Joseph Smith's true friends stand by him

When their temple was dedicated in April 1836, the Kirtland Saints may have hoped their tests were over. After all, this was a period of spiritual outpouring and close friendship.

But the tests were only beginning.

Joseph Smith's mother reports that her son had to travel to the East Coast later that month.

On his return trip, "Joseph had a vision, which lasted until he besought the Lord to take it from him; for it manifested to him things which were painful to contemplate. It was taken from before his eyes for a short time, but soon returned again, and remained until the whole scene was portrayed before him."

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