“Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am; and that I am the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”
1842 - The Prophet Joseph’s case was presented to the Illinois State Supreme Court. They agreed that the order for his arrest out of Missouri signed by former Governor Carlin was illegal, but disagreed upon what action the present Governor could take. It was recommended that the Prophet appear before the supreme court to receive a writ of habeas corpus.
“Men who know God and love him and live his commandments and obey his true ordinances may yet in this life, or the life to come, see his face and know that he lives and will commune with them” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, p. 29).
At 5:00 p.m., the jailer, Mr. Stigall, returned to the jail and told them Stephen Markham had been driven from Carthage and had fled to Nauvoo. He suggested that the men move to the cell as they would be safer there. Joseph replied that they would after dinner.
Washington, fearing the worst, asked for a list of casualties. To his amazement, not one American soldier had been killed. He quickly took his prisoners and marched back across the river before British reinforcements could arrive. Washington had his first victory, and in the cold bitter reality of defeat and death, a nation was born.