Joseph's Revelation

His response to Emma's confrontation was to "get a revelation from God"—Section 132 of The Doctrine and Covenants, Mormon Scripture. God, according to the revelation, not only told him polygamy was OK, but if Emma didn't go along with it, "she would be destroyed."

He shared the revelation with several of his high-level followers, bringing them into the practice of polygamy. Many of the leaders rejected the idea and were forced out of the Church.