Joseph Smith’s Hidden Marriage to Underage Bride

07 August;“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 is given to Joseph, but Joseph is not given to Sarah. The same practice occurs in sealing ceremonies in the temple today. The ceremony invokes ancient priesthood lines, which will ‘concentrate’ through their posterity. The mention of posterity indicates the marriage was to produce children. The ceremony concludes sealing eternal life on Joseph and Sarah.” – Wilford Woodruff’s Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,

Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders, Joseph Smith, Jr.

Exodus 20:14; “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

In essence, Smith’s revelation told Sarah to obey Joseph, raise kids, and be his wife in every sense of the word. She was 17 yrs old. Smith was 36.

Less than a year later she was married off legally to another Mormon, Joseph Kingsbury, as a ‘front marriage’, in order to hide Smith’s nefarious activities from the public eye. See Mormon Polygamy Documents, p. 13 for more info.

Today we have a couple of questions regarding this moment in Mormon history…

1.How could anyone believe this guy was called of God?

2.How could anyone allow this guy within a mile of their daughters?

One last note… An important thing to know about the reliability of Mormonism’s History of the Church is that it’s filled with hidden jargon.

Many times when you come across the phrase, ‘met with so & so…’, or ‘had an important meeting with…’, it usually means something other than what meets the eye.

For me that’s crazy!

I’m the type of person that believes everything people tell me, until  you prove otherwise that is.

After reading excerpts from the link above for Mormon Polygamy Documents, I’m a changed person. In no uncertain terms, George D. Smith explained phrases in those papers are actually code words for many of the submissions.

So, as it is, the History of the Church doesn’t contain any info on the Whitney marriage, but it does mention the day on the 30th when Joseph wrote to the Governor thanking him for visiting with the women of the Church. This is important because it shows that while Emma was away visiting with the Governor, Joe Smith was busy marrying the underage girl, Sarah Ann Whitney.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave….

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