A note from the Journal of Christopher Layton, about Joseph Smith, days before his death.
“After the city had been declared under martial law, the Legion was drawn up in front of the Mansion House and the Prophet, standing upon the framework of the building opposite, addressed them. He asked us if we loved him, if we would stand by him and sustain the laws of our country? And we all answered, ‘Yes, yes.’ Then he said he was content; he would die for us. ‘I love you my brethren; greater love hath no man than that he lay down his life for his friends; you have stood by me in the hour of trouble, and I am willing to sacrifice my life for your preservation.’…but if there is a drop of blood shed on this occasion, the sword shall never again