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Deuteronomy 17:17; “Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away…”

Joseph Smith General of NauvooToday we’re looking at the once busy, and always questionable, life of Joseph Smith, Jr. A good friend of the ministry, Lee Baker, posted an open letter/question on our Facebook page to a prominent LDS attorney asking a vital question, which in reality all Mormons should concern themselves with.

 

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Franklin Dewey Richards

April 2, 1821 – December 9, 1899

Early Mormon Polygamists“Except for a six-and-one-half-year gap, men of the Richards family have served as General Authorities continuously from 1840 to the present.” – D. Michael Quinn, Ensign 1980

Mr. Quinn’s great insight is a shining example of what the RichardsFranklin Dewey Richards and Wives family means to Mormonism, and vice versa. Their identity as a family on a whole, and individually, has been so immersed and wrapped up in Mormonism, it’d be no stretch of the imagination to state they’d be lost without each other. They were, and still are, the ‘who’s who’ of Mormonism.

 

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wedding rings 3From the inception of Mormonism itself there’s been controversy. Joe Smith’s unconventional lifestyle was laden with numerous events the majority of people either never thought of before, or outright shunned.

Ignoring or shunning Smith always brought the same reaction; outrage. If you weren’t supportive of his antics, you were labeled a heretic, or an ‘anti’. Fast forward two hundred years, and the story is pretty much the same, with the exception of one thing. Many church members are now backing off the list of excuses for early Utah polygamy because of historical evidence. (more…)

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Divorce Among Mormon Polygamists: Extent and Explanations, p. 9; “An interesting glimpse of this Wilford Woodruff 2period is provided by a letter from Wilford Woodruff to George A. Smith in April 1857: We George A Smithhave had a great reformation this winter; some of the fruits are: all have confessed their sins either great or small, restored their stolen property; all have been baptized from the presidency down; all are trying to pay their tithing and nearly all are trying to get wives, until there is hardly a girl 14 years old in Utah, but what is married, or just going to be. President Young has hardly time to eat, drink or sleep, in consequence of marrying the people and attending the endowments.” – Eugene E. Campbell and Bruce L. Campbell

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Benjamin Franklin Johnson Intro

July 28, 1818 – November 18, 1905

Early Mormon PolygamistsThe life story of Benjamin Franklin Johnson is truly one for the record books as they say. If I could sum up his life in one word orBenjamin Frankliin Johnson phrase, it’d be inbreeding. As I stated in this report ‘I’ve researched more than thirty families in our series, and have come across my fair share of shallow gene pools in my day. While it can be cumbersome to follow, the trails that are intertwined eventually become more clearly defined so one can make sense of it all.

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stickman thinking 2While gathering info for our next installment on ‘Polygamy & Mormon Church Leaders’, I came across a quote by Joe Smith showing once again howBenjamin Frankliin Johnson this man should not have been trusted by anyone; then, or now.

The quote comes from the diary of an early Mormon, Benjamin Johnson, who served on the ‘Council of the Fifty’ for Joseph Smith.

 

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November 12 – Genesis 3:17; “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.”

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