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Season 7 Episode 3 Liberty Jail: The Prison Temple (audio)


This is the story of those last days of the Prophet’s time in Liberty Jail, and particularly the coming forth of Sections 121-123 of the Doctrine and Covenants.


It was December 1, 1838 when Joseph Smith and others were locked in the jail at Liberty, Clay County, Missouri. They were being held, pending a hearing to determine their guilt, in a dungeon cell 14 feet square. It was a miserable, filthy place; anything but a temple in environment, yet out of it came, in the end, things most holy. This episode of History of the Saints is our final chapter in the story of Liberty Jail. We begin January 25, 1839, when the prisoners were brought before Judge Joel Turnham on the strength of a writ of habeas corpus.


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