Emma Smith often vacillated between accepting and rejecting polygamy. In our next conversation with Dr. Bill Smith we will talk about how she vacillated between these two extremes.
Bill: Like I said, she was up and down about it. At some point apparently in May 1843 she had accepted the idea at least in a limited way. Then later she becomes very negative about it. During this period when the revelation is given in July 12, 1843, she has become very, very negative about the idea.
We don’t know everything that happened with her, what she heard. She was in Relief Society, and you know how in small towns, Nauvoo was a relatively small town we would think of it so today. In that day it was a fairly large place, so you knew practically everybody and people talked about what they saw, who was doing what. So, the kind of knowledgebase that Emma had, we don’t know for sure but she probably had her finger on what was going on in the female population and the male population of Nauvoo.