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There is just too much about the origins of LDS polygamy to put into this website without exceeding my allocated space.   For now, I will say I have, found, using official Church records, 44 women to whom Joseph Smith was secretly married, besides Emma, including some who were married to other living husbands.  Also, Joseph was visited by another local "prophet" who practiced "spiritual wifeism" (polygamy) shortly before Joseph started the practice.  But he denied this practice throughout his life.  Not until 1852, almost a decade after his death, did the Church admit publicly that Joseph, Brigham Young, and others were practicing polygamy.  LDS Apostle John Widtsoe acknowledged that the practice had nothing to do with the number of LDS women in the Church; indeed, the number of men in these days slightly outnumbered the number of women.
At the bottom are a few of the thousands of individual polygamy cases, followed by a section on the early LDS prophet's attitudes about incest.
 

the Official History of the Church (HC) Vol. 6 p. 410 reveals Joseph was still denying, to the Saints in May 1844 (the month before he was killed), that he practiced plural marriage.  The accuser was William Law, a former active member of the Church who accused Joseph of having seven wives.  In the following public address, you will see Joseph  attacking the reputation of William Law, and denying he had multiple wives.  History of the Church, Vol.6, Ch.19, p.410

Another indictment has been got up against me. It appears a holy prophet has arisen up, and he has testified against me; the reason is he is so holy. The Lord knows I do not care how many churches are in the world. As many as believe me, may. If the doctrine that I preach is true, the tree must be good. I have prophesied things that have come to pass, and can still.

History of the Church, Vol.6, Ch.19, p.410

I had not been married scarcely five minutes, and made one proclamation of the Gospel, before it was reported that I had seven wives. I mean to live and proclaim the truth as long as I can.

History of the Church, Vol.6, Ch.19, p.410

This new holy prophet [William Law] has gone to Carthage and swore that I had told him that I was guilty of adultery. This spiritual wifeism [another term for plural marriage]! Why, a man dares not speak or wink, for fear of being accused of this.

History of the Church, Vol.6, Ch.19, p.410

William Law testified before forty policemen, and the assembly room full of witnesses, that he testified under oath that he never had heard or seen or knew anything immoral or criminal against me. He testified under oath that he was my friend, and not the "Brutus." There was a cogitation who was the "Brutus." I had not prophesied against William Law. He swore under oath that he was satisfied that he was ready to lay down his life for me, and he swears that I have committed adultery. I wish the grand jury would tell me who they are--whether it will be a course or blessing to me. I am quite tired of the fools asking me.

History of the Church, Vol.6, Ch.19, p.411

A man asked me whether the commandment was given that a man may have seven wives; and now the new prophet has charged me with adultery. I never had any fuss with these men until that Female Relief Society brought out the paper against adulterers and adulteresses.

History of the Church, Vol.6, Ch.19, p.411

There is another Law, not the prophet, who was cashiered for dishonesty and robbing the government Wilson Law also swears that I told him I was guilty of adultery. Brother Jonathan Dunham can swear to the contrary. I have been chained. I have rattled chains before in a dungeon for the truth's sake. I am innocent of all these charges, and you can bear witness of my innocence, for you know me yourselves.

History of the Church, Vol.6, Ch.19, p.411

Be meek and lowly, upright and pure; render good for evil. If you bring on yourselves your own destruction, I will complain. It is not right for a man to bare down his neck to the oppressor always. Be humble and patient in all circumstances of life; we shall then triumph more gloriously. What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing adultery, and having seven wives, when I can only find one.  (italics added)

(at this point, Joseph gives a self-evaluation of his importance. See the page entitled Joseph Smith and humility).

 

The original Doctrine and Covenants, published in 1835,  regarded by Mormons as scripture, also denied that the church believed in, or practiced polygamy.

What was then Section 101 called fornication and polygamy a crime, and said the church only believed in the one wife per husband system of marriage (monogamy).

 "Inasmuch as this church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication, and polygamy: we declare that we believe, that one man should have one wife; and one woman, but one husband, except in the case of death, where either is at liberty to marry again. original section 101:4. 

This was in every edition of the Doctrine and Covenants until 1876, long after the Church admitted, in 1852, to having practiced polygamy even before the exodus west.

 In 1876, this section disappeared from the LDS canon of scripture, replaced by today's Section 132, which allows multiple wives at the same time.   Under pressure from the U.S. government, the LDS church officially ceased the practice of plural marriage in 1890, but Section 132 remains.  This is but one of many changes of doctrine and removed revelations.

Did Joseph Smith Marry Married Women and Father Children With His Plural Wives?

Many journal entries indicate that the answer to both questions is yes.  Perhaps one of the best is the address and testimony by Mary Elizabeth Lightner, a plural wife of Joseph, speaking to a group of missionaries at Brigham Young University April 14, 1905.  She was married to someone else at the time she married Joesph, and she mentions three polygamous children of Joseph Smith that she knew of.  Obiously, if there had been no sexual relations, this would not be the case.  Keep in mind that the period 1890-1910 was sort of a transition period for the LDS Church.  Polygamy had been officially banned in 1890, but was still being practiced with marriages being performed by Church leaders up until 1910, when it really stopped, except for a group of "fundamentalists" who continued on their own.  I added bold type and italics to help find these points faster.

Address at Brigham Young University,
14 April 1905
[NOTE: Typscript copies are available at various Utah and Western libraries.]
Testimony of Mary Elizabeth Lightner
Mary Lightner, Address at Brigham Young University, p.1
Remarks by Sister Mary E. Lightner who was sealed to Joseph Smith in 1842.
Mary Lightner, Address at Brigham Young University, p.1


Well, my young brethren, I can say I never was more surprised in my life than to be called upon to speak to you young men who are called upon to go into the mission field to preach the gospel to the nations of the earth. It is true I have been in the Church from its beginning. Just six months after it was organized, I joined it. I have been acquainted with all of those who were first members of this Church, with all of those who saw the plates and handled them, with even those who saw the angel Moroni who came to them. I am well acquainted with every one of them and I have known them from the time that they came to Ohio until their death; and I am the only living witness who was at the first meeting that the Prophet [Joseph Smith] held in Kirtland.

The Smith family was driven from New York, and a small church had been organized. Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer, and Ziba Peterson were members. Well, I being anxious, though young, to learn about the plates from those who knew all about it, my mother and I went up to the Smith family the next night after they came to Kirtland. As I went in, there were two or three others present. They were all there, from the old gentleman and his wife to all the sons and daughters. As we stood there talking to them, Joseph and Martin Harris came in. Joseph looked around very solemnly. It was the first time some of them had ever seen him.

Said he, "There are enough here to hold a little meeting." They got a board and put it across two chairs to make seats. Martin Harris sat on a little box at Joseph's feet. They sang and prayed. Joseph got up and began to speak to us. As he began to speak very solemnly and very earnestly, all at once his countenance changed and he stood mute. Those who looked at him that day said there was a search light within him, over every part of his body. I never saw anything like it on the earth. I could not take my eyes off him; he got so white that anyone who saw him would have thought he was transparent. I remember I thought I could almost see the cheek bones through the flesh. I have been through many changes since but that is photographed on my brain. I shall remember it and see in my mind's eye as long as I remain upon the earth.

 He stood some moments. He looked over the congregation as if to pierce every heart. He said, "Do you know who has been in your midst?" One of the Smiths said an angel of the Lord. Martin Harris said, "It was our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." Joseph put his hand down on Martin and said: "God revealed that to you. Brethren and sisters, the Spirit of God has been here. The Savior has been in your midst this night and I want you to remember it. There is a veil over your eyes for you could not endure to look upon Him. You must be fed with milk, not with strong meat. I want you to remember this as if it were the last thing that escaped my lips. He has given all of you to me and has sealed you up to everlasting life that where he is, you may be also. And if you are tempted of Satan say, 'Get behind me, Satan.'"

These words are figured upon my brain and I never took my eye off his countenance. Then he knelt down and prayed. I have never heard anything like it before or since. I felt that he was talking to the Lord and that power rested down upon the congregation. Every soul felt it. The spirit rested upon us in every fiber of our bodies, and we received a sermon from the lips of the representative of God.
Much has come and gone from me through the powers and vicissitudes of this Church. I have been in almost every mob. I have been driven about and told I would be shot and had a gun pointed at me, but I stayed with the Church until it was driven from Nauvoo. The words of the Prophet that had been revealed to him always have been with me from the beginning to the end of the gospel. Every principle that has been given in the Church by the prophet is true. I know whereon I stand, I know what I believe, I know what I know and I know what I testify to you is the living truth. As I expect to meet it at the bar of the eternal Jehovah, it is true. And when you stand before the bar you will know. He preached polygamy and he not only preached it, but he practiced it. I am a living witness to it. It was given to him before he gave it to the Church. An angel came to him and the last time he came with a drawn sword in his hand and told Joseph if he did not go into that principle, he would slay him. Joseph said he talked to him soberly about it, and told him it was an abomination and quoted scripture to him. He said in the Book of Mormon it was an abomination in the eyes of the Lord, and they were to adhere to these things except the Lord speak. I am the first being that the revelation [D&C 132] was given to him for and I was one thousand miles away in Missouri, for we went up to Jackson County in 1841 [1831].

I was there in all the tribulations and trials. I have been in the houses that have been stoned. The rocks have been thrown criss-cross in every direction. I have seen the brethren shot and ruined for life. I saw the first martyr dead and a more heavenly corpse I never saw or expect to see on the face of the earth. His face was so happy. I have seen our bishop tarred and feathered in the streets of Missouri. They took off his shirt and covered him with tar and then took a pillow and turned the feathers over him. I looked at him and thought if ever man was counted worthy to be a martyr, he was. His life proved it for he lived an upright and honorable life and was beloved by the prophet while he lived and after he died the prophet honored him. Two of his sisters were Joseph's wives. Emma took them by the hand and gave them to Joseph.

I asked him if Emma knew about me, and he said, "Emma thinks the world of you." I was not sealed to him until I had a witness. I had been dreaming for a number of years I was his wife. I thought I was a great sinner. I prayed to God to take it from me for I felt it was a sin; but when Joseph sent for me he told me all of these things. "Well," said I, "don't you think it was an angel of the devil that told you these things?" Said he, "No, it was an angel of God. God Almighty showed me the difference between an angel of light and Satan's angels. The angel came to me three times between the years of 1834 and 1842 and said I was to obey that principle or he would slay me. "But," said he, "they called me a false and fallen prophet but I am more in favor with my God this day than I ever was in all my life before. I know that I shall be saved in the Kingdom of God. I have the oath of God upon it and God cannot lie; all that he gives me I shall take with me for I have that authority and that power conferred upon me."

Well, I talked with him for a long time and finally I told him I would never be sealed to him until I had a witness. Said he, "You shall have a witness." Said I, "If God told you that, why does he not tell me?" He asked me if I was going to be a traitor. "I have never told a mortal and shall never tell a mortal I had such a talk from a married man," said I. "Well," said he, "pray earnestly for the angel said to me you should have a witness." Well, Brigham Young was with me. He said if I had a witness he wanted to know it. "Why should I tell you?" said I. "Well," said he, "I want to know for myself." Said he, "Do you know what Joseph said? Since we left the office the angel appeared to him and told him he was well pleased with him and that you should have a witness."

I made it a subject of prayer and I worried about it because I did not dare to speak to a living being except Brigham Young. I went out and got between three haystacks where no one could see me. As I knelt down I thought, why not pray as Moses did? He prayed with his hands raised. When his hands were raised, Israel was victorious, but when they were not raised, the Philistines were victorious. I lifted my hands and I have heard Joseph say the angels covered their faces. I knelt down and if ever a poor mortal prayed, I did. A few nights after that an angel of the Lord came to me and if ever a thrill went through a mortal, it went through me. I gazed upon the clothes and figure but the eyes were like lightning. They pierced me from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet. I was frightened almost to death for a moment. I tried to waken my aunt, but I could not. The angel leaned over me and the light was very great, although it was night. When my aunt woke up she said she had seen a figure in white robes pass from our bed to my mother's bed and pass out of the window.

Joseph came up the next Sabbath. He said, "Have you had a witness yet?" "No." "Well," said he, "the angel expressly told me you should have." Said I, "I have not had a witness, but I have seen something I have never seen before. I saw an angel and I was frightened almost to death. I did not speak." He studied a while and put his elbows on his knees and his face in his hands. He looked up and said, "How could you have been such a coward?" Said I, "I was weak." "Did you think to say, `Father, help me?'" "No." "Well, if you had just said that, your mouth would have been opened for that was an angel of the living God. He came to you with more knowledge, intelligence, and light than I have ever dared to reveal." I said, "If that was an angel of light, why did he not speak to me?" "You covered your face and for this reason the angel was insulted." Said I, "Will it ever come again?" He thought a moment and then said, "No, not the same one, but if you are faithful you shall see greater things than that." And then he gave me three signs of what would take place in my own family, although my husband was far away from me at the time. Every work came true. I went forward and was sealed to him. Brigham Young performed the sealing, and Heber C. Kimball the blessing. I know he had six wives and I have known some of them from childhood up. I knew he had three children. They told me. I think two are living today but they are not known as his children as they go by other names.

(Gee, I wonder who the "angel" was who appeared to her with his face covered... Name me any other instance where an angel covered his face...)

The Story of Zina Huntington Young

Dialogue, Vol.18, No.3, p.78
Two sisters, Zina D. and Prescindia Huntington, both respected Nauvoo women, were also polyandrous wives of Joseph Smith. Prescindia had married Norman Buell in 1827 and had two sons by him before joining Mormonism in 1836. She was sealed to Joseph Smith by her brother Dimick on 11 December 1841, though she continued to live with Buell until 1846, when she left him to marry Heber C. Kimball. In a "letter to my eldest grand-daughter living in 1880," she explained that Norman Buell had left the Church in 1839, but that "the Lord gave me strength to Stand alone & keep the faith amid heavy persecution."
Dialogue, Vol.18, No.3, p.78 - p.79
Prescindia's twenty-year-old sister Zina was living in the Joseph Smith home when Henry B. Jacobs married her in March 1841. According to family records, when the Jacobs asked the Prophet why he had not honored them by performing their marriage, he replied that "the Lord had made it known to him that [Zina] was to be his Celestial wife" (Emma R. Jacobs in O. Cannon, 5). Believing that "whatever the Prophet did was right, without making the wisdom of God's authorities bend to the reasoning of any man," the devout Jacobs consented for six-months-pregnant Zina to be sealed to Joseph Smith 27 October 1841 (O. Cannon, 5). Some have suggested that the Jacobs's marriage was "unhappy" and that the couple had separated before her sealing to Joseph Smith. But, though sealed to the Prophet for eternity, Zina continued her connubial relationship with Jacobs. On 2 February 1846, pregnant with Henry's second son, Zina was resealed by proxy to the murdered Joseph Smith and in that same session was “sealed for time" to Brigham Young. Faithful Henry B. Jacobs stood by as an official witness to both ceremonies (O. Cannon, 7). Dialogue, Vol.18, No.3, p.79
This polyandrous triangle became even more complex. Zina and Henry lived together as husband and wife until the westward-bound Saints reached Mt. Pisgah, Iowa. At this temporary stop on the pioneer trail, Brigham Young announced that "it was time for men who were walking in other men's shoes to step out of them. Brother Jacobs, the woman you claim for a wife does not belong to you. She is the spiritual wife of brother Joseph, sealed up to him. I am his proxy, and she, in this behalf, with her children, are my property. You can go where you please, and get another, but be sure to get one of your own kindred spirit" (Hall 1853, 43-44).

Dialogue, Vol.18, No.3, p.79
President Young then called Jacobs on a mission to England. Witnesses to his departure commented that he was so ill they had to "put him on a blanket and carry him to the boat to get him on his way" ("Short Sketch" in O. Cannon Collection).14 Though his health returned, his spirits remained low. On 27 August 1847, his missionary companion and brother-in-law, Oliver Huntington, received a letter from his wife informing the two missionaries that "Zina had gone to Salt Lake City to live with President Young's family" (Firmage). Oliver dashed off a letter to Zina, complaining that "Henry is here and herd the letter. He says all is right, he don't care. He stands alone as yet. I have had almost as much trial about you as he has. I have had to hear, feel and suffer everything he has--If you only knew my troubles you'd pitty me" (Firmage in O. Cannon Collection).
Dialogue, Vol.18, No.3, p.79
Henry returned from his mission and settled in California. But he was still in love with Zina, now a plural wife of Brigham Young. His letters to her were heartrending. On 2 September 1852 he wrote: "O how happy I should be if I only could see you and the little children, bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh." "I am unhappy," Henry lamented, "there is no peace for poor me, my pleasure is you, my comfort has vanished.... O Zina, can I ever, will I ever get you again, answer the question please" (O. Cannon Collection). In an undated Valentine he added:
Dialogue, Vol.18, No.3, p.79 - p.80
Zina my mind never will change from Worlds without Ends, no never, the same affection is there and never can be moved I do not murmur nor complain of the handlings of God no verily, no but I feel alone and no one to speak to, to call my own. I feel like a lamb without a mother, I do not blame any person or persons, no--May the Lord our Father bless Brother Brigham and all purtains unto him forever. Tell him for me I have no feelings against him nor never had, all is right according to the Law of the Celestial Kingdom of our god Joseph (O. Cannon Collection).

Dialogue, Vol.18, No.3, p.80
One might understandably wonder why a man so obviously in love with his wife would give her up to another. Oliver Huntington, writing of this incident in his autobiography, explained: “Zina's husband took to himself another woman before he had returned from England to the bluffs . . . and [Zina] chose a guardian, who could supply her with whatever she wanted, which she could not get, this supply came from the Church. She became the wife of Brigham Young."15 Another descendant clarified the incident further: "President Young told Zina D. if she would marry him she would be in a higher glory" (Briant S. Jacobs quoted in Firmage, 15, in O. Cannon Collection). Brigham Young himself provided the clearest insight into this situation in an 8 October 1861 General Conference statement on divorce: "There was another way--in which a woman could leave a man--if the woman preferred-- another man higher in authority & he is willing to take her. & her husband gives her up--there is no bill of divorce required in the case it is right in the sight of God."

Behind Emma's Back

Below is a letter by Joseph Smith to Newel K. Whitney and their daughter Sarah Ann, who was one of Joseph's plural wives, wanting to meet with them behind Emma's back.  The letter was written in Nauvoo August 18, 1842.  A photocopy of the handwritten letter, in Joseph's handwriting and signed by Joseph,  appears in Shadow or reality p. 231D.
 
I take this oppertunity to communi[c]ate, some of my feelings, privetely at this time, which I want you three Eternaly to keep in your own bosams; for my feelings are so strong for you since what has pased lately between us, that the time of my abscence from you seems so long, and dreary, that it seems, as if I could not live long in this way: and if you three would come and see me in this my lonely retreat, it would afford me great relief, of mind, if those with whom I am alied, do love me, now is the time to afford me succour, in the days of exile, for you know I foretold you of these things. I am now at Carlos Graingers, Just back of Brother Hyrams farm, it is only one mile from town, the nights are very pleasant indeed, all three of you can come and See me in the fore part of the night, let Brother Whitney come a little a head, and nock at the south East corner of the house at the window; it is next to the cornfield, I have a room intirely by myself, the whole matter can be attended to with most perfect safty, I know it is the will of God that you should comfort me now in this time of afiliction, or not at [al]l[;] now is the time or never, but I hav[e] no kneed of saying any such thing, to you, for I know the goodness of your hearts, and that you will do the will of the Lord, when it is made known to you; the only thing to be careful of; is to find out when Emma [Smith] comes then you cannot be safe, but when she is not here, there is the most perfect safty: only be careful to escape observation, as much as possible, I know it is a heroick undertakeing; but so much the greater frendship, and the more Joy, when I see you I will tell you all my plans, I cannot write them on paper, burn this letter as soon as you read it; keep all locked up in your breasts, my life depends upon it. one thing I want to see you for it is to git the fulness of my blessings sealed upon our heads, &c. you will pardon me for my earnestness on this subject when you consider how lonesome I must be, your good feelings know how to make every allowance for me, I close my letter, I think Emma [Smith] wont come tonight[,] if she dont dont fail to come to night. I subscribe myself your most obedient, and affectionate, companion, and friend.  Joseph Smith
 
 
The Nancy Rigdon Story
Nancy Rigdon was apparently a very attractive young lady who caught the eye of Joseph Smith.  After she rejected his proposal, he wrote her a letter.  Today that letter is known to LDS people as the "Happiness" letter.  "Happiness is the object and design of our existence..."  Most Mormons are familiar with the letter, but really know nothing of the background.  Joseph was trying to get young Nancy Rigdon to change her mind about marrying him.  To the average Mormon, this background should make the letter, in its entirety, make more sense.
 
Richard S. Van Wagoner, Sidney Rigdon, p.294
In April 1842, however, the Rigdon family knew nothing of Apostle Richards's and Nancy Hyde's relationship. Thus Nancy Rigdon had no qualms [p.295] about meeting Joseph Smith at the Hyde residence with Sister Hyde as chaperon. On arriving at the printing office, Willard Richards informed her that Joseph was detained elsewhere and wished her to return the following Thursday. In the meantime she discussed the situation with Francis M. Higbee, twenty-three-year-old son of Elias Higbee, who was courting her. Higbee, forewarned by John C. Bennett that Smith had confided to him a romantic interest in Nancy, cautioned her "not to place too much reliance on revelation,"39 but did not counsel her against going.
Richard S. Van Wagoner, Sidney Rigdon, p.295
The various accounts of Nancy's second visit to the printing office are convoluted. The general consensus, however, is that upon her arrival Smith greeted her, ushered her into a private room, then locked the door. After swearing her to secrecy, wrote George W. Robinson, Smith announced his "affection for her for several years, and wished that she should be his…the Lord was well pleased with this matter…there was no sin in it whatever…but, if she had any scruples of conscience about the matter, he would marry her privately."40
Richard S. Van Wagoner, Sidney Rigdon, p.295
But Nancy, a "buxom and winsome" girl according to one account, was not cooperative. Despite her tender age, she did not hesitate to express herself. The prophet's seductive behavior shocked her; she rebuffed him in a flurry of anger.42 Wickliffe Rigdon wrote that Smith, flustered, beckoned Mrs. Hyde into the room to help win Nancy over. Hyde volunteered that she too was surprised upon first hearing of the tenet, but was convinced it was true, and that "great exaltation would come to those who received and embraced it."43 Incredulous, the feisty Nancy countered that "if she ever got married she would marry a single man or none at all."44 Grabbing her bonnet, she ordered the door opened or she would "raise the neighbors." She then stormed out of the Hyde-Richards residence.
Within a day or two Willard Richards delivered a private letter to Nancy. The prophet, as was his custom, had dictated the personal communication through his scribe. The essence of that message made an intriguing appendage to Sidney Rigdon's 9 April Ephraim Marks funeral sermon. According to observer Wilford Woodruff, President Rigdon took as his text: "When we see a principle that makes us the most Happy if we will Cultivate that principle & practice it ourselves it will render others Happy."45 The prophet, who habitually used language as much to conceal as he did to express, began his letter to Nancy with the cheerful assertion:
"Happiness is the object and design of our existence." After a brief discussion on keeping the commandments, the message cut to the chase:
Richard S. Van Wagoner, Sidney Rigdon, p.295
That which is wrong under one circumstance, may be, and often is, right under another.…Everything that God gives us is lawful and right; and it is proper that we should enjoy His gifts and blessings.… Blessings offered, but rejected, are no longer blessings.… Our Heavenly Father is more liberal in his views, and boundless in his mercies and blessings, than we are ready to believe or receive.
The entire letter:
Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 5, p.134
Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we  pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is [p.135] virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God. But we cannot keep all the commandments without first knowing them, and we cannot expect to know all, or more than we now know unless we comply with or keep those we have already received. That which is wrong under one circumstance, may be, and often is, right under another.
Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 5, p.135
God said, "Thou shalt not kill;" at another time He said "Thou shalt utterly destroy." This is the principle on which the government of heaven is conducted—by revelation adapted to the circumstances in which the children of the kingdom are placed. Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof till long after the events transpire. If we seek first the kingdom of God, all good things will be added. So with Solomon: first he asked wisdom, and God gave it him, and with it every desire of his heart, even things which might be considered abominable to all who understand the order of heaven only in part, but which in reality were right because God gave and sanctioned by special revelation.
Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 5, p.135
A parent may whip a child, and justly, too, because he stole an apple; whereas if the child had asked for the apple, and the parent had given it, the child would have eaten it with a better appetite; there would have been no stripes; all the pleasure of the apple would have been secured, all the misery of stealing lost.
Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 5, p.135
This principle will justly apply to all of God's dealings with His children. Everything that God gives us is lawful and right; and it is proper that we should enjoy His gifts and blessings whenever and wherever He is disposed to bestow; but if we should seize upon those same blessings and enjoyments without law, without revelation, without commandment, those blessings and enjoyments would prove cursings and vexations in the end, and we should have to lie down in sorrow and wailings of everlasting regret. But in obedience there is joy and peace unspotted, unalloyed; and as God has designed our happiness—and the happiness of all His creatures, he never has—He never will institute an ordinance or give a commandment to His people that is not calculated in its nature to promote that happiness which He has designed, and which will not end in the greatest amount of good and glory to those who become the recipients of his law and ordinances. Blessings offered, but rejected, are no longer blessings, but become like the talent hid in the earth by the wicked and slothful servant; the proffered good returns to the giver; the blessing is bestowed on those who will receive and occupy; for unto him that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundantly, but unto him that hath not or will not receive, shall be taken away that which he hath, or might have had.

 
Heavenly Incest?
 
Under the date October 26, 1843, an entry added to Joseph Smith's private diary confirmed that Joseph Smith sealed (joined together husband and wife for time (this life) and eternity)) John. M. Bernhisel to his sister Maria Bernhisel.  Mormons believe that in the next life, the righteous Latter-day Saints become Gods and Goddesses, with immortal physical bodies.  They have sex throughout eternity with each other to create people for new worlds.  So if LDS doctrine were true, this brother and sister, if exalted to godhood, would have sex throughout eternity to produce new souls.
 
On October 8, 1854, President (and prophet) Brigham Young said, "Then I reckon that the children of Adam and Eve married each other; this is speaking to the point.  I believe in sisters marrying brothers, and brothers having sisters for their wives... This is something pertaining to our marriage relation. The whole world will think what an awful thing it is..."- The Teachings of Brigham Young, Fred Collier, volume 3, pages 362, 368.
 
According to LDS scholar Jessie L. Embry, Lorenzo Snow (who became the 5th President of the LDS Church) said in 1886 he believed in the same thing.  Embry (who was an LDS BYU professor) cited from the personal diary of LDS Apostle Abraham H. Cannon: "Abraham H. Cannon, an apostle, recorded in 1886 that he talked with 'Pres. [Lorenzo] Snow about various doctrines. Bro. Snow said I would live to see the time when brothers and sisters would marry each other in this church.  All our horror at such an [sic] union was due entirely to prejudice. and the offspring of such union would be healthy and pure as any other.  These were the decided views of Pres. Young when alive, for Bro. S. talked to him freely on this matter.'" Journal of Mormon History, 1992, p. 106
 
I guess if someone actually believes the Adam and Eve story, their children must have married each other, since there were no other humans on earth.  Gross!  Give me some good old higher-morals Neanderthals any day.
 
 

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