”And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:” (Acts 6:5)
Stephen the first matyr of Christianaty, was accused of blaphemy.
At his trial he made a long speech fiercely denouncing the Jewish authorities who were sitting in judgement on him and was stoned to death.
”And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Acts 7:59
Our Prophet Joseph Smith’s life follows the pattern Stephen. A few days after experiencing the First Vision in 1820, Joseph shared his experience and bore personal testimony of God The Father and His Beloved Son. During the next 24 years, nearly 20 attempts were made on Joseph’s life.The path to martyrdom walked by Joseph Smith and ancient prophets is the same path walked by Him who said, “Come, follow me.”
I can understand people who ”hates” persones trying to share the Gospel. I´ve heard that we Mormons are not nice in the bottom of our hearts, that we can´t be good friends for a good friends sake and all we wan´t to do is sharing the gospel.
Well it´s a sad way of thinking. But I can understand it.