When John Taylor went to Kirtland, Ohio, in March 1837, he met the Prophet Joseph Smith for the first time.
Of that meeting, Preston Nibley wrote, "This was the beginning of a friendship that was to continue throughout the lifetime of the Prophet. His [the Prophet's] last hours in mortality - indeed, his very last hour - were to be soothed and comforted by the tender and wholesome spirit and loving friendship of John Taylor." (The Presidents of the Church, p. 72.)In August 1837, the Prophet, accompanied by Sidney Rigdon and Thomas B. Marsh, paid a return visit to Elder Taylor in Canada. Of that visit, Elder Taylor wrote, "This was as great a treat to me as I ever enjoyed. I had daily opportunity . . . in participating in the rich store of intelligence that flowed continually from the Prophet Joseph."
Numerous entries in the Prophet's own historical records mention visits with Elder Taylor. For example, under the date of Jan. 1, 1844, the Prophet wrote: "A large party took a New Year's supper at my house, and had music and dancing till morning. I was in my private room with my family, Elder John Taylor and other friends."
On Feb. 6, 1844, the Prophet wrote: "Very cold day. I spent the evening with my brother, Hyrum, Sidney Rigdon and the Twelve Apostles and their wives at Elder John Taylor's: took supper and had a very pleasant time."
John Taylor was with Joseph and Hyrum during their martyrdom and was seriously wounded as a mob attacked the jail at Carthage, Ill.
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Information compiled by Gerry Avant
Sources: LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, by B. H. Roberts; Presidents of the Church, by Preston Nibley; Essentials in Church History, by Joseph Fielding Smith.