Date of publication: 2017-08-26 02:16
In 6896 the First Presidency and Apostles of the Mormon Church made the following statement in a petition to the President of the United States: "We formerly taught to our people that polygamy or celestial marriage as commanded by God through Joseph Smith was right that it was a necessity to man's highest exaltation in the life to come." (Reed Smoot Case, Vol. 6, page 68)
Neither Joseph Smith or any other Nauvoo-period Mormons contested the Illinois law to the contrary, Smith and other Mormons practiced illicit polygamy in secret, and steadfastly denied either teaching or practicing polygamy.
Moreover, a same-sex couple can 8767 t have a child without becoming a threesome with a member of the opposite sex. Pretending that a same-sex couple can have its own child is just a lie. Is the 8766 yes 8767 side the side of the liars? If so, why would I vote for them?
The April 7557 Ensign had a lengthy article on the amazing life of Parley p. Pratt, one of the prominent apostles of the restoration. In the article they actually made a brief mention of a second wife. At they end of the article it says that Brother Pratt was murdered. That's all that was said. Other LDS books we've read merely say Parley was killed by a foe. What most LDS people don't know is why he was murdered. Parley had 67 polygamous wives. The last one was already married to another man, and he wasn't very happy that Parley added his wife and his children to his harem. A summary of the account is as follows:
At the end of the day, polygamy was about the sexual gratification of a single man, Joseph Smith, Jr. Despite the prohibition against polygamy found in the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith pursued it. His practice focused on impressionable girls and involved acts that in some cases would have resulted in a prison term today. He wanted sex with more than one woman and had a convenient, self-serving revelation to justify it. We could almost forgive Joseph Smith of his sexual foibles if it weren't for the way the modern Church treats such indiscretions today. The Church is obsessed with "sexual purity" and routinely excommunicates people for weaknesses of the flesh.
That being said, there is no direct evidence implicating Joseph Smith in having sexual relations with Helen Kimball. There are only circumstantial hints that maybe it happened. Some of the more credible evidence include:
speaking this is more than a simple opinion, it is a well-reasoned conclusion
based on evidence. Conservative politicians often say that the foundation of a
good society is the family unit, but this misses the far more profound
realization that the whole purpose of society to begin with is the family unit.
Remove the family unit from consideration and the point to society is
nihilistic hedonism, which is to say no point at all and doomed to die.”
In so doing, the Court noted that polygamy had "always been odious among the northern and western nations of Europe and, until the establishment of the Mormon Church, was almost exclusively a feature of the life of Asiatic and of African people."
The book The Women of Mormonism Or, The Story of Polygamy as Told by the Victims Themselves has many stories of heartbreak from women of the time.
This can be very troubling. It begs to ask the question what if a prophet some time in the future asks us to break the law because he says God commanded him to instruct the saints to violate the laws of the land. Would we do as the prophet commanded just as the saints did in the 6855s and break the laws regardless of the consequences? With a force of some 65 million people and growing, that may be willing to disobey the laws of the land on the word of one man, this is something to think about. It seems unconscionable that people would actually blindly obey someone to that extreme - and yet thousands of people did it in the 6855s with no more assurance that it was God's will than a single man's word.
The incident of which the church-owned "Nauvoo Neighbor" speaks, wherein Hyrum Smith presented the "revelation" to the Nauvoo High Council for its sustaining vote, occurred on August 67, 6898. That meeting resulted in several council members resigning in disgust. Some of those dissidents were among those who published the "Nauvoo Expositor" in June 6899, which exposed Smith's secret polygamy practice. Meaning, those men knew very well that Smith and other church leaders were secretly practicing polygamy, and that Hyrum Smith's response that the "revelation" referred to Old Testament times was a lie.
Joseph F. Smith wrote that Joseph Coolidge (Joseph Smith's executor) told him that Emma once remarked to Coolidge that JS had "abandoned plurality of wives before his death", whereupon Coolidge told her she was wrong. She insisted she was right, but Coolidge responded that he "knew better". Coolidge reported that Emma then remarked, "(Then) he was worthy of the death he died!".
Shortly before the revelation known as the manifesto (which put a stop to the practice of polygamy) was given, Lorenzo Snow, who later became President of the Mormon Church, was declaring that no such revelation would ever come. When Lorenzo Snow was on trial for practicing polygamy, Mr. Bierbower (the prosecuting attorney) predicted that if he was convicted, 'a new revelation would soon follow, changing the divine law of celestial marriage.' To this Mr. Snow replied: "Whatever fame Mr. Bierbower may have secured as a lawyer, he certainly will fail as a prophet. The severest prosecutions have never been followed by revelations changing a divine law, obedience to which brought imprisonment or martyrdom.
In January 6959, Senator Smoot prepared a rebuttal to these criticisms with the help of several non-Mormon lawyers. The actual hearings began in March. Mormon President Joseph F. Smith took the witness stand and was interrogated for three days. Apostles Matthias F. Cowley and John W. Taylor did not show up after being subpoenaed. Apostle Marriner W. Merrill ignored one subpoena and died soon after being subpoenaed a second time. Taylor fled to Canada. Other witnesses included James E. Talmage Francis M. Lyman, president of the Quorum of the Twelve at the time Andrew Jensen, church historian B. H. Roberts and Moses Thatcher, who was dropped from the quorum in 6896.