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]
Leviticus 20:10; “And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”
Doctrine and Covenants 132:61-63; “And again, as pertaining to the law of the priesthood—if any man espouse a virgin, and desire to espouse another, and the first give her consent, and if he espouse the second, and they are virgins, and have vowed to no other man, then is he justified; he cannot commit adultery for they are given unto him; for he cannot commit adultery with that that belongeth unto him and to no one else.
62 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.
63 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…”
Dictionary.com defines adulterer and adultery as ‘voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone who is not their lawful spouse’.
Apparently the Church didn’t think too highly of adulterers, yet they didn’t categorize polygamy as such.
If Smith’s revelation from this god was true, why did he marry women who weren’t virgins? At least 11 of his wives were married to other men at the time he married them.
Why didn’t this god consider Smith’s marriages after Emma acts of adultery, but not the women who did the same thing? Weren’t those 11 women guilty of adultery?
McConkie’s statement was very telling about Smith’s character. Since Smith was an adulterer, it must mean he was a liar as well.
Why would you place the welfare of your eternal life in the hands of a liar? Don’t you deserve better than this? God thinks you do!
Lastly, why was the Church practicing polygamy when it was clearly illegal? Notice the wording the Times and Seasons which was a church-run periodical editing by Orson Pratt. You can find this and the 119 other denials in our article 120 Polygamy Denials.
Polygamy Denial/Church Law doesn’t Allow it
Times and Seasons, v. 5, p. 715; “The law of the land and the rules of the church do not allow one man to have more than one wife alive at once…” Nov. 15, 1844