prophet ever dear;
His equal now cannot be found,
By searching the wide world around,
With Gods, he soared in the realms of day,
And men he taught the heavenly way.
The earthly Seer! The heavenly Seer!
I love to dwell on his memory dear;”
The Saints were grief-stricken. Confusion reigned. What would happen to the Church? Brigham Young would become their leader, but John was the last connection they had to the Prophet Joseph and the Saints revered him for it. Wilford Woodruff recorded this revelation in his journal: “While I [Heavenly Father] have taken my servants Joseph and Hyrum Smith unto myself, I have preserved my servant John Taylor for a wise purpose in me.”