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HIS SWORD CONTINUES TO TESTIFY!

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Last Public Address Of Lieutenant General Joseph Smith

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June 18th, 1Picture3844 - 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.

_MG_5079(small)_(1)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

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Picture15Emma 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.

Picture6The 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.

Picture14A 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.

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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.

“He Lived Great and He Died Great” 

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Art by Andrew Knaupp- Now on display at the Joseph Smith Building

Art by Andrew Knaupp- Now on display at the Joseph Smith Building

“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

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Joseph Smith’s Nauvoo Legion Sword

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