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Martyr, Martyrdom

A person who gives his life rather than forsake Christ, the gospel, or his righteous beliefs or principles.

  • All the righteous blood from Abel to Zacharias will testify against the wicked:Matt. 23:35; ( Luke 11:50; )
  • Whosoever shall lose his life for Christ’s sake and the gospel’s shall save it:Mark 8:35; ( D&C 98:13; )
  • And they stoned Stephen:Acts 7:59; ( Acts 22:20; )
  • Where a testament is there must be the death of the testator:Heb. 9:16–17;
  • Abinadi fell, having suffered death by fire:Mosiah 17:20;
  • Converted Ammonihahites were thrown into the fire:Alma 14:8–11;
  • Many were slain because they testified of these things:3 Ne. 10:15;
  • Whoso layeth down his life in my cause shall find life eternal:D&C 98:13–14;
  • Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith were martyrs to the restoration of the gospel:D&C 135;
  • Joseph Smith sealed his testimony with his blood:D&C 136:39;