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The Mormon Church stopped the practice of Polygamy "officially" in 1890, but practiced it in secret for several decades afterwards. Today, Mormons practice "Spiritual Polygamy" wherein their Doctrine And Covenants section 132 states that Polygamy is "The New And Everlasting Covenant". Two living Mormon Apostles are currently married to more than one woman.
Polygamy Was Never Legal
Thursday, Aug 19, 2004, at 01:35 AM
Original Author(s): Randy Jordan
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
"We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law." - 12th Article of Faith, written by the Prophet Joseph Smith

Why did God command Joseph Smith to enter "plural marriage" in the 1830s, when bigamy was already illegal in the state of Illinois?

"Sec 121. Bigamy consists in the having of two wives or two husbands at one and the same time, knowing that the former husband or wife is still alive. If any person or persons within this State, being married, or who shall hereafter marry, do at any time marry any person or persons, the former husband or wife being alive, the person so offending shall, on conviction thereof, be punished by a fine, not exceeding one thousand dollars, and imprisoned in the penitentiary, not exceeding two years. It shall not be necessary to prove either of the said marriages by the register or certificate thereof, or other record evidence; but the same may be proved by such evidence as is admissible to prove a marriage in other cases, and when such second marriage shall have taken place without this state, cohabitation in this state after such second marriage shall be deemed the commission of the crime of bigamy, and the trial in such case may take place in the county where such cohabitation shall have occurred." Revised Laws of Illinois, 1833, p.198-99 The fact that polygamy was illegal is the very reason Smith and his followers practiced it in secret, and steadfastly denied teaching or practicing polygamy when accused of it or when asked about it.

In fact, the 1835 edition of the "Doctrine and Covenants," which was the official edition during Joseph Smith's church administration, specifically prohibited the practice of polygamy: Doctrine and Covenants Section 101, Verse 4 (1835 edition)

"Inasmuch as this church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication and polygamy; we declare that we believe that one man should have one wife; and one woman but one husband; except that in the event of death when either is at liberty to marry again." Joseph Smith himself affirmed monogamy to be the only form of marriage permissible in his church in an 1838 church publication:

"Do the Mormons believe in having more wives than one? No, not at the same time. But they believe that if their companion dies, they have a right to marry again." -The Prophet Joseph Smith, May 1, 1838, as quoted in "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 119.

Can we believe that Joseph Smith's actions in marrying at least 33 women, and having sex with many of them , between the years of 1833 and 1844, indicate an effort on his part to obey the laws of the church or the land?

And why did Joseph Smith, on May 25, 1844, deny having any wives other than Emma Hale Smith?

Joseph Smith was indicted on charges of polygamy and adultery on May 23, 1844: "The marriage to the Lawrence sisters became public knowledge when William Law, Joseph's second counselor in the First Presidency, became alienated from the Prophet. Law, who had known the Lawrence family since their conversion in Canada, chose the marriage of Smith and Maria Lawrence as a test case with which to prosecute Smith for adultery. On May 23 he filed suit against the Mormon leader in Hancock Count Circuit Court, at Carthage, charging that Smith had been living with Maria Lawrence 'in an open state of adultery' from October 12, 1843, to the day of the suit. In response, Smith flatly denied polygamy in a speech delivered on May 26: 'What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing adultery, and having seven wives, when I can find only one.' As polygamy was illegal under US law, Smith had little choice but to openly repudiate the practice. But as is often the case with secret policies that are denied publicly, Smith's credibility would later suffer. Realistically he must have understood that thirty-three or more marriages could not be kept a secret forever, and that when they became known the gulf between his public statements and private practice would come back to haunt him." -"In Sacred Loneliness by Todd Compton ", pp. 476-477. Thus we see that not only did Joseph Smith commit the crimes of bigamy and adultery, he denied doing so, which made him a liar and hypocrite. It was that May 1844 denial which set into motion the events that led to Smith's death one month later.

Furthermore, Mormon polygamy was never legal, at any time - not even in the Utah territory from 1847 to 1890.

Marriage is a legal contract between one man and one woman. There has never been a law enacted to allow otherwise. All the married Mormons who emigrated to Utah in 1847 had been married under the civil laws of their respective states; each one of those states had laws against bigamy, thus making monogamy the "common law."

The very reason Brigham Young chose to move to Utah, rather than Oregon, California, or Texas, as others suggested, was because Utah was an uninhabited "no man's land". However, the area was legally Mexican territory and polygamy was illegal in Mexico.

In the United States, marriage is a legal contract regulated by the various states. When the Mormons went to Utah in 1847, all married Mormons at that time had been married under laws of the states they had come from. Utah became U.S. territory in 1848 after the Mexican War, and thus all citizens living therein became subject to the common laws of the nation, including marriage laws. (To use an analogy, you get your drivers' license from your state, but it is recognized as being legal in all the states. Marriage licenses are similar.)

Once in Utah, Young attempted to establish the "Territory of Deseret," and operate the area as a theocracy, under the "Law of the Lord," which included plural marriage and blood atonement. However, Congress rejected Young's attempt, and in 1850, the area was officially established as Utah Territory, with territorial overseers appointed from Washington D.C.. President Millard Fillmore appointed Young as governor. Thus, polygamy became specifically illegal under U. S. common laws in 1850; but, since polygamy was also illegal under Mexican laws beforehand, there was never a time when polygamy was legal in Utah.

The 1862 federal Morrill Act was not the first law which made bigamy illegal; it was merely the first law which specifically reinforced existing state anti-bigamy laws. It was enacted specifically to close the "loophole" that the Mormons mistakenly believed they were operating under.

And of course, even after the passage of the 1862 Morrill Act, the Mormons continued to practice polygamy in violation of the law for another half-century, and repeatedly challenged those laws. So anyone who argues that "The Mormons stopped practicing polygamy when it was made illegal" are either misinformed or lying.

The final nail in the coffin which demonstrates polygamy's illegality was when Ann Eliza Webb filed for "divorce" from Brigham Young and sued him for alimony in 1877. Young successfully argued that their relationship was "an ecclesiastical affair, not a legal one," and the judge rightly ruled that since there was never any legal marriage, Webb could not file for divorce nor seek alimony.

Since Young himself admitted that his own "plural marriages" were not legal marriages, that means that no other Mormon "plural marriage" at any time was a legal marriage either. No legal marriage licenses were ever applied for nor granted, and every single child born of Mormon "plural marriages" was illegitimate - i.e. not born in a legal marriage.

All of the federal laws enacted against Mormon polygamy from 1862 to 1879 merely served to force the Mormons to comply with existing common laws. But the fact that those additional laws were enacted does not mean that Mormon polygamous marriages were ever legal in the first place.

And, since the 1862 Morrill Anti-Bigamy act, the 1879 SCOTUS Reynolds decision, and the 1882 Edmunds Act all reaffirmed the illegality of Mormon "plural marriage," then why did the Mormon God wait until 1890 to reveal to Wilford Woodruff that the church needed to obey the laws of the land which had already been in force for over 40 years?

And if the Mormon God told Woodruff to obey the laws of the land in 1890, then why did Woodruff himself "plural marry" Lydia Mountford in 1897? And why did other LDS general authorities secretly authorize dozens of other "plural marriages" between 1890 and at least 1906? And why was LDS church president Joseph F. Smith convicted of unlawful cohabitation and fined $300 in 1906?

What we must keep in mind is that Joseph Smith's "revelation on celestial marriage," which introduced and authorized "plural marriage," is Mormon scripture, even today as Section 132 of the Doctrine and Covenants.

But in introducing the "revelation on celestial marriage," Joseph Smith directly contradicted the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants scripture which specifically prohibited the practice of polygamy; and by practicing polygamy, Joseph Smith violated his God's order to "obey the laws of the land."

So we have a little problem here. And Smith's Prophetic successors as church leader Brigham Young, and then John Taylor, continued to advocate and practice polygamy in violation of the law for another half-century. And the LDS church's current editions of the Doctrine and Covenants still contains the "revelation on celestial marriage", which sanctions plural marriage.

So why did the founding prophet of the LDS church contradict and violate his own "revelations", as well as the laws of the land, by secretly teaching and practicing polygamy?

Why did Smith's successors continue to teach and practice polygamy for another half a century, in violation of the laws of the land?

If the practice of polygamy was wrong, then why did Joseph Smith tell his followers that God sent an angel with a flaming sword to threaten him with death if he did not practice polygamy? Did Joseph Smith just make up all that or what?

Mormonism warns us against "trusting in the arm of flesh." If Joseph Smith was in error when he introduced and practiced polygamy, then why should we trust in his arm of flesh on any other doctrines or principles he taught, including the temple ceremon
The Polygamy Contradiction
Wednesday, Apr 20, 2005, at 08:15 AM
Original Author(s): Anonymous
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
Book of Mormon Jacob 2:23-29
23 But the word of God burdens me because of your grosser crimes. For behold, thus saith the Lord: This people begin to wax in iniquity; they understand not the scriptures, for they seek to excuse themselves in committing whoredoms, because of the things which were written concerning David, and Solomon his son.

24 Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, WHICH THING WAS ABOMINABLE BEFORE ME, saith the Lord.

25 Wherefore, thus saith the Lord, I have led this people forth out of the land of Jerusalem, by the power of mine arm, that I might raise up unto me a righteous branch from the fruit of the loins of Joseph.

26 Wherefore, I the Lord God will not suffer that this people shall do like unto them of old.

27 Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For there shall not any man among you have save it be ONE WIFE; and CONCUBINES HE SHALL HAVE NONE;

28 For I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women. And whoredoms are an abomination before me; thus saith the Lord of Hosts.

29 Wherefore, this people shall keep my commandments, saith the Lord of Hosts, or cursed be the land for their sakes.

Doctine and Covenants 132:1, 132:38,39

1 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?

38 David also received many wives and concubines, and also Solomon and Moses my servants, as also many others of my servants, from the beginning of creation until this time; and in nothing did they sin save in those things which they received not of me.

39 David's wives and concubines WERE GIVEN UNTO HIM OF ME, by the hand of Nathan, my servant, and others of the prophets who had the keys of this power; and in none of these things did he sin against me save in the case of Uriah and his wife; and, therefore he hath fallen from his exaltation, and received his portion; and he shall not inherit them out of the world, for I gave them unto another, saith the Lord.
The Mormon Temple As A Lasting Relic Of Polygamy
Monday, May 9, 2005, at 07:55 AM
Original Author(s): Anonymous
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
Ever wonder what today's Mormon Church would be like if Joseph Smith had never practiced polygamy?

Here's just a few of the lasting legacies due to Joseph Smith andquot;restoringandquot; the doctrine of Polygamy:

1. Creation of Temple Endowment
In order to keep Smith's Polygamy a secret, he came up with the temple endowment with its oaths of secrecy. For the first year, only a very select few men received the endowment and all were sworn to secrecy based on a death oath. By using a secret ceremony and oaths, Smith was able to keep his practice of polygamy a secret for years. History of the Church Volume 5:1 documents these first meetings and the participants. They were all in Smith's inner-circle of polygamy. Heber C. Kimball's journal (1840-45) also describes the introduction of the secret endowment as it relates to polygamy.

2. Closing of Temple Marriages
The practice of closed Temple marriages started with polygamy. Before polygamy in Nauvoo, mormon marriages were performed anywhere. In fact, those performed in the Kirtland Temple were open to non members! Joseph Smith's own diary lists marriages he performed in the temple, which included non-members as participants and as witnesses. See "The Personal Writings of Joseph Smith, 1835-1836." Today, mormons have the tradition of closed temple marriages as a direct legacy of Smith's attempt to keep polygamy a closely-guarded secret. When he was marrying other men's wives without their knowledge, he had to have the ceremonies closed and secret.

3. Concept of Eternal Marriage
Until Smith started secretly practicing polygamy, Smith taught that marriage was until death only. That's right - the doctrine of "together forever" started when he began proposing to other women. He told them that marrying him would "seal" their whole family to him "forever." But before these proposals, Smith believed and taught that marriage ended at death. In fact, before Nauvoo, his love letters to his first wife Emma reflect his beliefs. In a letter to Emma on May 18th, 1834, Smith signed "...your husband until death." Writing from Carthage Jail on 4 November 1838, Smith told his wife "If I do not meet you again in this life may God grant that we may somehow meet in heaven."

4. The term "Celestial Marriage"
Modern mormons think this means monogamous temple marriage. Actually, this term always referred exclusively to plural marriage until the 1890s. Until that time, faithful members married in the temple to only one spouse did not have a celestial marriage! According to ALL Church presidents until 1890, celestial marriage was achieved only by marriage to multiple wives. See 27 Rules of Celestial Marriage, by Apostle Orson Pratt. Also, William Clayton said: "From Joseph Smith I learned that the doctrine of plural and celestial marriage is the most holy and important doctrine ever revealed to man on the earth, and that without obedience to that principle, no man can ever attain to the fullness of exaltation in celestial glory." Historical Record, Vol. 6, pp. 225-227. Read even more historical references here: http://www.mormons.org.uk/cpmr.htm

5. The Practice of "Sealings"
Once again, before polygamy, marriage was just that; marriage. But to take on a second wife, especially one that was already married, a new term needed to be used, so it wouldn't sound like adultery. Smith chose to call his plural marriages "sealings." Reference from Emma Hale Smith Biography, page 140: "Simultaneously with the endowment and plural marriage, Joseph formalized a third concept. He explained to Emma (for the first time) that husbands and wives could be married, 'sealed,' forever by proper priesthood authority. Understanding this new doctrine led to the next step, which was the marriage of a living husband to several living wives. This doctrine seemed to alleviate some of the repugnance to plural marriage." This allowed women that already had husbands to say they were married to their first husband, but sealed to Smith. Although women had sex with both Smith and their husbands, they perceived the marriage contract different.

6. Creation and Wearing of Secret Garments
These too, were a result of Smith's polygamous affairs. It started with the secret circle of men that accepted and practiced his plural wife doctrine. It was his way of setting them apart from monogamous men. It was originally the "uniform" required for men to perform spiritual wifery. Reference from Emma Hale Smith Biography, page 140: "After being involved in the construction and design of the garments, the building of the temple, and hearing about their place in the endowment in the Relief Society (by Smith), why had women not been admitted to the Endowment? Joseph taught that a man must obey God to be worthy of the endowment and that a wife must obey a righteous husband to merit the same reward. Until Emma could be obedient to Joseph (see DandC Sec. 132) and give him plural wives, she could not participate in the endowment ceremonies, yet Smith taught her that the endowment was essential for exaltation."

Brigham Young and Joseph F. Smith condemned Smith for taking off his garments before he went to Carthage Jail. Part of their reason was that it was a sign he had regretted his practice of polygamy. "Smith removed his own endowment "robe" or garment before he went to Carthage Jail and told those with him to do likewise. His nephew Joseph F. Smith later explained, "When Willard Richards was solicited [by Smith] to do the same, he declined, and it seems little less than marvelous that he was preserved without so much as a bullet piercing his garments."" (The Mormon Hierarchy : Origins of Power, page 146) Michael Quinn references Heber J. Grant journal sheets, 7 June 1907, LDS Archives.

7. Design of Modern Temples
Why was the Nauvoo temple so different than the Kirtland temple? Both came from the same unchanging God, right? The Kirtland Temple was actually an expensive church, not an endowment house like the Nauvoo temple. Modern temples with their closed doors, secret ceremonies and odd clothing started in the polygamy-inspired Navuoo temple. In fact, the whole concept of a "Celestial Room" was created to reinforce the doctrine that Smith would be with all of his wives in "heaven" as one big family. The touching experience today when mormon families reunite after the veil in the temple, started out as an experience Smith could use to show how polygamy worked in heaven.

Polygamy (one man married to two or more living wives) may not be practiced today in the church, but its influence on church doctrine and practices still haunts the lives of millions of active members. The temple endowment, garments and oaths of secrecy all have their origins in Joseph Smith's practice of polyg

TBMS Making Excuses For Joseph Smith's Polygamy
Friday, Sep 2, 2005, at 09:39 AM
Original Author(s): Deconstructor
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
Here are some examples of a TBM (and radio talk show host) making excuses for Joseph Smith's polygamy. I've added some facts that show just how far off this TBM is in his claims.

Denial of Denial

Van Hale Public Statement, August 2005: "I have never made any assertion of any sort that I had found no evidence that polygamy served to provide Joseph Smith with increased sexual opportunities."

Van Hale Public Statement, September 2004: "In my forty years of looking very closely at polygamy, it's been a subject that has been of some interest to me, there's not a single instance where I have encountered what, uh, the speculations that have been presented, uh, far and wide throughout the history of the LDS faith about polygamy, that polygamy was about, uh, providing a promiscuous sexual uh, opportunity, uh, increase, uh, sexual opportunities to Joseph Smith and other polygamists."

Straw Man

Van Hale Public Statement, August 2005: "Go back through LDS history and you look at the revelation in Section 132, look at the letter that Joseph Smith wrote to Nancy Rigdon on, explaining plural marriage. You look at all of the numerous sermons and articles and things that were written during the polygamy period of the 1900s and you simply cannot find anywhere in there in which any of the LDS perspective being presented by, ties into this or buys this idea, buys into this idea that polygamy was initiated originally for the purpose of satisfying anyone's sexual desires. That was not the purpose of it. And that's clear throughout and consistent throughout the literature."

There goes Hale again, using the "satisfying sexual desire" straw man argument. The issue here is SEXUAL ACCESS, not satisfying sexual desire. Of course Joseph Smith never said the purpose of polygamy was to satisfy his sexual desire. But it's very clear that Joseph Smith's polygamy was about provinding him greater SEXUAL ACCESS to women.

"And if Joseph Smith have ten virgins given unto him by this law, he cannot commit adultery, for they belong to him, and they are given unto him; therefore he is justified for they are given unto him to multiply and replenish the earth, according to my commandment, and to fulfil 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." - Doctrine and Covenants 132:62-63

In Joseph Smith's polygamy letter to the young Nancy Rigdon, he again justifies why he propositioned her for marriage that obviously had a sexual dimension: "Even things which might be considered abominable to all who understand the order of heaven only in part, but which in reality were right because God gave and sanctioned by special revelation. ... Do my will in all things–who will listen to my voice and to the voice of my servant whom I have sent; for I delight in those who seek diligently to know my precepts, and abide by the law of my kingdom; for all things shall be made known unto them in mine own due time, and in the end they shall have joy." - Official History of the Church, Vol. 5, p.134-136, http://www.i4m.com/think/history/smit...

Claiming There's No Strong Evidence

Van Hale Public Statement, Agust 2005: "There has to be a reason why we don't have evidence, strong evidence, for Joseph Smith having sexual relations, sexual marriages with these plural wives. Why don't we have more evidence for that than what we have?"

The fact is, we do have strong evidence that Joseph Smith was having sexual realtions with his plural wives.

Smith's secretary William Clayton recorded a visit to his young wife Almera Johnson on May 16, 1843: "Prest. Joseph and I went to B[enjamin] F. Johnsons to sleep." Johnson himself later noted that on this visit Smith stayed with Almera "as man and wife" and "occupied the same room and bed with my sister, that the previous month he had occupied with the daughter of the late Bishop Partridge as his wife." Almera Johnson also confirmed her secret marriage to Joseph Smith: "I lived with the prophet Joseph as his wife and he visited me at the home of my brother Benjamin F." - Zimmerman, "I Knew the Prophets", page 44. See also "The Origin of Plural Marriage, Joseph F. Smith, Jr., Deseret News Press, page 70-71.)

While in hiding, Joseph Smith wrote a letter which he addressed to the parents of another of his secret wives, inviting them to bring their daughter to visit him "just back of Brother Hyrums farm." He advised Brother Whitney to "come a little a head and knock at the south East corner of the house at the window." He assured them, especially Sarah Ann, that "it is the will of God that you should comfort me now." He stressed the need for care "to find out when Emma comes," but "when she is not here, there is the most perfect saftey." The prophet warned them to "burn this letter as soon as you read it" and "keep all locked up in your breasts." In closing he admonished, "I think Emma won't come to night if she dont, dont fail to come tonight." - http://www.xmission.com/%7Eresearch/f...

Faithful Mormon Melissa Lott (Smith Willes) testified that she had been Joseph's wife "in very deed." (Affidavit of Melissa Willes, 3 Aug. 1893, Temple Lot case, 98, 105; Foster, Religion and Sexuality, 156.)

In a court affidavit, faithful Mormon Joseph Noble wrote that Joseph told him he had spent the night with Louisa Beaman. (Temple Lot Case, 427)

Emily D. Partridge (Smith Young) said she "roomed" with Joseph the night following her marriage to him and said that she had "carnal intercourse" with him. (Temple Lot case (complete transcript), 364, 367, 384; see Foster, Religion and Sexuality, 15.)

In total, 13 faithful latter-day saint women who were married to Joseph Smith swore court affidavits that they had sexual relations with him!

Joseph Smith's personal secretary records that on May 22nd, 1843, Smith's first wife Emma found Joseph and Eliza Partridge secluded in an upstairs bedroom at the Smith home. Emma was devastated. William Clayton's journal entry for 23 May (see Smith, 105-106)

See more strong evidence here: http://www.i4m.com/think/history/jose...

Primary reason was there weren't enough righteous men

Van Hale Statement, August 2005: "But basically, the reason, the primary reason given for the institution of plural marriage, and this, we find this advocated in many, many places. I could present quite a number of references on this but the principle reason was to provide righteous women the opportunity to have a marriage relationship and to have children and a family, be married to a righteous man. Now I have never advocated the idea that the imbalance of men and women was the reason for plural marriage in just, in that sense, but the imbalance of righteous women and righteous, wanting to be married to and have children with a righteous man, that imbalance is what is uh presented uh throughout the history of uh plural marriage as the basic reason."

Although even Hale's reason for polygamy includes sexual access, it still flies in the face of what the Lord, through His first prophets, gave as the primary reason for polygamy:

Brigham Young declared that "This is the reason why the doctrine of plurality of wives was revealed, that the noble spirits which are waiting for tabernacles might be brought forth." (Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 197.)

Joseph Smith's First Revelation on Polygamy from 1831:

Prophesying to a group of all married men, Joseph Smith speaking for the Lord revealed: "For it is my will, that in time, ye should take unto you wives of the Lamanites and Nephites, that their posterity may become white, delightsome and Just, for even now their females are more virtuous than the gentiles." - Prophet Joseph Smith, The Joseph Smith Revelations Text and Commentary, p. 374-376, http://www.utlm.org/onlineresources/i...

In the Book of Mormon, the Lord gives one reason only for allowing polygamy. Jacob 2: 24-30: "Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none... For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things."

Again, DandC 132 gives only one reason for Joseph Smith's polygamy, "for they are given unto him (Joseph Smith) to multiply and replenish the earth, according to my commandment, and to fulfil 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." Doctrine and Covenants 132:63

Nowhere in scripture does the Lord say polygamy is about providing righteous women with already-married righteous husbands. Van Hale's assertion is completely absurd. It's apologetics at its worst because it has no basis in the Lord's revelations, which clearly state that the primary reason for polygamy is providing certain men sexual acccess to women.

TBM's Reason for Polygamy Doesn't Include Joseph Smith

Van Hale, August 2005: "So, yes, of course there was a sexual element intended in the ideal plural marriages. The ideal plural marriages were marriages wherein a woman who wanted to have, be married to a righteous man would be married as a plural wife to a righteous priesthood holder and she would have children by that man and that was because there were not enough righteous priesthood holders for the number of righteous women who wanted to have husbands and families with a righteous man."

This claim simply does not apply to Joseph Smith's behavior. Not only did he marry other righteous men's wives, he also married teenagers that could have married righteous men. Neither did Joseph Smith provide for his plural wives. As the historical record shows, these secret marriages provided little more than sexual rondevous.

Joseph Smith also married his own foster daughters. Couldn't they have found righteous husbands besides Joseph Smith?

Van Hale's primary reason for polygamy is nowhere in the scriptural revelation commanding Joseph Smith to take virgins "a hundred fold" in order to bear his children in this life. So what repreresents a more accurate reason for Joseph Smith's polygamy, Van Hale or DandC 132?

For those who think this is a "misrepresentation" of Van Hale's statements, you can both listen to and read Van Hale's complete statements for yourself:

http://www.i4m.com/think/van_hale2.ht...

Scroll down to the bottom and click on the link for August 21st, 2005.
Prophets And Polygamy - Church Still Hides Truth For Image
Wednesday, Oct 5, 2005, at 10:10 AM
Original Author(s): Anonymous
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
This weekend someone from my wife's ward dropped by some "morg reading" for my daughter about the prophets of the church.

It got me started checking on something at lds.org.

There they have a whole section on the President's of the Church which you can find here:

http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/pres...

What I found very telling is that with the exception of a brief mentioning of Emma in Joseph Smith's bio, the church does not mention any of the wives of any Prophets before the eighth president, George Albert Smith. George Albert was the first "monagomous" prophet as were all others after him.

If you click on "Significant Events" tab, the dates and names of all marriages are shown only for the monagamous prophets. Yet not one wife or one marriage is reflected for any of the polygamous prophets. I guess this did not qualify as a "Significant Event" if it was a "polygamous marriage"!!!!!!

This is an insult in two ways:

It is an insult to the intellegent reader, AND, it is an insult to the wives and marriages of those who lived in polygamy.

With all we hear about how the church is now comfortable with it's polygamous past, it's own website clearly demonstrates the lengths it will go to cover it up and hide the past STILL.

For those of you still attempting to demonstrate the deceit of the lds church with your lds spouse, or other church members, show them this site!
Mormon Prophets Warn Of Evils Of Monogomy
Wednesday, Oct 26, 2005, at 10:07 AM
Original Author(s): Deconstructor
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
See here inspired words from Mormon Living Prophets (now dead):

andquot;It is a fact worthy of note that the shortest lived nations of which we have record have been monogamic. Rome...was a monogamic nation and the numerous evils attending that system early laid the foundation for that ruin which eventually overtook her.andquot;
- Apostle George Q. Cannon, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13, p. 202

andquot;Since the founding of the Roman empire monogamy has prevailed more extensively than in times previous to that. The founders of that ancient empire were robbers and women stealers, and made laws favoring monogamy in consequence of the scarcity of women among them, and hence this monogamic system which now prevails throughout Christendom, and which had been so fruitful a source of prostitution and whoredom throughout all the Christian monogamic cities of the Old and New World, until rottenness and decay are at the root of their institutions both national and religious.andquot;
- Prophet Brigham Young Journal of Discourses, Vol. 11, p. 128

andquot;... the one-wife system not only degenerates the human family, both physically and intellectually, but it is entirely incompatible with philosophical notions of immortality; it is a lure to temptation, and has always proved a curse to a people.andquot;
- Prophet John Taylor, Millennial Star, Vol. 15, p. 227

andquot;Monogamy, or restrictions by law to one wife, is no part of the economy of heaven among men. Such a system was commenced by the founders of the Roman empire....Rome became the mistress of the world, and introduced this order of monogamy wherever her sway was acknowledged. Thus this monogamic order of marriage, so esteemed by modern Christians as a holy sacrament and divine institution, is nothing but a system established by a set of robbers.... Why do we believe in and practice polygamy? Because the Lord introduced it to his servants in a revelation given to Joseph Smith, and the Lord's servants have always practised it. 'And is that religion popular in heaven?' it is the only popular religion there,...andquot;
- Prophet Brigham Young, The Deseret News, August 6, 1862

andquot;This law of monogamy, or the monogamic system, laid the foundation for prostitution and the evils and diseases of the most revolting nature and character under which modern Christendom groans,...andquot;
- Apostle Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13, page 195

We've all heard today's Mormon leaders blaming the fall of the Roman empire and the decline of civilization on Homosexuality. Here's just a sampling of Mormon Prophets making this claim:

andquot;This heinous homosexual sin is of the ages. Many cities and civilizations have gone out of existence because of it. It was present in Israeland#146;s wandering days, tolerated by the Greeks, and found in the baths of corrupt Rome.andquot;
- Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, andquot;President Kimball Speaks Out on Morality,andquot; LDS New Era, Nov. 1980, Page 39

andquot;Alternatives to the legal and loving marriage between a man and a woman are helping to unravel the fabric of human society. I am sure this is pleasing to the devil. The fabric I refer to is the family. These so-called alternative life-styles must not be accepted as right, because they frustrate Godand#146;s commandment for a life-giving union of male and female within a legal marriage as stated in Genesis. If practiced by all adults, these life-styles would mean the end of the human family.andquot;
- Apostle James E. Faust, andquot;Serving the Lord and Resisting the Devil,andquot; Liahona, Nov. 1995, Page 3.

But this is the SAME argument that Mormon Prophets have used against good-old heterosexual monogomy!

History will look back and correctly see today's Mormon prophets to be just as ignorant, bigoted and self-serving as Mormon prophets of the 19th Century. These men are not inspired representatives of God, but petty tyrants. And all those who follow them are on the wrong side of history.

Polygamy & The Sad Story Of Faithful Early Mormon Convert, Henry Jacobs
Tuesday, Nov 1, 2005, at 07:28 AM
Original Author(s): Anonymous
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
I will bet that not many TBMs are familiar with the story of Henry Jacobs and how the "new and everlasting covenant" of plural marriage introduced by founding Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith affected this good and faithful early Mormon convert and priesthood holder. Here is a summary of this man's life:

- Baptized into the Mormon Church in 1832 and endured the hardships of the saints in Kirtland and Missouri.

- Ordained a seventy, a missionary calling, on Jan. 19, 1839 then served a short mission starting in May that same year. Served many missions for the Church and is described as a staunch dedicated Mormon and an eloquent preacher.

- Met 19 year old Zina D. Huntington in early Nauvoo in 1839 while she was living for a time with her family at the home of Joseph Smith and his wife, Emma. They took a liking to each other and began courting that same year.

- Sometime during the midst of Hery and Zina's courting, JS taught Zina the principal of plural marriage and proposed to her. Despite Zina's reverence for the Mormon prophet, she declined JS's proposal and put him off at that time and continued to court Henry. (This in the year 1840) JS continued to press his suit with Zina at the same time she was courting Henry. In 1841, Zina made her choice and decided to marry Henry.

- On March 7, 1841, Henry and Zina were married. JS had agreed to marry them but on the date of the marriage, he failed to show up for the ceremony and so they turned to John C. Bennett (Mayor of Nauvoo and hight Church leader at the time) who performed the ceremony.

- Even right after the marriage, JS revealed to Zina and Henry that the Lord had made it known to him that Zina was to be his celestial wife and that God had commanded him to marry her. Zina continued to put off the prophet with his suit. In Oct of 1841, Zina received a message from JS that an angel from God had appeared to him with a drawn sword and told JS that he would lose "his position and his life" if he did not established polygamy and marry Zina. Thus, Zina, after sincere prayer, finally acquiesced to marry the prophet JS on October 27th, despite the fact that she was 7 months pregnant with Henry Jacobs child. JS allowed Zina (as with all his other wives who were married to other men) to continue to live and cohabit with her first husband, Henry. Thus Henry lost an eternal companion in Zina to JS but at least he could live with her and their children in this life. They ended up having two children (sons) together.

- During 1842 to 1844, Henry is sent on several short missions by JS. JS is killed by a mob on June 27, 1844. It now appears that Henry will be able to have Zina to himself at least for the remainder of their earthly life.

- After JSs death, Brigham Young approached Zina (as he did with many other of JS's widows and says it is his responsibility to his fallen leader to take on JS's wives and to be sealed to them for "time" (not eternity). Thus BY was sealed to Zina for time in September of 1844. Henry went along with his Church leaders council and probably thought this marriage to BY only a formality, it is assumed, as he and Zina continued to live together and even had another child on the way by the time the saints were forced out of Nauvoo by mobs in Feb. of 1846. As the persecution against the Mormons mounted in Nauvoo toward the end of 1845 the saints prepared to leave for the "wilderness" and the temple was just completed at that time, Henry and Zina received their temple endowments together on Jan 2, 1846. A month later, Zina (now 25 years old) and 7 months pregnant with Henry's 2nd child is married in the temple to JS for "eternity" and to BY (standing proxy for JS) for "time" as Henry stands as a witness. Thus now Henry is married to Zina for "time" as also is Brigham Young but at least Henry is still being allowed to live with Zina.

- Henry and Zina leave Nauvoo and their home on Feb 9, 1846 and in the bitter cold head across the frozen Mississippi and towards the long journey to Winter Quarters, Iowa. Zina bares their 2nd child along the way in the wagon with Henry nearby. On May 22nd, though Henry was halfway across Iowa, driving a covered wagon for his wife and 2 sons, one newly born, though danger and privatation, at this difficult time, of all times, he was suddenly sent away on a mission to England by order of BY. He faithfully and with obedience, followed his Church leaders and left for England along with Zina's brother, Oliver. Zina was moved in with BY's other wives and cared for.

- Henry completes an honorable and very successful mission to England. On Aug 12, 1847, Henry and Oliver arrive in New York City as they are returning from their mission. At this time, Henry gets a letter from Zina telling him that their marriage is over and she will be living with BY as a plural wife from now on.

There is much more to this story, but I will just mention a few things. Despite all that happened to Henry, he remained faithful to the Church. He never lost his love and longing to be with this sweet Zina and their two sons. When he got to SLC in Utah he was later sent by BY to California to help with needs there. He was later excomunicated (BY, again, ordering this) for sending letters to Zina telling her how much he longed to be with her and his family while he was in California. He repented and was later rebaptized into the Church. He lived in California for many years before being brought back to Utah by his now grown sons (from his marriage to Zina) in 1880. He died at age 69 in SLC in 1886. He did have 3 or 4 other marriages along the way but they were never happy. He remained a faithful member of the Church his whole life.
Mormon Polygamy Was Never Legal
Saturday, Jan 21, 2006, at 09:39 AM
Original Author(s): Randy Jordan
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
"We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law." - 12th Article of Faith, written by the Prophet Joseph Smith
Why did God command Joseph Smith to enter "plural marriage" in the 1830s, when bigamy was already illegal in the state of Illinois?
"Sec 121. Bigamy consists in the having of two wives or two husbands at one and the same time, knowing that the former husband or wife is still alive. If any person or persons within this State, being married, or who shall hereafter marry, do at any time marry any person or persons, the former husband or wife being alive, the person so offending shall, on conviction thereof, be punished by a fine, not exceeding one thousand dollars, and imprisoned in the penitentiary, not exceeding two years. It shall not be necessary to prove either of the said marriages by the register or certificate thereof, or other record evidence; but the same may be proved by such evidence as is admissible to prove a marriage in other cases, and when such second marriage shall have taken place without this state, cohabitation in this state after such second marriage shall be deemed the commission of the crime of bigamy, and the trial in such case may take place in the county where such cohabitation shall have occurred." Revised Laws of Illinois, 1833, p.198-99
The fact that polygamy was illegal is the very reason Joseph Smith and his followers practiced it in secret, and steadfastly denied teaching or practicing polygamy when accused of it or when asked about it.

In fact, the 1835 edition of the "Doctrine and Covenants," which was the official edition during the Prophet Joseph Smith's church administration, specifically prohibited the practice of polygamy:
Doctrine and Covenants Section 101, Verse 4 (1835 edition)

"Inasmuch as this church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication and polygamy; we declare that we believe that one man should have one wife; and one woman but one husband; except that in the event of death when either is at liberty to marry again." (History of the Church, vol. 2, pg. 247)
Joseph Smith himself affirmed monogamy to be the only form of marriage permissible in his church in the church's official 1838 publication:

"Do the Mormons believe in having more wives than one? No, not at the same time. But they believe that if their companion dies, they have a right to marry again." -The Prophet Joseph Smith, May 1, 1838, as quoted in "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 119.

Can we believe that Joseph Smith's actions in marrying at least 33 women, and having sex with many of them, between the years of 1833 and 1844, indicate an effort on his part to obey the laws of the church or the land?

And why did Joseph Smith, on May 25, 1844, deny having any wives other than Emma Hale Smith?

Joseph Smith was indicted on charges of polygamy and adultery on May 23, 1844:
"The marriage to the Lawrence sisters became public knowledge when William Law, Joseph's second counselor in the First Presidency, became alienated from the Prophet. Law, who had known the Lawrence family since their conversion in Canada, chose the marriage of Smith and Maria Lawrence as a test case with which to prosecute Smith for adultery. On May 23 he filed suit against the Mormon leader in Hancock Count Circuit Court, at Carthage, charging that Smith had been living with Maria Lawrence 'in an open state of adultery' from October 12, 1843, to the day of the suit."

"In response, Smith flatly denied polygamy in a speech delivered on May 26: 'What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing adultery, and having seven wives, when I can find only one.' As polygamy was illegal under US law, Smith had little choice but to openly repudiate the practice. But as is often the case with secret policies that are denied publicly, Smith's credibility would later suffer."

"Realistically he must have understood that thirty-three or more marriages could not be kept a secret forever, and that when they became known the gulf between his public statements and private practice would come back to haunt him." -"In Sacred Loneliness by Todd Compton", pp. 476-477.
Thus we see that not only did Joseph Smith commit the crimes of bigamy and adultery, he lied about doing so. It was that May 1844 denial which set into motion the events that led to Smith's death one month later.

Furthermore, Mormon polygamy was never legal, at any time - not even in the Utah territory from 1847 to 1890.

Marriage is a legal contract between one man and one woman. There has never been a law enacted to allow otherwise. All the married Mormons who emigrated to Utah in 1847 had been married under the civil laws of their respective states; each one of those states had laws against bigamy, thus making monogamy the "common law."

The very reason Brigham Young chose to move to Utah, rather than Oregon, California, or Texas, as others suggested, was because Utah was an uninhabited "no man's land". However, the area was legally Mexican territory and polygamy was illegal in Mexico.

In the United States, marriage is a legal contract regulated by the various states. When the Mormons went to Utah in 1847, all married Mormons at that time had been married under laws of the states they had come from. Utah became U.S. territory in 1848 after the Mexican War, and thus all citizens living therein became subject to the common laws of the nation, including marriage laws. (To use an analogy, you get your drivers' license from your state, but it is recognized as being legal in all the states. Marriage licenses are similar.)

Once in Utah, Young attempted to establish the "Territory of Deseret," and operate the area as a theocracy, under the "Law of the Lord," which included plural marriage and blood atonement. However, Congress rejected Young's attempt, and in 1850, the area was officially established as Utah Territory, with territorial overseers appointed from Washington D.C.. President Millard Fillmore appointed Young as governor. Thus, polygamy became specifically illegal under U. S. common laws in 1850; but, since polygamy was also illegal under Mexican laws beforehand, there was never a time when polygamy was legal in Utah.

The 1862 federal Morrill Act was not the first law which made bigamy illegal; it was merely the first law which specifically reinforced existing state anti-bigamy laws. It was enacted specifically to close the "loophole" that the Mormons mistakenly believed they were operating under.

Even after the passage of the 1862 Morrill Act, the Mormon Church continued to practice polygamy in violation of the law for another half-century, and repeately challenged those laws. So anyone who argues that "The Mormons stopped practicing polygamy when it was made illegal" are either misinformed or misrepresenting the truth.

The final nail on the coffin which demonstrates polygamy's illegality was when Ann Eliza Webb filed for "divorce" from Brigham Young and sued him for alimony in 1877. Young successfully argued that their relationship was "an ecclesiastical affair, not a legal one," and the judge rightly ruled that since there was never any legal marriage, Webb could not file for divorce nor seek alimony.

Since Young himself admitted that his own "plural marriages" were not legal marriages, that means that no other Mormon "plural marriage" at any time was a legal marriage either. No legal marriage licenses were ever applied for nor granted, and every single child born of Mormon "plural marriages" was illegitimate - i.e. not born in a legal marriage.

All of the federal laws enacted against Mormon polygamy from 1862 to 1879 merely served to force the Mormons to comply with existing common laws. But the fact that those additional laws were enacted does not mean that Mormon polygamous marriages were ever legal in the first place.

And, since the 1862 Morrill Anti-Bigamy act, the 1879 SCOTUS Reynolds decision, and the 1882 Edmunds Act all reaffirmed the illegality of Mormon "plural marriage," then why did the Mormon God wait until 1890 to reveal to Wilford Woodruff that the church needed to obey the laws of the land which had already been in force for over 40 years?

And if the Mormon God told Woodruff to obey the laws of the land in 1890, then why did Woodruff himself "plural marry" Lydia Mountford in 1897? And why did other LDS general authorities secretly authorize dozens of other "plural marriages" between 1890 and at least 1906? And why was LDS church president Joseph F. Smith convicted of unlawful cohabitation and fined $300 in 1906?

What we must keep in mind is that Joseph Smith's "revelation on celestial marriage," which introduced and authorized "plural marriage," is Mormon scripture, even today as Section 132 of the Doctrine and Covenants.

But in introducing the "revelation on celestial marriage," Joseph Smith directly contradicted the 1835 Doctrine andCovenants scripture which specifically prohibited the practice of polygamy; and by practicing polygamy, Joseph Smith violated his God's order to "obey the laws of the land."

So we have a little problem here. And Smith's Prophetic successors as church leader Brigham Young, and then John Taylor, continued to advocate and practice polygamy in violation of the law for another half-century. And the LDS church's current edition of the Doctrine and Covenants still contains the "revelation on celestial marriage", which sanctions plural marriage.

So why did the founding prophet of the LDS church contradict and violate his own "revelations", as well as the laws of the land, by secretly teaching and practicing polygamy?

Why did Smith's successors continue to teach and practice polygamy for another half a century, in violation of the laws of the land?

If the practice of polygamy was wrong, then why did Joseph Smith tell his followers that God sent an angel with a sword to threaten him with death if he did not practice polygamy? Did Joseph Smith just make up all that or what?

http://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/polygamy_illegal.htm
Mormon Doctrine Flip Flops On Polygamy And Adultery
Saturday, Jan 21, 2006, at 09:49 AM
Original Author(s): Deconstructor
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
See for yourself...

Flip-Flop #1:

How many wives does God allow a man to have?

Timothy 2:2
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

1 Tim. 3: 12
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

Jacob 1:15
And now it came to pass that the people of Nephi, under the reign of the second king, began to grow hard in their hearts, and indulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices, such as like unto David of old desiring many wives and concubines, and also Solomon, his son.

Jacob 2: 27
Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none;

Jacob 3: 5
Behold, the Lamanites your brethren, whom ye hate because of their filthiness and the cursing which hath come upon their skins, are more righteous than you; for they have not forgotten the commandment of the Lord, which was given unto our father that they should have save it were one wife, and concubines they should have none, and there should not be whoredoms committed among them.

DandC 42: 22
Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else.

DandC 49: 16
Wherefore, it is lawful that he should have one wife, and they twain shall be one flesh, and all this that the earth might answer the end of its creation;

Now look at Joseph Smith's "revelation" on polygamy:

DandC 132: 54-55
And I command mine handmaid, Emma Smith, to abide and cleave unto my servant Joseph, and to none else. But if she will not abide this commandment she shall be destroyed, saith the Lord; for I am the Lord thy God, and will destroy her if she abide not in my law. But if she will not abide this commandment, then shall my servant Joseph do all things for her, even as he hath said; and I will bless him and multiply him and give unto him an hundredfold in this world, of fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, houses and lands, wives and children, and crowns of eternal lives in the eternal worlds. And if he (Smith) have ten virgins given unto him by this law, he cannot commit adultery, for they belong to him, and they are given unto him; therefore is he justified.

Flip-Flip #2:

What about coveting another man's wife?

Ex. 20: 17
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

Deut. 5: 21
Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

Mosiah 13: 24
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.

DandC 19:24-25
I am Jesus Christ; I came by the will of the Father, and I do his will. And again, I command thee that thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife;

Now the reality...

Apostle Jedediah M. Grant of the First Presidency, on Feb. 19 1854, revealed in General Conference:
"What would a man of God say, who felt right, when Joseph asked him for his money? He would say, 'Yes, and I wish I had more to help to build up the kingdom of God.' Or if he came and said, 'I want your wife?' 'Oh yes,' he would say, 'here she is, there are plenty more.'... Did the Prophet Joseph want every man's wife he asked for?... If such a man of God should come to me and say, 'I want your gold and silver, or your wives,' I should say, 'Here they are, I wish I had more to give you, take all I have got."' (Journal of Discourses, vol.2, pages 13-14)

A letter Joseph Smith wrote to the daughter of a friend:

"The only thing to be careful of; is to find out when Emma comes then you cannot be safe, but when she is not here, there is the most perfect safty. Only be careful to escape observation, as much as possible, I know it is a heroick undertakeing; but so much the greater friendship, and the more Joy, when I see you I will tell you all my plans, I cannot write them on paper, burn this letter as soon as you read it; keep all locked up in your breasts, my life depends upon it. I close my letter, I think emma wont come tonight if she dont, dont fail to come to night, I subscribe myself your most obedient, and affectionate, companion, and friend. Joseph Smith."
- Joseph Smith Letter, quoted by Todd Compton, In Sacred Loneliness page 180

In a speech given at Brigham Young University, Mrs. Lightner bore her testimony that Joseph claimed an "angel" came with a "drawn sword" and told him that if he did not enter into polygamy "he would slay him." She frankly admitted that she "had been dreaming for a number of years that I was his [Joseph's] wife." Since both Joseph and herself were already married, she "felt it was a sin." Joseph, however, convinced her that the "Almighty" had revealed the principle and while her "husband was far away," she was sealed to him. (Read her full BYU testimony here: http://www.ldshistory.net/pc/merlbyu.htm)

For details on the other MARRIED WOMEN that Joseph Smith coveted and seduced, see:
http://www.i4m.com/think/history/joseph_smith_sex.htm

Flip-Flop #3:

What does the Book of Mormon and the original DandC say about polygamy?

Jacob 1
15 And now it came to pass that the people of Nephi, under the reign of the second king, began to grow hard in their hearts, and indulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices, such as like unto David of old desiring many wives and concubines, and also Solomon, his son.
24 Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord.

DandC First Edition in 1835 and remaining until 1876 Edition, Section 101, verse 4:
Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication and polygamy, we declare that we believe that one man should have one wife, and one woman but one husband, except in the case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again. (History of the Church, vol. 2, pg. 247)

Now the flip-flop:

DandC 132
1 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.

What do these flip-flops tell us about the so-called divine origin of the Mormon Church?
Randy Maudsley, "Apostle" Of The True & Living Church Of Jesus Christ (a Polygamous Group In Utah) Knows His Mormon Doctrine Better Than Gordon B. Hinckley
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006, at 08:29 AM
Original Author(s): Freeatlast
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
I just finished watching AandE's "Inside Polygamy". One of the polygamists interviewed was Randy Maudsley, a very stocky, long-haired, articulate "Apostle" of the True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of the Last Days. "Apostle" Maudsley has four wives, and on camera, declared without hesitation that they were practicing the "principle of plural marriage" as taught by Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. He also said that he and his wives were doing so to be obedient to God because "We want to become Gods".

I'll give this to randy...oops...Randy Maudsley - he has more integrity to his religious beliefs than President "I-Don't-Know-We-Teach-That" Gordon B. Hinckley. Hinckley has had many opportunities to publicly declare fundamental aspects of LDS theology, such as God once being mortal and the "divine plan" for "men" to become Gods, but he has "shrunk back" from doing so as part of the church's plan to mainstream itself.

One of the women in the program who left a polygamous marriage and community, Roni Backer, said, "This [polygamy and the polygamy-focused religion of the community] is so mind-bending that there's no room for reality." How very applicable her words are to Mormonism.

Other things I noted that were not uncommon in the LDS Church when I was a member - One of the polygamists, John Harper, said, "Our women have freedom to come and go as they wish." OUR women?! The idea that God commands wives to obey their husbands is at the root psychologically of the mindset that polygamous men have/possess wives and children (his "eternal increase").

I noted the greater psychological independence of the women who had left polygamous marriages and communities in the program. I could see it in their faces and hear in their voices. They had gone through hell, including sexual abuse in some cases, and had really struggled to liberate their "soul", as one of the women who had been sexually abused by her polygamous father described it. As we know from personal experience, Mormonism also imprisons people's "souls" through its many fear-, guilt-, and shame-inducing teachings and psychologically unhealthy LDS beliefs.

One more thing the program reminded me about in relation to Mormonism was the church teaching and LDS belief that after Jesus returned to the Earth (in the Second Coming), he would re-establish polygamy as the "higher law of celestial marriage" for the "Saints" to live.

"Inside Polygamy" stated that although 30,000 to 50,000 people are involved in polygamy (rooted in 19th-century Mormonism), the actual number may be much higher. One of the women interviewed said she knew of at least 20 polygamous families in which sexual abuse had occurred. Here in British Columbia, the Attorney General, like his counterparts in UT, AZ, and other U.S. states, has been struggling to find way to deal with the polygamous community in Bountiful. He ordered the RCMP to investigate various allegations of sexual abuse of young women. The investigation is ongoing.

One man - Joseph Smith Jr. - is ultimately responsible for all the heartbreak, misery, fear, and "soul murder" (as one of the women in the AandE program called it) that has come from Mormonism-based polygamy in the past 150+ years. He introduced the "principle" into Mormonism, secretly lived it before publicly preaching about plural marriage, and psychologically manipulated women and his closest associates to accept the "doctrine". In my opinion, polygamy, more than any other aspect of Mormonism, proves that Smith was not enlightened.
Hypocritical Lying Mormon Church Issues Yet Another Statement About HBO's "Big Love"
Wednesday, Mar 8, 2006, at 07:54 AM
Original Author(s): Polygamy Porter
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
Oh this is choice! Polygamy Porter(me) reviewing another pathetic public plea wherein TSCC cries foul over stereotypes being dug back up and confusion by the new HBO series "Big Love"

Ready the barf bag and proceed to read it here.

My review follows(comments in bold after paragraphs):

Church Responds to Questions on TV Series
6 March 2006

Over the past few weeks, Church Public Affairs has received numerous calls from newspaper, magazine and TV entertainment writers about a new television series called Big Love. In the series, set in a modern suburb of Salt Lake City, the main character keeps up a deceptive life in a fringe world of polygamy with his three wives and households. Journalists want to know what the Church thinks of the program, the subject matter and HBO’s decision to promote it.


HEY! Just like the founder of mormonism and POLYGAMY in the US, Joseph Smith! He too was DECEPTIVE in living the "sacred principal" of dirty old polygamy.

Hell, he even
  • Lied to his own wife, first wife Emma

  • When he was finally caught by Emma, he quickly whipped up some scriptures(DandC 132) that threatened her with DEATH if she did not accept it

  • Excommunicated friends who did not agree with it(like Oliver Cowdery)

  • Published scriptures that stated he did not practice it(1835 ed of DandC 101:4)

  • Published a list of things he(and his followers) claimed to believe and one in particular said he obeyed the laws of the land, even though polygamy had been against the law in Illinois since 1833

  • Burned down a printing press because it was exposing the truth about his DECEPTIVE life, that he was indeed marrying additional women AND some were still married to their first husband!
Hmmm, I wonder if the producers will end the series with this deceptive man being killed by masons? Just like JOE was!


In responding, Church spokesmen have made three major points:

1. Concern for abuse victims
The Church has long been concerned about the illegal practice of polygamy in some communities, and in particular about persistent reports of emotional and physical child and wife abuse emanating from them. It will be regrettable if this program, by making polygamy the subject of entertainment, minimizes the seriousness of that problem and adds to the suffering of abuse victims.
Oh reeeaaaahiiillllyy? Put your money were your mouth is! Take some of that BILLION and a half dollars you plan on spending on your cathedral of consumption(mall) and spend it helping squash what old Joe started...

One other thing, do you really think it is sexually abusive for a middle aged man to have sex with a teenager? Or to threaten his wife with death? C'mon! Your founder Joseph Smith did not think so!


2. Confusion over the continued practice of polygamy
The central characters of Big Love are not “Mormons,” or, more properly termed, Latter-day Saints. HBO has said the script makes it clear that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints don’t practice polygamy. Still, placing the series in Salt Lake City, the international headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is enough to blur the line between the modern Church and the program’s subject matter and to reinforce old and long-outdated stereotypes.
Curelom shit! Look, these people are exactly like the rest of you "non polygamist" mormons, but with one exception, THEY STILL PRACTICE POLYGAMY.
So get this through your pea brains, looks like a mormon, lives like a mormon, teaches like a mormon, believes everything mormon, smells like a mormon, reads like a mormon, ANNNND has more than one wife, LIKE EARLY MORMONS, hmmmmmmmmmmm POLYGAMIST MORMONS!

Got it dumb ass? k?


Polygamy was officially discontinued by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1890. Any Church member adopting the practice today is excommunicated. Groups that continue the practice in Utah and elsewhere have no association whatever with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most of their practitioners have never been among its members.
Oh huge LIE! Actions speak louder than words you fool. You see, while the mormons may have publicly promised to discontinue polygamy in 1890, their leaders did not keep their word until 15-20 years later(read more here).

Unfortunately, this distinction is often lost on members of the public and even on some senior journalists. When ABC network’s Prime Time recently aired a program focused on the secretive polygamous community of Colorado City, the reporter repeatedly referred to members of the community as “Mormon polygamists.” In response, the Church points to the Associated Press style guide for journalists which states: "The term Mormon is not properly applied to the other ... churches that resulted from the split after [Joseph] Smith's death." In other words, polygamous communities should never be referred to as "Mormon" polygamists or “Mormon” fundamentalists.
Yippie Skippie! Hey can ya do all of us exmormons and BILLIONS of non mormons a favor, write this down and please memorize it: "MORMON = POLYGAMIST and POLYGAMY = MORMON" See, we all know this and so should you. K?

3. Concern over the moral standards of television entertainment
Despite its popularity with some, much of today’s television entertainment shows an unhealthy preoccupation with sex, coarse humor and foul language. Big Love, like so much other television programming, is essentially lazy and indulgent entertainment that does nothing for our society and will never nourish great minds. Parents who are casual about their viewing habits ought not to be surprised if teaching moral choices and civic values to their children becomes harder as a result.

For that reason and others, Church leaders have consistently cautioned against such entertainment, joining with other religious, education and government leaders in inviting individuals and families to follow a higher road of decency, self-discipline and integrity.
Talk about bald faced hypocrites!!!! This sounds like a great description of your very own channel 5, KSL-TV.. an NBC network affiliate....

Again, actions speak louder than words. Shall we talk about the Rock radio stations that TSCC owns also?
Polygamy: The Black Eye That Won't (and Can't) Go Away
Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006, at 07:19 AM
Original Author(s): Skeptical
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
Polygamy: The Black Eye that won’t (and can’t) go away

The LDS church officially stopped practicing polygamy in 1890, although it appears that the practice continued until 1907, at least. Thereafter, the LDS church prohibited the practice of polygamy while it continues to permit the practice of men being sealed to more than one wife (although the man is prohibited for being a bigamist). For example, a man is married in a temple with a woman and later is divorced civilly. The usual case will permit the man to remarry in a temple to a new wife, thus having two wives in the eternities.

Polygamy is the black eye on the church which just won’t go away. No matter how much the LDS church complains, educates, or wishes, it will always be tied to polygamy. And it should be. IT STARTED THE PRACTICE. But for the LDS church, polygamy would have probably never existed in America or the intermountain west.

Yesterday, Bishops across the United States read or re-printed a letter from the First Presidency complaining to the members that HBO was producing a series which wrongly depicted the practice of polygamy. Some bishops explained that the purpose of the letter was to provide members of the church with “talking points” should they be asked about it by co-workers, friends or family members.

But the tenure of the letter was more of a: “Damn it, after a hundred years, we are still up to our ears with this damn stereotype.”

What to do?

Nothing, but complain.

The LDS church could officially repudiate polygamy and distance itself from its implications by declaring it a false doctrine and removing Section 132 from the Doctrine and Covenants. However, by so doing, the LDS church would also remove all doctrinal support for the concept of eternal marriage and Families Are Forever™. Also, there will be a lot of confused active members of the Church who have been sealed to several women. Additionally, there will be a question of “spiritual bastardism” by descendants of polygamist marriages.

But the real loser will be Joseph Smith and his successors in interest. If the church leaders renounce polygamy as a false doctrine and mistake, they renounce Smith, and erode their own authority bedrock.

So, the most the LDS church can do is send protest letters to its own members sporting a black eye that won’t go away.
"Big Love" Right Out Of The Current Mormon Teachings -- The New And Everlasting Covenant. Ordinance Still Practiced! How To Become Gods!
Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006, at 07:29 AM
Original Author(s): Susieq#1
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
Know the truth.Know exactly what they actually believe and teach. Read their own words from their own scriptures. Decide for yourself if The Mormon Church teaches polygamy.

The New and Everlasting Covenantis Plurality of Wives or Polygamy - Temple ritual and DandC 132, with the promise to become Gods with a "continuation of seeds forever...".

It is still part of the cannon of Mormon teachings. Every temple marriage/sealing is the ordinance of "The New and Everlasting Covenant".

The New and Everlasting Covenant, known as Celestial Marriage- Plurality of Wives (Polygamy)-cannot commit adultery, men can become gods has never ceased being performed by The Mormon Church.

The temple marriage ceremony comes from DandC 132.

reference:
http://www.lds-mormon.com/veilworker/marriage.shtml


• • • The Current LDS Marriage Ritual• • •

As with other LDS rituals, this ceremony may be performed for either the living or the dead. When performed by proxy, it is used to "seal" deceased married members of the LDS Church to each other for time and eternity, while for the living it serves as the current marriage ceremony.

This ceremony is performed in a "Sealing Room." The room has an altar in its center with kneeling cushions on each side. At the head of the altar are two seats for the "Witnesses." Their signatures will appear on the temple’s marriage certificate. Others attending the ceremony stand about the room on either side of the altar. The Officiator who performs the sealing stands at the head of the altar.

If performed for the living the Officiator welcomes the group and usually makes a few remarks on the importance of marriage as an institution of God, stating that only those who marry in the temple can become Gods themselves. He counsels the couple to be kind to and understanding of each other throughout their lives, remembering that they seek a common goal, which can only be achieved by mutual cooperation.

When sealings are performed for and in behalf of the dead only the proxies, Officator and two Witnesses are present in the room. No speech is given, and the couple remains kneeling at the altar. They briefly release the token after each sealing, rejoining it again when instructed.

Officiator: Will the Witnesses please take their seats at the head of the altar.

Witnesses: Take their seats as requested.

Officiator: Brother ______, [naming groom] and Sister ______, [naming bride] will you please take your places and kneel opposite each other at the altar.

Marriage Couple: Kneels opposites each other as requested.

Officiator: Brother ______, [naming groom] and Sister ______, [naming bride] please join hands in the Patriarchal Grip or Sure Sign of the Nail.

Marriage Couple: Joins hands in the "Patriarchal Grip, or Sure Sign of the Nail." This token is given by clasping the right hands, interlocking the little fingers and placing the tip of the forefinger upon the center of the wrist. No clothing should interfere with the contact of the forefinger upon the wrist.

Officiator: Brother ______, [acting as proxy for ______, who is dead,] do you take Sister ______ [acting as proxy for ______, who is dead] by the right hand and receive her unto yourself to be your lawful and wedded wife for time and all eternity, with a covenant and promise that you will observe and keep all the laws, rites, and ordinances pertaining to this Holy Order of Matrimony in the New and Everlasting Covenant, and this you do in the presence of God, angels, and these witnesses of your own free will and choice?

Groom: Yes.

Officiator: Sister ______ [acting as proxy for ______, who is dead,] do you take brother ______ [acting as proxy for ______, who is dead,] by the right hand and give yourself to him to be his lawful and wedded wife, and for him to be your lawful and wedded husband, for time and all eternity, with a covenant and promise that you will observe and keep all the laws, rites and ordinances pertaining to this Holy Order of Matrimony in the New and Everlasting Covenant, and this you do in the presence of God, angels, and these witnesses of your own free will and choice?

Bride: Yes.

Officiator: By virtue of the Holy Priesthood and the authority vested in me, I pronounce you ______, and ______, legally and lawfully husband and wife for time and all eternity, and I seal upon you the blessings of the holy resurrection with power to come forth in the morning of the first resurrection clothed in glory, immortality and eternal lives, and I seal upon you the blessings of kingdoms, thrones, principalities, powers, dominions and exaltations, with all the blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob [if living, he adds: and say unto you: be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth] that you may have joy and rejoicing in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. All these blessings, together with all the blessings appertaining unto the New and Everlasting Covenant, I seal upon you by virtue of the Holy Priesthood, through your faithfulness, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.

This concludes the ceremony. A kiss over the altar (for non-proxy couples) is customary, but not essential. Any exchange of rings may now also be performed, though it is not part of the ceremony.

(Note: there is only one sentence that satisfys the requirement of the laws of the land: "authority vested in me, I pronounce you ______, and ______, legally and lawfully husband and wife,..." There is no mention of love.


THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS

SECTION 132
To read the rest, see lds.org or the DandC.

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, recorded July 12, 1843, relating to the new and everlasting covenant, including the eternity of the marriage covenant, as also plurality of wives. HC 5: 501–507. Although the revelation was recorded in 1843, it is evident from the historical records that the doctrines and principles involved in this revelation had been known by the Prophet since 1831.

1–6, Exaltation is gained through the new and everlasting covenant; 7–14, The terms and conditions of that covenant are set forth; 15–20, Celestial marriage and a continuation of the family unit enable men to become gods; 21–25, The strait and narrow way that leads to eternal lives; 26–27, Law given relative to blasphemy against the Holy Ghost; 28–39, Promises of eternal increase and exaltation made to prophets and saints in all ages; 40–47, Joseph Smith is given the power to bind and seal on earth and in heaven; 48–50, The Lord seals upon him his exaltation; 51–57, Emma Smith is counseled to be faithful and true; 58–66, Laws governing the plurality of wives are set forth.

1 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–

2 Behold, and lo, I am the Lord thy God, ...
3 Therefore, prepare thy heart to receive and obey the instructions which I am about to give unto you; ...

4 For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned, for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory.

5 For all who will have a blessing at my hands ..... as were instituted from before the foundation of the world.

6 And as pertaining to the new and everlasting covenant, it was instituted for the fulness of my glory; and he that receiveth a fulness thereof must and shall abide the law, or he shall be damned, saith the Lord God.

7 And verily I say unto you, that the conditions of this law are these: All covenants, contracts, bonds, obligations, boaths, vows, performances, connections, associations, or expectations, that are not made and entered into and sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, of him who is anointed, both as well for time and for all eternity, and that too most holy, by revelation and commandment through the medium of mine anointed, whom I have appointed on the earth to hold this gpower (and I have appointed unto my servant Joseph to hold this power in the last days, and there is never but one on the earth at a time on whom this power and the keys of this priesthood are conferred), are of no efficacy, virtue, or force in and after the resurrection from the dead; for all contracts that are not made unto this end have an end when men are dead.

15 Therefore, if a man marry him a wife in the world, and he marry her not by me nor by my word, and he covenant with her so long as he is in the world and she with him, their covenant and marriage are not of force when they are dead, and when they are out of the world; therefore, they are not bound by any law when they are out of the world.

16 Therefore, when they are out of the world they neither marry nor are given in marriage; but are appointed angels in heaven, which angels are ministering servants, to minister for those who are worthy of a far more, and an exceeding, and an eternal weight of glory.

17 For these angels did not abide my law; therefore, they cannot be enlarged, but remain separately and singly, without exaltation, in their saved condition, to all eternity; and from henceforth are not gods, but are angels of God forever and ever.

18 And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife, and make a covenant with her for time and for all eternity, if that covenant is not by me or by my word, which is my law, and is not sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, through him whom I have anointed and appointed unto this power, then it is not valid neither of force when they are out of the world, because they are not joined by me, saith the Lord, neither by my word; when they are out of the world it cannot be received there, because the angels and the gods are appointed there, by whom they cannot pass; they cannot, therefore, inherit my glory; for my house is a house of order, saith the Lord God.

19 And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, and it is csealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of this priesthood; and it shall be said unto them–Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection; and if it be after the first resurrection, in the next resurrection; and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and depths–then shall it be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, that he shall commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, and if ye abide in my covenant, and commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, it shall be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time, and through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out of the world; and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their jexaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fulness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever.

20 Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have call, power, and the angels are subject unto them.

21 Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye abide my alaw ye cannot attain to this glory.


25 Broad is the gate, and wide the way that leadeth to the deaths; and many there are that go in thereat, because they receive me not, neither do they abide in my law.

26 Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man marry a wife according to my word, and they are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, according to mine appointment, and he or she shall commit any sin or transgression of the new and everlasting covenant whatever, and all manner of blasphemies, and if they commit no murder wherein they shed innocent blood, yet they shall come forth in the first resurrection, and enter into their exaltation; but they shall be destroyed in the flesh, and shall be delivered unto the buffetings of Satan unto the day of redemption, saith the Lord God.

30 Abraham received promises concerning his seed, and of the fruit of his loins–from whose loins ye are, namely, my servant Joseph–which were to continue so long as they were in the world; and as touching Abraham and his seed, out of the world they should continue; both in the world and out of the world should they continue as innumerable as the stars; or, if ye were to count the sand upon the seashore ye could not number them.


34 God acommanded Abraham, and Sarah gave Hagar to Abraham to wife. And why did she do it? Because this was the law; and from Hagar sprang many people. This, therefore, was fulfilling, among other things, the promises.

35 Was Abraham, therefore, under condemnation? Verily I say unto you, Nay; for I, the Lord, acommanded it.

36 Abraham was commanded to offer his son Isaac; ...

39 David’s wives and concubines were given unto him of me, by the hand of Nathan, my servant, and others of the prophets who had the keys of this power; and in none of these things did he sin against me save in the case of Uriah and his wife; and, therefore he hath fallen from his exaltation, and received his portion; and he shall not inherit them out of the world, for I gave them unto another, saith the Lord.
41 And as ye have asked concerning adultery, verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man receiveth a wife in the new and everlasting covenant, and if she be with another man, and I have not appointed unto her by the holy banointing, she hath committed adultery and shall be destroyed.

42 If she be not in the new and everlasting covenant, and she be with another man, she has committed adultery.

43 And if her husband be with another woman, and he was under a avow, he hath broken his vow and hath committed adultery.

44 And if she hath not committed adultery, but is innocent and hath not broken her vow, and she knoweth it, and I reveal it unto you, my servant Joseph, then shall you have power, by the power of my Holy Priesthood, to take her and give her unto him that hath not committed adultery but hath been faithful; for he shall be made ruler over many.


48 And again, verily I say unto you, my servant Joseph, that whatsoever you give on earth, and to whomsoever you give any one on earth, by my word and according to my law, it shall be visited with blessings and not cursings, and with my power, saith the Lord, and shall be without condemnation on earth and in heaven.

49 For I am the Lord thy God, and will be awith thee even unto the bend of the world, and through all eternity; for verily I seal upon you your exaltation, and prepare a throne for you in the kingdom of my Father, with Abraham your father.

51 Verily, I say unto you: A commandment I give unto mine handmaid, Emma Smith, your wife, whom I have given unto you, that she stay herself and partake not of that which I commanded you to offer unto her; for I did it, saith the Lord, to prove you all, as I did Abraham, and that I might require an offering at your hand, by covenant and sacrifice.

52 And let mine handmaid, Emma Smith, receive all those that have been given unto my servant Joseph, and who are virtuous and pure before me; and those who are not pure, and have said they were pure, shall be destroyed, saith the Lord God.

54 And I command mine handmaid, Emma Smith, to abide and cleave• unto my servant Joseph, and to none else. But if she will not abide this commandment she shall be destroyed, saith the Lord; for I am the Lord thy God, and will destroy her if she abide not in my law.

55 But if she will not abide this commandment, then shall my servant Joseph do all things for her, even as he hath said; and I will bless him and multiply him and give unto him an hundredfold in this world, of fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, houses and lands, wives and children, and crowns of eternal lives in the eternal worlds.

56 And again, verily I say, let mine handmaid forgive my servant Joseph his trespasses; and then shall she be forgiven her trespasses, wherein she has trespassed against me; and I, the Lord thy God, will bless her, and multiply her, and make her heart to rejoice.

60 Let no one, therefore, set on my servant Joseph; for I will justify him; for he shall do the sacrifice which I require at his hands for his transgressions, saith the Lord your God.

61 And again, as pertaining to the law of the priesthood–if any man espouse a virgin, and desire to espouse aanother, and the first give her consent, and if he espouse the second, and they are virgins, and have vowed to no other man, then is he justified; he cannot commit adultery for they are given unto him; for he cannot commit adultery with that that belongeth unto him and to no one else.

62And if he have ten virgins given unto him by this law, he cannot commit adultery, for they belong to him, and they are given unto him; therefore is he justified.

63 But if one or either of the ten virgins, after she is espoused, shall be with another man, she has committed adultery, and shall be destroyed; for they are given unto him to multiply and replenish the earth, according to my commandment, and to fulfil 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.

64 And again, verily, verily, I say unto you, if any man have a wife, who holds the keys of this power, and he teaches unto her the law of my priesthood, as pertaining to these things, then shall she believe and administer unto him, or she shall be destroyed, saith the Lord your God; for I will destroy her; for I will magnify my name upon all those who receive and abide in my law.

65 Therefore, it shall be lawful in me, if she receive not this law, for him to receive all things whatsoever I, the Lord his God, will give unto him, because she did not believe and administer unto him according to my word; and she then becomes the transgressor; and he is exempt from the law of Sarah, who administered unto Abraham according to the law when I commanded Abraham to take Hagar to wife.

66And now, as pertaining to this law, verily, verily, I say unto you, I will reveal more unto you,...



As long as The Mormon Church considers DandC 132 their cannonized scriptures, they believe in and practice the law of plurality of wives or The New and Everlasting Covenant which carries the promise to become gods and have eternal increase.


In practice, it is possible for a man to be sealed to more than one woman in the temple, just not, generally at the same time.

Mormons have never stopped teaching this law known as polygamy.
Church News Spin: Dancing Around Henry Jacobs (first And Only Legal Husband Of Zina)
Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006, at 12:11 PM
Original Author(s): Reader
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
I don't know if anyone else noticed, but in the Church News for the week ending February 25, 2006, on page 4, there is an article entitled, "Among Last Living Children of Pioneers." The article discusses a 97-year old man named "Joseph Smith Jacobs," who lives in Provo, Utah. He is the last living child of a "pioneer" named "Henry Chariton Jacobs," who himself was the second son (born in 1846) of Henry Jacobs and Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs Smith Young.

What is interesting about the article is that the still-living "Joseph Smith Jacobs" is the grandson of the man who was at the center of polyandry in the early LDS Church. Many of you will recall the story (detailed in Compton's "In Sacred Loneliness" and Von Wagoner's "Mormon Polygamy"), but here is some background.

Henry Jacobs and Zina Diantha Huntington both were early converts to the LDS Church (in the 1830's). They eventually fell in love, but before they could marry Zina caught the eye of Joseph Smith. While still single, she was one of the early LDS women to whom Joseph preached plural marriage and proposed (in late 1840 or early 1841, when she was 19). She refused Joseph's proposal, and instead, married Henry Bailey Jacobs on March 7, 1841 (a legal marriage under Illinois law, performed by John C. Bennett, then mayor of Nauvoo). Joseph did not give up, however; he later told her an angel had appeared and threatened him with a sword if he did not marry Zina (the same argument he would use with other potential plural wives); Zina (apparently with Henry's consent) eventually gave in, and on October 27, 1841 (when Zina was 7 months pregnant with her first son by Henry), she married Joseph (she continued to live with Henry, however, and there is no evidence of sexual relations with Joseph, but there also is not evidence against sexual relations -- based on sexual relations evident in other of Joseph's plural marriages, Compton believes that this union "probably" included sexual relations).

After Joseph's murder, Zina (still married to and living with Henry) married Brigham Young on February 2, 1846 (it may have been as early as September 1844). Henry (still her legal husband) stood by as witness as Zina was sealed to Joseph Smith "for eternity" and to Brigham "for time" (that Zina was sealed to Brigham "for time," instead of Henry, is odd, because Henry was a faithful LDS member at this time and had already participated in temple ordinances -- family tradition holds that Brigham convinced Zina to do this by arguing she would receive greater blessings by marrying someone with higher priesthood authority -- BY, at this time, was an apostle and president of the 12, and Henry was a mere seventy). In any event, Zina now had her SECOND polyandrous marriage.

Not long thereafter, as Henry was taking his wife and two small sons (the "pioneer" in the Church News article, Chariton, having been born just days after Zina's marriage to BY and the Jacobs family's leaving Nauvoo) across Iowa, Henry received word that BY had called him on a mission to England (his prior missions had all been in the States); despite being very ill at the time, and his young family also sick and in the middle of a traumatic exodus, Henry heeded Brigham's call and turned around and left his family to embark on the mission.

Henry would not return until well over a year later. During that time, Zina and her two sons had moved in with Brigham Young, and Zina and Brigham cohabited openly as husband and wife (Zina eventually had a daughter by Brigham).

Henry's letters make clear that he never got over his first love, Zina. She never legally divorced him (as far as I know), and he always remained her sole legal husband (shared by two other husbands). Henry married others plurally, and stayed faithful to the Church for many years (going to Utah), but was eventually disciplined out of the Church and settled in California. Zina stayed in Brigham's household, and her two sons by Henry were raised by him.

That's the brief sketch of the story -- here is what bothers me about the Church News article. First, there is NO mention of Henry Jacobs as the father of Chariton. Instead, the article reads:

"Joseph Smith Jacobs begins with the birth of his father, an infant pioneer. On a rainy Sunday in March 1846, only five minutes after crossing the Chariton River in Iowa, Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs gave birth to a son in her wagon. She chose as his middle name Chariton, after the location where he was born."

It's fine to mention the mother, but why not the lad's father, who was present at the birth? He is not mentioned here or anywhere else in the article.

The article goes on to state about Chariton: "Carried on to the Salt Lake Valley, where he arrived in 1848, Henry Chariton Jacobs was raised in President Young's household."

How did Chariton come be be raised in BY's family? The article doesn't say. Could it be because (1) the unnamed Henry Bailey Jacobs was Chariton's biological and legal father (having married Zina first); (2) Joseph Smith was Chariton's eternal father (having married Zina 7 months later); and (3) Brigham Young was Chariton's current father "for time" (having married Zina just days before Chariton was born)? In any event, the reason Chariton was "raised in President Young's household" is pretty obvious, but the Church would rather not discuss that sordid part of the story.

In sum, I found it very interesting how the Church News article carefully avoided the very existence of Henry Jacobs and the scandalous polyandry he was forced to endure, first, with Joseph, and then, with Brigham, which resulted in his losing his young wife and two sons. Yep, the sad memory of Henry Jacobs, and how he was screwed by the hierarchy, is well remembered, evidently even by Church leaders (which can only explain how the article so artfully writes him out of Chariton's and the grandson's lives).
The Evil Institution Of Monongamy
Monday, Mar 27, 2006, at 07:11 AM
Original Author(s): Gdteacher
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
The Big Love e-mail got me thinking about how earlier church leaders preached of the evils of a monogamous system of marriage. Since the church actively participates in slamming "alternative" marriages today, it is kind of ironic that the church itself was the target of the Christians in the latter half of the 19th century and early 20th century. These quotes by church leaders are almost laughable in that context. I am taking these quotes with me for potential use during a lesson tomorrow which touches on tolerance. These quotes are courtesy of Deconstructor's site. He starts out with a couple of quotes on the "evils" of homosexuality, but then follows up with the same types of quotes as it relates to monogamy. We've all heard today's LDs Church leaders blaming the fall of the Roman empire and the decline of civilization on Homosexuality. Here's just a sampling of Mormon Prophets making this claim:

"This heinous homosexual sin is of the ages. Many cities and civilizations have gone out of existence because of it. It was present in Israel's wandering days, tolerated by the Greeks, and found in the baths of corrupt Rome." - Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, "President Kimball Speaks Out on Morality," LDS New Era, Nov. 1980, Page 39

"Alternatives to the legal and loving marriage between a man and a woman are helping to unravel the fabric of human society. I am sure this is pleasing to the devil. The fabric I refer to is the family. These so-called alternative life-styles must not be accepted as right, because they frustrate God's commandment for a life-giving union of male and female within a legal marriage as stated in Genesis. If practiced by all adults, these life-styles would mean the end of the human family." - Apostle James E. Faust, "Serving the Lord and Resisting the Devil," Liahona, Nov. 1995, Page 3.

But this is the SAME argument that Mormon Prophets have used against good-old heterosexual monogamy! See here other inspired words from Inspired Mormon Prophets:

"It is a fact worthy of note that the shortest lived nations of which we have record have been monogamic. Rome...was a monogamic nation and the numerous evils attending that system early laid the foundation for that ruin which eventually overtook her." - Apostle George Q. Cannon, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13, p. 202

"Since the founding of the Roman empire monogamy has prevailed more extensively than in times previous to that. The founders of that ancient empire were robbers and women stealers, and made laws favoring monogamy in consequence of the scarcity of women among them, and hence this monogamic system which now prevails throughout Christendom, and which had been so fruitful a source of prostitution and whoredom throughout all the Christian monogamic cities of the Old and New World, until rottenness and decay are at the root of their institutions both national and religious." - The Prophet Brigham Young Journal of Discourses, Vol. 11, p. 128

"...the one-wife system not only degenerates the human family, both physically and intellectually, but it is entirely incompatible with philosophical notions of immortality; it is a lure to temptation, and has always proved a curse to a people." - Prophet John Taylor, Millennial Star, Vol. 15, p. 227

"Monogamy, or restrictions by law to one wife, is no part of the economy of heaven among men. Such a system was commenced by the founders of the Roman empire....Rome became the mistress of the world, and introduced this order of monogamy wherever her sway was acknowledged. Thus this monogamic order of marriage, so esteemed by modern Christians as a holy sacrament and divine institution, is nothing but a system established by a set of robbers.... Why do we believe in and practice polygamy? Because the Lord introduced it to his servants in a revelation given to Joseph Smith, and the Lord's servants have always practiced it. 'And is that religion popular in heaven?' it is the only popular religion there,..." - The Prophet Brigham Young, The Deseret News, August 6, 1862

"This law of monogamy, or the monogamic system, laid the foundation for prostitution and the evils and diseases of the most revolting nature and character under which modern Christendom groans,..." - Apostle Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13, page 195

"We breathe the free air, we have the best looking men and handsomest women, and if they (Non-Mormons) envy us our position, well they may, for they are a poor, narrow-minded, pinch-backed race of men, who chain themselves down to the law of monogamy, and live all their days under the dominion of one wife. They ought to be ashamed of such conduct, and the still fouler channel which flows from their practices; and it is not to be wondered at that they should envy those who so much better understand the social relations." - Apostle George A Smith, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 3, page 291

"I have noticed that a man who has but one wife, and is inclined to that doctrine, soon begins to wither and dry up, while a man who goes into plurality [of wives] looks fresh, young, and sprightly. Why is this? Because God loves that man, and because he honors his word. Some of you may not believe this, but I not only believe it but I also know it. For a man of God to be confined to one woman is small business. I do not know what we would do if we had only one wife apiece." - Apostle Heber C. Kimball, Journal of Discourses Vol 5, page 22

"Just ask yourselves, historians, when was monogamy introduced on to the face of the earth? When those buccaneers, who settled on the peninsula where Rome now stands, could not steal women enough to have two or three apiece, they passed a law that a man should have but one woman. And this started monogamy and the downfall of the plurality system. In the days of Jesus, Rome, having dominion over Jerusalem, they carried out the doctrine more or less. This was the rise, start and foundation of the doctrine of monogamy; and never till then was there a law passed, that we have any knowledge of, that a man should have but one wife. " - The Prophet Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses Vol. 12, page 262
Should We Put Polygamists In Jail? For Polygamy?
Monday, Mar 27, 2006, at 07:51 AM
Original Author(s): Troy
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
Should polygamy be illegal? That is the question that hasn't been adequately answered, I think, yet it is illegal. It wouldn't be difficult to prove, by poll for example, that the majority of US citizens believe polygamy should remain illegal. But we shouldn't shy away from this question if we're going to take the matter seriously.

My position has changed quite a lot in the last two to three years. This change has come by necessity, and it has been painful at times. But I can honestly tell myself that I changed in an effort to get to the truth. I had no ulterior motives. Anyone who reads the things I wrote about polygamy several years ago would plainly see my hostile attitude toward the practice. Today, I'm still very troubled by the whole matter, but I've worked very hard to shed my biases in order to deal with it philosophically. In addition to this, I've had to recognize my own ignorance in certain areas that fall outside my own specific areas of expertise. For example, I tried to make arguments against polygamy that were based on the science of genetics, but I didn't have the background necessary for defending my position when I was confronted by people who actually have studied genetics from a serious, academic perspective. If they could punch holes in my arguments, I was obliged to investigate their critiques and take them seriously. But something I have spent a lot of time studying from an academic perspective is ethics. So the flavor of my arguments is quite different now from what it was a few years ago. I place more focus now on philosophical arguments rather than scientific. This is fitting since ethics concerns questions about what to do, as opposed to what is the nature of things.

We can look at the ethics of polygamy by drawing a distinction between legal possibilities and other non-legal ethical concerns. This last part often trips people up because the difference between legal permissibility and ethical permissibility is blurred in society. I blame ignorance for this. The problem is that people frequently see the law as the final word on what is right and wrong. Part of this is a result of abandoning ethical systems based on divine command and having no other coherently developed outlook to fall back upon. But we can remedy this matter, since we do not need religion to have ethical lives. We often deceive ourselves to the contrary, but that is another discussion. I think a lot of people see the law as the only reason for ethical behavior, so when something offends them, the natural reaction is to suggest legal sanctions. But law and morality are two separate realms. Law is a manifestation of our ethical needs. It is not the reason for our ethical needs. To keep things clear, let mejust state that I use the terms "morality" and "ethics" rather interchangeably. I do not use these terms in an authoritative way as in Mormonism. To me, there is no authority when it comes to questions of morality. Not human, divine or otherwise. Law is a form of authority, but laws exist because of moral principles. Unless we are living in a totalitarian society, that is.

What all of this means is that in order to discuss the legal aspects of polygamy, we have to clarify what the moral concerns are first of all. Then later, if we have compelling reasons for making it illegal, we should formulate the legal apparatus. Throughout this whole process, we have to keep in mind that laws that are unenforceable are nothing but trouble down the road. Sometimes we just don't have the justification or the means for making something illegal, no matter how offensive it seems. That is where we are at with anti-polygamy legislation. It is outdated, impractical and poorly conceived. We haven't got a good argument to put behind our current prohibitions against polygamy. As things stand, they are doomed. People frequently declare that polygamy is illegal, so we should simply throw the offenders in jail and be done with the problem. But it is immensely more complicated than this. It's not going to happen this way without massive offense to human rights.

But leaving all legal concerns aside, I can still make some complaints about polygamous society, particularly if it is a polygynous society, like almost all polygamous societies on earth. In such a society, polygamy is defined as one man and many women. The women have no right to play it the other way around. Such a society opposes justice from the beginning because justice differs from one individual to another, based simply on gender. This is a recipe for abuse. There is nothing to praise about patriarchy, if you ask me. Most polygamous societies that I'm aware of do not allow the option to not participate, particularly if one is female. The men may have some options, but the women have none at all. This is why polygyny proliferates in male-dominated society. Indeed, the presence of polygyny as a cultural norm is pretty powerful evidence that the society in question is male-dominated. Justice can never support such a system.

As it is, the best way I can conceive for fighting against the abuses inherent to compulsory-polygynous society is to provide education and other such benefits like adequate public health. In Mormon-fundamentalist society, there has been a holocaust of neglect when it comes to these matters. Making laws forbidding polygamy has not curtailed the practice effectively, but making it illegal and driving these societies underground has promoted a situation where this neglect could take place. The abuses have multiplied under these conditions. The effects of driving these societies underground has done far more harm than any anti-polygamy legislation could prevent.

Now that we've revealed the abuses in these societies to the point where the local LDS powers can no longer conceal them, it is time to reconcile the matter once and for all. We need to build a bridge between mainstream society and the innocent who are in these abusive cults. New legislation dealing with polygamy is sorely needed. As the laws remain, reconciliation remains difficult, if not impossible. Victims are afraid to ask for help because they are living in an outlawed society. When I was a child, I lost a lot of sleep at night because I was deathly afraid of being raided by federal troops. This fear keeps people from coming forward and it keeps the abuse in obscurity. When this happens, getting the public aware of the problem is an enormous challenge, and one that I've become familiar with over the years, intimately.

The thing that will break the backs of these abusive patriarchal societies will not be prison walls, but adequate schools run by honest people. In Colorado City, the public education system is profoundly corrupt. In addition to this, medical conditions are more like one might expect to find in a third-world country. The police and judges have themselves been criminals and abusers. It's a neglect of basic human rights that we should rightfully be shocked to find in the US.

It is the lack of opportunity to decline participation that makes polygamy the hideous thing it is. I've become very familiar with the arguments made by Elizabeth Joseph, who advocates the freedom to live in such a way if one chooses, but clearly she opposes polygamy that gives no option for non-participation. I have a hard time condemning such an arrangement objectively. If the Joseph family has caused specific harm or abuse because of polygamy, I have a hard time seeing it. I certainly wouldn't hold them up as a model family, but it seems to have worked for them in some respects. But that is just the case we have. It won't work for everyone. Societies that enforce this lifestyle are societies filled with human rights abuses. But given good opportunities for education and self-development, how powerful would groups like the FLDS be?

Certainly not as powerful as they have been in past decades. Ignorance has kept them in power. Sound familiar?
The Doctrine Of Polygamy Is Still In The Mormon Scriptures
Thursday, Apr 20, 2006, at 07:48 AM
Original Author(s): Adieu Lds
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
The doctrine of polygamy is still in their scriptures, Doctrine and Covenants, section 132. Mormons are instructed not to practice polygamy during this life but the practice will be permitted in heaven. Today if a Mormon man outlives his first wife (after having a temple marriage) he can marry again in the temple. This would guarantee him two wives in heaven.

God assigns a positive value to polygamy. He makes a covenant to deal with plural marriage, and threatens both Mormon men and women if they reject polygamy. This revelation was given to Joseph Smith and recorded on 1843-JUL-12: God starts by stressing the universality of the covenant, its permanence, and a curse for any who reject it: 3: "...all those who have this law revealed unto them must obey the same."

4: "For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory."

6: "...he that receiveth a fulness thereof must and shall abide the law, or he shall be damned...."

God reviews the many figures in the Hebrew scriptures who had concubines and/or were involved in plural marriages: Abraham, David, Solomon, Moses and many others.

God commands Joseph Smith's wife, Emma, to follow this commandment or be destroyed.

God introduces the "law of the priesthood": that a man can, with the approval of his first wife, marry one or more other women without committing adultery "...for they belong to him and they are given onto him...": 61: "....if any man espouse a virgin, and desire to espouse another, and the first give her consent, and if he espouse the second, and they are virgins, and have vowed to no other man, then is he justified; he cannot commit adultery for they are given unto him; for he cannot commit adultery with that that belongeth unto him and to no one else."

62: "And if he have ten virgins given unto him by this law, he cannot commit adultery, for they belong to him, and they are given unto him; therefore is he justified."

However, if a woman, after she is espoused, engages in sex with another man, she is guilty of adultery and is to be destroyed. What is sauce for the gander is definitely not sauce for the goose.

The "law of the priesthood" was taught as an important, foundational practice by the early Mormon church. Thus, in 1890, many Mormons found the church's suspension of new polygynous marriages to be unacceptable. They upheld the original revelation given to Joseph Smith and continued their plural marriages, even though it generally meant excommunication from the LDS. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, mainly centered in Utah, Arizona and British Columbia, was founded as a break-away Mormon sect, and is the main denomination within the Mormon movement which continues to practice polygyny today.
Polygamy, The Morg's Achilles Heel
Monday, May 15, 2006, at 07:50 AM
Original Author(s): Rob Shiveley
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
After watching tonight's episode of HBO's Big Love, I can't but feel that the Mormon Church's goose is finally cooked.

By the way, today the L.A. Times finished its 2-part series on Fundamentalist Mormon Polygamy, in case you missed it. The great reporting of the LA Times has Pulitzer written all over these stories which broke over the last couple of days. Here's the links to the online articles:

Blind Eye to Culture of Abuse: http://www.latimes.com/news/printedit...

Where Few Dare to Disobey http://www.latimes.com/news/printedit...

Plenty of Parents but No Protectors http://www.latimes.com/news/printedit...

A Sect's Prophet, Teacher, Fugitive http://www.latimes.com/news/printedit...

Arizona's 1953 Raid on Sect Backfired http://www.latimes.com/news/printedit...

A Family Seized as Church Property http://www.latimes.com/news/printedit...

This series of articles breaking in one of the top U.S. newspapers, along with the popular HBO 'Big Love' series about modern day polygamy, and the fact that one of the FBI Ten Most Wanted fugitive, Fundamentalist LDS Prophet, Warren Jeffs, is capturing the attention of the world's media, the church's long association with polygamy is combining to create quite a 'sticky wicket' for the Morg.

It's ironic that the LDS PR dept is stating that the media is not reporting the "correct angle" of the church's position on polygamy. Apparently the spin meisters in LDS PR aren't quite up to task: "Church spokesman Dale Bills said LDS Public Affairs has fielded "a number of questions" from media – presumably both national and international – following Jeffs' Ten Most Wanted listing along with Osama bin Laden and other high-profile fugitives. Reporters have called for the church's comment, though "there is no reason why the church would wish to comment about a legal action concerning a group with which it has no affiliation or connection," the release said."

Media get a big 'F' for stories on FLDS: http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249...

I wonder when how long it will take before the church bows its head and says 'yes' in acknowledgment towards its longstanding ambivalent attitude towards the repression and exploitation of children and women? A bit of light shining brightly on a dark secret the church would rather not talk about may cause some discomfort for a number of folks, including Mitt Romney, the Massachusetts Mormon governor kicking the tires about a run for the white house in 2008.

Ah, now it gets interesting!

Rob Shiveley
Ah, Think Of Life In "Zion" During The Days Of The Pioneers
Monday, Jul 24, 2006, at 09:23 AM
Original Author(s): Lightfingerlouie
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
I like to think about life in Utah during the early days. What the "saints" endured was something worth thinking about. I do marvel at their toughness.

Think about what life in Utah must have been like, living in cabins, wearing wool clothes, sweating in summer sun, or freezing in the winter. People took a bath weekly, so you know how they smelled.

Food was scarce, and starvation a reality. But that is just the surface. Think about what was under the veneer.

Blood atonement made everyone obey. No doubt of that. Brigham preached the joys of a slit throat from the pulpit. Castration was an added benefit for those who stepped out of line, and wanted, say, that cute girl the Stake President wanted. In short, everyone in one way or another, was Brigham's prison bitch.

And there was polygamy, that wonderful Mormon practice. Lecherous old geezers would meet the wagon trains as they came into Salt Lake. They wanted to see who might be available for their, uh, spiritual needs.

Heber C. Kimball, that remarkable ass, wanted the pretty ones saved. He did not want the lovely girls picked until he could sort them out. After all, his daughter had been sorted out by the Prophet Joseph. What was good for Joseph was good for Heber. Took a little time to get used to it, but it worked out just fine.

If Brother Brigham wanted a wife, and she was already married, no matter. She was his anyway. The husband could go to hell. This happened to one of my ancestors. I was never told the truth until I read it on this board. My father knew, but did not let the truth escape. Brigham did not let the women escape, so what the hell. All part of the tradition.

I recall all the stories about polygamy, told with a sincere sugar coating. The women "liked it," they "did not complain," and they did not leave when they could. Right. I can imagine how much some of them liked it. Of course, leaving could bring a death sentence, so I would imagine staying seemed like an acceptable alternative.

And think of the other characters. There were the crazy Pratts. Interesting fellows . Orson had his problems, and was in and out of favor. Parley ended up "assassinated," which was Mormon-speak for killed by an angry husband. Those Pratt boys were never boring.

Wilford Woodruff is another favorite. Those wild dreams, and crazy notions. He went on to great things, of course, and is venerated to this day--lesson manuals, and a bust in the "Hall of Prophets."

I honestly do admire the pioneers--the common pioneers-- who went through things we can't imagine. I can see why people go to Martin's Cove, or why they are fascinated with the tough life so many endured. I am not without feeling for those who paid the price.

I recall Wallace Stegner writing about the Mormon women, and how remarkable they were. He seemed to feel they made the system work. Not the men, the women. The men, after all, had the "Priesthood." The women had the burdens, and the real suffering.
Apologists Claim D&C 101:4 (1835 Version) Is Not Revelation - That It Was Written By Oliver Cowdery, Not Joseph Smith
Friday, Aug 25, 2006, at 06:39 AM
Original Author(s): Randy Jordan
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
Doctrine and Covenants 101:4 (1835 edition) :
"Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication and polygamy; we declare that we believe that one man should have one wife; and one woman but one husband; except that in the event of death when either is at liberty to marry again."
Note: this is not found in the current editions of Doctrine and Covenants. Reasonably ask yourself why.

Mormon Apologists claim:
"We are well aware of Section 100 and what it says. That particular Section was written by Oliver Cowdery and approved by the membership of the Church while Smith was out of town. "
To begin with, the AoM was in Section 101 of the 1835 DandC, and RE-PUBLISHED as Section 109 in the *1854* edition, IN UTAH. For those unfamiliar with it, the crux of the policy states: "Inasmuch as this church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication, and polygamy: we declare that we believe, that one man should have but one wife; and one woman, but one husband, except in the case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again."

The idea that JS was out of town, and that Cowdery somehow slipped the "Article on Marriage" into the DandC without his approval, is a prevarication designed purely as an apology for Joseph's adulterous affair with the teenage Fannie Alger.

Joseph Fielding Smith perpetuated the misinformation:
"This article on marriage was not a revelation and I want you never to forget it....at this conference held on August 17, 1835, Joseph Smith and Frederick G. Williams...were not present; they were in Michigan....this article on marriage...was written by Oliver Cowdery in the absence of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and the Prophet knew nothing of the action that was taken ordering them printed with the revelations. These were not revelations, never were so considered, were ordered printed in the absence of Joseph Smith, and when Joseph Smith returned from Michigan and learned what was done---I am informed by my father, who got this information from Orson Pratt---the Prophet was very much troubled. Orson Pratt and Joseph F. Smith, my father, were missionary companions; they traveled together, and my father learned a great many things from Orson Pratt of these early days. When the Prophet came back from Michigan, he learned of the order made by the conference of the Church and he let it go through." (Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 11, pp. 194-95.)
First off---Joseph Fielding Smith claimed to have gotten his information third-hand. By the time Pratt allegedly told this to JF Smith, the Mormons were in Utah, and Pratt himself was a practicer and apologist for polygamy. It served his agenda to "blame" the AoM on the excommunicated Cowdery, because of its obvious contradiction to the 1843 "revelation on celestial marriage." Also, Mormons constantly repeat that the only official LDS doctrine that is binding on the members is what is found in the "Standard Works." The Article on Marriage was voted on by "common consent", approved, and published in the 1835 DandC, whether JS was out of town or not. If, as later Mormons claimed, that JS had had his first "revelation" on PM as early as 1831, then it is obvious that upon returning from Michigan, and learning of the AoM, he should have immmediately called a meeting, corrected the mistake, and ordered the AoM torn out or stricken through in each copy. JS lived another nine years after the 1835 DandC was published, and I am not aware of a single statement he made against the AoM, nor of any action he took to correct it. That being true, it is obvious that JS was perfectly willing to maintain the AoM as a public policy, while privately teaching and practicing the exact opposite. And, if you're going to argue that the AoM was not "official doctrine" IN SPITE of it being canonized, then you cannot also consistently argue that JS' practice of polygamy was proper or "doctrinally secure"----because when Smith attempted to have his "revelation on celestial marriage" approved on August 12, 1843, by his Nauvoo High Council, the attempt failed to carry, which is necessary according to LDS rules of "common consent." That means that Smith secretly taught and practiced polygamy without having proper approval----which was no big deal for him, however, since he had been a polygamist for at least ten years before he even presented his "revelation" for a vote. The High Council's refusal to approve the "revelation" obviously slowed him down, however, because he took no more plural wives for the last eight months of his life, as opposed to having taken more than 30 before that time.

On top of all of this, the idea that Smith was in the dark about Cowdery's inclusion of the AoM is ridiculous on its face. Smith claimed to be in regular communication with God. If that were truly the case---and God had previously "revealed" the "ancient order of plural marriage" to Smith---then it should have been a snatch for God to put a bug in Smith's ear, perhaps telling him something like, "Joseph, my son, Oliver is trying to mess up your love life. Go therefore, and tell him to ixnay the Article on arriage-May." For Mormons to believe that Cowdery could slip an incorrect principle into the "standard works," they must concede that Smith's pipeline to God was operating at somewhat less than peak efficiency. Objective thinkers will naturally conclude that in light of the events, Smith possessed no such pipeline.

As I've documented several times previously, the historical context of the origin of the AoM was JS' "nasty, filthy affair" with Fannie Alger, which began as early as 1833, when she was sixteen. According to some accounts, Emma herself caught them together, and JS expressed remorse over it in a meeting with Emma and Cowdery.

In none of the accounts is the "prophet" quoted as saying, "I have received a revelation that allows me to have sex with Fannie." No mention of an angel with flaming sword threatening to kill him. No hint of asking the "first wife" for permission to couple with Fannie, as DandC 132:61 requires; Emma was obviously shocked and saddened at the discovery. All of the accounts paint a simple picture of a married man having in illicit fling with a teenage girl, being caught, and apparently being remorseful and repentant of it.

Because news of the incident spread quickly----there are numerous first-and-secondhand accounts of it----Cowdery, and others, undoubtedly realized that if it became widespread public knowledge that the "prophet" was boinking a teenager, it could discredit their church, and destroy their infant commune. That is undoubtedly why the AoM states that the "church has been reproached with the crime of fornication and polygamy." It was designed as an official statement to nip the rumors in the bud. And it worked for awhile---after being caught with Fannie, there is no evidence of any more extra-marital activity on Smith's part until his affair with Lucinda Morgan Harris at Far West in 1838. Fannie and family left Kirtland in 1836, she married a Solomon Custer, and thereafter refused to discuss her relationship with JS. In fact, the very REASON JS skipped town to Michigan during the period may well have been so that he could avoid having to deal with the fallout over being caught.

But the problem with JS, the AoM, and the truth, goes much deeper than all of this.

Although [apologists] attempt to call the AoM "unauthoritative" and "not official doctrine"----DandC 42, a "revelation received" on February 9, 1831, ALSO condemns extra-marital relations: "Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her AND NONE ELSE.....Thou shalt not commit adultery; and he that committeth adultery, and repenteth not, shall be cast out." Obviously, this "revelation" WAS "official doctrine," and regardless that JS later claimed to have received his first "inspiration" on PM in 1831 or 1832, monogamy and fidelity was the canonized standard of behavior even without the AoM. If JS had been dealt with according to the "canonized" DandC 42:26, he should have been excommunicated over the Fannie affair; but instead, JS excommunicated Cowdery in part for "accusing the prophet of adultery." That fact indicates that contrary to what modern Mormons try to assert, JS held a position of infallibility, and that he could violate a canonized rule of his church, and not be punished for it. The incident reveals that JS was totalitarian and held absolute power, accountable to no one for his behavior. It's also possible that since Smith arrived at Far West on March 14, 1838---and he began a sexual relationship with Lucinda Harris almost immediately, while living in her home---Cowdery may have got wind of that relationship, and it may have been the adultery that he accused Smith of that got him excommunicated on April 6, just three weeks later.

As I've documented many times, Smith steadfastly publicly denied PM his entire life. All public statements from him, and other Mormons, were that PM was not an LDS practice, and that it was strictly forbidden. Smith and his followers carried on a lifetime campaign of denial and deception concerning the practice.
Yes, Faithful LDS (Not FLDS) Members - You Do Believe In Polygamy
Wednesday, Aug 30, 2006, at 08:02 AM
Original Author(s): Jw The Inquizzinator
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
In fact, you worship it. I present as evidence:
  1. You worship a god that has multiple wives.
  2. You believe that your god is the son of yet another polygamous god...and his father...and his father
  3. Your scriptures say that polygamy is ok (not old timey scriptures, the scriptures you take to church every week)
  4. You believe, if you are a worthy male, that you will have multple wives in the afterlife.
  5. You believe, if you are female, that you will be one of many priestesses to your king (maybe your husband, maybe not)in the afterlife
  6. You believe Jeffs is a dirtbag/scumbag but he has done nothing that Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Parley Pratt, and other church leaders did.
  7. The "polygamy" proclamation only applies to life right now on earth. It is not called a "sin" for a reason [because you don't thnk it is a sin, only wrong because it is against the law of the land].
  8. Your leaders practice Temple Polygamy - Russel M. Nelson just took another wife half his age.
Mormon Apostles And Teenager Brides
Tuesday, Sep 5, 2006, at 08:30 AM
Original Author(s): Alex71va
Topic: POLYGAMY - SECTION 1   -Link To MC Article-
With all the talk this week about Warren Jeffs and his arrest for arranging underage marriages I think these links provide some useful historical perspective.

Cut and past any of these links into your browser.

http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=384089
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http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=8515868
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=1855454
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=1663867
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=952846
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=630396
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=2093236
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=1663796
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=11300118
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=147311
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=171325
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=55596
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=1733829
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=655144
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=1663839
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=410599
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=1663809
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=806530
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=667
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/AF/family_group_record.asp?familyid=118909

Take the year of marriage and minus the date born and you'll see that most all of these were teenage brides.
 
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