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John 5:26 “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself:.

The Historical Record 6:226 “From him [Joseph Smith] I learned the doctrine of plural and celestial marriage is the most holy and important doctrine ever revealed to man on the earth, and that without obedience to that principle no man can ever attain to the fullness of exaltation in the celestial glory.” — (Signed) William Clayton, Salt Lake City, February 18, 1874 (more…)

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TodayinMormonHistory.com “– 175 years ago today – Sep 15, 1843 — William Clayton writes in his journal: “President Joseph told me he had lately had a new item of law revealed to him in relation to myself. He said the Lord had revealed to him that a man could only take 2 of a family except by express revelation and as I had said I intended to take Lydia he made this known for my benefit. To have more than two in a family was apt to cause wrangles and trouble. He finally asked if I would not give L[ydia] to him. I said I would so far as I had anything to do in it. He requested me to talk to her.

Lydia Moon, who had just turned 17, was the younger sister of two of Clayton’s wives: legal wife Ruth Moon and his first plural wife Margaret Moon. Clayton had been courting Lydia to become his plural wife until Joseph Smith told him of the recently-revealed “new item of law.” Clayton talked to Lydia Moon about becoming Joseph’s plural wife but she never would agree to it. She later apostatized from the Church.” (more…)

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Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders 11

William Clayton

July 17, 1814 – December 4, 1879Early Mormon Polygamists

This time around we’re taking a look at the Church’s historian, William Clayton. In addition to keeping the secrets of Joseph Smith’s multiple marriages, Mr. Clayton wrote everything down in an orderly fashion to keep track of the minutes of meetings as well as all the marriages of Smith. He was given the arduous task of recording the revelations of Joseph Smith.

Clayton became Joseph Smith’s personal secretary in 1842 and Clayton Williamdutifully wrote down everything he either saw or heard. While many members of the Church don’t appreciate all the history being available, they do benefit from his industrious work ethic.

During the busy times of the Church in Nauvoo Clayton somehow found enough time to collect a fair amount of wives – ten to be exact. We’ve listed them here for you.

In addition to his busy family life he also filled the position of auditor for the Utah Territory, wrote a few LDS hymns, and served as the secretary for ZCMI.

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