In this special, two-part podcast we honor the upcoming 177th anniversary of the murders of Joseph and Hyrum Smith and the attempted murders of John Taylor and Willard Richards in Carthage Jail. In Part 1 we give an overview of some of the historical events that led up to the martyrdom. We discuss Joseph Smith’s attempts to get any presidential candidate, from either party, to pledge to help the Saints recover their stolen property in Missouri and protect their rights. We discuss his resulting presidential campaign. Apostasy from within the Church and political machinations and bigotry from without set the stage for that murderous day in Carthage.

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