130 years ago today - Apr 3, 1894

Marriner W Merrill ... regretted that some of the brethren were neglecting their plural families and were taking advantage of the Manifesto and claiming that they were following it in so doing, but he had never so understood the Manifesto and he had preached to the brethren to do their duty by their families ... He had not felt at the time Prest Woodruff read the Manifesto to him to sustain it and Prest Woodruff had asked him to get something better and said that it was the mind of the Lord that some thing should be done. He had gone to the Lord and had been given a testimony that the Manifesto was right.

Prest Cannon made some remarks on our condition as we now were situated on account of men not being able to take more wives and he wished that his girls could have the privilege of marrying some good men even if they were not the first wife rather than to have to marry some of the young men they might have to. Prest Woodruff remarked that the day was not far away when there would be a change and greater liberty would be given in the matter of marriage.

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

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