Nelly and Abby Discuss Polygamy
Posted: 16 Sep 2016, 08:58
The Millennial Star had a series called "Nelly and Abby" with fictional women having conversations to teach doctrines. Has anyone read any of them before? Here is part of one of those talks with my favorite parts highlighted. I think John Taylor wrote it, but I'm not sure. The original is HERE.
Nelly.—Dear cousin Abby, I have been very anxious indeed to see you ever since I heard of the New Revelation. I know that nothing has ever come up yet in this Church, (unless it is now) that could stumble you. But I think now, when your John comes to get two or three more wives, you will feel as keenly as any of us; for I know that he has always been your idol; and to see him bestowing his affections upon other, as he has heretofore so exclusively done upon you; now, as sure as your name is Abby—but I won’t say what you may do.... well, George knows better than ever to undertake such a thing with me; but I was going to say, if he ever should, I would just like to pick one or two women for him that I could select.... I would get the ugliest looking women that I could find; I wouldn’t much care if they were black, and if they were to throw the fire-poker at him sometimes. George knows that I love him dearly, be really I—I—don’t see how you ever can submit to it, Abby!...
Abby.—…I appreciate a kind, intelligent, noble husband, that is ordained and anointed like unto Abraham, to be King over innumerable myriads of the human family, so highly, that I shall not make myself a widow or servant throughout all eternity by opposing what God has clearly revealed by all His Prophets, since the world began. The consequence of my opposing the Patriarchal Order of Marriage would be the loss of my husband for all eternity.... But dear cousin, the great question is this—will we unite with the plurality Order of Ancient Patriarchs, or will we consent voluntarily to be doomed to eternal celibacy? This is the true division of the question. One or the other we must choose. We cannot be married to our husbands for eternity, without subscribing to the law that admits a plurality of wives....
Nelly.—…Do you mean to say that a female cannot have any husband for the next world or for all the eternities to come, unless she is agreeable to the same law of marriage by which Sarah and Rachel were governed?
Abby.—Yes cousin I understand it in this light. The promise of God, to multiply Abraham, was made to all who should have the like faith or to all who should have true faith in Jesus Christ, in whatever period of the world they might live…. But I perceive the idea that is running in your mind, Nelly. You want to know if you cannot enjoy the society of your dear George as a husband in the eternal world, without allowing other females to share him with you?
Nelly.—Yes cousin, that is just what I want to know; you have expressed my idea better than I could myself because the idea of not having my husband in all eternity is dreadful.... and then our little Edward and Susan are so fond of their father, that I know we could never endure a separation for eternity. But why cannot I be married to him for eternity, and have him alone to myself?
Abby.—…If your George and you should be alone by the side of such a king as Abraham or Solomon with all his queens and their numerous servants and waiting maids in courtly livery, would he not look like a mere rushlight by the side of such suns, or rather would he be seen at all! I should almost fear that your George would be taken for a servant, and you for a waiting maid.... I have come to the conclusion, Nelly, that the one-wife system not only degenerates the human family both physically and intellectually, but it is entirely incompatible with philosophical notions of immortality; it is a lure to temptation, and has always proved a curse to a people. Hence I see the wisdom of God in not tolerating any such system among the celestial worthies who are to be kings and queens unto God for ever....
…The new Covenant is revealed in order to bless both men and women beyond what they otherwise could be blessed. When Jacob had many wives, he loved each of them more than he could have done so any one of them that he might have had alone without the others. And his wives loved him and each other in the same ratio.... God has determined to bestow His greatest blessings upon the liberal order, and only very stinted favours upon the narrow, contracted order which you seem to desire. In the former order your children are all the lawful heirs of thrones and kingdoms, and in your favourite order they are only the heirs of servile inferiority.
Nelly.—Well I shouldn’t like to have my little darling Ned heir to anything very inferior. I would rather he would have a dozen wives than to be eternally a servant to somebody else….
Abby.—…I hope you are sufficiently sensible that the Lord, by this New Revelation, is determined to save a chosen few, whose garments shall not be defiled, and who will keep themselves unspotted from the world. These few He will make rulers over the rest.