What kind of welcome Joseph must have received as he entered the world of spirits! What joyous reunion as he and Hyrum greeted their father, Joseph Smith, Sr., their brothers, Alvin, Don Carlos, and Ephraim, as well as other latter-day Saints who had since slept in the grave; not to mention the shouts of welcome from a multitude of saints from ages past, acknowledging Joseph’s indispensable work of the restoration. Certainly many holy prophets made their appearance there, such as the great patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and Joseph, who was sold into Egypt, who had prophesied of this latter-day Joseph’s mission on earth. Brother Joseph was again in beloved company, and what’s more, he was free! Free at last from the hounding of mobs and devils! But was he there to rest, to enter into the mansion prepared for him, and never lift another finger for the cause of truth? No. And why not? I love the way Parley P. Pratt said it: “Did Joseph, in the spirit world, think of any thing else, yesterday, but the doings of his brethren on the earth?…if I were to judge from the acquaintance I had with him in his life,…The spirit of his calling will never suffer him to rest, while Satan, sin, death, or darkness, possesses a foot of ground on this earth. While the spirit world contains the spirit of one of his friends, or the grave holds captive one of their bodies, he will never rest, or slacken his labors” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, p. 15).
Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren;
Death cannot conquer the hero again (Hymns, #27).