On June 27, 1844, at about 5 o'clock in the afternoon, a crowd of armed men forced their way into the Hancock County Jail at Carthage, Illinois, and shot Joseph and Hyrum Smith to death.
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Sections 131 and 132 contain doctrines relative to the eternal nature of holy matrimony. These were not new doctrines. The Lord instituted marriage as the wholesome and perfecting relationship between men and women in the Garden of Eden.
Everyone must have the opportunity to hear the gospel message and receive the ordinances of salvation administered through the authority of the restored priesthood. If that opportunity was not available to an individual in mortality, it will be extended in the spirit world.
In the fall of 1838, Joseph and Hyrum Smith were arrested and imprisoned in a filthy frontier prison house in Liberty, Missouri, where they and a few of the brethren were kept shackled through the winter. Cold, hunger, and fear were ever present. Even worse, the mean-spirited affidavits of former friends had, in part, led to this imprisonment.
"If she observe not to do whatsoever I have commanded her, I will visit her according to all her works, with sore affliction, with pestilence, with plague, with sword, with vengeance, with devouring fire." To some this warning seems to have found fulfillment in the events during the Winter of 1833 in Jackson County, Missouri.
In the revelation now called D&C 112, the Lord counseled Thomas B. Marsh, then President of the Twelve Apostles, relative to his priesthood calling. This section can be helpfully broken down into four parts.
The Doctrine and Covenants is an invitation to all people everywhere to come unto Christ. In the revelations of this book "one hears the tender but firm voice of the Lord Jesus Christ," inviting all to come unto Him "preparatory to his second coming."