Polygamous Prophet; the Secret of The Latter Day Saints

Latter Day Saints’ Doctrine and Covenants declared;

 

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“And if he have ten virgins given unto him by this law, he cannot commit adultery, for they belong to him, and they are given unto him; therefore is he justified.

But if one or either of the ten virgins, after she is espoused, shall be with another man, she has committed adultery, and shall be destroyed; for they are given unto him to multiply and replenish the earth, according to my commandment, and to fulfil the promise which was given by my Father before the foundation of the world, and for their exaltation in the eternal worlds, that they may bear the souls of men; for herein is the work of my Father continued, that he may be glorified.” (Doctrine and Covenants 132:62-63)

Smith’s polygamous marriage is one of the LDS’ most deniable secrets. They reject this practice and disfellow those who practice this fornication, yet some of their publications, especially what was written above, justifies what they condemned. And in fact, their very own founder, Joseph Smith Jr. married several wives of his choice.

Wives of Joseph Smith

Sources:
FamilySearch”. (a genealogy organization established and run by The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.)
Remembering the Wives of Joseph Smith”.

To justify his plural marriage, the polygamous prophet of the Latter Day Saints stated;

the same manner that Abraham took Hagar and Keturah; and Jacob took Rachel, Bilhah and Zilpah; by revelation—the saints of the Lord are always directed by revelation.” (Arrington, Leonard J. (1992), The Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-Day Saints)

But Paul, speaking upon the teacher of the gospel, said;

For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; (Titus 1:5-7)

We are now living in the time of the gospel. A time where we should forget the lust and carnal practice of the past. Marrying plenty of wives is a carnal practice. Abraham, David, Solomon, and those other renowned personalities of the Old Testament who committed polygamy committed carnal practice. Yet, by the grace of God, they were pardoned and justified. In the present period of the history, the gospel is the sole divine revelation for us to be saved. Every good works and doctrines should be based upon its teachings. And Paul, the apostle to Gentiles, gave us clear words from Christ regarding the marriage of a Christian man, especially of a Christian leader.

Concerning to those prophets who practice this kind of fornication, the words of God declared;

I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.” (Jeremiah 23:14)

Beware from such prophets.

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12 comments on “Polygamous Prophet; the Secret of The Latter Day Saints

  1. The church does not deny the marriages of Joseph Smith. Rather we honor him for his faithful obedience to the commands of God, just as the Jews honored Abraham, or Moses.
    However, with the laws and nation opposed to the idea of plural marriage it is not practiced, as our 12th article of faith states “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.” For this reason President Woodruff discontinued the practice (see Official Declaration 1 in the D&C), and, since the president of the church is the only one who holds the keys to perform such marriages anyone who engages in such does so without authority and thus without the consent of God, and is thus living an adulterous life.
    It is all very simple really.

    As to your sources, please take a look at the little disclaimer at the bottm of the page you link at Familysearch. I give it here in part:
    “The information has not been verified against any official records. Since the information in Ancestral File is contributed, it is the responsibility of those who use the file to verify its accuracy.”
    Have you verified the accuracy of this information, or are you just accepting it without doing the required checks?

    As to all the scriptures you reference, non of them really condemn plural marriage. Yes, Paul said to marry only one wife, but again, the laws of the land were such that having more than one wife would have been wrong, just like today. As to Abraham and Jacob and all these men, I am sure you find it comforting that such evil acts could be commited by these men, but no where does the Bible condemn these men for anything that they did in this matter, with the exception of Solomon in marrying “strange” or foreign wives.

    • What will be the sense of emphasizing the disclaimer at the bottom of FamilySearch if you yourself confirmed that your Church never denied the marriages of Mr. Joseph Smith Jr.? Nonsense. The Apostle to the Gentile states that a Christian, particularly a leader, should be BLAMELESS – have only one wife. This was part of the gospel… the commandments of the Lord. (1 Cor 14:37). So, any violation against the commandments of the Lord is actually condemnable by the Holy Scriptures. Genesis 2:18 said; “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Contrary to the Mormon teachings, the original plan of God is that man must have a SINGLE helper, and they shall become ONE FLESH. Concerning to Abraham, David, and Jacob, there’s no single statement in the Bible that God commended their polygamous acts. In fact, Paul identified Ismael as “son after the FLESH” (Galatians 4:29), because Abraham’s relation with another woman is a work of the FLESH.

      • I mention the disclaimer because the information provided indicates that Joseph married women who already had a husband, which I have yet to see varified by anyone.
        It is not his marriages that are denied, but the number, as well as the type of marriages he had.

        As to Paul’s words, Christ himself commanded us to be subject to the civil government (render unto Ceasar). As such, for a leader to have multiple wives would have violated this command, and thus the leader would not be blameless, which is the core of Paul’s teaching; be blameless.

        Speaking of Abraham and the others, no there is no place in the Bible where they are directly commended for their marriages. However, as there is not condemnation of them, by default it was accepted of God as a righteous practice.
        As to Galatians 4: 29, please look at verse 23
        “But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.”
        What does this mean? It means that Ishmael was born simply by natural union between Abraham and his wife Hagar, but that Isaac was specially chosen by God to be born to Sarah as the child of the Birthright. This does not mean that it was a carnal or sinful act on the part of Abraham.
        It could be rightly compared to Samuel. He was born as a promised son to Hannah, who then had several more children. Where all her other children born through sin because they were not directly promised to her by God? Of course not. And niether was Ishmael born through sin simply because Isaac was the promised son.

        (Oh, and the clear plan from the beginning is not the idea of a “single helper” as you say. Of course, I think I would disagree with you on almost all aspects of this beginning plan, so I’ll just leave it here.)

      • Oh! Do we need to discuss the number of Smith’s wives? That’s nonsense. The issue is… Joseph Smith never contented in a single wife, and that was against the gospel. The figures are not important, but the important is, did he followed the kind of lifestyle taught by the gospel? I don’t think so. Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, but don’t forget to render to God the things that are God’s. Ministers are God’s property, so their obedience must concentrate only to the words of God than any civil lords…and they must be blameless ACCORDING to what the gospel teaches, and the gospel taught that a blameless minister has only one wife. Joseph Smith married several wives of his choice, therefore, he failed. He followed his own lusts and caprices and never render to God the things He requires.
        Abraham’s relation to Hagar is not a plan of God. Its a plan of Sarah out of her unfaithfulness to God’s promise. We must not be foolish by saying that since Abraham or David married many wives, we may also. Their plural marriage are not planned by God, thus they suffered problems and consequences, and nowhere in the Bible that God planned plural marriage for His servant, because the original of plan of God is that man will have a SINGLE helper for himself. What written in your Doctrine and Covenants 132:62-63 are nothing but deceptions.

  2. “Ministers are God’s property, so their obedience must concentrate only to the words of God than any civil lords”
    We are all servants of God; all his ministers, and thus all his property. And God’s word, as I pointed out, is to be subject to civil authorities. Yes, agree there is a limit to this if the authority demands what it directly opposed to the gospel. However, this would not have been directly opposed to it, and thus it would have been against the gospel not to submit to the laws concerning taking more than one wife.

    “and they must be blameless ACCORDING to what the gospel teaches”
    And, from what I read in the Bible, Joseph Smith is blameless according to what the Gospel teaches.

    “the gospel taught that a blameless minister has only one wife.”
    Wrong. Paul taught this, but he gave no indication as to why he taught this. As such the explanation I gave is perfectly plausible (just as much as yours) and still remains within the gospel.

    “and never render to God the things He requires.”
    This would all depend on what you think God required.

    “thus they suffered problems and consequences”
    None of the problems were a direct result of the plural marriage, however.

    “and nowhere in the Bible that God planned plural marriage for His servant”
    I would disagree.
    Exodus 21: 10-11; Deut 21: 15-17
    God would not regulate something that is directly opposed to his gospel, but would have simply included it among the many sexual sins listed in Leviticus 18.
    Also Deut 22: 28-29
    Notice in these verses that there is no mention of the man already being married. The command is that if a man lie with a virgin who is not betrothed he must marry her, regardless of whether he already has a wife. Yet, there is a difference made between the married and the single woman. Now, if God is so opposed to plural marriage why did he make no distinction between the single and married man?

    Yes, I think the Bible supports Plural Marriage just as strongly as any other doctrine.

    • I’m asking you to read a verse stating that God planned a polygamous marriage for His servants, and not HYPOTHETICAL EVENTS. You’re reading an obsolete ordinance for those slaves who decided something for him/herself. A kind of ordinance which according to Christ, given “because of the hardness of your hearts, but from the beginning it was not so.”
      And I’m barely disagree that “Joseph Smith is blameless according to what the Gospel teaches.”, because for us to say that a Christian is blameless, he must be married only to one person. Paul identified what is blameless and who are those worthy to lead a congregation. If you have faith in these words, then follow. But if you will ask why he taught such words, its because people assigned to Titus are wicked.

      • I don’t know why, but twice I have posted a response and both times it has been removed. I didn’t think there was anything horrible in what I said.
        However, since something is preventing me from actually continuing this discussion as it should be continued, I think I will have to end it here, with this last note:
        Clear regulation is not Hypothetical, and the quote from Christ (Matt 19:8) is speaking only of Divorce.

      • In you’re previous post, you are trying to extract arguments by means of the so-called “Book of Jacob” which I don’t know where it came from or how It was written. I’m sure, its just one of those inventions of your Church. So the greatest thing I can do is to prove that your publications are false and against the Bible. If I became successful in this project, there’s no need of further argumentation, thus I composed two articles tackling the primary book of your faith… proving in both articles that the foundation of Mormonism was indeed against the gospel and absurd in its nature.

      • If you don’t know where the Book of Jacob comes from you know very little about the LDS church.

        I will educate you, and I really don’t care if you allow this or not.

        Jacob is the third book in the Book of Mormon (which I must assume now that you have never actually read). It is a frequent citation well dealing with the doctrine of Plural marriage, though usually misquoted by those who don’t know or understand LDS doctrine.

        Now, my purpose is quoting it was very simple: You used a passage in the New Testament to oppose Plural marriage. The only way I can actually answer the question (or whatever you want to call it) is to make sure that you understand LDS doctrine (which have demonstrated that you do not). In order to do this I went to the source, the Book of Mormon, assuming that if you are posting articles like this one you would be at least familiar with the heading of that book. After giving this quote so that you would have no misunderstandings concerning our doctrine I explained how the verse you quoted did not contradict it in any way.

        Now, I really don’t care what you think of the doctrine of my church, but in the interest of scholarship and polite debate I should be allowed to use the sources for the subjects being discussed. As the LDS church was being discussed and the Book of Mormon is a source for it, I thought it would be safe to use such a source in my explanation. However, when you reply with “I’m sure, its just one of those inventions of your Church” I can see you have no real interest in actual debate, but in a one-sided, biased preaching.
        I am sorry I made the mistake of assuming you were actually interested in having this discussion, and I will waste no more of your time.
        Thank you.

      • Two boxers cannot fight when they stand in two different rings, or they can fight if they stand in two different mountains. What do I mean? A good fight or a good debate can’t have a good result if you will stand in your own ring and me in my own. You are standing in a book which I don’t know where it came from or who was that “Pontius Pilate” who wrote that book. So what if that Book tackles polygamy in its entirety? I don’t care. Why not stand in the same platform? I believed in the Bible, as well as you. Why not talk about this Book? And if you are a believer of Christ, show us any plain statement in the gospel that sanction the plurality of marriage. Where?

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