Journal of Discourses 5:364; “A gentleman, with whom I came in contact while at Washington, made this objection against Mormonism. Talking about the institution of plurality of wives, said he, “It never will answer; it will break up all the whorehouses in the country; for women would not abide in such establishments and sustain them, if they could only have respectable and comfortable houses. This polygamy system will smash up that (Christian) institution altogether.” – George A. Smith, Salt Lake City, November 1, 1857
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In December 2013 the Church published an essay defending their history of polygamy and why they practiced it at all.
In response to their outlandish claims we’ve been addressing their rewrite of history, but this time around we’re doing things a bit differently. Woo-hoo! I’m pulling out some of their major lies and will address them here, so here we go.
First and foremost I do this because I believe it’s important everyone has access to truth. You deserve and need to know the truth before you invest yourself in something as important as your salvation!
I’m sure you’re puzzled by the title of my article but please bear with me as I explain. Today I was watching a marathon of the past season of Sister Wives. I know, I don’t know how I can watch it either, but in my defense I have taken breaks from watching their show. The complete disregard for how God designed marriage gets to me, still I find it funny at times. I guess I’m easily amused. :)
Journal of Discourses 24:126 “But let me refer you to another blessing connected with Abraham, namely, that in him and his seed should all the nations of the earth be blessed. Or, in other words, that God would honor him by making of him and his seed agents through whom He would communicate truth, intelligence and salvation to the world. It is said “the glory of God is intelligence,” and He is desirous to impart this intelligence to the human family, that through it they may be exalted to the Godhead.” – John Taylor, Salt Lake City, April 8, 1883
You are here commanded to destroy the printing press from whence issues the Nauvoo Expositor, and pi the type of said printing establishment in the street, and burn all the Expositors and libelous handbills found in said establishment; and if resistance be offered to your execution of this order by the owners or others, demolish the house; and if anyone threatens you or the Mayor or the officers of the city, arrest those who threaten you, and fail not to execute this order without delay, and make due return hereon.
By order of the City Council,
Joseph Smith, Mayor.”
Journal of Discourses 11:221; “Where did this commandment come from in relation to polygamy? It also came from God…When this system was first introduced among this people, it was one of the greatest crosses that ever was taken up by any set of men since the world stood…When I see any of our people, men or women, opposing a principle of this kind, I have years ago set them down as on the high road to apostacy, and I do to-day; I consider them apostates…” – John Taylor, Salt Lake City, April 7, 1866
While gathering info for our Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders series I kept noticing a common occurrence in the lives of these men. The issue for this article isn’t about polygamy (that’s for another day), rather my focus is on the age of the girls these men married. I refer to them as girls because quite frankly that’s what they were; little girls, aka, children.
The last submission for our series included a young girl who was 13 years old when she married Perrigrine Sessions and each time I thought of that scenario I felt physically ill. Sadly, many of the genealogy sites I referenced contained comments from his descendants who remarked they were surprised that ‘girls were married so young back then’.
As 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.
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged avoiding arrests for polygamy, bible, childbirth not mandatory for salvation, contradictions in Mormonism, Diaries of Rudger Clawson pg 128, false doctrines of Mormonism, Jesus, polygamy on 04/05/2014 | 2 Comments »
A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson [p. 128] “[Saturday, 30 December 1899]…The principal topic of discussion was the attitude of the brethren when arrested and found guilty of unlawful cohabitation. Would it be proper for them to promise to obey the law—or rather express their intention to do so?
Times and Seasons,Vol. 5, No. 6, pg 474; “Whereas brother Richard Hewitt has called on me to-day, to know my views concerning some doctrines that are preached in your place, and states to me that some of your elders say, that a man having a certain priesthood, may have as many wives as he pleases, and that doctrine is taught here: I say unto you that that man teaches false doctrine, for there is no such doctrine taught here. And any man that is found teaching privately or publicly any such doctrine, is culpable, and will stand a chance to be brought before the High Council, and loose his license and membership also: therefore he had better beware what he is about.” – Hyrum Smith, March 15, 1844
As you may have heard TLC has decided to add another show about the modern polygamist lifestyle to its nightly schedule. The new show is titled “My Five Wives” and follows the life of Brady and his wives: Paulie, Robyn, Rosemary, Nonie and Rhonda as they experience the ups and downs of being a polygamist family.
Ensign, March 2014, “The Lord’s Standard of Morality”; “…He [God] needs to speak only once on the issue of morality, and that one declaration trumps all the opinions of the lower courts, whether uttered by psychologists, counselors, politicians, friends, parents, or would-be moralists of the day.
Contrary to much public sentiment, there is nothing negative or restraining about God’s moral standards. Rather, they are positive, uplifting, and liberating. They build relationships of trust, they enhance self-esteem, they foster a clear conscience, and they invite the Spirit of the Lord to bless individual and married lives. They are the proven standards for happy marriages and stable communities.
What, then, is the Lord’s standard for use of the sacred power of procreation—His standard of morality?…The procreative power is to be exercised in the marriage relationship for two key reasons: (1) to bind and strengthen ties between spouses and (2) to bring souls into the world. These uses have the blessing and endorsement of the Lord.
On the other hand, the procreative power is not to be exercised outside the husband-wife relationship. Accordingly, any conscious thoughts or voluntary actions that stimulate or result in the expression of the procreative power outside the marriage relationship are disapproved by the Lord.” – Elder Tad R. Callister
Posted in Polygamy & Mormon Church Leaders, tagged bible, Brigham Young, Edward Stevenson, Ezra Clark, Louisa Yates, Missionary Training Center, Mormon missionaries, MTC, Nancy Areta Porter, Nauvoo, polygamy on 02/19/2014 | 2 Comments »
May 1, 1820 – January 27, 1897
Until a month or so ago I had never heard of Edward Stevenson. I obviously knew about the MTC (Missionary Training Center), but had no idea one of the buildings on BYU’s campus was named in his honor or what significance this man’s name surely holds for everyone whose shadow has crossed the doorway.
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged adultery, bible, false apostle, false doctrines of Mormonism, Jesus, joseph smith, Journal of Discourses 18:56, Orson Pratt, polyandry, polygamy on 02/17/2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Polygamy & Mormon Church Leaders, tagged Amasa Mason Lyman, Brigham Young, Caroline Partridge, Eliza Partridge, joseph smith, Louisa Maria Tanner, Lydia Partridge, Lyman's 37 wives, mormonism, polygamy on 02/15/2014 | Leave a Comment »
Amasa Mason Lyman
March 30, 1813 – February 4, 1877
Legacy: “anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor”.
Amasa’s legacy still proudly resounds in the lives of the many descendants that sprang from his family tree. Two of his wives were mothers to three LDS apostles, but two overriding facts overshadow the list of the renowned in Mormon historical circles. His descendants seem to wear his pioneer name on their shoulders as a badge of honor while ignoring the obvious issues.
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged 2 Timothy 3:16, bible, Brigham Young, false doctrines of Mormonism, Jesus, Journal of Discourses 12:312, polygamy, polygamy mandatory on 02/09/2014 | Leave a Comment »
Journal of Discourses 12: 312; “Our sisters need not be worried about any doctrine. Brother Penrose said it would be better for them if they believed in the doctrine of polygamy. But they do believe it; they know it is true, and that is their torment. It perplexes and annoys many of them, because they are not sanctified by the spirit of it; if they were there would be no trouble. I want to say this much—the sisters do believe it.” – Brigham Young
Posted in Polygamy & Mormon Church Leaders, tagged Aggatha Ann Woolsey, Brigham Young, John Doyle Lee, Lavina Young, Mary Vance Polly Young, Mormon Church leaders, Mountain Meadows Massacre, polygamy, Sarah Woolsey, underage brides on 02/08/2014 | 4 Comments »
John Doyle Lee
September 6, 1812 – March 23, 1877
I’ve studied countless stories of early Mormons in my lifetime. I’ve spent time listening to stories of gone-by eras from my own relatives and read diaries and history books of others. While each story is significant, there are a few that have stuck with me over the years and I would imagine the life of John Doyle Lee will be added to that list.
Posted in Polygamy & Mormon Church Leaders, tagged false doctrines of Mormonism, Lorenzo Dow Young, Lorenzo Dow Young October 19, Lorenzo Young, mormonism, polygamy, teenage brides, youngest brother on 01/28/2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged bible, D&C 13216-17 & 37, false doctrines of Mormonism, Galatians 1:6-8, Jesus, men become gods not angels, Moroni an angel of light, polygamy, salvation on 01/19/2014 | Leave a Comment »
D&C 132:16-17, 37; “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. 37 Abraham received concubines, and they bore him children; and it was accounted unto him for righteousness, because they were given unto him, and he abode in my law; as Isaac also and Jacob did none other things than that which they were commanded; and because they did none other things than that which they were commanded, they have entered into their exaltation, according to the promises, and sit upon thrones, and are not angels but are gods.”