According to statements Joseph gave near the end of his life, he had heard rumors concerning the practice of plural marriage and approached Joseph Smith in the spring of 1844 to ask about them. Given his professional responsibilities, it is unsurprising that Kelting may have been uneasy about polygamy, and Smith, knowing the dangers of revealing his secret to the sheriff, was reluctant to divulge the truth. After assurances from Kelting that he would not betray Smith, the latter admitted that he had been practicing and teaching plural marriage. As a show of good faith, Kelting asked Smith if he would like for him to take a polygamous wife. Smith confirmed, and according to the affidavit describing these circumstances, Kelting married two plural wives before Smith’s death later in June 1844.