While there were those among the Latter-day Saints who ended up betraying the Prophet Joseph Smith, most of his brethren stood by him to the death. One of these was his dear brother Hyrum. Joseph said of him : “I could pray in my heart that all my brethren were like unto my beloved brother Hyrum, who possesses…the meekness and humility of Christ; and I love him with that love that is stronger than death” (Ibid., vol. 2, p. 338). “Hyrum, what a faithful heart you have got!…[what] care you have had for my soul! O how many are the sorrows we have shared together; and again we find ourselves…[in the] hand of oppression” (Ibid., vol. 5, pp. 107-08). “I advised my brother Hyrum to take his family…and go….[for if we were] ever taken again, we [would] be massacred….I want Hyrum to live…but he is determined not to leave me” (Ibid., vol. 6, pp. 520, 546). “I fear not death; my work is done. Keep the faith and I will die for Nauvoo” (Dan Jones, The Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, p. 3).
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