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TitleChapter III
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1884
AuthorsWhitney, Helen Mar
Book TitleWhy We Practice Plural Marriage
PublisherJuvenile Instructor Office
CitySalt Lake City
KeywordsKimball, Heber C.; Kimball, Helen Mar; Latter-day Saint History (1820-1846); Latter-day Saint History (1847-1893); Plural Marriage; Polygamy

The author writes about her parents' acceptance of the principle of the plural marriage, and of the severe trial that it was to her father, Heber C. Kimball, when it was first introduced. She also provides the main portion of a discourse delivered by her father to his children prior to leaving on a mission in 1843. The author concludes reflecting on her experiences of persecution, both in the past, and continuing to the day in which she was writing. Defending the principle of plural marriage, and reflecting on the eternal fates of their persecutors, she says, "I have not written with 'the pen of the fanatic,' but with the heart 'of a woman,' who is in earnest, and does not 'prefer the glory of man above the glory of God.'"