|This is one of a series of web pages I created between 2001and 2006. I was angry and frustrated at the LDS Church. Since then I have moved on and calmed down. So please remember, if you read these pages, that they reflect my past and not my present feelings. Thanks for your understanding! - Chris Tolworthy|
|A modern painting of
as he appears in church magazines:
|A photo (a Daguerreotype)
of the real
|OK, it's just a picture. But it illustrates an
important point: the real Joseph Smith is nothing like
the Joseph Smith you hear about in church.
Don't take my word for it, you can read about it in official church documents and reputable history. Mormons try and make this look spiritual and holy, but it isn't. It's ordinary, sordid and nasty.
|Joseph Smith taught polygamy. See for yourself. It is
in your scriptures, in Doctrine and Covenants 132. Emma
is told to let Joseph Smith marry other women. I have
added a screenshot to the bottom of this page. If you
have your own scriptures, see for yourself.
|Joseph Smith married other women. Some of them are listed on the church's own "Family Search" website. There are others, but let us just start with these.|
|Some of these women were already married to other men.
Follow the links on FamilySearch! Find out about their
other husbands. Todd
Compton's book In Sacred Loneliness is a biography of
each of the wives, and shows how they often had to live a
Todd Compton is not an anti-Mormon! He is one of the editors of Mormonism and Early Christianity by Hugh Nibley the most famous defender of the church. It was published by FARMS the part of BYU that researches the Book of Mormon and defends the church. He contributed to the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, which was approved by the apostles. He received the Best Article Award from the Mormon History Association (an organisation made up mostly of faithful descendants of pioneers). Compton is a faithful member who just happens to be a historian.
Apologists - those who defend the church - now admit that Joseph Smith married other men's wives. One of the best known apologist organizatioons, FAIR, the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research, defends the practice here: http://www.fairlds.org/pubs/polyandry.pdf
|Some of these women were very young. Look at Helen Marr Kimball for example. She was born in November 1828. And married Joseph Smith in May 1843. So she was still just fourteen years old! It's right there on FamilySearch.org|
|According to the scriptures, the whole purpose of
polygamy is sex. Read Section 132:
How do you multiply and replenish the earth without sex? Still don't believe it? Read their journals. Todd Compton's book In Sacred Loneliness has the details. His book only confirms what is indicated in the scriptures in section 132: Joseph Smith practiced polygamy, the purpose of Polygamy is to raise up seed, and Joseph said women would "be destroyed" if they did not accept.
If you don't trust him, check his sources for yourself. Many of the wives later testified under oath, in court, that these were real marriages in every sense. Compton summarised this trial in a radio interview:
It is true that some women were sealed to him after the prophet died. We must remember that in Mormon doctrine, the body is physical and we can still have offspring in heaven. But the more than thirty women in Todd Compton's book were "wives" to Joseph Smith in this life.
|Why did the wives accept this? They were put under
pressure by "the prophet." It's right there in
the scriptures: God would destroy Emma Smith if she did
If that is not pressure, what is? Joseph used similar tactics with the other women. Compton summed it up in an interview:
Again, if you don't believe it, check the original sources. It's all in Compton's book. Other people have written about it in the past, but his book is the most throrough and the most sympathetic to Joseph Smith.
|Joseph Smith lied about this.
This is from the official church newspaper Elders' Journal in 1838. You can read it in the official History of the Church, volume 3, page 28. I keep using the word official because you need to know that I mm not making this stuff up. This is not the twisted iumagination of some bitter ant-Mormon. This is from the History of the Church, the same History of the Church that is "by Joseph Smith" and is referenced in the section headings of the Doctrine and Covenants. It is there in black and white.
That was in 1838. There is considerable evidence that Jiseph Smith practiced polygamy at least as early as 1836 (with Fanny Alger, then aged 16). An 1831 document shows that he was thinking of it as early as 1831. The heading to section 132 says "Although the revelation was recorded in 1843, it is evident from the historical records that the doctrines and principles involved in this revelation had been known by the Prophet since 1831." - Doctrine and Covenants 132
This is from the official church newspaper, Times and Seasons, vol. 4, pg. 939 (October 1, 1842)
Don't take my word for this. Go to your local Deseret Book shop, order any CD-ROM that contains back issues of church newspapers, such as Gospel Link. Read them all for yourself. Notice the date. 1842. If you look on FamilySearch.org, you will see that Joseph Smith had already married several other women by then.
Not convionced? Look at the date of section 132,. it was published in 1843. The next year, in 1844, Joseph Smith published this in the church newspaper Times and Seasons, volume 5, page 423. Go and buy the Deseret CD-ROM and see for yourself.
In summary, Joseph Smith knew about polygamy in 1831, he practiced it long before 1842. The revelation came in 1843. By 1844 he had had numerous wives. Yet all this time he denied polygamy and said it was a "false and corrupt doctrine."
|So we accept that Joseph Smith pressure church members into letting him have sex with their wives and daughters (sometimes with wives and daughters in the same family). He told them it was sacred, that they did not really have a choice. But he kept it secret and in public he lied about it. And millions of Mormons remember him as a prophet. We have to admire Smith's audacity even if we despise his morals!|
|If Joseph had sex with so many wives, where are the
children? According to Sarah Pratt, wife of apostle Orson
Dr Bennett was mayor of Nauvoo and a close friend of Joseph Smith. When they later became enemies, he was denounced as an abortionist. This is from the official history of the Church:
Dr Bennett used more than just medicine. This is from Sarah Pratt's account again:
Remember that many of Smith's secret partners were already married. If a baby appeared, it would naturally be assumed to belong to the first father. But there is one interesting case where Joseph sent Orson Hyde away on a mission, and ten months Orson's wife had a baby. Ten months, not nine. At the time there were numerous rumors and claims about Joseph's relationship with Orson's wife. Coincidence?