Charles Lowell Walker records Brigham Young sermon; Brigham alleges Joseph and Oliver Cowdery learned about polygamy while translating the Book of Mormon and that Oliver took a plural wife.

Jul 26, 1872
Charles Lowell Walker
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Charles Lowell Walker, Diary, July 26, 1872, in A. Karl Larson and Katherine Miles Larson, eds., Diary of Charles Lowell Walker, 2 vols. (Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 1980), 1:349

A. Karl Larson and Katherine Miles Larson, Charles Lowell Walker
Hyrum Smith, James Adams, Brigham Young, Annie Lyman, Newel K. Whitney, George A. Smith, Joseph Smith, Jr., Oliver Cowdery, Willard Richards, Charles Lowell Walker, Heber C. Kimball

July 26 1872 Pleasant . At night went to the 14th Ward Meeting. Br Brigham Spoke on the folly of apostacy, and the lying Spirit that Apostates give way to after turning away from the truth. Said that while Joseph And Oliver were translating the Book of Mormon, they had a revelation that the order of Patriarchal Marriag and the Sealing was right. Oliver said unto Joseph, "Br Joseph, why dont we go into the Order of Polygamy, and practice it as the ancients did? We know it is true, then why delay?" Joseph's reply was "I know that we know it is true, and from God, but the time has not yet come." This did not seem to suit Oliver, who expressed a determination to go into the order of Plural Marriage anyhow, altho he was ignorant of the order and pattern and the results. Joseph said, "Oliver if you go into this thing it is not with my faith or consent." Disregarding the counsel of Joseph, Oliver Cowdery took to wife Miss Annie Lyman, cousin to Geo A Smith. From that time he went into darknes and lost the spirit. Annie Lyman is still alive, a witnes to these things. Showed that the old members of the Church were fast passing away, that lived when the Prophet Joseph was alive. Said that he was the only one alive out of seven that the prophet revealed the Endowments and sealing to, viz Hyrum Smith, Heber C. Kimball, Bishop Whitney, Willard Richards, and himself; the other I do not reccolect. Judge Adams is later inserted.) The Meeting was crowded insomuch that many could not get in and had to stand by the door untill the Meeting was out. The remainder of this month, and August I spent in working at stone cuting behind the Theatre, going to Meetings, and visiting old acquaintances, chatting about old time &c.

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