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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... marriage as well as motivation for Smith's frequent addresses on marital relationships that fall . While Smith was ... celestial Kingdom . " Despite these 1835 indications of an understanding of the principle of eternal marriage , which ...
... celestial marriage " -a mixture of eternal marriage and polygamy . Mary Elizabeth Rollins , married to non - Mormon Adam Lightner since 11 August 1835 , was one of the first women to accept the " celestial marriage " teachings of the ...
... celestial marriage ( D & C 132 : 65 ) . When cross - examined during the Reed Smoot hearings , church president Joseph F. Smith gave the official position on the necessity of a wife's consent : " A. The condition is that if she does not ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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