The Seer, p. 159 “But God having created all men and women, had the most perfect right to do with His own creation, according to His holy will and pleasure He had a lawful right to overshadow the Virgin Mary in the capacity of a husband, and beget a Son, although she was espoused to another for the law which he gave to govern men and women was not intended to govern Himself, or to prescribe rules for his own conduct. It was also lawful in Him, after having thus dealt with Mary, to give her to Joseph her espoused husband.” – Orson Pratt
Matthew 1:20 “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
According to Mormon theology, Mary was the literal daughter of the Mormon god, and the sister of Jesus in the pre-existence. Why would an all perfect, righteous God, lower himself to such a gutter standard?
The Bible outright condemns a father for touching his daughter in this manner, and also condemns any romantic relationship between siblings. Leviticus 18gives explicit details of what is sin in this area. Basically, God told the Israelites ‘I took you out of Egypt and brought you here, and you’re not to defile the land by acting in the same way the locals do’.
In Mormon theology, Mary was Jesus’ mom on earth, and also his sister while in heaven. This scary familial relationship is reminiscent of some family genealogy charts we’ve researched in our series Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders.
Equally disturbing in Pratt’s analysis is the manner in which he carelessly referred to Mary. He made it sound as if she was used goods once she’d been ‘taken’ by the Mormon god. Her worth had apparently depreciated, and significantly so. Regrettably, this attitude isn’t a solitary example of what Mormons have historically taught.
Leaders throughout the years have pounded the pulpit with their sermons of ‘better off dead than unclean’, and one of the most infamous sermons was given by Marion Romney in 1981; ‘We Believe in Being Chaste’.
Putting such a heavy emphasis on this, flies in the face of the claims they’ve made about their god and the creation of Jesus.