145 years ago today - Mar 23, 1877

Minersville [--] Beaver County


March 23rd 1877

I [--] Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner do testify, that in the year 1842 in the month of February[,] the Prophet Joseph Smith came to me and said he had received a direct command from God to take me for a wife for time and all eternity; after receiving what I felt to be a witness of the truth of the said statement made to me by the said Joseph Smith the Prophet, I was sealed to the said Joseph Smith by Pres Brigham Young in Nauvoo, Hancock County[,] Illinois ... The said ceremony was solemnly performed in the month of February A.D. 1842 as first above written

[signed] Mary E R Lightner

[Folder 10, Box 87, Joseph F. Smith Papers, LDS Church History Library, quoted in "Evidence For The Sexual Side of Joseph Smith's Polygamy," Comments by D. Michael Quinn on Session #2A "Reconsidering Joseph Smith's Marital Practices," Mormon History Association's Annual Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 29 June 2012 (unabbreviated version, revised during July)]

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