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“Majesty in Chains”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 01, 2011

After Joseph Smith and other church leaders were betrayed by George M. Hinkle in late 1838 during the Missouri War, they were imprisoned in Richmond Jail for a considerable period. Parley P. Pratt’s recounting of one incident of that imprisonment is a favorite Mormon story. This version of that event was published in the Children’s Friend of July 1955, written by Kathryn S. Gilbert and illustrated by Erla Young.







A fuller and more traditional account, including the quotation from Parley P. Pratt’s Autobiography, can be read here.



  1. Thanks Ardis. Parley’s account of Joseph’s rebuke of the guards has long been a sentimental favorite of mine when it comes to Church History moments.

    I don’t mean to threadjack, but did the Church ever explain why it was, that when they introduced the “current” Church magazines in 1971, they dropped the “Children’s” part of the title and just went with “The Friend”?

    Comment by andrew h — August 1, 2011 @ 7:08 am

  2. I don’t know the answer to that, andrew. My guess is they wanted it to have a new name and be a new magazine, just as the others were changed, but that’s only a guess.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 1, 2011 @ 8:24 am

  3. I was told in Primary at the time that there was another magazine called The Children’s Friend so they had to change the name.

    Comment by Carol — August 1, 2011 @ 10:15 am

  4. Maybe, but the (our) Children’s Friend had been in print since 1899, and so certainly had as much right as any other magazine to continue under that name had they chosen to do so.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 1, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

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