The United States census records from 1850 to 1940, and all available Church records, uniformly show a preponderance of males in Utah, and in the Church. Indeed, the excess in Utah has usually been larger than for the whole United States, as would be expected in a pioneer state. The births within the Church obey the usual population law — a slight excess of males. Orson Pratt, writing in 1853 from direct knowledge of Utah conditions, when the excess of females was supposedly the highest, declares against the opinion that females outnumbered the males in Utah. (The Seer, p. 110) The theory that plural marriage was a consequence of a surplus of female Church members fails from lack of evidence” (Evidences and Reconciliations, p.391).
While it seems our focus and posts on topics like polygamy aren’t of much value today, I can personally assure you they’re not!
Even though polygamy isn’t being openly practiced in mainstream Mormonism there’s still a lot of it around – even in Utah of all places…
The polygamists of YFZ Ranch in Texas garners a lot of attention when we see women and young girls dressed in pioneer style clothing, but those cases are getting the attention because of their clothing. The truth is that if you live in Utah or any of the surrounding states, chances are good that your neighbor is a polygamist. They have “normal” jobs, wear clothing just like you do and attend public schools.
In addition to that, they might even attend the local Mormon ward (congregation) they’re assigned to or fill the city council seat in your community. By and large the unknowing general population would be shocked if they knew just how many polygamists there are living in Utah alone.
Sometimes the large family next door is hiding a dark secret. If the dad isn’t around a lot and the mom and kids are, there might be a polygamist living there. The family might be just one of his wives and their kids while he has three or four other families in the same town.
Those polygamists along with the Warren Jeffs and Tom Greens we hear about in the news are practicing true Mormonism. The mainstream LDS Church has gone out of its way to publicly denounce the actions of polygamists and we find that strange.
It’s strange because Mormon scriptures still teach and proclaim that polygamy is the only way to true salvation. It’s strange because they’re denouncing the very thing Joseph Smith fought so hard for and was actually killed because of. The “principle” is the foundation of Mormonism.
We also find their reaction to be odd because of what Mormons do in the temple. If a male Mormon has a wife who has died he can marry another wife here on earth and have her sealed to him in heaven for eternity. This means he’s busy building his polygamous family while here on earth and not breaking the laws of the land.
Mormonism has indeed evolved since the days of Joe and friends, but that should be expected. The whole church is founded on the premise that God is ever revealing himself to us and we can only learn “line upon line” and “precept upon precept”. Ironically, if Smith, Young or any of the other early leaders of Mormonism were alive today, they wouldn’t qualify for a temple recommend. Hmmm…whodda thunk? I wonder if he’d still hold the rock star status he does…
Melissa’s look at the latest show on TLC about Christians who practice polygamy.
A look at how this bill became the law in making polygamy illegal in the US. My family was part of those church members who lied to the government and hid the truth about their lifestyle.
Why did this man marry his step-daughter and other relatives?
Explanation of the two groups & their similarities
That’s what Joseph Smith said, but a quick glance in God’s word says just the opposite. Why did he lie about it?
William Clayton’s diary reveals that Smith ordered Clayton to hide or bury the revelation about polygamy just before Smith was arrested in Nauvoo.
If he lied about polygamy would he lie about God?
Comparison of Smith’s marriages & Warren Jeffs marriages to underage kids
We’re asking why the Relief Society who promotes telling the truth would lie about Joseph Smith practicing polygamy. Several of the women who signed a declaration stating they weren’t practicing polygamy were actually doing just that by being married to Joseph Smith – all at the same time!
Four of the nineteen women who signed a document denying they practiced polygamy were actually married to Smith at the time. Additionally, at another RS meeting, 6 women who attended the very first Relief Society meeting were married to Smith.
A list of the many lies Mormon leaders told in public when they denied practicing polygamy. From Joseph Smith to the Reed Smoot Hearings the lies never stopped and to date – they still haven’t.
Highlights of several Mormon leaders who practiced polygamy, their wives & kids
An investigation by author and researcher Helen Radkey finds that Mormons are doing the very thing they said they don’t do – perform marriages by proxy for the dead. Proxy marriages for people like Ivan the Terrible to King Edward VIII and Marilyn Monroe to Katheryn Hepburn are just a few of those who’ve been sealed for eternity to become Mormon gods someday.
Could your neighbor be a polygamist? If you live in Utah the chances are pretty good that your neighbor might be living an “alternative lifestyle”.
Mormon leaders said if there’s no polygamy there’s no salvation
Transcripts of LDS Prophet Joseph F. Smith testifying before the senate about the LDS Church breaking the laws of the US and disobeying Articles of Faith #12 which says to obey all government rule over you.
TLC Polygamy Reality Shows
An examination of what goes on inside the FLDS and a few comparisons of mainstream Mormonism with the polygamous clans.
Questions of why the FLDS don’t believe Mormonism is a cult even after they’ve broken free from polygamy.
This show follows Flora Jessop and Brandon Jeffs as they help people escape from the chains of polygamy.
This show follows the life of a polygamist man, Brady, and his five wives. We’re wondering how they can legally do this and why they’d subject children to such an ungodly lifestyle.
The LDS theory was that if men had married it wouldn’t have forced Mormons to marry the numerous unwed females looking for a spouse.
Chronological history and trouble encountered with lying about polygamy and the many moves from state to state. Threats Smith made to annihilate America.
Warren Jeffs – FLDS prophet & the YFZ Ranch