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RS LogoAs most of our readers know, Melissa submits a small info page on the monthly LDS publication for the Visiting Teaching Messages.  The intended audiences for these publications are the women in their Relief Society program and their purpose is to provide encouragement and directions for living a godly life while following Christ.

All that got me to wondering what female Mormons today think of those in the Relief Society back in the days of Emma Smith.

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breakingthefaithThe new reality show Breaking The Faith follows a group of young FLDS women in their quest to break free from the confines of Fundamental Mormonism. I had a chance to catch the show’s premiere Sunday, and I have to say I’m looking forward to seeing more.

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D&C 132:4-6, 32; “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 shall abide the law which was appointed for that blessing, and the conditions thereof, 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. 32 Go ye, therefore, and do the works of Abraham; enter ye into my law and ye shall be saved.”

Salt Lake Temple (2)A few years ago Melissa wrote an article about Mormon women needing their husbands to be saved. In her look at the official Mormon doctrine on this subject she provided Mormon scriptural references to this damning doctrine and how it contradicts what our Lord has taught us in His word.

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Today I received an incredibly cool e-mail from a researcher and writer based in Salt Lake City that I’ve admired for years now.  Her reports have exposed the Church’s practice of posthumous baptisms for the dead even after the Church has publicly announced they’ve stopped.

Helen Radkey sent me a PDF version of her latest report on the inner workings of the Mormon Church’s polygamy endowments that are taking place inside Mormon temples even today.

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polygamy1While it seems our focus and posts on topics like polygamy aren’t of much value today, I can personally assure you they are!

Even though polygamy isn’t being openly practiced in mainstream Mormonism there’s still a lot of it around – even in Utah of all places…

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Mary Mackert Introduction Letters 

    Polygamists On June 4, 2008 I had the blessing of having Mary Mackert on our radio outreach program; Way of the Cross.  The programs will air on June 8th and the 15th so be sure to download the podcasts and hear this woman’s incredible story of how God miraculously saved her and four of her five children from a life of polygamy and spiritual death.  It’s another example of God’s mercy on us and His sovereignty!

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Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders

Hyrum Smith

February 9, 1800-June 27, 1844

Early Mormon PolygamistsToday we’re taking a look at Hyrum Smith. I always found it odd this man didn’t play a bigger role in the history of Mormonism and why his brother Joseph Jr. didn’t utilize their brotherhood in a broader sense.  It seemed Joseph went to outsiders to convince them of his tales and once that was secured he brought them along to convince his family.

Hyrum lived in his younger brother’s shadow. He seemed to go along with what the family had chosen to Smith Hyrumbelieve about Joseph and in the end it cost him his life. While it seems he’s an unwitting dupe at times it must be remembered he too lied about polygamy and he too practiced the nefarious deed.

You can read about him and his six wives here in our series Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders.

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Early Mormon PolygamistsOrson Pratt was a member of the original twelve LDS apostles and as you can imagine he served in many venues throughout his church service. While his stay in office was a tumultuous one he always seemed to hang in there with his willingness to serve his god.

Married to ten women, he fathered 45 children and that’s not to say they’ll all be serving in the afterlife as a forever family. His first wife Sarah became a very outspoken critic of polygamy and publicly criticized his philandering ways of marrying young women younger than his own children.

Serving as a missionary for much of his life left his family in a chronic state of poverty while he left them to Orson Prattfend for themselves. Some of his children born to his first wife turned on his philosophy and totally rejected the Mormon lifestyle.

You can read more about his life and learn about his family in our series Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders here.

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Early Mormon PolygamistsThe life of Parley Parker Pratt was fast and furious from the time he joined Mormonism to his death. He bought Smith’s version of God’s restoration gospel and wasted no time in writing hymns, periodicals, converting dozens and forging new roads up the canyons of Utah and when that didn’t pan out financially he turned his attention to missions work.

In the end Pratt met his match with a man by the name of Hector McLean. Hector didn’t take too kindly to the way Pratt induced his wife all in the name of God. After she took off with Parley and tried to take the kids with her, McLean chased them down and Mr. Pratt died a martyr’s death in the eyes of Mormondom.

You can read a short bio of him and his 12 wives in our ongoing series of Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders here.

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I wrote this article as a companion info sheet for an earlier study of the US Government and Mormonism. In light of the scripture changes made by the Church this week (March 1, 2013) I made some amendments reflecting the latest denial of the Church’s history with polygamy, and have included it here.

More than anything my heart hurts for those caught in the web of lies the Church keeps spinning.  The first purpose of this ministry is to glorify God by showcasing who He is and what He does for us. Our second focus is to warn others of the dangers when we don’t worship the God of the Bible. Unfortunately in this time of history there’s many organizations working overtime to turn people away from the One True God and Mormonism happens to be one of the biggest in recent history.  Now, onto the article…

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The Edmunds-Tucker Act of 1887

February 19, 1887

One hundred and twenty six years ago today the US Congress passed an anti-polygamy act – two weeks later (March 3) it would be signed into law.

EPSON MFP image EPSON MFP imageThe Edmunds-Tucker Act became the official law against polygamy in America, giving the government power to seize assets and dis-incorporate the LDS Church.  The Church’s refusal to truthfully testify about their polygamous activities and their refusal to stop practicing it had been a thorn in America’s side for over a half century.

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Warren Jeffs’ End-time Prophecy

From behind prison walls polygamist cult leader Warren Jeffs seems to be up to his old tricks again.

The Deseret News reported yesterday the permanent closing of several stores on Friday in Colorado City, AZ and the sudden reopening of the same stores the following morning. No one knows why they were closed or reopened for that matter. It seems this madman still has a spiritual stronghold over the people and controls everything they do.

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No Polygamy, No Salvation

Deseret News November 14, 1855, pg 2; “If any of you will deny the plurality of wives and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned…I wish more of our young men would take to themselves wives of the daughters of Zion, and not wait for us old men to take them all; go ahead upon the right principle, young gentlemen, and God bless you for ever and ever and make you fruitful , that we may fill the mountains and then the earth with righteous inhabitants.” – Heber C. Kimball, Comments made on October 6, 1855

http://udn.lib.utah.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/deseretnews1/id/2806

I don’t know of any modern-day Mormon teaching that promotes this theory today.

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No Polygamy Means No Salvation

Journal of Discourses 11:239; “We are told that if we would give up polygamy – which we know to be a doctrine revealed from heaven, and it is God and the world for it – but suppose this Church should give up this holy order of marriage, then would the devil, and all who are in league with him against the cause of God, rejoice that they had prevailed upon the Saints to refuse to obey one of the revelations and commandments of God to them.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, June 3, 1866

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CORRECTIONS TO Mitt Romney’s Family 

A few days ago I posted this article and I would like to humbly and publicly apologize for the erroneous information I posted on this blog.  I’ve also had others asking to repost so a notice is going out to them as well.  

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Romney, Polygamy, Racism and the Mormon Church

Well tomorrow is a big day for Iowa.  The elections on Tuesday night (January 3, 2011), are supposed to be a good indication of how the rest of the nation might look for the big vote come this November.  Let’s pray that people will make good decisions when choosing who they want to represent this great nation of ours!

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False Prophecies by False Prophets

When we don’t follow God’s word man’s idea of righteousness goes every which way.  Case in point is Joseph Smith and what he did in 1830.  With his idea of God people went their own ways after his death and today we see literally hundreds of different kinds of Mormonism rearing their ugly heads.

The case in Texas took another turn this week.  Warren Jeffs, the self proclaimed prophet of the polygamous group FLDS, issued a new prophecy.   Now he’s predicted the walls of the prison are going to fall down around him and until then no one is allowed to have sexual relations in their marriages.  If you’re caught doing so the punishment is swift and severe; it’s excommunication for you.

Let’s pray the reports are true that people are finally leaving.  And although that may seem like a good thing we also need to pray they’ll come to know the truth about Jesus and get saved!

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Joseph Smith Polygamy Quotes

We’ve been receiving a few e-mails lately asking for information on polygamy and what Joseph Smith said and taught about it in the public forum.  Here are a few notable things Mr. Smith had to say.

 

 

 

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Polygamy and Following Jesus

Journal of Discourses 5:204; Some quietly listen to those who speak against the Lord’s servants, against his anointed, against the plurality of wives, and against almost every principle that God has revealed. Such persons have half-a-dozen devils with them all the time. You might as well deny “Mormonism,” and turn away from it, as to oppose the plurality of wives.” – Heber C. Kimball, October 12, 1856, Salt Lake City

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Joseph Smith and Polygamy

Rachel Ridgway Ivins Grant, mother of future LDS president Heber J. Grant, refused to even meet with Joseph Smith, saying that she would “sooner go to hell as a virtuous woman than to heaven as a whore.” – Nauvoo Polygamy Demographic Report, pg. 24, George A. Smith

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