Marinda Hyde's Sealing Date - Differing Accounts
CES Letter Core Question
Did Joseph marry Marinda Johnson secretly while Orson was on a mission?
CES Letter, Page 52
There are two sealing dates, one while Orson was on his mission, another after his return.
Orson Hyde had been on his mission for over a year so it is obvious that Joseph didn’t send him off so he could quickly be sealed to Marinda. The second sealing date is much more reliable, coming from an affidavit signed by Marinda. Orson Hyde asked Joseph Smith to perform his own plural ceremony just weeks after returning from his mission. Orson Hyde remained a strong defender of Joseph Smith throughout the rest of his life.
Indications are that Marinda was sealed to Joseph for the next life only (eternity-only) due to her own choice. Marinda did not conceive a child until weeks after Orson Hyde returned from his mission. Marinda remained an active Latter-day Saint throughout her life.