"One scene," remembered Daniel Tyler, "was particularly touching, and showed the goodness of the [Prophet's] heart." A man of prominence in the Church lost his faith for a time in Far West but later sought the Prophet's forgiveness in Quincy, Illinois. He set out to see the Prophet "with a sorrowful heart and downcast look." But the Lord told Joseph the man was coming, and Joseph watched for him through the window. "As soon as he turned to open the gate the Prophet sprang up from his chair and ran and met him in the yard, exclaiming, 'O Brother, how glad I am to see you!' He caught him around the neck and both wept like children." Reconciled with the Prophet and the Church, this man "gathered with the Saints in Zion and died in full faith" (Juvenile Instructor, Aug. 15, 1892, 491).
On March 24, 1832, an angry mob dragged the Prophet from his home, beat him severely, and left him covered with tar and feathers. Joseph spoke with a slight lisp the rest of his life because of a tooth that was chipped during that assault. "My friends spent the night in scraping and removing the tar, and washing and cleansing my body," Joseph later recalled. The following morning being the Sabbath, the Saints gathered, and among them were many from the previous night's mob. Joseph paid them no heed. "With my flesh all scarified and defaced," he noted, "I preached to the congregation as usual, and in the afternoon of the same day baptized three individuals" (History of the Church, 1:264).