Articles of Faith 1:12 “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.”
The reference above is part of the Church’s official statement of faith, however, from the onset of Mormonism until the early nineteenth century, it was either overlooked, or purposefully ignored. One of those who knew better was none other than our subject matter today; Brigham Henry Roberts.
BH Roberts was the official church historian for a number of years, and authored the heavily relied upon History of the Church of Latter-day Saints, used by everyone who knows Mormonism. Roberts was also the author of 23 other books in his lifetime, with each being heavy on the historical aspects of Mormonism, as well as the theological side of it.
One of his bestselling books was ‘Book of Mormon Studies’, where he systematically ripped apart every point to the Mormon’s version of the gospel. While Roberts was a dyed-in-the-wool, True-Blue-Mormon, his analysis of Joe Smith’s work shows his own personal ambiguity. Knowing the Church inside and out, he failed to take action after denouncing the rhetoric, yet had no problem judging those who questioned, or left the Church.
Roberts was married to three wives and fathered somewhere between 16-18 kids. He spent several years running from the law, and even had his wives go into exile in Colorado to keep outsiders from catching onto what he was doing.
You can read a short bio on his life and a profile of his wives by clicking on the link here.