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LDS scriptures condemn polygamy Started by Joseph not Brigham Joseph married other men's wives JS consummate his poly marriages? If you ask the average members, they may state many of the same things as what they believe, regardless of whether or not they are in current lesson manuals.

Joseph married 14-year-old girls Joseph lied about practicing polygamy Church denied polygamy/JS practiced it Church continued polygamy after 1890 The Reed Smoot hearings Quotes from the prophets Polygamy a doctrine of the Church? These beliefs are not just relegated to teachings of naive Sunday School teachers decades ago.

Joseph eventually "married" at least 32 women in addition to Emma Smith, including 7 girls under the age of 18 (the youngest being 14) and at least 11 women who were simultaneously married to other men.

If plural marriage is necessary to have more children, then why did Joseph Smith take plural wives who already had husbands and why didn't his plural wives bear him children?

The Bible and the Book of Mormon teach that monogamy is God’s standard for marriage (emphasis added) The Lord sometimes authorizes plural marriage to have more children ("raise up seed"), as He did with Abraham, Isaac, Moses, etc.

For this reason, the Lord revealed polygamy to Joseph Smith.

Throughout this time, the Church publicly lied that any devout leaders were involved in polygamy.

Here is an overview of the dearth of Church-produced literature about Joseph Smith and polygamy before the Church published their essays starting in 2013.

This page was originally written before the Church released its three essays concerning polygamy. Some LDS adopt other views Why didn't angel visit Emma?

If polygamy is still part of LDS doctrine, why does the Church insist that new converts in polygamous families (in countries where it is legal) split up their families before they can be baptized?

In direct opposition to Article of Faith 12, the Church broke the laws of the land by practicing polygamy.

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