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A Scriptural perspective of Marriage and Polygamy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since its conception on April 6, 1830 was that a man should have only one wife and that Polygamy has never been a commandment from God!
“Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else. And he that looketh upon a woman to lust after her shall deny the faith, and shall not have the Spirit; and if he repents not he shall be cast out.
Thou shalt not commit adultery; and he that committeth adultery, and repenteth not, shall be cast out. But he that has committed adultery and repents with all his heart, and forsaketh it, and doeth it no more, thou shalt forgive; But if he doeth it again, he shall not be forgiven, but shall be cast out.”
(Doctrine and Covenants | Section 42:22 - 26)
Revelation given February 9, 1831
The whole point of knowing the Lord is to walk in His virtue, His morality, His character! If you are married and look upon another woman to lust after her, ye “hath committed adultery with her in his heart already” (JST 5: 29-31) (3 Nephi 12:27-30). I do not know how any man in their right mind who is married could conceive to depart from that holy relationship of marriage to one woman and entertain polygamy as an alternative and call it justified before God… to this the Lord said: “ye have blasphemed against me in the midst of [your own body temple] my house, saith the Lord” (D&C 112: 26). “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; [damn] for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself.”
(New Testament | 1 Corinthians 3:16 - 18)
1. Properly, whole, entire or perfect, in a moral sense. Hence, pure in heart, temper or dispositions; free from sin and sinful affections. Applied to the Supreme Being, holy signifies perfectly pure, immaculate and complete in moral character; and man is more or less holy as his heart is more or less sanctified, or purified from evil dispositions. We call a man holy when his heart is conformed in some degree to the image of God, and his life is regulated by the divine precepts. Hence, holy is used as nearly synonymous with good, pious, godly.
Be ye holy; for I am holy 1 Peter 1:16.
2. Hallowed; consecrated or set apart to a sacred use, or to the service or worship of God;
Read the complete Essay on Marriage and Polygamy under "Testimonials" tab above to see the scriptural and eternal patterns or download it at the bottom of this page
The Prophet Joseph Smith never taught or lived polygamy, in fact he said that if a person receives a message or revelation that contradicts a previous revelation you may know it is not of God but of Satan, who may appear as an angel of light to deceive. The following quote from the Prophet Joseph Smith shows that D&C 132 was in direct contradiction of former section 101 of 1835 Doctrine and Covenants and D&C 42:22-26 and D&C 49: 15-17 (Three Witnesses to this Truth). According to Emma, the Prophets wife, Joseph never received D&C 132 revelation.
The Prophet Joseph Smith said:
“There have also been ministering angels in the church which were of Satan appearing as an angel of light:— A sister in the State of New York had a vision who said it was told her that if she would go to a certain place in the woods an angel would appear to her,— she went at the appointed time and saw a glorious personage descending arrayed in white . . . he commenced and told her to fear God and said that her husband was called to do great things, but that he must not go more than one hundred miles from home or he would not return; whereas God had called him to go to the ends of the earth; and he has since been more than one thousand miles from home, and is yet alive. Many true things were spoken by this personage and many things that were false.—How it may be asked was this known to be a bad angel? . . . by his contradicting a former revelation.” Times and Seasons 3 [April 1, 1842]: 747
Polygamy (D&C 132) is breaking several of the 10 Commandments of God and is diametrically opposed to Gods established pattern for godliness and holiness in a divine marriage relationship. "My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips" (Psalms 89: 34).
If you believe the Prophet Joseph Smith taught and lived polygamy, [which I don't] please read "Beliefs and Conspiracies" in the Downloads below at the bottom of the page.
The simple answer is because their personal foundation [in their personal lives] is in a person(s), place(s) or thing(s). And when the real tests and trials of life come, they abandon themselves, their true potential and therefor others. They have forgotten to stand in their holy place and be a manifestation of a divine and holy character at all times. This question could be applied to many questions, because it is really about how we are accountable to our own personal potential, recognized or not.
If our foundation is “in” the attributes of godliness [a divine and holy character] we would never leave because we are rooted and grounded in the very nature that God Himself or Christ is rooted and grounded in! If we mess up the eternal principle of agency, repentance and forgiveness is always available.
On the other hand, people whose foundation is in the nouns (person(s), place(s) or thing(s) struggle with commitments, covenants, morality, lies, bearing false witness of their neighbor, gossip, money, power, ego, fame and many other issues that bring unhappiness, sadness and ungratefulness in the end to themselves.
However, people who are founded in the verbs of divine nature, godliness and holiness of character are on the “sure foundation” found in “the fruit of the Spirit” from the “tree of life” and become in thought, word and deed as Christ and our Father in Heaven are. “What manner of men ought ye to be?”
Here is the paradox. If you make Christ or Father [God] your foundation you will gradually fall away little by little, because the nouns outside of ourselves do not and cannot secure us to the “spirit of the law” or truth itself that will and can make us free; we must change our thinking to the verbs of becoming like them without the judgement!
You see, the Devils know God, Christ and Father (the nouns) but they do nothing about “becoming” like them! They, like many mortals at the time of temptation do not desire to become like God in character and attribute because it does not serve their purpose or agenda at the moment. They love the lie. They get caught up in the moment of temptation or anger. They love the pleasure or thought of immorality more than godliness of character. They embrace their own pride or carnal nature first instead of godliness/God first. They do not hunger and thirst after righteousness unceasingly [a godly and holy character]. Don’t forget who you really are and that there is a bigger picture for religion and marriage.
i “Ye were also in the beginning with the Father; that which is Spirit, even the Spirit of truth” (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 93:23).
ii “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)” (Matthew 24:15).
iii “And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?” (Alma 5:26).
iv “It is scarcely necessary here to observe what we have previously noticed: That the glory which the Father and the Son have, is because they are just and holy beings; and that if they were lacking in one attribute or perfection which they have, the glory which they have, never could be enjoyed by them; for it requires them to be precisely what they are in order to enjoy it: and if the Savior gives this glory to any others, he must do it in the very way set forth in his prayer to his Father: [John 17] by making them one with him, as he and the Father are one” [Lectures on Faith 7:15].
v “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” (Exodus 20:4).
vi “Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (New Testament | 2 Timothy 2:19 - 22).
vii “And it came to pass that I beheld that the rod of iron, which my father had seen, was the word of God, which led to the fountain of living waters, or to the tree of life; which waters are a representation of the love of God; and I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of God” (Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 11:25).
viii “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another” (Galatians 5:22 - 26).
ix “Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am” (Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 27:27).
x “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 3 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God” [Ephesians 3: 17-19].
xi “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him” (New Testament | John 4:22 - 23). See also the word “Holiness” in LDS Bible Dictionary.
xii “For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Old Testament | Leviticus 11:44).
xiii “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother: Let me pull the mote out of thine eye—and behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother's eye.” (Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 14:1 - 5).
xiv “Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven. The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever” (D&C Section 121:45 - 46).
xv “For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth” (Ephesians 5:9).
xvi Two Churches/ the bigger picture: “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” [our fallen and carnal nature] (New Testament | James 1:26 - 27).
“And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, [those whose personal foundation is in the attributes and character of godliness, virtue and holiness of character] and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth. And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the whore of all the earth, and she sat upon many waters; and she had dominion over all the earth, among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people. And it came to pass that I beheld the church of the Lamb of God, and its numbers were few…” (1 Nephi 14:10 -30).
One Marriage/ the bigger picture: “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, these are the true sayings of God” (New Testament | Revelation 19:7 - 9).
“THEN shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. [The bridegroom is Christ and the bride is the “church of the First born” who are truly “born of God" (godliness), virtue and holiness of character]
And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil [“oil” symbolizes being filled with the attributes and character of godliness, virtue and holiness found in divine nature] with them:
But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” (New Testament | Matthew 25:1 - 13)
The reason people leave their “sure foundation” is because they are off in their thinking and choose to follow their own fallen and carnal nature to their own unhappiness [2 Timothy 3:1-7]. If our “first love” and “sure foundation” [in our personal lives] is in the attributes, character and perfections of godliness, virtue and holiness we would never have to leave “pure religion” or our marriage with our spouse or God. It is only through "pure religion" that we are truly “sealed” to each other and God. It is how true relationships develop and endure forever!
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Last edited February 6, 2021
These Downloads are the opinion of the author and the realization that it is not about what religion we belong to but that we choose to become holy and divine in our character!