They were unconvinced and eventually turned against Joseph and the church.
Unfortunately, the conflict between Joseph Smith and William Law expanded to include more than just a disagreement on the correctness of polygamy.
Joseph and Emma Smith lived an outwardly monogamous lifestyle the final eight months of his life, but the secret plural marriage teachings had started a process that would ultimately take Joseph to Carthage and martyrdom.
From the first plural marriage in Nauvoo in April of 1841 until June of 1844, twenty-nine men, besides Joseph Smith, were sealed to fifty-one plural wives.
Yet, in several ways, plurality was the first in a string of events that ultimately led to his death.
In 1863, Brigham Young recalled Joseph Smith discussing how deeply the principle of plural marriage might affect his future.
William was contacted by Hyrum Smith in March, by Almon W.
Babbitt in April, and Sidney Rigdon in May 1844, all representing Joseph and seeking a resolution.
Later that night he returned to Nauvoo: “We went home and when we came to Nauvoo we rode over our type, that was scattered in the street, and over our broken office furniture.
The work of Joseph’s agents had been very complete; it had been done by a mob of about 200.