In recent history, we Latter-day Saints have been zealous in our defense of traditional marriage – judging any marriage other than one between one man and one woman to be “counterfeit”.
But are we guilty of having zeal without knowledge? In our zealous defense of marriage, are we hurting others while being blind to our own history? Worse yet, are we guilty of perverting the genuine character and principles of the Church, as they were introduced and taught by the prophet Joseph Smith?
The "beam" in our eye...
Beginning in the 1830’s, the Prophet Joseph Smith began to secretly practice plural marriage – marrying at least 33 other women & girls before his death in 1844. In 1843, the revelation on plural marriage was finally written down and recorded in what is now Doctrine & Covenants Section 132, a canonized LDS scripture still used today.
As same-sex marriage now is, monogamous heterosexual marriage once was...
In 1890, under immense pressure from the United States government, President Willford Woodruff relented and pronounced an end to polygamy in an effort to save the church.
But despite the public renouncement of plural marriage, church leaders continued to authorize secret plural marriages for another 14 years
Personal Note/Invitation to Elder Lawrence
In the unlikely event that you do see this website and do indeed wish to talk to me, it shouldn't be too hard to find me. I am a member in the Baldwin Park Ward of the Settler's Park Stake in Meridian, Idaho. Get a hold of my bishop, he'll most likely know who you're referring to. Let's sit and chat - not argue - but chat.