Personal Life

May 18, 1843

Joseph Smith dined with Judge Stephen A. Douglas and prophesied that the judge would aspire to the presidency of the United States but that if he ever turned against the Saints, he would feel the hand of the Almighty.

May 23, 1843

With Emma's approval and in her presence, Joseph Smith was married to sisters Emily and Eliza Partridge by Judge James Adams, a high priest in the Church. About this time, Emma also approved Joseph's marriage to two other sisters, Maria and Sarah Lawrence.

May 28, 1843

Joseph and Emma Smith were sealed as husband and wife for time and all eternity in the Red Brick Store after Emma had given approval for Joseph to take the Partridge sisters and Lawrence sisters as additional plural wives.


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