I was studying the Sunday school lesson for gospel doctrine and I came across the following:
“Joseph Smith, Sr., was filled with the testimony of the truth, and was always anxious to share it with others. He was almost sixty when he made the tedious journey … to carry the gospel to his father and mother, his sisters and brothers. Soon after his return [home,] he was imprisoned for a small debt of fourteen dollars, rather than deny the divinity of the Book of Mormon and be forgiven the debt! He was cast into a cell with a condemned murderer and left for four days without food. Later he was transferred to the prison workyard where he preached the gospel and converted two persons whom he later baptized. He was in prison a full month before his family was able to obtain his release” (E. Cecil McGavin, The Family of Joseph Smith , 68; see also Lucy Mack Smith, History of Joseph Smith, ed. Preston Nibley , 172–73, 179–86).
This was new to me. What dedication to the Lord and humility to sustain his son as the Lord's prophet!! An example I would like to follow more completely.
P.S. I'm glad we don't have debtors prison anymore (at least for now...)