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The Roots of Mormon Polygamy


Brigham Young, successor of Joseph Smith, and a few of his wives
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is famous nation-wide in the U.S.A. Brigham Young is a well-known university in Utah. It was founded by Brigham Young, the second president of the Mormons in 1875. It all sounds so legitimate and well-established in American society... until you delve into its dark history of false narrative, doctrinal heresy, based on total fiction, and sexual sin, leading to polygamy. Any serious Bible student, reading the Book of Mormon, will find it ridiculously unfounded. Any serious thinker will wonder how intelligent, educated human beings can fall for its claims. However, they do so, as a testimony to the power of religious fanaticism, provoked by smooth-tongued teachers. When you prod into its history, you begin to see its entangled deception that has lured millions. You see a dark teaching that is "a world of iniquity... that sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell". It is a misguided wisdom that "is earthly, sensual, demonic" (James 3:6 and 15)

It is extremely important to know the roots of any spiritual tree. Jesus taught that if a tree is evil, it cannot produce good fruit. He said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves. You will fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?” (Mt.7:15-16)

John the Baptist said, “The axe is already laid to the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire” (Mt.3:10). John is preaching repentance and repentance is absolutely necessary, if there is to be entrance by faith into the gospel. Bad fruit comes from bad roots and good fruit cannot be expected until the old roots are dug up and abandoned. What is apparently “good fruit” is a deception, unless repentance has taken place.

The Mormons, the second fastest growing movement on earth, have been on a campaign for legitimacy among evangelicals. This should not happen without a thorough renunciation of their founder, Joseph Smith, and his teachings. Yesterday, I became aware of a reopening of a Mormon museum, in which Smith’s polygamy is admitted. He had over 30 wives and this fact is documented to the degree that the Mormon Church can no longer hide it. However, polygamy, in Smith’s case, was preceded by adultery, which was later justified as “polygamy”, which became, then, an accepted practice by Mormons. The attempt to make polygamy a biblical doctrine was only a cover-up for mass adultery. Joseph Smith had sexual relations with eleven women, married at the same time to other men.

An early Mormon polygamist family
Here is a little of the story, beginning with a statement by Smith’s close companion and fellow founder of the church He commented on Smith's relationship with an adopted daughter:  Book of Mormon witness, Oliver Cowdery, felt the relationship was something other than a marriage.  “He referred to it as ‘A dirty, nasty, filthy affair...’  To calm rumors regarding Fanny’s relationship with Joseph, the church quickly adopted a “Chapter of Rules for Marriage among the Saints”, which declared, “Inasmuch as this church of Christ has been reproached with...polygamy; we declare that we believe, that one man should have one wife...”  This “Article on Marriage” was canonized and published in the Doctrine & Covenants.  In 1852, the doctrine of polygamy was publicly announced, thus ending eighteen years of secret practice.  “The Article on Marriage” became obsolete and was later removed.

“Benjamin Johnson, a close friend of Joseph Smith, described Fanny as, ‘varry nice and comly, [to whom] everyone Seemed partial for the ameability of her character.’  She is generally considered the first plural wife of Joseph Smith.  Although undocumented, the marriage of Fanny and Joseph most likely took place in Kirtland, Ohio sometime in 1833. She would have been sixteen years old.  At the time, Fanny was living in the Smith home, perhaps helping Emma with house work and the children.  Ann Eliza Webb recalls, ‘Mrs. Smith had an adopted daughter, a very pretty, pleasing young girl, about seventeen years old.  She was extremely fond of her; no mother could be more devoted, and their affection for each other was a constant object of remark, so absorbing and genuine did it seem’”.  

“Joseph kept his marriage to Fanny out of the view of the public, and his wife Emma.  Chauncey Webb recounts Emma’s later discovery of the relationship:  ‘Emma was furious, and drove the girl, who was unable to conceal the consequences of her celestial relation with the prophet, out of her house’.  Ann Eliza again recalls:  ‘ was felt that [Emma] certainly must have had some very good reason for her action. By degrees it became whispered about that Joseph’s love for his adopted daughter was by no means a paternal affection, and his wife, discovering the fact, at once took measures to place the girl beyond his reach...Since Emma refused decidedly to allow her to remain in her mother offered to take her until she could be sent to her relatives...’

Here is the documented list of Smith´s wives, including the women, who had other living husbands. Following this list is that of the 55 wives of Brigham Young, second president of the Mormons, and founder of Brigham Young University. These are indeed the evil roots of thorns and thistles of this movement, growing by leaps and bounds over the face of the earth. No serious and discerning Christian can ever, in the name of tolerance, accept such as brothers in Christ until serious and thorough repentance has taken place. Please see this link for further information on the Mormons:

Jan 1827  1833  1838  Apr 1841  Oct 1841  Dec 1841  Jan 1842  Feb 1842  Feb 1842  Mar 1842  Apr 1842  Jun 1842  Jun 1842  Jul 1842  Jun 1842  Jul 1842  Aug 1842  Feb 1843  Spring 1843  Mar 1843  Mar 1843  Apr 1843  May 1843  May 1843  May 1843  May 1843  Mid 1843  Jun 1843  Jun 1843  Jul 1843  Mid 1843  Sep 1843  1843  Nov 1843
22  16  37  26  20  31  33  23  23  47  27  50  53  37  38  17  37  33  16  19  22  30  17  17  19  14  29  29  58  32  27  19  14  56
NONE  NONE  George W. Harris  NONE  Henry Jacobs  Norman Buell  NONE  Windsor Lyon  Adam Lightner  David Sessions  Orson Hyde  Jabez Durfee  John Cleveland  NONE  NONE  NONE  NONE  Edward Sayers  NONE  NONE  NONE  NONE  NONE  NONE  NONE  NONE  NONE  Jonathan Holmes  NONE  NONE  NONE  NONE  NONE  NONE
* Living Husband at the time of 
   Marriage to Joseph Smith

Chart of Brigham Young's Wives

Marriage date and Young's age at marriage
Name, lifespan, and age at marriage
Wife's status at marriage
October 8, 1824(aged 23)
Miriam A. Works.jpg
Miriam Angeline Works (1806–1832) (aged 18)
first marriage
2 children; died a few months after she and Brigham Young were baptized
March 31, 1834(aged 32)
Mary Ann Angell Young2.jpg
Mary Ann Angell(1808–1882) (aged 27)
first marriage
This was not a plural marriage, as Young was a widower at the time; 6 children; mother of Brigham Young, Jr., John Willard Young and Joseph Angell Young.
June 14, 1842(aged 41)
Lucy A. Decker.jpg
Lucy Ann Decker (1822–1890) (aged 20)
abandoned by non-Mormon husband William Seeley (not divorced)
First plural wife of Brigham Young; 7 children
November 2, 1843(aged 42)
Augusta Adams.jpg
Augusta Adams (1802–1886) (aged 40)
married to non-Mormon Henry Cobb (divorced in 1847)
Young later married her son's ex-wife, Mary Van Cott Cobb (No. 51 below). Grandmother of architectHenry Ives Cobb.
November 2, 1843(aged 42)
Harriet Elizabeth Cook Young.jpg
Harriet Elizabeth Cook (1824–1898) (aged 19)
first marriage
1 child
May 8, 1844(aged 42)
Clarissa C. Decker.jpg
Clarissa Caroline Decker (1828–1889) (aged 15)
first marriage
5 children
September 1844 (aged 43)
Emily Dow Partridge Smith Young2.jpg
Emily Dow Partridge (1824–1899) (aged 20).
plural widow of Joseph Smith, Jr.
Daughter of Edward Partridge; sealed to Joseph Smith, Jr. for eternity and Young for life; 7 children; mother of Don Carlos Young.
September 10, 1844(aged 43)
Clarissa Ross.jpg
Clarissa Ross (1814–1857) (aged 30)
first marriage
4 children; mother of Maria Young Dougall and Willard Young
September 19, 1844(aged 43)
Louisa Beman.jpg
Louisa Beaman (1815–1850) (aged 29)
plural widow of Joseph Smith, Jr.
sealed to Joseph Smith, Jr.for eternity and Young for life; 5 children
October 3, 1844(aged 43)
Eliza Roxcy Snow photograph.PNG
Eliza R. Snow(1804–1887) (aged 40)
plural widow of Joseph Smith, Jr.
sealed to Joseph Smith, Jr.for eternity and Young for life
October 3, 1844(aged 43)

Elizabeth Fairchild (1828–1910) (aged 16)
first marriage
divorced 1855
October 8, 1844(aged 43)

Clarissa Blake (1796–?) (aged 48)
widow of -- Morse; married to Mormon husband Lyman Homiston

October 9, 1844(aged 43)

Rebecca Holman (1824–1849) (aged 20)
first marriage

October 10, 1844(aged 43)

Diana Chase (1827–1886) (aged 17)
first marriage
divorced prior to 1849
October 31, 1844(aged 43)
Susannah Snively Young.jpg
Susanne Snively (1815–1892) (aged 29)
first marriage
one daughter
November 7, 1844(aged 43)

Olive Grey Frost (1816–1845) (aged 28)
plural widow of Joseph Smith, Jr.
sealed to Joseph Smith, Jr.for eternity and Young for life
January 15, 1845(aged 43)

Mary Ann Clark (1816–?) (aged 28)
previously married to —— Powers (unknown if she was widowed, divorced, or separated)
divorced June 1851
January 16, 1845(aged 43)
Margaret P. Young.jpg
Margaret Pierce (1823–1907) (aged 22)
widow of Morris Whitesides
sealed to Morris Whitesides for eternity and Young for time; 1 child
January 16, 1845(aged 43)

Mary Pierce (1821–1847) (aged 25)
first marriage

April 30, 1845(aged 43)
Emmeline Free.jpg
Emmeline Free (1826–1875) (aged 18)
first marriage
10 children
May 22, 1845(aged 43)

Mary Elizabeth Rollins (1818–1910) (aged 26)
married to non-Mormon Adam Lightner and plural widow of Joseph Smith, Jr.
sealed to Joseph Smith, Jr.for eternity and Young for time; remained living with Lightner
January 14, 1846(aged 44)

Margaret Alley (1825–1852) (aged 20)
first marriage
2 children
January 15, 1846(aged 44)

Olive Andrews (1818–?) (aged 27)
posthumous plural wife ofJoseph Smith, Jr.
sealed to Joseph Smith, Jr.for eternity and Young for time
January 15, 1846(aged 44)

Emily Haws (1823–?) (aged 22)
widow of William Whitmarsh

January 21, 1846(aged 44)
Martha Bowker.jpg
Martha Bowker (1822–1890) (aged 23)
first marriage
one daughter
January 21, 1846(aged 44)

Ellen Rockwood (1829–1866) (aged 16)
first marriage

January 28, 1846(aged 44)

Jemima Angel (1803–1869) (aged 42)
divorced from Valentine Young (no relation)

January 28, 1846(aged 44)

Abigail Marks (1781–1846) (aged 69)
widow of Asa Works
sealed to Works for eternity and Young for time; Abigail Marks was the mother of Young's first wife, Miriam Works
January 28, 1846(aged 44)

Phebe Morton (1776–1854) (aged 59)
widow of James W. Angel
sealed to Angel for eternity and Young for time
January 28, 1846(aged 44)

Cynthia Porter (1783–1861) (aged 62)
married to William Weston (unknown if she was widowed, divorced, or separated)

January 31, 1846(aged 44)

Mary Eliza Nelson (1812–1885) (aged 33)
widow of John P. Greene
sealed to John P. Greene for eternity and Young for time; divorced by 1850
January 31, 1846(aged 44)
Rhoda Richards Smith Young.jpg
Rhoda Richards (1784–1879) (aged 61)
plural widow of Joseph Smith, Jr.
sealed to Joseph Smith, Jr.for eternity and Young for time
February 2, 1846(aged 44)
Zina D. H. Young.JPG
Zina Diantha Huntington (1821–1901) (aged 25)
married to Mormon Henry Bailey Jacobs; plural widow of Joseph Smith, Jr.
sealed to Joseph Smith, Jr.for eternity and Young for time; not sealed to Jacobs; lived with Young; 1 child
February 3, 1846(aged 44)

Amy Cecilia Cooper (1804–1852) (aged 41)
married to (non-Mormon?) Joseph Aldrich; separated later and he remarried

February 3, 1846(aged 44)

Mary Ellen de la Montaigne (1803–1894) (aged 42)
divorced from James Boyd Woodward
divorced 1846-12-13 and re-married Woodward; both Woodward and de la Montaigne were adopted to Brigham Young at Nauvoo
February 3, 1846(aged 44)

Julia Foster (1811–1891) (aged 36)
widow of Mormon Jonathan Hampton, who died in Nauvoo in 1844.
Stayed in Illinois when Brigham Young emigrated to Utah in 1847. Young sent for her in 1855, and she came with her children and managed the Lion House.
February 3, 1846(aged 44)

Abigail Harback (1790–1849) (aged 55)
previously married to John Calvin Hall (unknown if she was widowed, divorced, or separated)

February 3, 1846(aged 44)

Mary Ann Turley (1827–1904) (aged 18)
first marriage
divorced 1851
February 6, 1846(aged 44)
Naamah Carter Young.jpg
Naamah Carter (1821–1909) (aged 24)
divorced from John S. Twiss

February 6, 1846(aged 44)

Nancy Cressy (1780–1872) (aged 65)
widow of Oliver Walker

February 10, 1846(aged 44)

Jane Terry (1819–1847) (aged 26)
widow of George W. Young (no relation)
requested on deathbed to be sealed to Brigham Young; died four days after marriage
March 20, 1847(aged 45)
Lucy Bigelow Young.jpg
Lucy Bigelow (1830–1905) (aged 16)
first marriage
3 children
March 20, 1846(aged 44)

Mary Jane Bigelow (1827–1868) (aged 19)
first marriage
divorced 1851
April 18, 1848(aged 46)

Sarah Malin (1804–1858) (aged 43)
first marriage
later divorced
October 3, 1852(aged 51)
Eliza Burgess Young.jpg
Eliza Burgess (1827–1915) (aged 25)
first marriage
1 child
December 16, 1852(aged 51)

Mary Oldfield (1793–1875) (aged 59)
widow of Eli Kelsey

before 1853 (aged 51)[6]

Eliza Babcock (1828–1868) (aged 24)[6]
first marriage
divorced 1853
June 10, 1855(aged 54)

Catherine Reese (1804–1860) (aged 51)
widow of Zephaniah Clawson

March 14, 1856(aged 54)
Harriet Barney Young.jpg
Harriet Barney (1830–1911) (aged 25)
divorced from W. H. H. Sagers
1 child
January 24, 1863(aged 61)
Amelia Folsom Young.jpg
Amelia Folsom (1838–1910) (aged 24)
first marriage
Rumoured to be Brigham's favorite wife.[7]
January 8, 1868(aged 66) [8][9]
Mary V. Cott.jpg
Mary Van Cott (1844–1884) (aged 23)
divorced from James Thornton Cobb (son of wife no. 4) [8]
1 child
April 7, 1868(aged 66)
Ann Eliza Webb(1844–1917) (aged 24)
divorced from James L. Dee
divorced 1875; later became an outspoken critic of polygamy
July 3, 1869(aged 68)

Elizabeth Jones (1814–1895) (aged 55)
widow of David T. Lewis andDan Jones

May 8, 1870(aged 68)

Lydia Farnsworth (1808–1897) (aged 61)
married to Elijah Mayhew
Sealed to Brigham Young for eternity but remained living with husband Mayhew
December 8, 1872(aged 71)
King Hannah T.jpg
Hannah Tapfield (1807–1886) (aged 65)
married to non-Mormon Thomas O. King
Sealed to Brigham Young for eternity but remained living with husband King


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