A Peacemaker

    “A Peacemaker,” Friend, Nov. 2009, 38–39

    From the Life of the Prophet Joseph Smith

    A Peacemaker

    Adapted from History of the Church, 5:282–83.

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    Illustrations by Sal Velluto and Eugenio Mattozzi

    As mayor of Nauvoo, Joseph often had meetings with Nauvoo city officials. At one such meeting, Joseph looked out the window and saw two boys fighting in the street.

    Joseph immediately went down to stop the fight.

    Boys! This is no way to stop a problem.

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    The boys listened to Joseph and stopped fighting.

    Joseph then spoke to the people who had watched the fight from the side of the road.

    You should have interfered. Take care that such future instances are resolved immediately.

    When Joseph returned to the office, he spoke to the men about the incident.

    Nobody is allowed to fight in Nauvoo but myself.