130 years ago today - Oct 7, 1891

[Heber J. Grant]

Joseph F. Smith said among other things, at the meeting in the 18th Ward, that we must not violate the laws of the land neither should we break the covenants we had made with our wives. If men do break the laws of the land they must take the consequences. The day would come when the Lord will lighten the trials of those in plural marriage and the day would come that those in that relation would come our brighter and better than they are today....

Prest. Wilford Woodruff said it was the mind and will of God for us to finish the Salt Lake Temple. He endorsed the remarks of Bro Jos F. Smith. ...

I would give all I had in the world if I could live with my wives as wives and acknowledge them before the world. I succeeded in getting a meeting with Gusta this evening at Mrs. Little's. I do not think I ever saw her feeling sadder in my life. She was nearly heart broken, but I think felt a little better after we separated. I had a frightful night after I left Gusta. I fear that unless I can do something more to make her satisfied with her lot in life that she will not be able to endure the trials she has to and the power I possessed to tell Gusta that I would give her my name in the future and not let her hear all the burdens of the relations we had been obliged to keep up. The Manifesto has been a fearful trial to the sisters in plural marriage.

[The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

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