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Church History Vol. 4 Chapter 25 Page 436

(~1884)

436 CHAPTER 25.

1884.

THE year 1884 opened up with general activity everywhere both upon the part of the representatives of the church and the opposition.

A letter written from Tarona, Papeete, Tahiti, January 10, stated the condition of the work in the Islands as follows: "Our numbers are daily increasing, in Tahiti as well as in the Chain Islands."

On January 13 in a discourse delivered in Assembly Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah, Apostle George Teasdale, of the Utah church, said, as reported in Deseret News:

I bear my solemn testimony that plural marriage is as true as any principle that has been revealed from the heavens. I bear my testimony that it is a necessity and that the church of Christ in its fullness never existed without it.

This gentleman seems to have strong convictions on this point, for in April, 1889, when he was editor of the Millennial Star, the following appeared in the editorial columns:

Those who think "Mormonism" never would have encountered any great amount of opposition had it not been for the principle of plural marriage, utterly fail to comprehend the forces at work in this matter.

(page 436)

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