is true that the Prophet Joseph Smith was visited by many
heavenly messengers who helped inaugurate this final dispensation."
Saints are blessed through the Prophet Joseph Smith’s
great faith and mission that opened the windows of heaven.
He was the preappointed agent through which communion
with the heavens and the earthly ministry of angels were
resumed in a grand manner."
faith, his weaknesses became strengths, and he nobly fulfilled
his great foreordained mission—because heavenly
messengers were his guides."
- LDS Church Publication "Ensign,", Oct.
1994, page 62
Mormons accept Joseph Smith's story of conversing face-to-face
with God-the-Father and Jesus Christ. They accept his story
about angel Moroni visiting him.
Smith also testified of another angelic visitor, one that
came to him repeatedly to command him to teach an eternal
principle and commandment. This revelation was so
important, the angel threatened Smith's life if he did not
teach and practice it. Joseph Smith's consistent
testimony regarding this heavenly messenger is just as credible
as the stories he told about his other visits from the angel
same God that has thus far dictated me and directed me and
strengthened me in this work, gave me this revelation and
commandment on celestial and plural marriage, and the same
God commanded me to obey it. He said to me that unless
I accepted it, and introduced it, and practiced it, I, together
with my people would be damned and cut off from this time
henceforth. We have got to observe it. It is an eternal
principle and was given by way of commandment and not by
way of instruction."
- Prophet Joseph Smith, Contributor, Vol. 5, p. 259
that principle was revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith
... he did not falter, although it was not until an angel
of God, with a drawn sword, stood before him; and commanded
that he should enter into the practice of that principle,
or he should be utterly destroyed, or rejected, that
he moved forward to reveal and establish that doctrine."
- Prophet Joseph F. Smith, "Plural Marriage for the Righteous
Only-Obedience Imperative-Blessings Resulting", Journal
of Discourses, Vol.20, p.28 - p.29
was commanded to take more wives and he waited until an
angel with a drawn sword stood before him and declared
that if he longer delayed fulfilling that command he would
- Hyrum Smith, Elder
Benjamin F. Johnson's Letter to George S. Gibbs, 1903
know whereon I stand, I know what I believe, I know what
I know and I know what I testify to you is the living truth.
As I expect to meet it at the bar of the eternal Jehovah,
it is true. And when you stand before the bar you will know.
He preached polygamy and he not only preached it, but he
practiced it. I am a living witness to it. It was given
to him before he gave it to the Church. An angel came
to him and the last time he came with a drawn sword in his
hand and told Joseph if he did not go into that principle,
he would slay him."
- Sister Mary Lightner, Address to Brigham Young University,
April 14th, 1905, BYU Archives and Manuscripts
Also See: http://www.ldshistory.net/pc/merlbyu.htm
brother, Hyrum, said to me, "Now, Brother Benjamin, you
know that Brother Joseph would not sanction this if it was
not from the Lord. The Lord revealed this to Brother Joseph
long ago, and he put it off until the Angel of the
Lord came to him with a drawn sword and told him
that he would be slain if he did not go forth and fulfill
the law." He told my sister to have no fears, and he there
and then sealed my sister, Almira, to the Prophet."
after this he was at my house again, where he occupied my
Sister Almira's room and bed, and also asked me for my youngest
sister, Esther M. I told him she was promised in marriage
to my wife's brother. He said, "Well, let them marry, for
it will all come right.""
- Joseph Smith's personal secretary and church patriarch,
Elder Benjamin F. Johnson, My Life's Review
Prophet Joseph Smith there and then explained to me the
doctrine of plurality of wives; he said that the Lord had
revealed it unto him, and commanded him to have women sealed
to him as wives; that he foresaw the trouble that would
follow, and sought to turn away from the commandment; that
an angel from heaven then appeared before him with a
drawn sword, threatening him with destruction unless he
went forward and obey the commandment."
further said that my sister, Eliza R. Snow, had been sealed
to him as his wife for time and eternity. He told me that
the Lord would open the way, and I should have women sealed
to me as wives. This conversation was prolonged, I think,
one hour or more, in which he told me many important things."
solemnly declare before God and holy angels, and as I hope
to come forth in the morning of the resurrection, that the
above statement is true."
- Prophet Lorenzo R. Snow, sworn affidavit.
Also See: http://www.mormons.org.uk/celest.htm
year-old Zina remained conflicted until a day in October,
apparently, when Joseph sent [her older brother] Dimick
to her with a message: an angel with a drawn sword had
stood over Smith and told him that if he did not establish
polygamy, he would lose "his position and his life."
Zina, faced with the responsibility for his position as
prophet, and even perhaps his life, finally acquiesced."
Sacred Loneliness, page 80-81)
questions to ponder:
Did Smith's free agency matter to Heavenly Father?
didn't the angels appear to anyone but Smith (i.e. the
the women's free agency matter to Smith OR Heavenly Father?
wouldn't marrying ONE other woman "establish" the law
of plural marriage?
If Smith were sent to establish a law, why didn't he do
any of it in the light of day? Why didn't he lawfully
petition governments, argue before the judiciary, and
take care of some of the difficult footwork necessary
in order to establish the--let's use the word correctly
can a father's salvation be assured through a daughter's
marriage to Smith, if we also hold the Articles of Faith
to be true...?
Smith foresaw the trouble polygamy would cause, but the
Lord giving the commandment didn't?