HIS SWORD CONTINUES TO TESTIFY!
Last Public Address Of Lieutenant General Joseph Smith
June 18th, 1844 – Unsheathing his sword the Prophet Joseph Smith said: “I call God and angels to witness that I have unsheathed my sword with a firm and unalterable determination that this people shall have their legal rights, and be protected from mob violence, or my blood shall be spilt upon the ground like water, and my body consigned to the silent tomb, but if there is one drop of blood shed on this occasion, the sword shall never again be sheathed until Christ comes to reign on earth. While I live, I will never tamely submit to the dominion of cursed mobocracy. I would welcome death rather than submit to this oppression; and it would be sweet, oh, sweet, to rest in the grave rather than submit to this oppression, agitation, annoyance, confusion, and alarm upon alarm, any longer. I call upon all friends of truth and liberty to come to our assistance; and may the thunders of the Almighty and the forked lightnings of heaven and pestilence, and war and bloodshed come down on those ungodly men who seek to destroy my life and the lives of this innocent people. I do not regard my own life. I am ready to be offered a sacrifice for this people; for what can our enemies do? Only kill the body, and their power is then at an end. Stand firm, my friends; never flinch. Do not seek to save your lives, for he that is afraid to die for the truth, will lose eternal life. Hold out to the end, and we shall be resurrected and become like Gods, and reign in celestial kingdoms, principalities, and eternal dominions, while this cursed mob will sink to hell, the portion of all those who shed innocent blood. God has tried you. You are a good people; therefore I love you with all my heart. Greater love hath no man than that he should lay down his life for his friends. You have stood by me in the hour of trouble, and I am willing to sacrifice my life for your preservation. May the Lord God of Israel bless you for ever and ever. I say it in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, and in the authority of the Holy Priesthood, which He hath conferred upon me.” (The people said “Amen.”) HC Volume 6 page 500
Joseph Bates Noble-Sword of Testimony
Emma Smith in remembrance of her loving husband took the head coffin of Joseph’s oak rescue casket and had made 12 canes representing the 12 Tribes of Israel, and she gave one cane to each of 12 upstanding individuals. Joseph Bates Noble was one of those upstanding individuals. The Noble family has had possession of one of these precious canes which has now been allowed to be shared with the world. The Joseph Bates Noble 1872 Family Bible has inside of it two locks of hair. One lock is from Joseph Smith and the other from his brother Hyrum. These have only been available to show publicly for a few months. Also in that Bible are original photographs of Erastus Snow, Orson Pratt, President John Taylor and many others. This amazing relic reminds us all of the importance of God and Family. A body guard named Joseph Bates Noble was with the Prophet Joseph Smith as he made his way towards Carthage. Several miles out of Nauvoo the Prophet gave Major Noble his personal Legion Sword as a token of their friendship. This legion sword has been hidden away for 165 years spending most of its time in an old home in West Bountiful, Utah. It has been handed down from father-to-son in the Noble family for a special purpose in sharing a testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and Joseph Bates Noble a defender, Bishop, friend, and body guard to The Prophet. Joseph Bates Noble served as a foot soldier in Zion’s Camp, defended the church in Missouri, ranked as a Major in the Nauvoo Legion and key figure along with his friend, Porter Rockwell, in rescuing the bodies of Hyrum and Joseph Smith. The wonderful book “Keeper of the Prophet’s Sword”by Howard Carlos Smith, contains new details on the rescue. Joseph Bates Noble was invited by the Prophet to attend a conference on 28 Feb. 1835. To his surprise he was called to be a General Authority in the First Quorum of Seventy, some say he was third on the list. He held many other important positions in the church. He served as Bishop in the Nauvoo 5th Ward and the Smith family attended his ward. Later on in life Joseph Bates Noble served as a Stake Patriarch. Brother Noble conducted the first plural marriage in the Church by marrying his sister-in-law, Louisa Beman, to the Prophet Joseph Smith. These and many other amazing truths about Joseph Bates Noble, the Prophet Joseph Smith, and LDS Church History are shared on our website called, “Keeper of the Prophet’s Sword. This website is dedicated to sharing the Sword of the Prophet as it continues in witnessing in these latter days that God lives, Jesus is the Christ, and Joseph Smith is, and was a Prophet of the Living God! This site is not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and our information does not intend to represent any official doctrine of the LDS Church.
Healing Canes and Handkerchiefs
Journal of Discources 4: 294 by Heber C. Kimball
“How much would you give for even a cane that Father Abraham had used? Or a coat or ring that the Savior had worn? The rough oak boxes in which the bodies of Joseph and Hyrum were brought from Carthage, were made into canes and other articles. I have a cane made from the plank of one of those boxes, so has brother Brigham and a great many others, and we prize them highly, and esteem them a great blessing. I want to carefully preserve my cane, and when I am done with it here, I shall hand it down to my heir, with instructions to him to do the same. And the day will come when there will be multitudes who will be healed and blessed through the instrumentality of those canes, and the devil cannot overcome those who have them, in consequence of their faith and confidence in the virtues connected with them. Some do not appreciate these things nor the counsels of their leaders. And then again many do appreciate brother Brigham; they love him and his counsels, and his words are jewels to them. When persons do not care anything about his words, what do they care about mine? And if they do not care for his words, they will not care for those of any righteous man. If I had those relics of Abraham and the Savior which I have mentioned, I would give a great deal for them. In England, when not in a situation to go, I have blessed my handkerchief, and asked God to sanctify it and fill it with life and power, and sent it to the sick, and hundreds have been healed by it; in like manner I have sent my cane. Dr. Richards used to lay his old black cane on a person’s head, and that person has been healed through its instrumentality, by the power of God. I have known Joseph, hundreds of times, send his handkerchief to the sick, and they have been healed. There are persons in this congregation who have been healed by throwing my old cloak on their beds.:
“He Lived Great and He Died Great”
“Joseph Smith gave his life for the cause of truth. We sometimes think that dying for a cause is the purest display of devotion, but living for something is usually much more demanding. Joseph Smith did both. He wore out his life in God’s service, suffering derision and violence for the things he believed. He did not die in public with the sympathy of the world; he was shot by a mob while he was locked in a jail on false charges. He showed his devotion to God in life and in death. It was said of him, “he lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people; and . . . has sealed his mission and his works with his own blood” (D&C 135:3) Quote from mormon.org