Charles Lowell Walker reports on sermon by Erastus Snow; says Snow remembered Joseph telling him an angel commanded plural marriage.

Jun 17, 1883
Charles Lowell Walker
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Charles Lowell Walker, Diary, June 17, 1883, in Diary of Charles Lowell Walker, ed. A. Karl Larson and Katherine Miles Larson, 2 vols. (Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 1980), 2:610–611

A. Karl Larson and Katherine Miles Larson, Charles Lowell Walker
Artemisia Beman, Emma Hale Smith, William Law, Louisa Beaman, Minerva White, Joseph Smith, Jr., Erastus Snow, Joseph B. Noble, Charles Lowell Walker

June 17th, 1883 Parching Weather. Attended the quarterly Conference this P.M. Pres E Snow [Erastus Snow] spoke in a plain and powerfull manner on the subgect of Plural Marraige and bore his testimony to the truth of the Revelation on Celestial Marraige given by the Prophet and Seer Joseph Smith and the Eternity of the Marraige Covenant. Spoke of his first wife's Sister: Louisa Beeman, being the first Morman that entered Plural Marraige in this last dispensation, Br Nobles officiating in a grove Near Main Street in the City of Nauvoo, The Prophet Joseph dictating the ceremony and Br Nobles repeating it after him. Spoke of the Sore trials and tribulations the Prophet passed thru in trying to establish and sustain the Holy command of God and of his taking him down to the River Mississippi and while sitting on a log did unfold and teach unto him this grand principle and told him many things which He had kept locked up in his heart from that time. Bore his testimony that the Prophet Joseph did seal and give unto him his wives Artemisa [Artemisia Beman] and Minerva [Minerva White]; and though Emma Bideman (Joseph's wife) and her children and all Hell might say the doctrine of Plural Marriage was not true, He testified before God, Angels and Men they were Liars!

He also read a portion of the Revelation on celestial Marraige: spoke of the passage in the Book of Mormon where Jacob speaks to the People and the Lord say[ s] that they shall have but one wife except I the Lord command them to raise up a Righteous Seed unto me. Touched on the wickednes and folly of David and Solomon, in doing that which they were not commanded. He also touched on the condition of those who accepted and those who regected the Divine decree. After meeting I chatted with him a short time on the principle. He told Me of Emma's spite and vindictiones [vindictiveness] to[w)ard Her Husband the Prophet, She acting unwisely with William Law and trying to block his way and causing persecution to come upon him instead of being a help and a solace to him in his time of trial and sore affliction. Spoke of the Angel of the Lord meeting Joseph with a drawn sword and of his going to slay him for his being neglectful in the discharges of his duties and of Joseph having to plead on his knees before the Angel for his Life. He held the audience spell bound and all testified of the good feast and the flow of the Holy Spirit during the discourse which was nearly 3 hours in duration. I hope it will be Remembered by all who heard it, and may God seal it upon those hearts even so, Amen .

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