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    Mormon History: Joseph Smith Rebukes Guards - Mormonism


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    Parley P. Pratt, a member of the early Mormon Church, was unjustly imprisoned with the prophet Joseph Smith one night in the Richmond Jail. As guards in "dreadful blasphemies and filthy language" boasted of their participation in the Saints' persecution, Joseph rebuked them in the name of Jesus Christ in a "voice of thunder": "SILENCE, ye fiends of the infernal pit. ... Cease such talk, or you or I die THIS INSTANT!" The "quailing guards ... begged his pardon." Parley wrote, "Dignity and majesty have I seen but once, as it stood in chains, at midnight, in a dungeon in an obscure village of Missouri."