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Plural Marriage

Doctrine of Plural Marriage
"Plural marriage is not essential to salvation or exaltation." Elder Bruce R. McConkie

History of Plural Marriage
"Plural marriage was the nineteenth-century LDS practice of a man marrying more than one wife. Popularly known as polygamy, it was actually polygyny. Although polygamy had been practiced for much of history in many parts of the world, to do so in "enlightened" America in the nineteenth century was viewed by most as incomprehensible and unacceptable, making it the Church's most controversial and least understood practice." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

The Manifesto of 1890
"The Manifesto of 1890 was a proclamation by President Wilford Woodruff that the Church had discontinued plural marriage." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Official Declaration 1
The actual text of the Manifesto, including some contextual comments from President Woodruff.

Anti-Polygamy Legislation
"In 1890 after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the seizure of Church property under the Edmunds-Tucker Act in The Late Corporation of the Mormon Church v. United States and the Idaho test oath in Davis v. Beason, it became clear that plural marriage was leading toward the economic and political destruction of the Church." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

What is the Purpose of Plural Marriage?
Plural marriage remedies these penalties by enabling every woman the opportunity to have a righteous husband, enjoy the blessings of motherhood, and fulfill the measure of her creation." W. John Walsh

Is Plural Marriage Necessary for Exaltation?
"A person must embrace plural marriage as a divine and holy principle in order to receive eternal life." W. John Walsh

Why did the mormon church get rid of polygamy?
A discussion of the reasons the Church abandoned plural marriage.

Why Did Joseph Smith Preach Against Plural Marriage?
An accusatory question answered using scripture and the writings of Joseph Smith.


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