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… “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; 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;
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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).