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Saints: The Standard of Truth Part 28: Hyrum Smith Embraces Polygamy

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March 10, 2020 9:32 pm

Saints: The Standard of Truth Part 28: Hyrum Smith Embraces Polygamy

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March 10, 2020 9:32 pm

In the final week (of 6) covering different parts of the LDS Church history book Saints, Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson take a look at Joseph Smith’s brother, Hyrum, as he at first rejects polygamy and then comes to the realization (in his mind) that God really would allow for a man to marry multiple … Continue reading Saints: The Standard of Truth Part 28: Hyrum Smith Embraces Polygamy →

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Mormonism 101 is a research ministries Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson has helped many want to understand what separates Mormonism from the Christian faith. Mormonism 101 is available at your favorite Christian bookstore online@mrm.org .1 examines the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from a biblical perspective view .1 Mormonism is sponsored by Mormonism research ministry since 1979 Mormonism research ministry has been dedicated to equipping the body of Christ with answers regarding the Christian faith in a manner that expresses gentleness and respect. And now, your host for today's viewpoint on Mormonism welcome to this edition viewpoint on Mormonism. I'm your host Bill McKeever Felder director Mormonism research ministry with me today is Eric Johnson. My colleague at MRM.

We continue discussing the topic of polygamy as it was practiced in the early years of Mormonism. During the time of the Naboo settlement, Nauvoo, Illinois were going through a book Saints. The standard of truth a history book published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that we have said during the seriously it's it's quite transparent in a lot of areas, including the subject of polygamy.

Though there are certainly much more that could be discussed on this topic and yesterday show. We were talking about the Partridge sisters, Emily and Eliza Partridge and how they had been secretly married to Joseph Smith without Joseph Smith telling his wife, about that arrangement. Eventually, the book says Emma kinda came around for a while and that she would be allowed to choose the plural wives that her husband would take as it says on page 490 as long as she could choose them and she had chosen Emily and Eliza apparently unaware that Joseph had already been sealed to them. So Smith does not tell his own wife about this arrangement, we introduced a book called Mormon enigma, which was written by two female more than authors and that book tends to fill in a lot of the blanks that the book Saints certainly does not cover but not only was Joseph Smith married to the Partridge sisters there was another set of sisters that this book does not mention that were married to Joseph Smith. Around the same time. What does it say in Mormon enigma. It says for two months from March to May 1843 Joseph appears to have talked with Emma about plural marriage. There is no evidence that Emma ever opposed Joseph Smith on any doctrine but plural marriage, convinced that it was necessary for salvation and essential to their continued relationship she may have decided to compromise with Joseph in May 1843. She finally agreed to give Joseph. Otherwise, if she could choose them any of Joseph's otherwise, who by now numbered at least 16 would have been more comfortable if they had Emma's approval. Emma chose the two sets of sisters, then living in her house. Emily and Eliza Partridge and Sarah and Maria Lawrence and Sarah and Maria Lawrence are not mentioned in this book, but this is another as Eric is just explained another set of sisters that Joseph Smith married now this is supposed to make us feel a little bit better because Emma is the one granting the permission for him to marry his but that's not going to change Emma's mind.

She still going to waffle back and forth on this whole issue and I can only imagine what's going through her head as to what is my husband doing when he doesn't come home at night in Mormon enigma continues on page 143 Joseph, it finally converted Emma the plural marriage, but not so fully that he dared tell her he had married the Partridge sisters two months earlier. Emma said that quote to say family trouble brother Joseph thought it best to have another ceremony performed, and it goes on and says how would Emma have explained the principles of plural marriage to a young woman who had been her wards over two years, merely that it was a lot of God that had to be fulfilled that she try to allay any feelings of guilt or sin that she explained that marriage is Joseph intended to be involved conjugal relations, which she aware that her self unfortunately no answers to these questions were recorded.

One observation can be made if Emma's explanations at that time different from Joseph's early approach, neither Emily nor Eliza mentioned it on May 23, 1843 Emma watched Judge James Adams, a high priest in the church. He was visiting from Springfield, married Joseph to Emily and Eliza Partridge in her home.

Emily wrote we did not make much trouble but were sealed in her presence. She noted Emma was present. She gave her free and full consent. This is me 23rd.

Now, on page 491 of the book Saints May 14 talking about Hiram Joseph Smith's brother again on May 14. While Joseph was away at another conference. Hiram preached at the temple against men having more than one wife, referring to Jacobs condemnation of unauthorized plural marriages in the book of Mormon. Hiram called the practice and abomination before God. I want you to notice the date folks now were in May 1843. Smith already has a number of plural wives and yet his own brother is unaware that Joseph is participating in this practice.

He's calling it still publicly and abomination before God and what is he using as a support the book of Mormon Jacob 227, which the book mentions earlier Jacob 227 makes it very clear that God said there shall not any man among you have save it be one, wife and concubines, he shall have none. So Hiram is using Jacob 227 as is proof text as to why plural marriage should be considered an abomination before God, the Saints continues after the sermon, Hiram began to question his uncertainty about what he taught discussions about plural marriage swirled around Naboo and rumors that Joseph had several wives were also common. Hiram wanted to believe this was not the case but he wondered if Joseph was not telling them something there had been times.

After all, when Joseph had alluded to the practice perhaps testing Hiram to see how he would react in Hiram sense that there were some things that Joseph told the 12 that he had not taught him yes you Eric this is your brother, you supposed to be close. We assume and you were publicly denouncing this teaching that is based on rumors. That is, as the book says are swirling around Naboo at this time, wouldn't you think that Hiram would've confronted his brother on this and asked him point blank.

Obviously he did.

I have to assume he did. What did Joseph Smith say he must've denied it. That's why Hiram keeps condemning that he can't hear from his own brother. Up until this time that this was not something that he was doing. It was not something that he was actually advocating something that ought to be pointed out to is that he is accurately interpreting Jacob chapter 2. Imagine if he had use that with anybody who said polygamy was a good thing, including his brother Joseph. What would they have said against Jacob two because it seems pretty clear cut that polygamy was only available if seed needed to be raised up and obviously it didn't seem like that was the case here in the Naboo society when it says that he wondered if Joseph was not telling him something. I wonder if the wording in that paragraph is being as honest as it probably could be, but it goes on to say, there had been times. After all, when Joseph had alluded to the practice perhaps testing Hiram to see how he would react. You mean Hiram actually heard his brother, alluding to this but yet at the same time he saying though he didn't practice that he didn't teach at the cells a little bit confusing to me. But then in the last sentence of that paragraph on page 491 and Hiram sense that there were some things that Joseph told the 12 that he is not taught him. So even though he's the prophet's brother.

He seems to be out of the loop. But what happens after that.

One day after the sermon Hiram saw Brigham near his home and asked if they could talk quote I know there is something or other, which I do not understand that is revealed to the 12 is this so the men sat down on a pile of fence rails. I do not know anything about what you know Brigham answer cautiously, but I know what I know I have mistrusted for a long time that Joseph had received a revelation that a man should have more than one wife. Hiram said I will tell you about this.

Brigham said, if you will swear with an uplifted hand before God that you will never say another word against Joseph and his doings in the doctrines he is preaching. Hiram stood up, I will do it with all my heart.

He said I want to know the truth as Brigham taught him about the Lord's revelation of Joseph on plural marriage. Hiram wept convinced that Joseph acted under commandment. I read this in them thinking. Wait a minute. This is a guy who, according to the book just days before his calling the practice of plural marriage and abomination before God and he's using Mormon scripture to support that position Jacob to Jacob 227, yet he has a talk with Brigham Young and Brigham Young is able to convince him and we don't know what all Brigham Young said to him, but obviously he said enough that convinces Hiram that this is in fact a commandment from God and that Joseph was acting under that commandment did Brigham Young explained Jacob 227 to Hiram in a way that could convince him that that verse was being taken out of context. I doubt anything was brought up about the book of Mormon so it doesn't really matter that if that's the way it happened. If that was never discussed it. Brigham never gave it a good explanation of what Jacob 227 is talking about. It seems like Hiram who seems so vehement in his disdain for this teaching can be convinced by Brigham Young in just one sit down that you seem so odd to me that he would be that much against the practice of plural marriage but yet Brigham is able to convince him that this was the Lord's revelation and higher room weeps and I when I first read Hiram wept, I was thinking you would think he would weep to find out that his brother was wrong, but no, he is convinced his brother must be right and he is acting under a commandment from God himself. How easily swayed. It appears that Hiram was when it comes to this doctrine that he thought was so repugnant just 24 hours earlier and made public.

24 hours earlier. The next paragraph on page 492 Texas to May 28, 1843 where it says that Emma and Joseph were sealed together for eternity in a room above Joseph store Solomon rising at last what they had long desired the sentence I think is really misleading if Emma ever intimated that this was something that she long desired. Her actions seem to be betrayed that up until this time when you think nowhere in the late May. It's almost June 1843 when it says Solomon rising at last with they had long desired to be honest there. When I read that I had to roll my eyes like you gotta be kidding me. From what I understand regarding Emma's feelings towards this practice of plural marriage.

I cannot imagine her having this long desire of wanting to be sealed for eternity to her husband Joseph. This idea of being sealed. Whether it's for time or eternity was causing a lot of problems for, in a number of different ways. So for her to be pretrade as having a long desire for this. What is Long what is that even mean well and according to Mormon enigma. Emily says that Emma does not even like the marriage minutes after it took place with the partridge sisters. In fact, it says Emily wrote that Emma seem to feel well until the ceremony was over when almost went almost before she could draw a second breath. She turned and was more bitter and her feelings than ever before possible, and before the day was over.

She turned around and repented what she had done and Joseph up till very late in the night talking to him and think about this. Also, when it goes back to that phrase with they had long desired. Even if in Emma's mind. The marriage was only for eternity. Is Emma really open to the idea of sharing her husband throughout eternity.

If she doesn't want to share him through mortality. I would think eternity would would be just as much problematic for her.

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