Fence Sitter wrote:
Bob Loblaw wrote:
I can't imagine Emma's suffering over this issue. She must have believed Joseph when he told her that God had commanded polygamy or she wouldn't have hesitatingly accepted it in a few cases. On the other hand she knew Joseph's history (Fanny Alger anyone?) and probably wondered if he was back to his old ways. Nevertheless she accepted. To call her unstable or a bitch is so completely wrong to me. She put up with a hell of a lot from Joseph that most wives wouldn't. Mine wouldn't.
I don't think Emma believed him when he told her that God commanded polygamy, but what choice did she have? She had to know that a public confrontation with him would destroy both of them. How could she publicly dispute anything he claimed God told him? In the end, the choices made by Emma in Nauvoo all seem to be driven by protecting her position as the prophet's wife and the welfare of her children.
I tend to agree for the most part, FS. I'm not sure if your summation entirely
explains her "acquiescence" or not. Until there is more work done on Emma, it's really hard to say and hard even to gauge her "belief" (for lack of a better term). I only know that I emotionally understand the various contradictions of the human heart. But I also know that I understand a lot less about how the human heart deals with religious belief.