Lorenzo Snow recalls conversation with Joseph about plural marriage; says Joseph said he was commanded by an angel with a sword to practice it.

Aug 28, 1869
Lorenzo Snow
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Lorenzo Snow, Affidavit, August 28, 1869, Affidavits about celestial marriage, 1869-1915, MS 3423, Church History Library

Joseph F. Smith
Eliza R. Snow, Lorenzo Snow, Joseph Smith, Jr.

In the month of April 1843 I returned from my European Mission a few days after my arrival at Nauvoo when at President Joseph Smith's House, he said he wishes to have some private talk with me, and requested me to walk out with him; It was toward evening, we walked a little distance, and sat down on a la<r>ge log that lay near the bank of the river; he there and then explained to me the doctrine of plurality ^of wives he said that the Lord had revealed it unto him, and commanded him to have women sealed to him as wives that he foresaw the crucible that would follow & sought to turn away from the commandment — that an angel from Heaven then appeared before him with a drawn sword threatening him with destruction unless he went forward and obeyed the commandment. He further said that my sister Eliza R. Snow had been sealed to him as his wife for hime and Eternity. He told me that the Lord would open the way & I should have women sealed to me as wives. This conversation was prolonged I think one hour or more in which he told me many important things. I solemnly declare before God and holy Angels, and also hope to come forth in the morning of the Resurrection that the above Statement is true. Lorenzo Snow

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