At the request of Mr. John Wentworth, Editor, and Proprietor of the “Chicago Democrat,” I have written the following sketch of the rise, progress, persecution, and faith of the Latter-day Saints, of which I have the honor, under God, of being the founder. … all that I shall ask at his hands is that he publish the account entire, ungarnished, and without misrepresentation.
I remember the churchman saying, in a very solemn and impressive tone, that the very influence the boy carried was the danger they feared for the coming generation, that not only the young men, but all who came in contact with him, would follow him, and he must be put down.
May it please the court and gentlemen of the jury, my brother attorney on the other side has charged me with connection with Joseph Smith and the golden Bible. The responsibility has been placed upon me, and I cannot escape reply.
William E. McLellin wanted to know where Heber C. Kimball was. Someone pointed me out to him as I was sitting on the ground. He came up to me and said: “Brother Heber, what do you think of the fallen prophet now? Has he not led you blindfolded long enough?
In almost an agony of feeling I looked him squarely in the eye, and said, while my heart gushed up before him, "Brother Joseph, this is all new to me; it may all be true—you know, but I do not. To my education it is all wrong, but I am going, with the help of the Lord to do just what you say, with this promise to you—that if ever I know you do this to degrade my sister I will kill you, as the Lord lives." He looked at me, oh, so calmly, and said...
When he was through, brother Joseph arose like a lion about to roar... The entire congregation was astounded; electrified as it were, and overwhelmed with the sense of the truth and power by which he spoke, and the wonders which he related.
Joseph had to decide whether to leave me to be captured by the mob or to endanger himself by rendering aid.
As soon as Joseph and Oliver got into the room, the lawyer said there was a mob outside in front of the house. "If they get hold of you they will perhaps do you bodily injury; and I think the best way for you to get out of this is to get right out there," pointing to the window and hoisting it.
Generations yet unborn will dwell with peculiar delight upon the scenes that we have passed through, the privations that we have endured; the untiring zeal that we have manifested; the all but insurmountable difficulties that we have overcome in laying the foundation of a work that brought about the glory and blessing which they will realize.
Consider the story of Samuel Smith:
Samuel was the younger brother of Joseph Smith. Imagine how he must have felt when Joseph came home from the grove and told his family that none of the churches were right. Imagine standing loyal to your family and brother as those around you turned and persecuted you. Then one morning Joseph tells you that The Angel Moroni came and spent the night talking with him and told him of a book of gold plates.