155 years ago today - May 1, 1869

The church begins obtaining sworn affidavits from persons who have personal knowledge of Joseph Smith instructing, performing, or entering into plural marriage. Unfortunately this is not a careful effort at an historical reconstruction of pre-1844 plural marriage but is a legalist response to the RLDS church's denials of the founding prophet's involvement in polygamy. The living witness who knows most details of Nauvoo polygamy, Brigham Young, does not add an affidavit of his own to this bound collection.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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