Walker quotes statements from Orson Pratt and Joseph F. Smith regarding an angel commanding Joseph to practice plural marriage.

Apr 5, 1896
Charles Lowell Walker
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Charles Lowell Walker, Diary, April 5, 1896, in A. Karl Larson and Katherine Miles Larson, eds., Diary of Charles Lowell Walker, 2 vols. (Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 1980), 2:814–815

A. Karl Larson and Katherine Miles Larson, Charles Lowell Walker
Arthur F. Miles, H. W. Bigler, Orson Pratt, Joseph Smith, Jr., Joseph F. Smith, Andrew Jenson, Charles Lowell Walker

Sund 5th Attended Sunday School and explained to the Theological class some of the duties of a Deacon and Teacher. Supt Arthur F. Miles spoke on the principle of order and good attention during school hours. He called on me to speak after. I spoke briefly on the importance of good order in the small classes, on the antiquity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, repentence, baptism, as practised by the sectarians, the folly of the doctrine of transubstantiation, and the Unity of the Godhead. During the day I had a pleasant conversation with Br H. W. Bigler on the infinite mercy of God, and religious liberty. Also of the trials of the Prophet Joseph in first introducing the doctrine of Celestial marriage in Nauvoo and quoted the statement of the late apostle and church Historian [Orson Pratt], that the angel of the Lord appeared unto the Prophet Joseph with a drawn sword and declared that if He, Joseph did not go to and teach and practice the Holy commandment He would slay him. This same statement was made by Joseph F. Smith many years ago and is in print in the Deseret News, where this Angel met the prophet Joseph in the woods and commanded him to go forth and obey and practice the Holy revealation. In looking over the Church Historical Record (by [Andrew] Jensen) I find that the Prophet did go forth and do as the Lord commanded him and during his life did marry some 33 or 4 wives. And some are yet living at this date.

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