[Quarterly meeting of Apostles] Elder Marriner W. Merrill ... stated that although we had been prevented from practicing plural marriage because of the laws of our country, nevertheless this principle was true and had come from God; expressed a desire to be true to the Church, and true to his family; said he would desire to be true to the Church, and true to his family; said he would sooner rot in prison than to go back on anyone of his family. He said there was quite a feeling among some of the Saints that the Church had gone back on the principle of plural marriage; said this was not true and that the day would never come that the Church would repudiate this principle. The Lord, however had allowed it to be temporarily suspended to preserve the liberties of the Saints.
[Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]