03/20/09 Grif.Net – 2nd Wife

03/20/09 Grif.Net – 2nd Wife

In 1875, a Danish couple converted to become Mormons and moved to Cache
Valley, Utah. They set up a farm in Rural Providence, Utah, and were
self-sufficient for a couple of years.

By the third year, the husband decided to take a second wife, as Mormons of
the time did. His wife was not too keen on the idea, so he conspired with a
Swedish neighbor to help in a plan to convince her.

“Let us go to the barn, and pray for guidance on this major decision,” said
the husband. “Whatever God tells us, that’s what we’ll do.”

They went to the barn, got on their knees, and old farmer Madsen started
with the usual openings to Mormon prayers. After a few minutes of this, he
posed the question: “Heavenly Father, should I take another wife?”

Farmer Olson was in the rafters, as previously arranged, and in the most
booming, deep voice he could muster, said, “Brother Madsen, I command thee
to take another wife.”

After a moment, farmer Madsen looked over to his wife, and saw that she was
sobbing uncontrollably. He put his arm around her, and said, “There, there,
a second wife will be an addition to the family, but she will never be a
replacement for you. I’ll still love you just as much.”

Mrs. Madsen said, “I have no problem with you taking a second wife, I’ve
been resigned to that for a year now. But in my worst nightmare, I NEVER
imagined that God was a Swede!”

Dr Bob Griffin
“Jesus knows me, this I love”