This revelation is a response from the Lord based on Joseph’s questions about Old Testament prophets like Abraham who had many wives and concubines. It begins, “Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Joseph, that inasmuch as you have inquired of my hand to know and understand wherein I, the Lord, justified my servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as also Moses, David and Solomon, my servants, as touching the principle and doctrine of their having many wives and concubines – Behold, and lo, I am the Lord thy God, and will answer thee as touching this matter.” And thereby follows the rest of the revelation.
I’ll give a brief summation here:
This is a new and everlasting covenant. It isn’t revealed to everyone, but to those to whom it is revealed must obey or they cannot enter god’s glory.
(v. 4-6, 12, 17, 21-22)
Every agreement and contract not sealed by the Spirit and done by the Lord’s priesthood authority isn’t binding in the afterlife. They end at death.
If you do follow this new and everlasting covenant you’ll be gods, you’ll be exalted, you’ll have dominion over angels, your seed will continue forever here and in the afterlife.
(v. 19-20, 23-24, 37)
Polygamy is not wrong when it is commanded by god.
Joseph, the prophet of the restoration, was commanded to “restore all things.” Polygamy is a part of that.
(v. 40, 45)
If both a man and a woman are pure and the lord reveals it to Joseph he has the power and authority to give the woman to a faithful man.
Emma Smith is commanded to obey the law revealed to Joseph and allow him multiple wives. If she doesn’t she is damned.
If you desire another wife, and she is a virgin, and your first wife gives her consent, then you are justified in taking her. It is not adultery. If you have 10 virgins given to you this way it is still justified and is not adultery.
Wives are given to the man to have babies, to fulfill god’s promise, and for their exaltation. Verse 63 reads, “they are given unto him to multiply and replenish the earth, according to my commandment, and to fulfill the promise which was given by my Father before the foundation of the world, and for their exaltation in the eternal worlds, that they may bear the souls of men; for herein is the work of my Father continued, that he may be glorified”
If your wife, after being taught this principle, will not believe and obey this, she will be destroyed.