There have always been questions regarding polygamy within the Mormon Church. Here are the top questions that get asked quite frequently.
What was the reason for polygamy between 1840 and 1890?
There has been much speculation as to why but the best answer is probably, “Because God commanded It.”
Who was Fanny Alger?
It was reported that Fanny Alger was Joseph Smith’s 1st plural wife.
Did Joseph marry a 14 year old?
Helen Mar Kimball was 14 years old when she was sealed to Joseph Smith, Jr.
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Will there be polygamy in heaven?
It has never been taught that polygamy is a requirement for exaltation.
Did Joseph Smith live with any of his wives?
He lived in the same house as a few of them in 1842 and 1843.
Could any man practice polygamy during Joseph’s time?
The simple answer is no.
Did Joseph have children with any of his wives?
There has been no evidence of Joseph fathering children with any wife other than Emma.
Did the Mormon Church try to hide this part of their history?
In the past it was something that wasn’t taught much or even spoken about. Yet it was never hidden. The Mormon Church is now trying to be more transparent regarding this subject. There has been a curriculum created to teach about this part of the Church’s history. This is also one of the topics added to the Gospel Topic Essays.
Why didn’t Joseph Smith tell his wife Emma about the plural marriages at first? How do you reconcile that?
We don’t know why Emma didn’t know about Joseph’s plural marriages until 1843.
Is it true that Joseph Smith stole other men’s wives?
We do know that he was sealed for eternity only to 14 women who had husbands.
Did Joseph Smith use his status as prophet to pressure women into accepting proposals?
John C. Bennett (who was excommunicated) made an accusation against Joseph that he said he would ruin the reputation of anyone that turned him down. We do know 5 women did turn down his proposal.