Joseph Smith is in Kirtland, Ohio. About 1000 Saints are in Jackson County, Missouri 800 miles away. The members moved to Missouri because it had been promised to them that this would be Zion.
Things are about to get really bad....
The mob appeared again on 23 July with rifles, pistols, whips, and clubs. They searched for Church leaders, cursing and profaning as they went. They set fire to haystacks and grain fields and destroyed several homes, barns, and businesses. The mob eventually confronted six leaders of the Church who, seeing the property and lives of the Saints in jeopardy, offered their lives as a ransom.
They were forced to sign an agreement to leave Jackson County.
August 2nd (Not on July 20th or 23rd)
Joseph is 800 miles away but the Lord can see everything and sees the suffering of his Saints in Missouri. So he gives Joseph Smith a revelation. What does it tell the Prophet about those saints in Missouri?
Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, August 2nd, 1833.
Doctrine and Covenants 97
Your school is good,
build a temple,
pay your tithing,
it will all be OK. .... if you keep the commandments.
How it ended
Determined to settle the matter decisively, the old settlers mobilized to drive the Mormons out. Renewed violence began on October 31, 1833, with an attack on the Whitmer Branch a few miles west of the Big Blue River, near Independence. The mob demolished houses, whipped the men, and terrorized the women and children. For a week, attacks, beatings, and depredations against the Saints continued.
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