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“Father [George Q. Cannon] now spoke of the unfortunate condition of the people at present in regard to marriage… ‘I believe in concubinage, or some plan whereby men and women can live together under sacred ordinances and vows until they can be married… such a condition would have to be kept secret, until the laws of our government change to permit the holy order of wedlock which God has revealed, which will undoubtedly occur at no distant day, in order to correct the social evil…’

“[Lorenzo Snow]  ‘I have no doubt but concubinage will yet be practiced in this church, but I had not thought of it in this connection. When the nations are troubled good women will come here for safety and blessing, and men will accept them as concubines.’

“[Wilford Woodruff] ‘If men enter into some practice of this character to raise a righteous posterity, they will be justified in it…’”

~Daily Journal of Abraham H. Cannon 18:70; 15 April 1894~