Monday, March 28, 2011

More on Mormons - Plural Marriage

Plural Marriage from the Mormon text, the Journal of Discourses…

"Patriarchal marriage involves conditions, responsibilities and obligations which do not exist in monogamy, and there are blessings attached to the faithful observance of that law, if viewed only upon natural principles, which must so far exceed those of monogamy, as the conditions responsibilities and power of increase are greater. This is my view and testimony in relation to this matter. I believe it is a doctrine that should be taught and understood."
Journal of Discourses, Vol.20, p.30, Joseph F. Smith, July 7, 1878

"The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy. Others attain unto a glory and may even be permitted to come into the presence of the Father and the Son; but they cannot reign as kings in glory, because they had blessings offered unto them, and they refused to accept them."
Journal of Discourses, Vol.11, p.268 - p.269, Brigham Young, August 19, 1866

Alright, so what is plural marriage?

Defined by the Mormon Church 

Plural marriage is the practice of polygamy. It was heavily practiced and adhered to in the 1800s but now is not supported by the church. Mormons believe that God told Joseph Smith, that “He had permitted this practice and was told that God had commanded it for specific purposes.” The Book of Mormon also states “If I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall [have only one wife]” (Jacob 2:30; see also v. 27)

After Joseph Smith was spoken to in 1831, he led several church members into following the practice as well.  Official Declaration 1 - declared that the church does not support plural marriage. Polygamy continued through the early 1900s but eventually dwindled out.

Link to video

I don't know a lot about the Mormon church and I realize that there is misinformation all over the place. Please share your views below. Especially if you disagree...That is the only way to learn. I am certainly not anti-Mormon...just curious...

Two Types of Marriage According to Mormon Beliefs

Civil Marriage: Contract for Time

1. Home, church, office, almost anywhere
2. Justice of the peace, minister, judge, bishop
3. Until death
4. Single, servant to others
5. No claim on our family

Celestial Marriage: Covenant for Eternity – more on Celestial Marriage
1. Sacred sealing room in the temple
2. One having sealing power from the prophet of the Lord
3. For time and eternity
4. Gods and goddesses
5. A family unit forever

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