Several weeks ago, hidden deep within a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) website, was admittance by the church that it’s founder, Joseph Smith, was a polygamist. Not only was he a polygamist, he had as many as forty wives, some who were already married to other men, and one who was as young as fourteen, which was unconscionable, even in those days. You can read more about it on CNN Living.
Of course, for those of us that were raised Fundamentalist Mormon, this wasn’t news at all.
It was common knowledge that Joseph Smith was no ordinary man, and the men in my community worshiped and revered Joseph Smith as though he were second only to Christ in his favoritism with God. God commanded Joseph Smith to have many wives, and virgins in particular. If you are curious about this you can read the one revelation that all Fundamentalist Mormons live their lives by. Doctrine and Covenants Section 132 – the best stuff is at the very end in you can get through the rest of the gibberish. I especially like the part about 10 virgins and that women can be taken from a husband and given to other men. And then top if off with the teaching that if women don’t let their husbands have multiple wives, they will be destroyed by God. It is my understanding that the church has lightened up the language since the original revelation — I wish I could find an original version to share with you. If you have been following Warren Jeffs of the FLDS, you will see that the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, so to speak.
Many people, like my parents, who had the wherewithal to question the changes that the church made in its doctrine, and went hunting for the truth, were hastily excommunicated for digging into the past. The new admittance by the church is like a slap in the face for many ex-members. A great letter written on Polygamy.org to the church, will give you an idea of how these ousted members feel.
So, why would the Mormon Church finally disclose the truth about it’s leader, especially when they have been excommunicating members for decades for even asking about it? And, why have they been lying about it to members for decades? It’s all about maintaining the reputation of the organization and the power of the internet. You can read a great article about the power of the internet, speech and religion on Verdict, a website dedicated to legal analysis and commentary.
We are living in an amazing time when all truths are being revealed and secrets can no longer be kept in proverbial closets.
Finally, we are no longer dependent on what the “powers that be” tell us is the truth. We have the ability to research and discover for ourselves. Now it is a matter of discernment. It is up to each of us to make better choices that can empower individuals and repair the damage that thousands of years of lies have held over the minds, hearts, bodies, souls and money of the people. We are, in my perception, ascending above religion into a higher truth. Knowledge is power. The question is, what are we going to do with the knowledge we now have access to?
One last thing, my next book, Memoirs of the Polygamist’s Daughter, is coming soon. Stay tuned in the next few weeks for a launch date.