I addressed the assembly for an hour and a half on the subject of marriage; my visitors having requested me to give them my views of the law of God respecting marriage. 
—24 June 1843
 Not in Teachings. This sermon on marriage, only briefly mentioned in the text, was delivered to a non-Mormon audience in Dixon. Joseph Smith was at the time in the custody of two law-enforcement officers, one from Illinois and one from Missouri because a third demand from Missouri Governor Thomas Reynolds for the arrest and delivery of the Prophet had been authorized by Thomas Ford, governor of Illinois. See 30 June 1843, note 1.
 A reminiscent account of this discourse is found in Truman Leonard's Journal: "This day had a long talk with Justin Merril, Phileman's Brother about Josephs arrest at Dixon in Illinois David Town was the man who said by G-d Mr. Smith shall speak on the text we have given him (namely C[elestial] Marriage) you sit down or we will try you by a Court there will be no appeal from" (Truman Leonard Journal, 24 May 1886 [typescript], BYU Special Collections).