125 years ago today - Jan 31, 1898

At a conference in Thatcher, Arizona Apostle John W. Taylor "made a ringing address on our duties to our families and on the sacredness of the doctrine of the Eternity of the Marriage Covenant, including the Plurality of Wives. He told the brethren to do their full duty to their wives but that man could not take any more wives in the plural order." Wilford Woodruff has already declared publicly that the 1890 manifesto forbade continued cohabitation with plural wives. John W. Taylor himself would perform plural marriages after this conference statement and would eventually be excommunicated for it as a sign to the federal government that the church was serious about stopping polygamy.

[John Henry Smith diary]

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