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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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Journal of Wilford Woodruff, November 25, 1843, p. 204 “On this day in Mormon History — 175 years ago today – Nov 25, 1843 — [Wilford Woodruff] … I found the High Council sitting on a case of Harrison Sagers for some improper Conduct or offer towards some female. … President Joseph Smith … [said] That the Church had not received any license from him to commit adultery fornication or any such thing but to the contrary if any man Commit adultery He Could not receive the Ceslestial [sic] kingdom of God. Even if he was saved in any kingdom it could not be the Celestial kingdom.” [See reference at end of article.] (more…)

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“Our calling is not primarily to be holy men and women, but to be proclaimers of the gospel of God. … Personal holiness is an effect of redemption, not the cause of it…” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, January 31

Journal of Discourses 12:261 “There is a little matter I want to speak upon to you, my sisters. It is a subject that is very obnoxious to outsiders. … ‘Oh.’ Says one, ‘I know what you mean, my husband has two, four, or half a dozen wives.’ … This doctrine so hateful and annoying to the feelings of many, was revealed from heaven to Joseph Smith, and obedience is required to it by the Latter-day Saints, — this very principle will work out the moral salvation of the world. Do you believe it? It makes no difference whether you do or not, it is true.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, August 9, 1868 (more…)

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Deseret News ~ “…Joseph received a revelation on celestial marriage. You will recollect, brethren and sisters, that it was in July, 1843, that he received this revelation concerning celestial marriage. …there are some who say it is very hard. They say, ‘This is rather a hard business; I don’t like my husband to take a plurality of wives in the flesh.’

Just a few words upon this. We would believe this doctrine entirely different from what it is presented to us if we could do so. If we could make every man upon the earth get him a wife, live righteously and serve God, we would not be under the necessity, perhaps, of taking more than one wife. But they will not do this; the people of God, therefore, have been commanded to take more wives…

Now, where a man in this church says, ‘I don’t want but one wife, I will live my religion with one.’ He will perhaps be saved in the Celestial Kingdom; but when he gets there he will not find himself in possession of any wife at all…. and he will remain single forever and ever.” ~ Prophet Brigham Young, September 17, 1873 (more…)

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TodayinMormonHistory.com “– 175 years ago today – Sep 15, 1843 — William Clayton writes in his journal: “President Joseph told me he had lately had a new item of law revealed to him in relation to myself. He said the Lord had revealed to him that a man could only take 2 of a family except by express revelation and as I had said I intended to take Lydia he made this known for my benefit. To have more than two in a family was apt to cause wrangles and trouble. He finally asked if I would not give L[ydia] to him. I said I would so far as I had anything to do in it. He requested me to talk to her.

Lydia Moon, who had just turned 17, was the younger sister of two of Clayton’s wives: legal wife Ruth Moon and his first plural wife Margaret Moon. Clayton had been courting Lydia to become his plural wife until Joseph Smith told him of the recently-revealed “new item of law.” Clayton talked to Lydia Moon about becoming Joseph’s plural wife but she never would agree to it. She later apostatized from the Church.” (more…)

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