80 years ago today - Jan 25, 1942

[Heber J. Grant]

[Concerning his talk Sunday evening at the East Ensign Ward:] I spoke and in the course of my remarks I said I had heard a great deal of talk about stopping plural marriage. I said the Lord did not intend to stop plural marriage if the people had lived it right. I told them that one man remarked to me, 'Brother Grant, I never did think that plural marriage was right, and I feel the Prophet made a mistake in establishing it.'| ...

I said : 'Suppose we look into the fruits of polygamy. There are Twelve Apostles. Four of them are too old to have been the product of polygamy; seven of the remaining eight are the product of polygamy'polygamous children'one of whom I am which, and one only was monogamously born.'| I did not tell him who he was, but he was Brother Matthias Cowley, who was afterwards dropped from his position for taking a wife when he should not have done.

I said it was Brother Woodruff's inspiration to stop plural marriage by the laws of the land. 'You can blame the U.S. Government for stopping polygamy, the Lord would not have stopped had we not had a commandment to obey the laws of the land.'|

It was not such a sermon as I would have cared to have printed in the newspaper ...

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

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