The plural wives of joseph smith compton, signature books, salt lake city, 1997 doctrine and covenants the church of jesus christ of latterday saints, salt lake city all books available through deseret book and corrections, comments and questions are welcome. In response to the often ignored and usually biased. He and others made charges about joseph smith s spiritual wifeism. Two of my greatgreat grandmothers were polygamist wives and they knew joseph smith.
Added the reference to the todd compton interview, secondtolast section, below. Also available at, benchmark books, and greg kofford books. In 1915, he was convicted and subsequently hanged for the murders of three women, the case becoming known as the brides in the bath murders. Joseph smithpolygamychildren of polygamous marriagesdid. The maxwell institute does a reasonable job researching and reporting on lds history from the point of view of mormon believers. Jun 25, 2008 the stories of the wives of joseph smith. Beginning in the 1830s, at least thirtythree women married joseph smith, the founder of mormonism. Subjects include polyandry, young brides, theology, children, and emma smith. Joseph smith s relationship with flora ann woodworth is poorly documented. Feb 19, 2020 joseph smith, american prophet and founder of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints. Smith s list of joseph smith s wives and when mormonisms founder metmarried these women that was originally published on page 36 of his book. Navigating lds doctrine and church history edited by laura harris hales. In fact, joseph can be proven to be a liar when it comes to monogamy, the book of abraham, and polytheism. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets.
One of the most controversial facets of latterday saint history is joseph smith s practice of plural marriage. Joseph smith and plural marriage church of jesus christ. The topic of joseph smiths polygamy 1 tends to polarize those who grapple with it. In nauvoo, illinois, smith established a theocracy, ran for president, and tested the limits of religious freedom. The answer is yes or no, depending upon the type of plural marriage. Some of these were church leaders who had become polygamists as a result of doing missionary work among members of a polygamous sect in maine called cochranites. Index of claims despite debates about whether all these wives should be included, i have simply used the data from todd compton, in sacred loneliness.
Misrepresenting polygamy, especially that of joseph smith, occurs most often when it is removed from its historical. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading joseph smith and his legions plural wives of joseph smith book 1. Learn more about the life, writings, and legacy of joseph smith. Joseph smithpolygamymarriages to young women fairmormon. A march 4,1843, entry in the prophets diary appears to have been written woodworth, which is crossed out and is difficult to discern. This book gets quite dry in places because the author tries to tell us everything there is to know about the wives of joseph smith and for many of them there is not much interesting to know. By the time the latterday saints settled in illinois, the young women joseph once met as preteenagers had become old enough for him to marry. Is it possible that joseph smith fathered children with some of his plural wives, and that he covered up the evidence of pregnancies. But in aiming for accuracy in trying to describe joseph smith, there are a lot of words other than pedophile that do the job more saliently and succinctly. Joseph smith phd used books, rare books and new books.
The plural wives of joseph smith compton, signature books, salt lake city, 1997. Joseph had been sealed to sarah ann three weeks prior to this time. The founder of the mormon church, joseph smith, wed as many as 40 wives, including one as young as 14 years old, the church acknowledged. Smith published the book of mormon in 1830 and shortly thereafter organized a small church of his first followers. The plural wives of joseph smith, is a calmly crafted work designed to bring truth and understanding to this segment. Joseph smith statements denying polygamy wwcb series why.
Bennett book, the nancy rigdon affair, the sarah pratt affair and also the martha h. Aug 16, 2015 joseph smiths indictment for adultery and fornication. Here is a list of joseph smith s plural wives, each with a name, date, marital status single, married, widowed, and age when the marriage to smith occurred. Includes a list of 84 women who may have been married to joseph smith. William law was a member of the first presidency from 1841 through 1844.
She left no records and no sealing date is available. Joseph smiths indictment for adultery and fornication. Joseph smith who at the time had secretly taken at least 25 plural wives joseph smith refers people to extract from doctrine and covenants on marriage which disavows polygamy, stating that this is the only rule allowed by the church. How joseph smith and the early mormons challenged american.
Mormon church publishes essay on founder joseph smiths. How joseph smith and the early mormons challenged american democracy. Two chapters on plural marriage with fifteen others on controversies in lds doctrine and church history. A journal of mormon thought, classical quarterly, and the journal. Joseph smith jr 34 wives at manti sharing their stories. Many agree his violent death was linked to reports that he had secretly married several women. Brodie also offered as evidence a photo of buell resembling two of joseph and emma smith s sons, writing that his physiognomy seems to weigh the balance overwhelmingly on the side of josephs paternity. Its very interesting to note that it was the apostates and non mormons that showed that joseph smith practiced polygamy during the early years of the church. Jul 04, 20 a chart showing the many wives of joseph smith, their status, and relationships.
According to both a 2016 article and a 2011 article in deseret news, eight of twelve children that joseph smith, jr. Noble, stating he officiated at the wedding, william clayton said smith told him in february 1843 that beaman was one of his plural wives. Nov 11, 2014 the founder of the mormon church, joseph smith, wed as many as 40 wives, including one as young as 14 years old, the church acknowledged. A list of joseph smiths wives mormonism research ministry. Jun 27, 2015 this is a very informative and telling video of the truth of joseph smith jr, the first prophet of the mormon faith who married 34 wives. The term describes the idea that certain people are divinely destined to meet and share their love at differing points along the carnalspiritual spectrum, depending on the particular religious movement involved after a. The plural wives of joseph smith, editor of mormonism and early christianity, a contributor to the encyclopedia of mormonism and women and authority. The history of polygamy haunts believers even today. Hunter for maligning both his character and the church, and three debt cases. Media related to wives of joseph smith at wikimedia commons.
Media in category wives of joseph smith the following 18 files are in this category, out of 18 total. Reemerging mormon feminism, and has been published in the american journal of philology, dialogue. Fun mormon life book of mormon joseph smith church history church h istory book of mormon, joseph smith,church history,church h istory. The church of jesus christ of latterday saints praises the balanced analysis in the book. During the translation of the book of mormon, joseph and oliver cowdery translated about 12 pages a day. Some wonder if sexual relations were included in joseph smiths plural marriages. November, 1838 november 19, 1918 was an american religious leader who served as the sixth president of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints lds church. One critic of the church states, joseph smith would frequently approach other mens wives about being his own plural wives often while the men were away. Ruth vose sayers was sealed to joseph smith for eternity with the knowledge and blessing of her legal husband and emma smith. The prophet joseph smith and his plural wives this is a landmark recent publication, an ambitious first book by todd m. Said he married olive frost who had a child by him and that both died. The lds church and joseph smith s polygamy doug fabrizios interview of assistant lds church historian richard turley and scholars patrick q.
Mormon church admits that founder joseph smith had about 40 wives. The newly published cases include a case involving the plundering of joseph smith s house in far west, a case in which smith served as a witness in a dispute over a cow, a complaint he made against thomas j. All these data taken together make a strong case for elizabeth as one of joseph smiths plural wives. This is too substantial of a number twothirds to be ignored and has great implications in proving that joseph didnt practice polygamy. Todd compton argues for sarahs inclusion, since she is included on andrew jensons list of plural wives, had a proxy marriage to joseph smith in the temple following the martyrdom, and because eliza r. Bachman, a study of the mormon practice of polygamy before the death of joseph smith, 1975 unpublished m. Smith william claytonjournalist, polygamist, compamon to the prophet joseph smithemigrated from england n 1840 and wtnessed the secret practice of plural marriage in nauvoo, illinois. Some answers but many questions on may 20, 1844, nauvoo stake president william marks was subpoenaed and selected to serve on the grand jury of hancock county. Joseph smith taught his polygamy doctrines only in secret and dictated a revelation. This product will release and ship by midseptember. Born on december 23, 1805, in sharon, vermont, to joseph and lucy mack smith, joseph smith jr. At that time there was truth to the apostates statements.
The plural wives of joseph smith compton, signature books, salt lake city, 1997 doctrine and covenants the church of jesus christ of latterday saints, salt lake city available at the deseret book special order desk. July 19, 1876 july 2, 1972 was an american religious leader and writer who served as the tenth president of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints lds church from 1970 until his death in 1972. Joseph smiths private clerk and eyewitness to mormon polygamy in nauvoo by george d. Mary elizabeth and her sister caroline were instrumental in salvaging printed pages of the book of commandments when the printing press was destroyed by a. Joseph smith was often known for his sense of humor. Snow, mary elizabeth rollins, helen mar kimball, rachel ivins grant. Joseph smith fought polygamy restoration bookstore. Mormon leader joseph smiths 34 wives inspire utah artist.
Although many mormons know that second lds president brigham young was a practicing polygamist, some may not realize that joseph smith had many wives. While many experts continue to view joseph smith as a controversial figure, renowned scholar and latterday saint richard bushman locates joseph in his historical and cultural context, fleshing out the many nuances of nineteenthcentury american life that produced such a fertile ground for emerging religions. The plural wives of joseph smith signature books, 1997 788 pages, cloth, isbn 156085085x. Smith explained that spiritual wifery was the practice of. Why did joseph smith feel he had to lie, deny and coverup the fact that god gave him directives to practice polygamy. Contains a detailed study of the mormon doctrine of plural marriage, the spiritual wife doctrine, the john c. Snow is known to have been sealed to joseph at sarahs home. Mormon church publishes essay on founder joseph smith s polygamy the mormon churchs founder was married to as many as 40 women in the years before his murder in 1844, the church acknowledged in. Beginning in the 1830s, at least thirtythree women married j. Preorder now and receive your copy immediately upon release. At this time, the lds church and joseph smith denied the practice, yet now, almost everyone knows that joseph had plural wives.
Finally, elizabeth received a very early proxy marriage to the mormon prophet in the nauvoo temple. Volumes of information prove polygamy was attached to joseph smith s name by men nearest him in order to cover their own adultery. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading in sacred loneliness. Perego also has gathered dna samples on about 120 descendants of josephine rosetta lyon, daughter of sylvia sessions lyon, who was one of smiths wives.
George joseph smith 11 january 1872 august 1915 was an english serial killer and bigamist. Aug 18, 2015 mormon leader joseph smiths 34 wives inspire utah artist. A well written book about a shameful period of history. Mormonisms founder, joseph smith, was married to more than 30 women.
Mormon expert richard bushman and nyts laurie goodstein discuss her article on mormon leaders acknowledgement of details of joseph smith s polygamy practices. Joseph smith and his legions plural wives of joseph smith. Joseph smith, american prophet and founder of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints. What is known about possible children through joseph smith s polygamous marriages. Formerly at ucla and now the editor of mormonism and early christianity, compton has compiled a meticulously researched and masterly study of mormon joseph smith s 33 wives. By the time the latterday saints settled in illinois, the young women joseph once met as pre. Did joseph smith have sexual relations with wives other than emma.
Did joseph smith have intimate relations with other mens wives to whom he had been sealed, and did any children result from. Get the best deal by comparing prices from over 100,000 booksellers. Mormon founder joseph smith was shot by a mob in 1844 while in the custody of the state of illinois. Wikimedia commons the mormon church has acknowledged that founder joseph smith married about 40 women including a 14yearold and others who were already the wives of. Discusses joseph smith s introduction of polygamy into early mormon church. Perego also has gathered dna samples on about 120 descendants of josephine. Joseph smiths letter to the whitney family summary. Dna rules out joseph smith has descendants from polygamist. Smith, who noted 1869 affidavit of beamans brotherinlaw joseph b. December 23, 1805 june 27, 1844 was an american religious leader and founder of mormonism and the latter day saint movement. Is it true that on 18 august 1842 joseph smith wrote a love letter to sarah ann whitney requesting a secret rendezvous or tryst. In his book nauvoo polygamy, smith provides a list of joseph smiths future wives.
Joseph smith and his legions plural wives of joseph smith book 1 kindle edition by speckman, ray, hamilton, linda, bloom mitchell, joyce, denny savage, cyndy, savage baker, romney. As john bennett left nauvoo in june 1842, we can date the marriage as taking place before that time. In conclusion, though it is possible that joseph had some marriages in which there were no sexual relations, there is no explicit or convincing evidence for this except, perhaps, in the cases of the older wives. The plural wives of joseph smith, is a calmly crafted work designed to bring truth and understanding to this segment of latterday saint history which too often has been characterized by either deliberate obfuscation or shameless sensationalism. What do latterday saint churches believe and teach about polygamy today 3. As well as being widely reported in the media, the case was significant in the history of forensic pathology and detection. Mormon founder joseph smith had as many as 40 wives. Joseph smiths wives the question that must be asked is why. Aug 11, 2011 listed as a smith plural wife by joseph f. Historians say smith was married to as many as 30 women before he was killed by a mob in june 1844. Joseph smithpolygamysent husbands on missions to steal wives. The plural wives of joseph smith kindle edition by compton, todd m download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Nov 11, 2014 smith probably did not have sexual relations with all of his wives, because some were sealed to him only for the next life, according to the essays posted by the church.
However, behind the controversy, lies the untold history and inspiring stories of real women with their personal experiences, successes, failures, trials, and legacies. For another list of josephs wives as recorded by lds scholar todd compton, go here. The following is a list of books that were evidently owned by joseph smith. The mormon church said in an online essay last month that smith is estimated to have had between 30 and 40 wives, some of whom were already married. Joseph smith s letter to the whitney family summary. While jfs had collected records of over a hundred affidavits attesting to the reality and circumstances of joseph smith jr. Pdf version of remembering the wives of joseph smith. Chart of joseph smiths plural wives mormons in transition. Spiritual wifery is a term first used in america by the immortalists clarification needed in and near the blackstone valley of rhode island and massachusetts in the 1740s.1477 1228 1421 1433 256 945 349 626 1129 1385 879 1505 1127 726 1371 1098 719 69 67 937 1472 323 382 1084 131 893 1627 408 1321 755 1081 822 645 262 462 1494 61 1259 1057 76 1303 717 1096 265