115 years ago today - Friday, Sep 23, 1898

[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] In company with Prest. J. F. Smith, I called upon P[atrick]. H. Lannan [owner of the Salt Lake Tribune] and talked over the course being taken by the Tribune in its asaults on B. H. Roberts. Mr. Lannan made lots of talk and said nothing, really.

Prest. J. F. Smith presented him a paper setting forth that no marrying was going of the plural kind. He said that will not do.

[Source: Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith]


  1. Joseph F. Smith and others were SECRETLY sanctioning plural marriages from 1890 until 1904, but denying it publicly. Joseph F. Smith and the others were LIARS.

  2. The public stance of the LDS church against polygamy following the issuance of Wilford Woodruff’s 1890 Manifesto differed somewhat from its private position. Many ranking church authorities prior to 1904 believed that polygamy could be practiced privately, independent of official church sanction, by worthy members. This included the continued performance of plural marriages. D. Michael Quinn discusses the dilemmas of post-Manifesto polygamy in “LDS Church Authority and New Plural Marriages, 1890-1904,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 18 (Spring 1985): 9-105.


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