Sunday, October 16, 2016

Scripture Sunday

Today, we decided to stay home from church.  So instead of reading scriptures, I watched the Living Scriptures: Prophet series.  The DVD that I watched was "Praise to the Man":  Joseph Smith, Jr.  The movie was very good and educational.  One of the people in the movie was W.W. Phelps.   He was a member of the church but turned his back on Joseph and his fellow members of the church.  W.W. Phelps was the one that had Joseph and others put into Liberty Jail.  Once Joseph and the others were freed, they traveled onto Nauvoo.  In the mean time, W.W. Phelps was feeling rather down trodden and guilty for what he had done to Joseph.  W.W. Phelps wrote to Joseph and asked him and fellow members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for forgiveness.  W.W. Phelps was forgiven and was asked to come join Joseph in Nauvoo.  Later, after W.W. Phelps arrived, Joseph Smith Jr., Hyrum Smith and others turned themselves in.  Unfortunately, Joseph, Hyrum and 2 others were gunned down in the Carthage Jail.  At Joseph Smith Jr's, funeral, W.W. Phelps read a poem about the Prophet.  Later it was put to music and is one of the hymn's that we sing.  This is also Samantha's favorite song:

"Praise To The Man"

Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah!
Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer.
Blessed to open the last dispensation,
Kings shall extol him, and nations revere.

Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven!
Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain.
Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren;
Death cannot conquer the hero again.

Praise to his mem'ry, he died as a martyr;
Honored and blest be his ever great name!
Long shall his blood, which was shed by assassins,
Please unto heav'n while the earth lauds his fame.

Great is his glory and endless his priesthood.
Ever and ever the keys he will hold.
Faithful and true, he will enter his kingdom,
Crowned in the midst of the prophets of old.

Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven;
Earth must atone for the blood of that man.
Wake up the world for the conflict of justice.
Millions shall know "Brother Joseph" again.

~ Text: William W. Phelps, 1792-1872

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