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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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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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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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