115 years ago today - 115 years - Dec 25, 1899

Malissa Lott said: "The Prophet ... explained it to her, that it was not for voluptuous love"--yet when asked decades later if she had been his wife "in very deed," Malissa affirmed that she was. ["In Honor of Joseph Smith: An Anniversary of his Birth Celebrated in the Sixteenth Ward," Deseret Evening News, 25 December 1899, 2]

[Source: "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)]


  1. "when asked decades later"

    this was an interview that Melissa Lott had with Joseph Smith III on Oct.20,1885 in Lehi, Utah; main details recorded on pp.593-595 of the link (book) below:


    Melissa was taken as a polygamous wife by Joseph Smith on Sep.20,1843.

  2. Melissa Lott was the daughter of early Mormon leader Cornelius P. Lott, who managed Joseph Smith's farm in Nauvoo.

  3. Melissa Lott (Jan.9,1824 - July 13,1898).


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