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Brigham Young was the most visible practitioner having been sealed to 55 women. Sanction of the practice was supposed to officially end with the Manifesto from Church president Married wife looking sex South San Francisco Woodruff. For this reason, the Lord Adult 1474 - personals page polygamy to Joseph Smith.
The Marrifd currently disavows any practice of polygamy; however, the eternal doctrine of plural marriage is still in place.
Beginning in the Church started releasing essays addressing seldom talked about issues in the church.
Three of those essays concern polygamy:. MormonThink provides a link to each essay and a response to them. Married wife looking sex South San Francisco this time, the Church publicly lied that any devout leaders were involved in polygamy.
Joseph eventually "married" at least 32 women in addition to Emma Smith, including 7 girls under the age of 18 the youngest being 14 and at least 11 women who were simultaneously married to other men.
If polygamy is still part of Marrier doctrine, why does the Church insist that new converts in polygamous families in countries where it is legal split up their families before they can be baptized?
For over years the Church did not explicitly teach its members the full truth about many aspects of polygamy. In fact, it seems at times that they purposely obfuscated the truth. Here is an overview of the dearth of Church-produced literature about Joseph Smith and polygamy before the Church published their essays starting in This page was originally written before the Church released its three essays concerning polygamy.
Many of the topics on this page therefore are an attempt to point out information that was not available from Church-published information. After the release of the essays, some people blamed the members Married wife looking sex South San Francisco for not knowing more about Joseph Smith's polygamy.
MormonThink provides a response to that accusation. Because the Church now admits some of the things originally written on this page in their essays, some of the topics here are no longer as important as they were before, but we are keeping much of that information here anyhow. For the latest from the Church and MormonThink's responses, see:. Although it's not mentioned in missionary Married wife looking sex South San Francisco, most North American nonmembers are also aware of it since it's taught in American History classes throughout the USA.
The reasons most commonly given by members even if not published in Church lesson manuals to justify polygamy are:. InPresident Wilford Woodruff received a revelation that the leaders of the Church should cease teaching the practice of plural marriage so it would not be in violation of the laws of the land.
It was ended then and not practiced since. Ending polygamy also helped Utah become a state. Until recently, for some reason, perhaps half of the LDS membership believed that polygamy started with Brigham Young and not Joseph Smith. From anecdotal information, there is still a large number of members believing this. Some apologists say that the above points are not officially taught Married wife looking sex South San Francisco Church through lesson manuals.
They blame the members for believing this. However, these things have been taught in Church, whether officially or not. The writers of this section heard all of Married wife looking sex South San Francisco above in Gospel Doctrine and Sunday School classes since childhood.
If you ask the average members, they may state many of the same things Free xxx mississippi what they believe, regardless of whether or not they are in current lesson manuals.
These beliefs are not just relegated to teachings of naive Sunday School teachers decades ago. A regional "media expert" handed out a pamphlet that 3 sum women only 100 real ways to address a handful of sensitive topics.
It proposed that one reason for Polygamy was that the Church needed to increase it's membership rapidly as it's members were being persecuted. Clearly misinformation is still taught as truth and without clear, consistent correction from the highest leadership, members perpetuate it. This is an understandable consequence given the Church's reluctance to discuss unflattering issues like polygamy and denying blacks the priesthood in any sort of detail in Church lessons.
It is also disingenuous of apologists to act as Married wife looking sex South San Francisco there's no reason for members to believe these things when they were clearly taught them in church. See MormonThink's Married wife looking sex South San Francisco to those who believe it's the members' fault for not knowing more about Joseph Smith's polygamy. Polygamists in striped prison uniforms, including George Q. These men were also known as "Prisoners of Conscience. Why were these people, including First Presidency counselor George Q.
Cannon in prison for practicing polygamy? Because polygamy was illegal. Readings In Church History', lookkng Pages deal with polygamy. Why were these wanted posters made for the LDS leaders of the Church?
Polygamy was always illegal whenever and wherever the Mormons Southh it. It was even illegal in Canada and Mexico as they only recognize marriages that are legal in the person's home country.
John Taylor, the third president of the church, claimed that he believed in keeping all the laws of the United States "except one"…the law in relation to polygamy. Most of Joseph Smith's polygamous marriages occurred in Illinois in the early s.
The Illinois Anti-bigamy Franciwco, enacted February 12th,clearly stated that polygamy was illegal.
Bigamy consists in the having of two wives or two husbands at one and the same time, knowing that the former husband or wife is still alive. If any person or persons within this State, being married, or who shall hereafter marry, Franciscl at any time marry any person or persons, the former husband or wife being alive, the person so offending shall, on conviction thereof, be punished by a fine, not exceeding one thousand dollars, and imprisoned in the penitentiary, not exceeding two years.
It shall not be necessary to prove either of the said marriages by the register or certificate thereof, or other record evidence; but the same may be proved by such evidence as is admissible to prove a marriage in other cases, and when such second marriage shall have taken place without this state, cohabitation in this state after such second marriage shall be deemed the commission of the crime of bigamy, and the trial in such case may take place in the county where such cohabitation shall have occurred.
Revised Laws of Illinois, pp. Sputh entire following section is from Rethinking Mormonism. Marriage is a Married wife looking sex South San Francisco contract between one man and one woman. There has never been a Girls looking for sex Seychelles enacted to allow otherwise. All the married Mormons who immigrated to Utah in had been married under the civil laws of their respective states; each one of those states had laws against bigamy, thus making monogamy the "common law.
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The very reason Brigham Young chose to move to Utah, rather than Oregon, California, or Texas, as others suggested, was because Utah was an uninhabited "no man's land". However, the area was legally Mexican territory and polygamy was illegal in Mexico.
In the United States, marriage is a legal contract regulated by the various states. When the Mormons went to Utah inall married Mormons at that time had been married under laws of the states they had come from. To use an analogy, you get your drivers' license from your state, but it is recognized as being legal in all the states.
Marriage licenses are similar. Once in Utah, Young attempted to establish the "Territory of Deseret," and operate the area as a theocracy, under the "Law of the Lord," which included plural marriage and Married wife looking sex South San Francisco atonement. However, Married women looking Zambaxi rejected Young's attempt, and inthe area was officially established as Utah Territory, with territorial overseers appointed from Washington D.
President Millard Fillmore appointed Young as governor. Thus, polygamy became specifically illegal under U. The federal Ladies seeking sex Leadwood Missouri Act was not the first law which made bigamy illegal; it was merely Married wife looking sex South San Francisco first law which specifically reinforced existing state anti-bigamy laws.
It was enacted specifically to close the "loophole" Sough the Mormons mistakenly believed they were operating under. Even after the passage of the Morrill Act, the Mormon Lolking continued to practice polygamy in violation of the law for another half-century, and repeatedly challenged those laws.
So anyone who argues that "The Mormons stopped practicing polygamy lopking it was made illegal" is either misinformed or misrepresenting the truth. The final nail in the coffin which demonstrates polygamy's illegality was when Ann Eliza Webb filed for "divorce" from Brigham Young and sued him for alimony in Young successfully argued that their relationship was "an ecclesiastical affair, not a legal one," and the judge rightly ruled that since there was never any legal marriage, Webb could not file looing divorce nor seek alimony.
Since Young himself admitted that his own "plural marriages" were not legal marriages, that means that no other Mormon "plural marriage" at any time was a legal marriage either. No legal marriage licenses were ever applied for nor granted, and every single child born of Mormon "plural marriages" was illegitimate - i.Love In Lapworth
All of the federal laws enacted against Mormon polygamy from to merely served to force the Mormons to comply with existing common laws.
But the fact that those additional laws were enacted does not mean that Mormon polygamous marriages were ever legal in the first place. Inthe United States Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a Mormon under the federal statute prohibiting bigamy against a challenge that, among other things, the statute infringed on the Married wife looking sex South San Francisco amendment right to freedom Mature mwm seeking friend religion.
In so doing, the Court noted that polygamy had "always been odious among the northern and western nations of Europe and, until the establishment of the Mormon Church, Ssn almost exclusively a feature of the life of Asiatic and of African people.Sex Chat Black Women
The entire following section is from Salt Lake City Messenger 66 with minor edits. The Mormons did everything they could to escape the federal deputies.
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Kimball Young gives this information:. In addition to false names, disguises, and ruses, a whole system of information Francisxo, signaling, and spotting informers was developed.
For example, the church authorities would pass the word down to the smaller communities of movements of federal deputies out of Salt Lake City in the direction of any particular town. Wilford Woodruff, who became the 4th president of the church, had an armed guard to protect him.
In a letter written inWoodruff wrote:.
By the church leaders were using bribery to prevent the government from arresting them. Under the dates of October 17 and 18,Apostle Abraham H.
Cannon recorded the following in Married wife looking sex South San Francisco journal:. Uncle David [Cannon] came in about noon and Francjsco me that he had just had a conversation with Lindsey Sprague, a deputy marshal, who told him that there were papers out for my arrest, but it was not the intention to serve them until my family were located and where they could be captured.
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Wilcken the names of some 51 persons whose arrest he intended to try and effect on a trip he and another deputy intend to undertake today, through Utah and Emery counties.
A messenger was therefore despatched to give these people warning.
Thus with a little money a channel of communication is kept open between the government offices and the suffering and persecuted Church members.