Eliza Partridge recalls her introduction and conversion to plural marriage.

Eliza Partridge

Eliza Partridge, “Life and Journal of Eliza Maria Partridge Lyman,” 1877, 13–14, Typescript 5–6, Church History Library, holograph MS 1527

Eliza Partridge
Eliza Partridge, Joseph Smith, Jr., Marie Louisa, Amasa Mason Lyman, Heber C. Kimball

After a time my sister Emily and myself went to live in the family of the Prophet Joseph Smith. We lived there about three years. While there he taught to us the plan of Celestial marriage and asked us to enter into that order with him. This was truly a great trial for me, but I had the most implicit confidence in him as a Prophet of the Lord and not but believe his words, and as a matter of course accept of the privilege of being sealed to him as a wife for time and all eternity. We were sealed in 1843 by H. C. K., in presence of witnesses. I continue to live in his family for a length of time after this but did not reside there when he was martyred, which was the 27th of June, 1844. I was then living with a family by the name of Coolidge. I stayed with them for a year or more until I was married to a man by the name of Amasa Lyman, one of the Twelve Apostles. I then went to live with my mother for a while, and after that lived with him and his wife Marie Louisa. Times were not then as they are now in 1877, but a woman living in polygamy dare not let it be known, and nothing but a firm desire to keep the commandments of the Lord could have induced a girl to marry in that way. I thought my trials were very severe in this line, and I am often led to wonder how it was that a person of my temperament could get along with it and not rebel. But I know it was the Lord who kept me from opposing his plans, although in my heart I felt I could not submit to them. But I did, and I am thankful to my Heavenly Father for the care he had over me in those troublous times.

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