Lesson 37: Joseph and Hyrum Smith Are Martyred


The purpose of teaching Primary 5 Lesson 37: Joseph and Hyrum Smith Are Martyred is to strengthen everyone's testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Teaching Thoughts

The following links are to LDS.org resources unless otherwise stated.

Teacher Study

"The Prophet Joseph Smith: Teacher by Example" by President Thomas S. Monson

"The Expanding Inheritance from Joseph Smith" by President James E. Faust


The Prophet is Killed (about 3 1/2 minutes)- An illustrated Doctrine and Covenants video about the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum.

Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration (one hour)- The life of Joseph Smith. Skip to minute 55 for the events at Carthage Jail.


"Praise to the Man"- Hymns #27

"Stand for the Right"- Children's Songbook pg. 159

"The Sacred Grove"- Children's Songbook pg. 87

"The Word of Wisdom"- Children's Songbook pg. 154

"This is My Beloved Son"- Children's Songbook pg. 76


My Primary 5 Lesson 30 Handout Packet includes

  • Wordstrips to go with Enrichment Activity 1
  • Worksheet to go with Enrichment Activity 3

Activity Ideas

The Life of Joseph Smith- An activity to remember the events in Joseph Smith's life.

The Martyrdom of the Prophet- A comic-book style story of Joseph's martyrdom.

Sing a Song of Joseph- The story of Joseph's life with songs and script. You could give each person in your class a part to read.

The Life of Joseph Smith- Draw lines from events in Joseph's life to dates and scripture references.

Joseph Smith- Cut out and color puzzle pieces of the prophet Joseph Smith, includes a time-line of his life.

From the Life of President John Taylor- The story of Joseph and Hyram's martyrdom told through the eyes of President Taylor, includes illustrations.

Coloring Pages

Joseph Smith saw and testified of Jesus Christ

Prophet Joseph Smith