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When Secrets Become Scandals: Joe Smith’s 42 Wives Were Friends of Emma

30 November

Nauvoo Roots of Mormon Polygamy: A Preliminary Demographic Report, pp. 128, 131; “The secret became a scandal in May 1844…During the two-and-one-half years from his first official plural marriage in April 1841 to his last known marriage in November 1843, Smith took as many as forty-two wives, one or two at a time. On average, this […]

Lies of the Relief Society 175 Years Ago Today

02 October

Exodus 23:1; “Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.” Today marks the not-so-shining moment in the history of the LDS Relief Society. This is the 175th anniversary of a very notable letter the RS published in their newspaper, ‘Times and Seasons’ declaring they weren’t practicing polygamy. What’s […]

Mormon Doctrine Defines Joe Smith as a Liar

22 September

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 […]

Joseph Smith’s Hidden Marriage to Underage Bride

07 August

TodayinMormonHistory.com;“July 27, 1842 – Joseph Smith receives a revelation giving the words of a polygamous marriage ceremony. The words were used by Newel K. Whitney to seal his 17-year-old daughter Sarah Ann to Joseph Smith the same day. Newell is promised that the marriage will bring eternal life to his household, including his posterity. Sarah […]

Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders Thomas Woolsey Intro November 3, 1805 – January 5, 1897

30 May

Thomas Woolsey and Samuel Morey, have nothing incommon except for one thing. Neither name is widely known, much less used outside their respective fields, yet the contributions of both necessitated their presence. One thing is certain, the early nineteenth century produced its fair share of people filled with grit and ingenuity, and two of those […]