Mormon Polygamy: A History
Signature Books, 1989 - 255 Seiten
In this comprehensive survey of Mormon Polygamy, Richard Van Wagoner details, with precision and detachment, the tumultuous reaction among insiders and outsiders to plural marriage. In an honest, methodical way, he traces the origins, the peculiarities common to the midwestern and later Utah periods, and post-1890 new marriages. Drawing heavily on first-hand accounts, he outlines the theological underpinnings and the personal trauma associated with this lifestyle.
What emerges is a portrait that neither discounts nor exaggerates the historical evidence. He presents polygamy in context, neither condemning nor defending, while relevant contemporary accounts are treated sympathetically but interpreted critically. No period of Mormon history is emphasized over another. The result is a systematic view that is unavailable in studies of isolated periods or in the repetitions of folklore that only disguise the reality of what polygamy was.
Scattered throughout the western United States today are an estimated 30,000 fundamentalist Mormons who still live "the principle." They, too, are a part of Joseph Smith's legacy and are included in this study.
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... Lord had given her to him . " The Bennett story further related that shortly after Smith's admis- sion of affection toward Sarah Pratt , Smith and Bennett allegedly went to Sarah's house with some of the doctor's sewing . In the course ...
... Lord would go back on a principle which had caused so much sacrifice , heartache , and trial . " Describing what must have been the anguish of many Saints , she added : " I thought that if the Lord and the church authorities had gone ...
... Lord , and which is now in my possession , in which the Lord told him that the principle of plural marriage would never be overcome " ( Abraham H. Cannon Journal , 29 March 1892 ) . In his 22 February 1911 trial before the Quorum of the ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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