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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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Doctrine and Covenants 132 IntroRevelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, recorded July 12, 1843, relating to the new and everlasting covenant, including the eternity of the marriage covenant and the principle of plural marriage. Although the revelation was recorded in 1843, evidence indicates that some of the principles involved in this revelation were known by the Prophet as early as 1831. See Official Declaration 1.(more…)

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Doctrine and Covenants 132:4, 34 “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. 34 God commanded Abraham, and Sarah gave Hagar to Abraham to wife. And why did she do it? Because this was the law; and from Hagar sprang many people. This, therefore, was fulfilling, among other things, the promises.” (more…)

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Wilford Woodruff’s Diary, June 2, 1857, vol. 5 pp 54-55* “June 2, 1857: I spent the day in the office. President Young called in the afternoon also George A. Smith. We conversed upon various subjects…Bishop Blackburn was present—the subject came up of some persons leaving Provo who had apostatized. Some thought that Bishop Blackburn and President Snow were to blame. Brother Joseph Young presented the thing to President Young. But when the circumstances were told, President Brigham Young sustained the brethren who presided at Provo. He said they had done (right). The subject of eunuchs came up and Joseph said that he would rather die than to be made a eunuch. Brigham said the day would come when thousands would be made eunochs in order for them to be saved in the Kingdom of God.” – Wilford Woodruff [sic]

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‘Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away.’ Deuteronomy 17:17

 The Church has made a habit of tucking away lies in every piece of literature they’ve produced. Today we’re looking at how they couldn’t tell the truth about the number of people practicing their ‘new and everlasting covenant’.

Handbook of the Restoration: A Selection of Gospel Themes Discussed by Various Authors, p. 553 “The Mormon Church is not a polygamous society. In the early days of the Church the doctrine of plural marriage was introduced through divine revelation. The practice of plural marriage has never been general in the Church and at no time have more than 3 per cent of families in the Church been polygamous.” — Stephen L. Richards

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Deuteronomy 17:17 “Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.”

ABC News “… SALT LAKE CITY — Polygamy wouldn’t be a felony crime in Utah for the first time in 85 years under a bill that passed the Legislature on Friday and appears to be supported by the governor.

Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly for the proposal that supporters said will allow the 30,000 or so people living in the state’s polygamous communities to come out of the shadows and report abuses such as underage marriage by other polygamists without fear of prosecution…” (more…)

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The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star, Volume 17, No. 14, April 7, 1855, p. 212 “We are not ashamed to declare that we are polygamists. We are not ashamed to proclaim to the great nation…that is part and parcel of our religious creed.

We do this calmly, seriously, and understandingly; after due deliberation…we unhesitatingly pronounce our full and implicit faith in this principle, as emanating from God, and that under His direction it would be a blessing to the human family.” — Franklin D. Richards (more…)

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Journal of Discourses 13:42 “How appropriate it would have been for Jesus, descending as he did from a race of polygamists, to have denounced this institution of plural marriage and shown its sinfulness, had it been a sin! Can we suppose, for one moment, if Patriarchal marriage were wrong, that He would, under the circumstances, have been silent concerning it or failed to denounce it in the most positive manner? Then if plural marriage be adultery and the offspring spurious, Christ Jesus is not the Christ; and we must look for another.” — George A. Smith, Salt Lake City, October 8, 1869 (more…)

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Journal of Discourses 13:195 “This law of monogamy, or the monogamic system, laid the foundation for prostitution and the evils and diseases of the most revolting nature and character under which modern Christendom groans, for as God has implanted, for a wise purpose, certain feelings in the breasts of females as well as males, the gratification of which is necessary to health and happiness, and which can only be accomplished legitimately in the married state…” — Orson Pratt, Salt Lake City, October 7, 1869 (more…)

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Millennial Star, No. 15, Vol. 15, April 9, 1853, p. 227 “… the one-wife system not only degenerates the human family, both physically and intellectually, but it is entirely incompatible with philosophical notions of immortality; it is a lure to temptation, and has always proved a curse to people.” — Samuel Whitney Richards (more…)

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Salt Lake Tribune, January 6, 1880 “The people of the rest of the country are our enemies…. We believe in honesty, morality, and purity; but when they enact tyrannical laws, forbidding us the free exercise or our religion, we cannot submit. God is greater than the United States, and when the government conflicts with heaven, we will be ranged under the banner of heaven and against the government…Polygamy is a divine institution. It has been handed down direct from God. The United States cannot abolish it. No nation on the earth can prevent it, nor all the nations of the earth combined…I defy the United States; I will obey God.” — John Taylor (more…)

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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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John 5:26 “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself:.

The Historical Record 6:226 “From him [Joseph Smith] I learned the doctrine of plural and celestial marriage is the most holy and important doctrine ever revealed to man on the earth, and that without obedience to that principle no man can ever attain to the fullness of exaltation in the celestial glory.” — (Signed) William Clayton, Salt Lake City, February 18, 1874 (more…)

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Journal of Discourses 14:267 “It is the violation of the natural rights of man that has deluged the earth with blood in all ages. These principles were enunciated also by Joseph Smith, he believed in them, so do we, in the right to think, in the right to speak, in the right to act, in the right to do all things that are right and good and proper, but not in the right to interfere with any other man’s rights, any other man’s religion, any other man’s principles. These are our views. God has planted them in our bosom, they will remain there eternally, for they are principles that dwell in the bosom of God.” — John Taylor, Salt Lake City, December 17, 1871 (more…)

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Sorry about the throwback to an old soap opera my grandmother used to watch…however, we thought it might be useful to put things in perspective regarding the evolving world of Mormon polygamy.

The examples we’ve listed here today are but a small drop in a very large bucket of Mormon lies…

Our first example comes from their official canon, the Book of Mormon. Many aren’t aware that this ‘divine work of God’ actually condemned polygamy no less than three times!

Jacob 2:24, 27 “Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord. 27 Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none.”

Mosiah 11:2 “For behold, he did not keep the commandments of God, but he did walk after the desires of his own heart. And he had many wives and concubines. And he did cause his people to commit sin, and do that which was abominable in the sight of the Lord. Yea, and they did commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness.”

Ether 10:5 “And it came to pass that Riplakish did not do that which was right in the sight of the Lord, for he did have many wives and concubines, and did lay that upon men’s shoulders which was grievous to be borne; yea, he did tax them with heavy taxes; and with the taxes he did build many spacious buildings.” (more…)

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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, Old Tabernacle Salt Lake City, November 29, 1868

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Doctrine and Covenants 132: Intro, 52 “Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, recorded July 12, 1843, relating to the new and everlasting covenant, including the eternity of the marriage covenant and the principle of plural marriage. 52 And let mine handmaid, Emma Smith, receive all those that have been given unto my servant Joseph….” [emp. added] (more…)

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While updating an article from 2012 on Smith’s polyandrous marriages, I came across even more info that needs to be included – not a surprise I’m sure!

During our seemingly endless research, one message kept presenting itself. The Church’s writings condemned polyandry. You can read sermons given by Brigham Young, Orson Pratt, George Albert Smith, and Joseph F. Smith who denounced and condemned the practice.1

Ironically, even Smith himself denounced this evil in a First Presidency Message published in the November 1842 Millennial Star which was written and signed by Joe’s brother, Hyrum. [spelling as in original] (more…)

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Journal of Discourses 24:38-45 “…we believe in marriage, we have opened the door in that direction, and we say to the sexes marry; but we close the door in the other direction, and say, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not seduce, defile, prostitute or lead astray innocent beings; if you do, and we had the power, we would punish you. …it was plain to be seen that nothing in that bill [Edmunds Bill] was designed to reach real vice, to strike down immorality; it was a blow at our religious practices.” — George Quayle Cannon, Salt Lake City, Sunday, June 25, 1882 (more…)

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Journal of Discourses 26:181 “Who is injured if my wife makes a sacrifice with me and takes into our home one of her sisters and makes her my wife. If she makes the sacrifice; if I shoulder the additional responsibility, and open the door that will save one of Eve’s fair daughters, who is wronged? Do I plot for the overthrow of the government, the breaking in pieces of the powers that be, because I desire that my sister or my daughter, my aunt or my cousin may be preserved from the evils thrown around them by the systems that man has created? No.” — John Henry Smith, Logan, Utah, April 6, 1885 (more…)

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