Joseph Smith in Liberty, Missouri Jail
Every now and then I hear the statement that Joseph Smith should never have escaped when given the opportunity. “Why would he do this if he wasn’t guilty?” That’s right, he wasn’t guilty of any of Missouri’s trumped up charges. To be honest, the State wanted him dead, however, when Alexander Doniphan boldly refused to stain his hands or the State of Missouri in innocent blood, the State was caught between a rock and a hard place. They knew they had no legal right to contain the prophet. So, to save face, they permitted him to “escape.” To be honest, if in the same circumstance, you, me, or any other individual would take them up on their offer and bolt, the way Joseph did. Anyways, after Joseph escaped, how were the two men “guarding” Joseph treated?
a. They were treated as hero’s
b. They were given the town key
c. They were accused of letting Joseph go and tortured
d. They were thrown into prison
(D) Addison Pratt
Even before construction began on the Salt Lake City Temple, Addison Pratt receives the first endowment given in the Salt Lake Valley. The sacred ordinances were performed on Ensign Peak.
Richard Neitzel Holzpfel et al., On This Day In The Church (Salt Lake City: Eagle Gate, 2000), 143.