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For all intents and purposes the activities of Joseph Smith, and early Mormonism are still in action today. All one has to do is check out their latest paper, or in this case, the Rolling Stone Magazine.

What seemed like a horror story from long ago, was lived out in real life this week. Think blood atonement…

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Exodus 23:1; “Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.”

Today marks the not-so-shining moment in the history of the LDS Relief Society.

This is the 175th anniversary of a very notable letter the RS published in their newspaper, ‘Times and Seasons’ declaring they weren’t practicing polygamy.

What’s so remarkable about their public declaration is how they blatantly lied then, and how the Church continues to do so even today.

Originally, a public declaration by the RS was signed by no less than 19 women. They were trying to ward off rumors of the polygamy practices which were obviously detrimental to the Church because it was illegal.

About half of them were actually married to Joe Smith at the time.

 

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Mormon Doctrine, 2d ed. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1966], 23; “Sex immorality stands next to murder in the category of personal crimes; it is “most abominable above all sins save it be the shedding of innocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost.” (Alma 39:5.) Anciently the penalty therefore was death; ‘the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.’ (Lev. 20:10; Deut. 22:21-29.) … There never was an adulterer, for instance, who was not also a liar; the two always go together.” – Bruce R. McConkie [emp. mine]

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Leviticus 18:18; “Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.”

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.”

The Lord obviously had a few things to say about polygamy, and the reasons why is long. A good synopsis of the results of such a messy lifestyle are now encapsulated in a new Canadian law penned by their Chief Justice Robert Bauman.

“…women in polygamous relationships are at an elevated risk of physical and psychological harm. They face higher rates of domestic violence and abuse, including sexual abuse… children in polygamous families face higher infant mortality. … They tend to suffer more emotional, behavioural and physical problems, and … lower educational achievement than children in monogamous families. … early marriage for girls, frequently to older men, is common.” – Chief Justice Robert Bauman, British Columbia

Today we want to bring attention to the news of our neighbors to the north. The polygamy situation in Bountiful, BC has been an ongoing saga for decades. And finally (!) we saw some justice roll forth, as little, and as late as it was..

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Journal of Discourses 5:25-26; “I wonder if someone won’t go away and say that brother [Heber C.] Kimball and the authorities were misinformed. I can tell you they are not…I ask this congregation, and I adjure you in the name of the Lord to speak, if ever you heard brother Brigham, brother Kimball, brother Jedediah, or brother Wells say anything that was not strictly true. I answer, you never did.” Heber C. Kimball interrupts at this point: “If it were so, a man might be a Prophet one minute and a devil another.” – Patriarch John Young, Great Salt Lake City, July 12, 1857

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polygamy1The LDS Church has a few things in common with a rather obscure creature from the animal world; the chameleon.

The chameleon can change colors to blend in, and they’re usually solitary creatures unless they’re seen with a group of other female chameleons.

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DC Teachers ManualThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “LESSON 140: Doctrine and Covenants 132:1-2, 34-66,” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Manual, (2013); “Do not speculate about whether plural marriage is a requirement for the celestial kingdom. We have no knowledge that plural marriage will be a requirement for exaltation.”

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