Authority Daniel H. Wellsandhis plural wife Martha, shehadbecome an early friend of Heber,
ve months her senior,who was the son of Rachel Ivinsand Jedediah Grant, also a for-merSalt Lake City mayor andchurch leader who had diedwhen Heber was nine days old.In their late teens, the friend-ship between Emily and Hebercooled after they sharply dis-agreed on the question of plural marriage. At the time,she was a student at the Uni-versity of Deseretand thecoquette of the Salt Lake Citycrowd, slender and of mediumheight, with chestnut brownhair and blue eyes (illus.
).She might be a Wells, and theo
spring of a plural marriage, but nothing could persuade her toenter polygamy.
Finding Emily adamant on the subject of plural marriage,Heber married Lucy Stringhamin
. Seven years later, by then aprominent Church leader and rising businessman, he decided totake Augusta Wintersas his second wife. But there remained theunrequited attraction of Emily. When Heber
rst proposed mar-riage to her in
, she stoutly denounced him and the idea. ButHeber persevered and Emily began a prayerful study of the principle.Within a year her opposition to Heber and polygamy ended, and shebecame his third wifeon May
, the day after his marriageto Augusta.
Emily faced great obstacles as a plural wife. Two years beforeher sealing to Heber, Congress had passed the Edmunds Act, whichsubjected men convicted of plural marriage or living polygamously(de
ned as “cohabitation”) to
nes and imprisonment. In
ened its opposition. The Edmunds-Tucker Act
Qualities That CountIllus.
EmilyWells and Heber J.Grant had been childhood friends.Decades later Emily became Heber’sthird wife.
Courtesy Church Archives, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints