Doctrine and Covenants 135:3
“Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it… He lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people; and like most of the Lordʼs anointed in ancient times, has sealed his mission and his works with his own blood; and so has his brother Hyrum. In life they were not divided, and in death they were not separated!”
On June 27, 1844, Joseph Smith the Prophet and Hyrum Smith the Patriarch were killed at Carthage Jail. Section 135 proclaims their innocence and their testimony which was sealed with their blood. During his lifetime, Joseph Smith brought forth the Book of Mormon, restored the fullness of the gospel and the priesthood, established the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and received many revelations and commandments for the benefit of the Church and all people.
After the deaths of Joseph and Hyrum, persecution again forced the Saints to move. Under the direction of Brigham Young, the Saints prepared to travel west to the Rocky Mountains. The Saints made sacred covenants to keep the commandments and to help and serve one another along the long journey. Many Saints were traveling from overseas to join the Saints in America. They were organized into groups to travel west in companies, leaving at different times. Brigham Young taught, “And this shall be our covenant – that we will walk in all the ordinances of the Lord (D&C 136:4).”
“Like the early pioneers, when we receive the covenants and ordinances of the gospel, we too begin a journey toward Zion—for Zion is not only a place, it is also a Christlike purity of heart. President Young taught that we prepare for our journey by receiving ‘the ordinances of the holy Priesthood of the Son of God, which are necessary for the perfection of the Saints’… Ordinances not only help us become pure as individuals, but they also unite us as a people… It was in this spirit of unity that most of the pioneers came to the American West.” James E. Faust
Taffy was a special sweet treat for the pioneers. It takes only a few basic ingredients, it is fun to make and a small piece lasts a long time when you let it slowly dissolve in your mouth.
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