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Time Line of Events Leading To the Martyrdom:
(taken from Church History in the Fullness of Times pp. 273-285 click here to go to the chapter on the Martyrdom.)
24 March 1844 - Joseph Smith revealed to the Saints a conspiracy against him.
6 April 1844 - Joseph thwarted designs of conspirators at general conference.
7 April 1844 - The Prophet gives the King Follett Discourse.
7 June 1844 - Conspirators publish the Nauvoo Expositor.
10 June 1844 - Nauvoo City Council ordered destruction of the Expositor.
16 June 1844 - The Prophet gives the Sermon in the Grove (the conclusion of the King Follett discourse see Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith pp. 369-376).
18 June 1844 - The Prophet placed Nauvoo under martial law.
22 June 1844 - Gov. Ford insisted Joseph and Hyrum come to Carthage to answer charges against them.
23 June 1844 - Joseph and Hyrum leave Nauvoo to escape their fate. Some saints fear that the mobs will destroy them with Joseph being gone, so Joseph and Hyrum return to Nauvoo.
24 June 1844 - Joseph and Hyrum go to Carthage and arrive just before midnight.
25 June 1844 - Joseph and Hyrum are charged with treason against the State for declaring martial law.
26 June 1844 - A hearing was held on the charges of treason. They had no witnesses so they were to be held in jail for another hearing on June 29.
27 June 1844 - Joseph and Hyrum are murdered in Carthage.