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Fate of Persecutors of the Prophet Joseph Smith & Law of God regarding Sodomites

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The ruffian of whom I have spoken, who set him against the
well-curb, now secured a bowie knife for the purpose of severing
his head from his body. He raised the knife and was in the attitude
of striking, when a light, so sudden and powerful, burst from
the heavens upon the bloody scene, (passing its vivid chain between
Joseph and his murderers.) that they were struck with terrified
awe and filled with consternation. This light, in its appearance and
potency, baffles all powers of description. The arm of the ruffian,
that held the knife, fell powerless; the muskets of the four, who
fired, fell to the ground, and they all stood like marble statues, not
having power to move a single limb of their bodies.
By this time most of the men had fled in great disorder. I
never saw so frightened a set of men before. Col. Williams saw the
light and was also badly frightened; but he did not entirely lose
the use of his limbs or speech. Seeing the condition of these men
he hallooed to some who had just commenced to retreat, for God's
sake to come and carry off these men. They came back and carried
them by main strength towards the baggage wagons. They seemed
as helpless as if they were dead. Daniel H. Wells; The Martyrs, pp. 79-81.

"My father Jacob Hofheins was born on December 4, 1812, in
Baden, Germany. He emigrated to America in 1830 and joined
the Mormon Church in 1835. He was a bodyguard of the Prophet
Joseph Smith in the days of Nauvoo, and was present at the martyrdom
of the Prophet at Carthage, Illinois. I have heard him speak
many times of the cruelty of the mobbers and have heard him state
many times of the light that struck the fiend who raised his arm to
cut off the head of the Prophet, the fiend's hand was paralyzed and
fell to his side. Eliza Morgan

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