Doctrine and Covenants
Week 29: Martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph; Brigham Young leads the Saints west
8 June 2017
Additional reading and links
- Alexander L. Baugh and Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, “‘I Roll the Burthen and Responsibility of Leading This Church Off from My Shoulders on to Yours’: The 1844/1845 Declaration of the Quorum of the Twelve Regarding Apostolic Succession,” BYU Studies 49, no. 3 (2010): 4–19.
- Dallin H. Oaks, “The Suppression of the Nauvoo Expositor,” Utah Law Review 9, no. 4 (Winter 1965): 862–903. Oaks argues that the Nauvoo city council’s action to destroy the Expositor press was legal within the understanding of the law in Joseph’s time.
- Joseph L. Lyon and David W. Lyon, “Physical Evidence at Carthage Jail and What It Reveals about the Assassination of Joseph and Hyrum Smith,” BYU Studies 47, no. 4 (2008): 4–50.
- Mark Lyman Staker and LaJean Purcell Carruth, “John Taylor’s June 27, 1854, Account of the Martyrdom,” BYU Studies 50, no. 3 (2011): 25–62.
- D. Michael Quinn, “The Mormon Succession Crisis of 1844,” BYU Studies 16, no. 2 (Winter 1976): 187–233. Quinn argues that Joseph did not leave clear directions on who should succeed him and this spurred a crisis that was resolved only when the majority of the Saints threw their support behind Brigham Young and the Twelve.
- Ronald K. Esplin, “Joseph, Brigham and the Twelve: A Succession of Continuity,” BYU Studies 21, no. 3 (Summer 1981): 301–41. Esplin counters Quinn’s article by arguing that the path of succession was clear from Joseph’s statements and canonized revelations.
- Russel R. Rich, “Nineteenth-Century Break-offs,” Ensign (September 1979): 68–71. Rich describes some of the schismatic groups that broke away from the restored Church during the Prophet Joseph’s life and after his death.