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Mormon Decisions 10The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, 14 May, 1843; “Hyrum Smith tells congregation only devil would give plural wife revelation.” – D. Michael Quinn

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Joseph Smith’s Polygamy Chronology, May 1843; ““14 May 1843 – Presiding Patriarch and Associate President Hyrum Smith assures a citywide congregation that only the Devil would give a revelation approving “wifes & concubines.” Joseph Smith was traveling outside of Nauvoo at the time. PLACE: Nauvoo, IL”

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Mormon Decisions 10A few days ago I came upon an interesting journal written by Levi Hancock’s son, Mosiah, which got me thinking about one of the essays published by the Church last year (Oct. 2014).

In this essay the Church came out with their own version of history on polygamy in Kirtland and Nauvoo that we found to be full of lies and half truths. Shocker, I know!Levi_Hancock

In my underwhelmed reaction to their essays in general, I’m wondering just what they were thinking by publishing something like this. Look, we all do things in life in order to get something out of it. For me personally, I have this ministry to see people come to the Lord, and we all do simple stuff like work to earn money, do laundry to have clean clothes, cook to have dinner, etc.

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Mormon Decisions 10I was wrong.

In my article about Joe Smith and all his wives, I incorrectly said he had 57.

I visited the all Mormon website familysearch.org and found ol’ Joe’s pedigree chart listing all his wives. To be honest, I was surprised they’d be so bold to do such a thing, be that as it may, they proudly published his ne’er-do-well activities epitomizing his short 39 years on this earth.

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Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 16:167-168; “When Father Adam came to assist in organizing the earth out of the crude material that was found, an earth was made upon which the children of men could live. After the earth wasbrigham young prepared Father Adam came and stayed here, and there was a woman brought to him. Now I am telling you something that many of you know, it has been told to you, and the brethren and sisters should understand it. There was a certain woman brought to Father Adam whose name was Eve, because she was the first woman, and she was given to him to be his wife; I am not disposed to give any farther knowledge concerning her at present. There is no doubt but that he left many companions. The great and glorious doctrine that pertains to this I have not time to dwell upon; neither should I at present if I had time. He understood this whole machinery or system before he came to this earth; and I hope my brethren and sisters will profit by what I have told them.” – Brigham Young, Paris, Idaho, August 31, 1873

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Mormon Decisions 10Intimate Disciple, a Portrait of Willard Richards, by Claire Noall, 1957, p. 407; “Willard realized that Emma had refused to believe that any of theRichards Willard young women boarding at the Mansion when it was first used as a hotel had been married to Joseph. She had struck Eliza Snow at the head of the stairs, and Eliza, it was whispered, had lost her unborn child.”

 

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Mormon Decisions 10Historical Record, v. 6, p. 240; “I was married to Joseph Smith on the 4th of March 1843… My sister Eliza was also married to Joseph a few days later. This was done without the knowledge of Emma Smith.”

Life of Heber C. Kimball (Apostle), by Orson F. Whitney, pp. 335-336; “… my father… was taught the plural wife doctrine, and was told by Joseph, the Prophet, three times, to go and take a certain woman as his wife; but not till heHeber C Kimball commanded him in the name of the Lord did he obey. At the same time Joseph told him not to divulge this secret, not even to my mother, for fear that she would not receive it… This was one of the greatest test of his faith he had ever experienced. The thought of deceiving the kind and faithful wife of his youth… was more than he felt able to bear…. his sorrow and misery were increased by the thought of my mother hearing it from some other source, which would no doubt separate them, and he shrank from the thought of such a thing, or of causing her any unhappiness.”

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Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 25:327-382; “Now let it be known throughout all Israel, as the word of the Lord to us for the present, through His servant who stands at the head, that a man who commits adultery, a man who has had his endowments, cannot be baptized again into the Church. Let it be known throughout all Israel, as the word of God through His servant, who stands at the head, that a man who has had his endowments and commitsCannon George Q whoredom, cannot now be received into the Church again. These must be cut off; because the law that was given in the early days of the Church concerning a man committing adultery once and being received back into the Church does not apply today. There has been a higher law since then, namely, the endowments, and men have taken upon themselves, and women also, sacred obligations in holy places. Therefore, hear it and understand it.” — George Q. Cannon, Salt Lake City, October 6-7, 1884

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