Was it for COMMITTING ADULTERY that we were assailed? We are aware that that FALSE SLANDER has gone abroad, for it has been reiterated in our ears. These are FALSEHOODS also. Renegade 'Mormon' dissenters are running through the world and spreading various FOUL AND LIBELOUS REPORTS against us…We have heard it reported by some, that……we not only dedicated our property, but our families to the Lord; and SATAN, taking advantage of this, has perverted it into licentiousness, such as COMMUNITY OF WIVES, which is an ABOMINATION in the sight of God…..when a man consecrates or dedicates his wife and children, he does not give them to his brother, or to his neighbor, FOR THERE IS NO SUCH LAW; for the law of God is, Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife. He that looketh upon a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery already in his heart…..Now if any person has represented ANYTHING OTHERWISE THAN WHAT WE NOW WRITE, HE OR SHE IS A LIAR, and has represented us falsely.
The Church itself stated, in bemoaning the "persecution" that they were under, that over 1,300 of their men had been convicted on anti-polygamy charges. And this is only those who were caught and convicted. The 1,300 men means, if each was a polygamist, that there must have been AT LEAST 2,600 women (assuming only two wives for each husband) involved in polygamous marriages. That means AT LEAST 3,900 polygamists. Is 3,900 a "very limited practice"?
Mormon Polygamy, Polyandry & Underage Brides
The women are entitled to salvation if they live according to the word that is given to them; and if their husbands are good men, and they are obedient to them, they are entitled to certain blessings, and they will have the privilege of receiving certain blessings that they cannot receive unless they are sealed to men who will be exalted. Now, where a man in this Church says, "I don't want but one wife, I will live my religion with one," he will perhaps be saved in the celestial kingdom; but when he gets there he will not find himself in possession of any wife at all. He has had a talent that he has hid up. He will come forward and say, "Here is that which thou gavest me, I have not wasted it, and here is the one talent," and he will not enjoy it, but it will be taken and given to those who have improved the talents they received, and he will find himself without any wife, and he will remain single for ever and ever. But if the woman is determined not to enter into a plural marriage, that woman when she comes forth will have the privilege of living in single blessedness through all eternity. Well, that is very good, a very nice place to be a minister to the wants of others. I recollect a sister conversing with Joseph Smith on this subject. She told him: "Now, don't talk to me; when I get into the celestial kingdom, if I ever do get there, I shall request the privilege of being a ministering angel; that is the labor that I wish to perform. I don't want any companion in that world; and if the Lord will make me a ministering angel, it is all I want." Joseph said, "Sister, you talk very foolishly, you do not know what you will want." He then said to me: "Here, brother Brigham, you seal this lady to me." I sealed her to him. This was my own sister according to the flesh. Now, sister, do not say, "I do not want a husband when I get up in the resurrection." You do not know what you will want. I tell this so that you can get the idea. If in the resurrection you really want to be single and alone, and live so for ever and ever, and be made servants, while others receive the highest order of intelligence and are bringing worlds into existence, you can have the privilege. They who will be exalted cannot perform all the labor, they must have servants and you can be servants to them."
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Church doctrines and teachings have changed greatly over the years. As Mormon youth in Seminary and Sunday School, we were taught the 'eternal' doctrine of polygamy which remains a part of LDS theology, as per D&C 132. We were told that the Lord no longer required church members to practice polygamy because of the 'wickedness of men', but during the Millennium, 'the principle of plural wives' would be restored, even as God had 'restored' it through Joseph Smith. Members were also taught that 'worthy' priesthood holders would become Gods after death, with each resurrected man creating countless planets in his own universe. LDS women and teenage girls were taught that they would become the polygamous wives of a Mormon priesthood holder-God, and spend eternity bearing 'spirit children', who would incarnate on planets created by their omnipotent husband. It's our understanding that the LDS church no longer teaches this 'true' doctrine.
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Polygamy is still taught in the temples. If a man is sealed to a woman and that woman dies and he remarries another woman and is sealed to her then he will have both of those wives in the next life. Several apostles have done this since 2000 including Elder Nelson. In a talk at BYU, Apostle Dallin H. Oaks said the following "When I was 66, my wife June died of cancer. Two years later--a year and a half ago--I married [in the ] Kristen McMain, the eternal companion who now stands at my side." (Dallin Oaks, "Timing," speech delivered at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 29 January 2002, )