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Your a Mormon, have you found all of your wives yet?

What many people like to bring up constantly about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the issue of Polygamy; the act of being married to more than one spouse. During the beginnings of the church, many members had multiple wives. Some of these members eventually fell away from the church, and some didn’t. Even many of the leaders of the church had multiple wives. Joseph Smith, founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is said to have had many wives, but he did not have any sexual relations with them. Brigham Young, the second leader of the church did have many wives.

 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes that there are three kingdoms of Heaven; the Celestial Glory, Terrestrial Glory, and Telestial Glory (1 Corinthians 15:40-42). The Celestial being the highest, Terrestrial being the middle, and Telestial being the lowest. In order to make it to the Celestial degree of Glory, one must be perfect. You must live righteously. Repent for all of your sins, and keep all of your covenants made with God. Two of those covenants are to be baptized by immersion (in water) for the remission of sins, and to be married for time and all eternity. You must be baptized first, and after you have been deemed worthy to enter the Temple, and found someone you wish to marry, you can be married in the Temple. Once married in the temple, you are sealed for time and all eternity to your spouse; to exist forever in glorious matrimony and love with happiness flourishing throughout your family. Before the “Mormons” practiced polygamy, many other religions and cultures also practiced polygamy. KJV Bible evidence indicates that polygamy was not unusual, prohibited or discouraged between the ancient Hebrews. In fact the scriptures document prominent figures including Abraham, Moses, Jacob, Esau, and David as polygamists.

 

Now that you know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints believes in eternal marriage being one of the things one must complete in order to make it to the highest point in Heaven, you probably realize that in order to be married, you must find a spouse. Many women in the early years of the church did have trouble finding a spouse, and they desperately wished to make it to the highest degree of celestial glory. Thus, many women would offer and/or agree to polygamy with another man in order to fulfill the covenant of eternal marriage. This usually did not include sexual intercourse, though as you can imagine it sometimes did. Brigham Young, had 52 wives and 57 children. Since that time, and due to much persecution for this act, the church denounced polygamy in 1890 and has still been the target for many cruel jokes, and lies to this day.

 

I would like you to also keep in mind that although we LDS people wish to be perfect, we are still human. We all make mistakes, and so does every one else, and we realize this. Polygamy was taught as a way to make those women who could not find a wife able to enjoy the complete wonders of Heaven. A church that broke away from the mainstream LDS church is commonly known as The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). This church willingly and publicly practices polygamy. They broke away from the true church when it was agreed among the leaders of the church that polygamy was being practiced for the wrong reasons among the members and was then denounced. The FLDS church members did not agree with this and left the mainstream church. Current faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints do not practice polygamy.

 

Well, I don't believe that. There must be some other reason why they practiced polygamy.

 

Actually, not every male practiced polygamy. As a fact, less than 20% of the active male members actually practiced.

 

Polygamy was an ordinance instituted by God then, just like it was for Moses, Abraham, Esau and others from the Old Testament.

 

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The second leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The prophet Brigham Young

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