254.2: The Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 32)

“To Seal the Testimony”


How is your life different because of an obscure farmboy born in 1805 Vermont? This episode explores the contributions and martyrdom of Joseph Smith and Hyrum. This episode will cover:

  • The events leading up to Joseph’s death, including the role of the Laws
  • The events of the martyrdom, including some you likely have never heard before!
  • The connection of Joseph’s martyrdom to Masonry
  • The relationship of self-defense and martyrdom
  • Joseph’s stature in theology, history, and LDS culture

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Class Member Reading: Doctrine and Covenants 135; Our Heritage, pages 62–66; Acts 7:54–60; Hebrews 9:15–17; Mosiah 17:7–10; 3 Nephi 10:15; D&C 98:13; D&C 136:34–39

Additional Teacher Reading: Matthew 23:35; Ether 12:36–38; D&C 130:22–23; Joseph Smith—History 1:17; D&C 13; 110:11–16; D&C 76:23–24; Abraham 3:22–28; D&C 128:18

We are fortunate to have an expert class this time; enjoy learning from Joseph, Cheryl, and Kirk.


You can access my Reading Notes here.

You can access my Lesson Notes here.



See the lesson notes


Many thanks to Devin Roth for the beautiful bumper music. Check out his arrangement of hymns and other work at DevinRothMusic!

Thanks to James Estrada of Oak Street Audio for his quality post-production, and to William Newman for additional editing help.

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