Mormon Founder Had 40 Wives

My friend forwarded to me an email she received from a friend. She wanted my take on this article by Channel Five news:

“It’s hard to overestimate Smith’s importance to Mormons, who is viewed as a larger-than-life prophet who received special revelations from God. The news that he had taken so many wives, including teens and other men’s spouses, rocked some members of the faith, according to Mormon blogger Jana Riess.” – From here.

Joseph Smith is well-known to have dabbled in the occult so it doesn’t surprise me to read further down:

“According to the church’s essay, Smith had not wanted to take multiple wives, but relented after an angel appeared to him three times between 1834-1842. On the angel’s last visit, the church said, “the angel came with a drawn sword, threatening Joseph with destruction unless he went forward and obeyed the commandment fully.”

S.M. read the article and snort-laughed. “Oh, so an angel forced him to take multiple wives.” He about fell off his chair laughing.

I won’t repeat the sarcastic remarks he made, but I am ashamed to say, I laughed, too. In fact, our culture is welcoming all kinds of marriage acts nowadays, and this kind of thing wouldn’t scare places like San Francisco or Las Vegas. S.M. stopped laughing long enough to tell me that Answers in Genesis published an article that read, “What About Polygamy?”

“Let’s look closely at this passage and note several key phrases that indicate God’s intent for marriage to be monogamous—one man for one woman. First, God intended to make “a helper” for Adam, not several helpers. Second, from one rib God made one woman for Adam. Genesis 2:24 reveals the pattern of a man leaving his family to “be joined to his wife,” not wives. This union is then described as becoming “one flesh.

Mormons make claims about Abraham. I thought S.M.’s suggestion was a good one, and for those thinking that multiple wives are okay, think again. The Bible supports one man and one woman. Period.

S.M. is still making jokes as I write this. He keeps rocking back and forth, laughing, and saying, “An angel forced him?”

I think we’ve spent too much time in this world.



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