The Audio Version
Episode 18 (History): John C. Bennett's Spiritual Wifery

(Nauvoo Polygamy–1842)

In 1842, John C. Bennett, a friend and former boarder at the Smith home, fell out of favor. As quickly as he had risen in prominence, the fall of the flamboyant libertine John C. Bennett was just as dramatic. As the dust began to settle on the Bennett chapter, Joseph Smith continued his private teaching of plural marriage, which invariably included mandates for his listeners to participate. He had yet to inform his wife Emma Hale Smith a, which occurred by May of 1843.