CHURCH ESSAY: “Joseph told associates that an angel appeared to him three times between 1834 and 1842 and commanded him to proceed with plural marriage when he hesitated to move forward. During the third and final appearance, the angel came with a drawn sword, threatening Joseph with destruction unless he went forward and obeyed the commandment fully.” -from the Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo essay, Gospel Topics, LDS.org. [source]
COMMENTARY: Isn’t Joseph just dreamy? I’d be his 37th Valentine in a heartbeat, no sword-wielding angel threatening me with destruction needed. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.