Was Jesus Married?

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Christ with Woman at the Well art

A website which creates sensational false “news” reports has targeted Latter-day Saints once again. A new article claims a BYU historian, Abraham Jones, believes that Jesus had 12 wives.

World News Daily Report creates stories so astounding that a number of people are always eager to share them. They turn up on your Facebook page, and then after you recover from your lapse into shaken faith syndrome, you have to inform your friends that they are not real. Still, the false information gets stored in those areas of your brain reserved for facts with shock value.

No Professor Abraham Jones exists at BYU, and the department of Archaeology and Ethnology that he supposedly works at does not exist.

LDS.net reported on one story from WNDR in June 2015, when Hadley Ana Sanchez outed the online publication for their claim that the gold plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated had been found. After the reader (especially a Mormon one) would calm down, he would find the article to be highly suspect while unflattering to the Church.

Jesus Had 12 Wives?

“Professor Jones” is cited again in an article published by WNDR on March 16, 2016, claiming Mormon scholars’ findings not only that Jesus was married, but was polygamous, too. The article claims Professor Jones published a book titled The Family Life of Jesus Christ, which also does not exist.

Anyone visiting the WNDR news site needs to read the online magazine’s carefully hidden disclaimer:

“Information contained in this World News Daily Report website is for information and entertainment purposes only. . . . In consideration for using this website, the visitor agrees to hold WNDR . . . harmless against any claims for damages or costs or any loss of any kind arising out of the access to or use of this website or any information contained in or obtained through this website.” 

Do Mormons Think Jesus Was Married?

Jesus with Mary and Martha
Could Jesus have married Mary and Martha?

The official answer to this question is “No.” Mormon prophets are privy to revelation from Christ in order to guide the Church, and build the kingdom of God on earth. Often, the information they receive to suit these purposes does not include a full list of “how-to’s” or historical or background information they might desire.

When prophets don’t have full information, they ruminate on what they have received, just like we do. Therefore, they are free to speculate, just like we are wont to do. Such was the case when Joseph Smith (as recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 130:15) was told that if he lived to be 85 years old, he would see the face of the Lord. Having been told no more, Joseph tried to speculate on how that would occur.

Since eternal marriage is one of the ordinances required to achieve exaltation, many Latter-day Saints do indeed believe that Jesus Christ was married. The Bible is silent on the subject. Orson Hyde thought Jesus may have been the bridegroom at the wedding in Cana. Joseph Fielding Smith felt that Jesus was married, but that the idea should not be preached.

However, Dale Bills, spokesman for the Church in 2006 stated, “the belief that Christ was married has never been official church doctrine. It is neither sanctioned nor taught by the church. While it is true that a few church leaders in the mid-1800s expressed their opinions on the matter, it was not then, and is not now, church doctrine.”

What about you? Do you think Jesus was married?

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Gale Boyd is the managing editor for ThirdHour.org. She is a Jewish convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has lived all over the world. She has raised 6 Third Culture Kids and is always homesick for somewhere.