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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... give him any satisfac- tion , and her husband [ Ebenezer ] did not reprove his wife , and it came to pass , the Prophet cursed her severely , but they thought it would not take effect because he the Prophet was angry . " This late 1841 ...
... give her a bill and set her free . " In an unusual moral definition , he declared it " would be fornication for a man to cohabit with his wife after she had thus become alienated from him . " There was another church - approved way in ...
... give up all hope of ever entering into the glory of God , the Father , and Jesus Christ , the Son . " Cannon denounced the " costly bargain " which the Saints were asked to make : " So intimately interwoven is this pre- cious doctrine ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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