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I find the approach of looking at the Bible as salvation history helpful for questions like this, rather than seeing it as just a list of rules. The big picture of the Old Testament is that God takes a man named Abraham out of a culture with many existing practices, including idolatry, polygamy, and likely even human sacrifice. He then begins a process of ...


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Note: Throughout, I use the word "polygamy" in place of "polygyny", even though I explicitly mean to polygyny. In short: Polygamy is a sin because it goes against the law. The law is in place because it is a carryover from the paganistic societies of ancient Rome. Preventing polygamy was not a biblical concept, but one that came after Jesus, after ...


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Titus 1:6 (among other passages) states that one of the requirements for an elder in the church was that he was the husband of one wife. From Titus 1:6: An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe[a] and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. (emphasis mine) - notice it says wife, not wives. Read ...


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I think the answer to this question first starts in Genesis 1. When God created man, he created one man and one woman, in his image. One man and one woman who, for all intents and purposes, could be seen as the template for mankind, and a theme of specific terms used to refer to men and women in righteous marriage throughout the bible: 27 So God created ...


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If you look further through the chapter, every place where the words "everlasting covenant" are used, it's speaking of marriage in general, and not specifically of plural marriage. The idea is that marriage itself is an everlasting covenant, not "until death do you part," but for all eternity. As for why the practice of plural marriage was discontinued, an ...


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Yes, the Law seems to allow polygamy, or at least be fine with it. It also seems to allow divorce, and yet Jesus was clear on the subject in this passage (italic emphasis mine): Matthew 19:3-9 (KJV) 3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 4 And he answered and ...


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Both @MaskedPlant and @Matt spelled out how the Journal of Discourses is viewed. I will add this; the only thing I have ever heard was during the whole "The Da Vinci Code" hoopla. And that was that the LDS church had no official opinion and that it neither endorsed or found fault with the ideas presented in that book. (Namely of course that Christ was ...


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Edits: So, after the question changed... here's the answer to the new question; my original answer is below... though they do mingle some similar points and should both be considered. This answer reflects my own thoughts on the matter, but I'm of course no clergy in the LDS Church... New Answer The LDS Church doesn't hold opinions against anyone. Everyone ...


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There was polygamy, or plural wives, in the Old Testament. Starting with the (NRSV) Bible. Sarai gave Hagar to Abram as his wife, Genesis 16:1–11 Jacob received Leah and Rachel and their handmaidens as wives, Genesis 29:21–28, Genesis 30:4, 9, 26. If a man take another wife, he shall not diminish the first wife’s possessions, Exodus 21:10 David and his ...


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That was never the official teaching of the LDS Church. The Journal of Discourses is a book and is not, nor has ever been, canonical scripture, or any other type of scripture for that matter, to the LDS. See the answers to this question: What is the Journal of Discourses viewed as?


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Was this ever the official teaching of the LDS Church? If so, what biblical support for these doctrines is there? No. It is not the official teaching. I would refer you to this answer for more information on why this has never been official teaching of the LDS church. This is a link to lds.org with a question about the journal of Discourses. Scroll ...


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It's interesting to note that the Biblical cases of polygyny by men considered to be holy never worked out well. Strictly speaking, Abraham did not have two wives, but Sarah offered her handmaid (Hagar) so that Abraham could have a child. Hagar and her son Ishmael were eventually driven away by Abraham. Jacob had sons by two wives (Leah and Rachael) and ...


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Just because polygyny or polygamy was allowed it does not mean that it was the will of God. God gave us all free will and that is ironically why many people do not believe in God. For example, they say, "if God was real all these bad things would not happen". The truth is that they happen because humans have free will and God allows us to choose freely, but ...


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Polygamy is not currently an acceptable thing to do, previously was an acceptable thing to do, and will again be an acceptable thing to do. Polygamy is useful for multiplying populations... especially when the women outnumber the men dramatically, as frequently happened in wars when all the young and middle aged men would go to war on a yearly basis, and ...


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It depends who you ask. 35 according to historian Todd Compton. 43 according to author George D. Smith. 47 according to author Fawn Brodie. Some of his wives seem to have had additional husbands.



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