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Preview this item Preview this item. Pennsylvania to Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis Emma became the mother of eleven children, five of whom lived to adulthood. She and Joseph moved often and suffered great persecution for their beliefs. She died in her home in Read more Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Mormon enigma. Garden City, N. Emma Hale was born in Harmony. Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers.

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Biografie User lists with this item 1 Mormons 52 items by sclark01 updated Linked Data More info about Linked Data. All rights reserved. Remember me on this computer. Cancel Forgot your password? Decades after leaving Nauvoo, several polygamists reported that Joseph Smith told them that he was commanded by an angel to introduce and practice polygamy. The described chronology is puzzling because as shown in the chart above, he had experienced several documented polygamous ceremonies with Louisa Beaman and legally married women previously.

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Those sealings would not have authorized sexual relations during this life and therefore would probably have been less bothersome to Emma. Joseph reported that the angel was not satisfied. Benjamin F. Regardless of the trigger, Joseph Smith changed his pattern of plural marrying in the spring of On April 9, , he reportedly proposed to a previously unmarried woman in Nauvoo, the first since his sealing to Louisa Beaman over a year earlier. However, many historical clues help to create a possible timeline.

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Emma and Joseph speak before the Relief Society. Several authors have written that by March Emma Smith had learned the celestial marriage doctrines and that she then used her position as Relief Society President to oppose the practice in her speeches in their meetings. This is simply not documentable. Emma was clearly opposed to John C. Comparing a list of the names of women who knew of celestial marriage teachings on May 27, , to a list of names of all the members of that organization on that date their tenth meeting , shows that most did not know.

Possibly more women were aware that something was going on or had heard gossip. At the end of April , just two months before leaving Nauvoo, John C. On that day Eliza R. Besides learning through a single event or encountering polygamy unexpectedly, it is possible that Emma was introduced incrementally of plural marriage teachings: first of eternity-only sealings and later concerning time-and-eternity.

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Even greater difficulties loomed on the other side of the ceremonies when she was obligated to share her husband. She turned against us after that. Doubtless these were unimaginably difficult times for Emma who struggled with her personal distaste for the sexual implications of plural marriage and her sincere desires to support her husband. Within weeks, the strain would stretch them almost to the breaking point. In July , tensions reached a new high for both Joseph and Emma. In an attempt to encourage her acceptance of plural marriage, Hyrum Smith requested on the 12th that Joseph write down a revelation on the subject that he would present to her.

William Clayton recorded in his diary on that date:. This A.


After it was wrote Presidents Joseph and Hyrum presented it and read it to E[mma] who said she did not believe a word of it and appeared very rebellious. The original manuscript of the revelation was soon destroyed, but a copy had been made by Joseph C. Whitney kept the copy until March of when Brigham Young took possession, publishing it in The very next day, she and Joseph took serious counsel together with some sort of agreement being negotiated. It had at least two parts. Evidently the second part of the agreement was designed to assure that if anything happen to Joseph or their marriage, Emma would be financially supported.

He appears much troubled about E[mma]. Richard L. The agreement represented some kind of compromise. The relationships between Emma, Joseph, and his plural wives during the final ten months of his life are poorly documented. George A. Despite the commotion they were then experiencing, Emma became pregnant with David Hyrum Smith approximately February 10, When on June 23rd Joseph hid from Illinois lawmen, it was Emma to whom he turned for advice rather than someone else.

Because of the needs of their children, Emma was unable to comply, but she reportedly requested a blessing from him. Emma died in Emma needed much faith. Faith to believe that God had commanded.

Joseph to marry plural wives without informing her. Faith to work through the natural reactive emotions of jealously and suspicion.