Because you have asked that I deny the principle of polygamy, it seems that I am placed in jeopardy regardless of which stand I may choose to take. If I believe in it as a true principle, then it appears that I may stand to lose Church positions or even be disfellowshipped or excommunicated. On the other hand, if I repudiate it, according to the teachings of former presidents and apostles of the Church, I stand to be guilty of opposing a revelation which will affect my eternal welfare. The presidency of the Church formerly warned the members: Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned; and I will go still further and say, take this revelation, or any other revelation that the Lord has given, and deny it in your feelings, and I promise that you will be damned. (Brigham Young, J.D. 3:266)  I want to prophesy that all men and women who oppose the revelation which God has given in relation to polygamy will find themselves in darkness, the spirit of God will withdraw from them the very moment of their opposition to that principle, until they will finally go down to hell and be damned, if they do not repent. (Orson Pratt, J.D. 17:224) You might as well deny `Mormonism', and turn away from it, as to oppose the plurality of wives. Let the Presidency of this Church, and the Twelve Apostles, and all the authorities unite and say with one voice that they will oppose that doctrine, and the whole of them would be damned. What are you opposing it for? It is a principle that God has revealed for the salvation of the human family. (H.C. Kimball, J.D. 5:203)
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