Joseph Smith identified four reasons for the institution of plural marriage among his followers in Nauvoo, Illinois, in the early 1840s. Although it was initially repugnant to the morally conservative Latter-day Saints (the “Mormons”), dozens of men and women entered into polygamous unions before Joseph’s June 27, 1844, death.
Understandably, observers often ask questions regarding Joseph Smith’s practice of polygamy. The most common inquiries concern young wives, polyandry, physical relations, Emma’s reaction, denials, Fanny Alger, and whether plural marriage is needed for exaltation. This website provides explanations based upon all available documentation regarding these controversial topics.
Recent Blog Posts
On October 22, 2014, LDS.ORG posted three essays dealing with the practice of plural marriage by members of The Chu...
The historical record shows that Joseph Smith and other Nauvoo Church members were very skeptical and were in no hu...
Stories of Faith
Plural marriage was fraught with challenges that tested the faith of the Saints. Observers today may doubt its validity and wonder why Church members accepted the practice at all. Accounts from the early polygamists provide insight helping readers understand that their participation was a manifestation of their faith in God. Perhaps the only way to comprehend their actions is to view Joseph Smith and his marriage teachings through their eyes.