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Mormon Polygamy CONTROVERSY

by Ray Western

POLYGAMY WAS CALLED PLURAL MARRIAGE by early day MORMONS in the 19th century. Modern-day fundamentalists (current day practitioners of Mormon polygamy) MORMON POLYGAMY CONTROVERSYcall the practice of polygamy, The Principle. Fundamentalists are outside of the Mormon Church or more correctly named the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Today, members of the Church found practicing Mormon polygamy are excommunicated and no longer welcomed into the Church.  The Church says that monogamy is now the standard and accepted practice and doctrine in the Church.  However, men are still allowed to marry or have sealed to them in a Mormon Temple, a new wife providing that the first wife or previous wives have passed on and are deceased.  So the doctrine of Plural marriage has not been totally abandoned.

Polygamy was first suspected as being practiced around 1831 0r 1832 when Joseph Smith the founder and Prophet of the Church took on several polygamous wives.  The Practice was not acknowledged until 1852  several years after the Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley led by Brigham Young. The Practice was continued until 1890 when Church President Wilfred Woodruff issued a Manifesto officially terminating the Practice. 

The Latter-day Saints practice of Mormon polygamy has been very controversial within the LDS Church itself and America.  America was both fascinated by the practice and horrified at the same time.  For over 60 years the Mormons and the United States were at odds over the issue. The Church defended the practice of Mormon polygamy as a matter of religious freedom, while the federal government aggressively sought to eradicate it, consistent with public opinion about the Mormon polygamy controversy.  The Church gave up the Practice for several reasons.  The Church President claimed to have received a vision or revelation showing what would happen to the Church if the Practice of Mormon polygamy was not stopped.  The Government was going to confiscate church properties and the Holy Temples if the practice was not stopped.  Also, there was intense persecution from some sectors including many different religious groups.  In addition, Utah was not going to be allowed to become a State in the Union if the practice of Mormon polygamy was not abandoned.

In 1887, the Edmunds-Tucker Act allowed for the disincorporation of the Church and the seizure of church property. In July of the same year the US Attorney General filed suit to seize all church assets. Following the passage of the Edmunds-Tucker Act the Church found it hard to operate as a viable institution and the leadership was left to operate underground. Wilford Woodruff the Church President was determined  to obtain divine confirmation to persue a course that might end the practice of polygamy.

In issuing the Manifesto he said the choice was between continuing the practice of plural marriage, and thereby losing the sacred temples,”stopping all the ordinances therein,” or ceasing plural marriage in order to continue performing the essential ordinances for the living and the dead. Woodruff hastened to add that he had acted as the Lord directed:

I should have let all the temples go out of our hands; I should have gone to prison myself, and let every other man go there, had not the God of heaven commanded me to do what I do, and when the hour came that I was commanded to do that, it was all clear to me.

The following morning he reported to some of the general authorities he had struggled throughout the night with the Lord regarding the path to be taken and the result was the Manifesto, which was later presented  to the Latter-day Saints at General Conference  and was unaminously approved by the church membership. Not everyone in the Church complied with the new directive as some marriages were performed by some leaders in the Church after the 1890 Manifesto. In 1904 under the leadership of President Joseph F Smith a Second Manifesto was issued, with the emphatic declaration that prohibited plural marriage  and proclaimed that  offenders would be subject to church discipline and excommunication. This did not dissolve marriages that had already taken place as men were not expected to dissolve established marriages and break up families. Many Mormons, including prominent church leaders, maintained existing  plural marriages into the 1940s and 1950s. Over time, many of those who rejected the directive of the Church formed small close knit groups and continued to practice “the Principle”. Several small fndamentalist groups, seeking to continue  the practice split from the Church,  including the two larger groups, the Apostolic United Brethren (AUB) and the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS Church). 

In spite of the objections brought about by Mormonism, the religion has flourished since its beginning.  In 190 years it has grown to a membership exceeding 15 million and has spread over the earth. Today its main success comes from the conversion of Latin Americans.  It has over 50 million missionaries that go out at their own or their parent’s expense for two to two and a half years.  Many of them learn a foreign language at a language training mission and are able to converse within 6 months or sooner.  It is probably the fastest growing Christian religion in America.

Probably the biggest missionary tool is the Book of Mormon.  Most converts testify that they received a testimony of the work while reading the Book of Mormon. The book is a second witness for Christ and along with the Bible, its mission is to bring the children of God to Christ. One cannot read the book and not be influenced by its words.  As some have said this book is either from Satan or God. One only has to read it to decide for his or her self the source of the book.  In a world where people are rejecting Christ and his message, this book is an advocate for Christ. It pertains to be a record of a people led by God from Jerusalem to the American continent about 600 years BC. They had Prophets who were inspired by God and who prophesied about the coming birth of Christ. Christ even visited these people after his crucifixion and resurrection and taught them his gospel. So the book is Christ-centered and written for people living in this day and age.

Mormon polygamy has been a controversy for almost 200 years, and religions of the world will continue to practice polygamy in spite of Christian objections. Prophets in the old testament practiced polygamy and it appears they did this with Gods approval. The Book of Jacob in the Book of Mormon condemed polygamy as adultery, but left open the proviso that “For if I will, saith the lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise, they shall harken unto these things.

The Mormons say that polygamy spurred the growth of the Church. It also provided homes for widows and children whose fathers and husbands died while pushing hand carts across the plains in the dead of winter. During this crossing many of the men were giving their food and clothing to their wives and children. The Mormon pioneers left many of their men and children burried under the snow or left on the frozen ground on the trail in Nebraska and Wyoming.  They also say that many of the leaders of the Church came from polygamous families. One pioneer lady survivor was heard to say that she would never watch a pioneer day parade on the 24th of July, because she hated the sight of handcarts. She had lost her husband and several children while crossing the plains. Others have said it was a great spiritual experience.

Today, the Church continues to excommunicate members found practicing polygamy or Plural Marriage and to distance itself from the fundamentalist groups. The Church maintains there is no relationship between the Church and the Fundamentalists or Fndamentalist Groups.



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Is there any real evidence of Elite Pedophile Sex Rings involving Government and Pop Culture? Several investigators have claimed there is a child sex trafficking ring among the Government Elite or Deep State who control our government. They say this also includes some of the top administrative officials in our government.  One writer says, as both the scandal and the crime of the century, pedophiles entrenched in power have been praying on generations of children for a long time. Up until now, the international crime cabal government led by the ruling elite has enjoyed unbroken and unchallenged power and authority in Washington. It is alleged that the Clintons, Bushes, and Obama, are involved in pedophilia. This might be speculation but there is usually no smoke without some fire. The current ruling cabal stretches back to Ronald Reagan, a figurehead idol on a pedestal, covertly securing the real globalist powerbroker into position – his VP, George H W Bush. It has been alleged that the Deep State selected George H W Bush for Vice President to go with Ronald Reagan to protect their interests. You remember that Trump promised to drain the swamp. I presume this did not go well with the Deep State. The elite rulers regularly take turns selecting the Republican or the Democrat who comes to power as they see fit to carry forth their agenda. Illegal secret deals determining who the White House puppet will be are just how the diabolical game is played.

The Elites historically prefer selecting a president with full card-carrying elitist credentials, a member of multiple inner secret clubs.  Clubs like the Council of Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commision, the Skull and Bones Society becomes the bona fide inductee into the satanic hall of shame – the New World Order’s Illuminati. And the elite’s George H W Bush had every credential covered as a lifetime secret society member. 

The Bush-Clinton-Obama dynasty has faithfully followed the elite’s marching orders, nearly destroying America as a sovereign nation, killing off its once vibrant middle class, crumbling its infrastructure, decimating its manufacturing and tax bases with offshore cheap labor outsourcing.  Establishing a permanent wartime economy, within a few decades this same satanic worshipping dynasty has transformed the US from the world’s largest creditor nation into the world’s largest debtor nation, currently drowning at a 20 trillion deficit plus.

One of the reasons there are so many big shots in both parties that want rid of Trump is because they are worried that in draining or cleaning the swamp they will be investigated. An interesting note is that Russian President Putin is aware of the Elite and their penchant for pedophilia. In his 2016 Christmas speech, he talks about the loss of morals and Christian values in the US and the West. The Press fails to give Putin credit for his knowledge of the Elites penchant for pedophilia among our ruling class. Putin also says Russia is a defender of Christian values. Yes, Putin is a baptized Christian and has helped to restore the Russian Christian Church. At least he is not afraid to stand up for Christian values and the Church, whereas in the West we are reluctant to stand up for Christian values. The reason Washington and the press demonize Putin is that with such a huge [700 billion] military budget it is necessary to have a big enemy, preferably one with nuclear weapons, to justify our wars and military buildup and to sell our war economy to the US public.

It’s quite clear that there is some evidence of pedophilia and sex rings within the US government and pop culture, but whether these networks are all linked remains a mystery. The thing to remember is because there are many who claim to know victims or are victims it warrants further study or investigation. Ultimately, it is up to you the reader to verify this information and find where the truth lies. With the allegations of pedophilia and sex rings among the elite in our government, we definitely need to know the answer to remove them and find protection for our children.

My purpose in writing this article was not to expose this group but to open the eyes of others so they could check out these allegations for themselves. Do we as citizens have any control over the actions pursued by our government? Do we have any choice or do we follow blindly? 

      Blunders made by Washington in the 21st Century

1- Ongoing 17-year war in Afghanistan.

2- We invaded countries that are no threat and have done us no harm. The 9-11 terrorists came from Saudi Arabia. Also, Iraq had no WMD’s and Bush was aware of that. Have we gained anything from these wars besides an additional 6 trillion dollars deficit? We have invaded the following countries.

a- Afghanistan

b- Iraq

c- Libya

d- Syria

e- Yemen

f- Somalia

3- Bush, Cheney, Blair and the CIA fabricated a report showing Sadamn having WMD’S and being involved in 9/11 to warrant an invasion.

4- We have a military and defense budget of 700 billion, which is more than the next 10 countries combined. Russia’s budget is only 69 billion and China’s is 130 billion. Half of this budget should be more than sufficient for our needs. The balance could be used to build the wall. We also have over 800 military bases in over 130 countries.

5- We are sacrificing our infrastructure and the health and welfare of our people to maintain our wars.

6- We are pushing for war with Iran and are threatening Russia and China with military bases and missiles surrounding their countries.

7- The Deep State stops Trump from making friends with Putin. Washington prefers war to negotiation or talking with supposed enemies.

8- We are responsible for over 500 thousand deaths and hundreds of thousands of displaced refugees in the Middle East.

THINK ABOUT THIS – Has Iran, Russia, China or N Korea invaded any countries? Compare this to the number of countries we have invaded. Countries that have done us no harm. There is no proof Russia invaded the Ukraine or Crimea. Crimea voted to be part of Russia rather than under the control of NATO. Crimea had been part of Russia since Catherine the Great until Khrushchev gave Crimea to Ukraine in the 1950s. Also, is there any proof that Assad gassed his own people? What would motivate him to do that when we announced only a few days earlier we were probably going to pull our troops out of Syria? Would he also want to inflame the rest of the world with his actions? Why are all the witnesses, White Hats or Rebels consisting of Isis and AlQueda? What would their motive be other than to keep the US in Syria pursuing Assad, particularly since they are losing? The Rebels had possession of sarin gas which was found on them by Turkish Troops. Why does Washington consider this a slam dunk when most other countries do not? Even the UN  denies seeing any evidence showing Assad as being responsible. Why are we so quick to make a judgment? Prosecuting attornies consider whether there is any motive before finding guilt. 


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I have written posts about the child abuse crisis and child brides in polygamous colonies. The fact is that too many children are badly abused in the US today and that a child abuse crisis exists and is growing outside of the polygamous colonies that compound the child abuse crisis. In polygamy, young girls from 12 to 18 are forced into marriage with older men as most of the women in a colony have already been chosen. Thus the men look to girls to fill their harems due to the lack of women in the colony and this results in a child abuse crisis. These girls lose the experiences that normal teenagers have, such as dating, schooling and other teenage activities. Plus they are pushed into sexual situations they are not prepared for and suffer early pregnancies that could be life-threatening and which they are not physically or emotionally prepared for. Simply a sexual child abuse crisis. 

Now, back to the child abuse crisis in the world outside of polygamy.  This problem is made more aware of us thru nightly TV broadcasts and professional literature.  The growing evidence of child abuse reveals new, alarming, and distinct patterns of familial relationships that contribute greatly to this problem. Studies show that along with a continual rise in child abuse incidents there has been an increase in the number of children born out of wedlock and abandoned by their fathers as well as an increase in the number of children affected by divorce. Now in addition to poverty, the rising incidence of child abuse can be linked to one more factor, whether a child’s parents are married.

The main underlying cause of the child abuse crisis, the breakdown of marriage and the commitment of love, is spreading like cancer in poor communities to working-class communities.  Social Scientists and community leaders trying to stop the spread of this cancer must focus their attention on the most upsetting byproduct of family disintegration, the child abuse crisis, maiming and even death of infants and young children, about 2000 of whom [6 per day] die each year in the USA.

 A British study confirms that a child is most safe when his biological parents are married and least safe when the mother is cohabiting with a man other than her husband.  The family Court Reporter Survey for England and Wales shows concrete evidence that children are 20 to 33 times safer with their biological parents than in other family configurations or groups.  Society views child abuse as one of the most abhorrent of behaviors. Unfortunately, it often remains hidden until it is too late to help the child’s life or repair the damage.  The child abuse crisis can be broken down into four major areas, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect.  

The effects of abuse are more readily noticed with signs such as broken bones, bruises, scars, cigarette burns, swollen faces and drastic changes in behavior.  Few see the signs of neglect in the passive child who is rarely talked to at home, who may be locked up and left unfed, unclothed and unwashed for long periods of time and has to fend for himself.  This is at the core of the child abuse crises.

Neglect can have even deeper and longer-lasting consequences than physical abuse. The neglected child is treated as if he or she were not there, or as if the parent or parents wished he were not there. By contrast, the physically abused children are frequently cared for in other ways by their abusers.  They are given food, clothing, playthings and even enjoy good times with others in the family.  

Sexual abuse or molestation may start with grooming. The molester makes friends with the child and tries to gain the confidence of the child. Gifts may be offered such as candy, etc. and secrets may be exchanged. The molester may be a close relative such as a grandfather, uncle or a stepfather or even a friend of the father or mother. A boyfriend of the mother could be a molester. I have had some experience with child molesters.  

 A girl I know had a two-year-old child and married a man who was ultra-religious. The man was fond of the child and very attentive to the child showing his affections. When the girl was 14 a neighbor lady noticed blood on the child’s clothing and called the police. The molesting had been going on for several years.  This had a devastating effect on the girl’s life.

I also had a friend who had a 12-year-old daughter who was a cheerleader, popular and cute.  My friend had another friend who was a fellow church leader with him.  The friend was friendly with the daughter and visited their home frequently.  One day the daughter disappeared and was found in Mexico three months later with the male friend.  This also had a devastating effect on the daughter’s life.  You can read more about these girls experience on this website.  Child molesting     – Child Abuse Crisis

I do not understand why a man would abuse or molest his own child or anyone else’s child.  Why anyone would lower himself to abuse a child is beyond me.  My suggestion is to get to know your child or children so that you can prevent a child abuse crisis at home.  Talk to them and gain their confidence.  Let them know they can confide in you and there will be no punishment.  They can tell you if someone touches them in inappropriate places.  Know the friends and associates and their doings and get to know the adults in their lives.

Should you be interested in polygamy you can learn more by reading the authors award-winning Pulitzer book, ‘THE POWER OF POLYGAMY.’



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Having studied plural marriage, reading books and articles on Joseph Smith, his wives, revelations and celestial marriages I am attempting to outline the events in Joseph Smith’s life that brought forward the Practice of Plural marriage as it defines Joseph.  I do not speak as a representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or more commonly known as the Mormon Church.  These ideas and thoughts are my own as I understand them.

Joseph before the practice of plural marriage was a complicated individual who claimed that he saw the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ at the age of 14 or 15 while inquiring in prayer which church was right.  Because of the many different churches and teachings, he was confused and wanted to know which one was the Lord’s Church.  He had read in the Bible if you lack wisdom let him ask of God.  In the vision he was told to join none of them and that he would be the instrument in restoring the Lord’s Church.  After announcing that he had seen a vision and had seen the Lord, he received persecution from the Ministers of the different Churches saying that such visions had ceased and no longer took place. After several years an angel named Moroni appeared to Joseph and showed him some metal plates that were buried in the Hill Cumorah in upper New York state.  JOSEPH SMITH POLYGAMIST PROPHET – Joseph was to translate these plates which were a religious history and record of an ancient family and their descendants that was led out of Jerusalem around 600 BC. They built a ship and crossed the ocean to America, led by the hand of the Lord. Their history goes from 600 BC to 400 DC before they were destroyed by wars.  Moroni was the last living prophet of these people and he appeared to Joseph as a resurrected being.  After translating the plates which are known as the Book of Mormon, Joseph began to study the Bible.  While reading about the ancient Patriarchs and there wives and families he must have wondered why they had more than one wife, practiced plural marriage, and why Abraham was told that his seed would be greater than the sands on the seashore.  He must have prayed to the Lord for an answer, and whether the Practice was right and should be restored.  The answer was recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants Section 132.  This must have taken place in 1831 or 32.  The revelation was not recorded until 1843. The D & C is a book of revelations the Prophet claimed to have received from the Lord.  

The Prophet married Emma Smith in 1827.  Between late 1835 and early 1836, the Prophet took his first plural wife Fanny Alger who was a house assistant for Emma, living in the Smith home.  She was allegedly between 16 and 19 years, most likely 16.  When Emma learned of the relationship and marriage Fanny was kicked out of the home.   Little is known about Fanny and the marriage,  Levi Hancock performed the marriage.  Since little is known about this supposed plural marriage, some including Emma considered this an affair and others considered it a plural marriage.  It was reported that Emma said she saw the deed through a crack in the barn wall.  It is unknown if she meant she saw a sexual deed or the marriage ceremony. Joseph said he did not commit adultery – JOSEPH SMITH POLYGAMIST PROPHET IS AN INTERESTING POINT.

Emma was totally against the idea of Joseph taking more than one wife.  Joseph was also reluctant to announce the practice of polygamy to his followers as the idea was repugnant to people living in this time period.  Because of Emma’s feelings and not wanting to hurt her, Joseph hesitated before taking any additional wives and did not take another wife until 1841. It appears that the Prophet taught no one about plural marriage or even mentioned the subject between 1836 and 1841.  The difficulties of the Fanny Alger situation seriously hampered Joseph’s enthusiasm for plural marriage. Joseph never wrote about his personal feelings about plural marriage.  Everything about the subject comes from the people around him.

Because of Joseph’s reluctance to proceed stories came out from nine different witnesses saying they were told by Joseph that an angel appeared to Joseph three times between 1834 and 1842 commanding him to proceed with the practice of polygamy and on the 3rd visit the angel had a drawn sword saying he would slay Joseph if he did not proceed.  There is no proof of this story other than the witnesses as Joseph was never documented for saying this while he was alive.  If true it would appear that it was for the benefit of Emma to get her to accept the revelation and the Practice.  It could also have been a reason for Joseph’s second plural marriage in 1841 to Louisa Beaman.


It is alleged that the Priesthood sealing Keys were restored by the Prophet Elija in 1836 in the Kirtland Temple.  This made it possible for marriages to continue in the hereafter, by sealing a wife or wives to a husband and children to the parents for time and eternity. In other words, family relationships would continue in the hereafter, if those sealed by priesthood authority were righteous, having tried to keep the covenants made at baptism and the sealing ceremonies. In Joseph’s mind, there were two types of marriages or sealing ceremonies.  One being for time and eternity, meaning married in this life and continuing in the hereafter.  The other an eternity only sealing, binding in the hereafter, but not in effect in this life.  This marriage or sealing would not be consummated and the marriage would not be recognized in the earthly realm.

JOSEPH SMITH POLYGAMIST PROPHET – It is believed that because of Emma’s feelings, her being opposed to Joseph taking more wives, Joseph began sealing married women to him, in eternity only sealings.  This would allow him to proceed with the restoration of polygamy.  It would also make life easier for Emma as he would not be living with any of these women or having relations with them.  This provided the way for Joseph to have married women sealed to him, whose husbands consented to a sealing that would take place after this life and thus he could comply with the command to proceed with plural marriages.  These sealings were for eternity only and not consummated in this life.  Also, this would allow the wives to continue living with their earthly husbands. Some of the husbands were not members of the church or they did not believe in life after death.  They might also have believed in some sense that they were being sealed to the line of the prophet through their wives.  All of these women were probably desirous of heavenly blessings which they felt would never materialize with their present husbands.  They also liked the idea of being sealed to the Prophet as a wife in eternity.  There was one woman who reported that her mother (Sylvia Lyon) told her she was a child of Joseph Smith.  I do not know if this meant the mother had consummated the marriage to Joseph or whether she meant the girl was sealed to Joseph’s line through an eternity only marriage (Genetic testing has since contradicted this assertion).  Other than this one girl who probably was not a child of Joseph Smith, I know of no other children from these marriages or sealings.  It is believed that Joseph sealed 14 married women to him.  

In the history of Mormon polygamy, Joseph Smith is alleged to have married two 14-year-old girls. There is no evidence that these marriages were ever consummated.  One of these girls said her marriage was for eternity only. Brigham Young instructed polygamous men to wait until teenage wives were 18 before consummating the marriage.  This policy appears to have started in Nauvoo under Joseph Smith.  Also in the 19th century, it was not uncommon for men to marry girls 15 and up and sometimes 14.  JOSEPH SMITH POLYGAMIST PROPHET – 

After the sealings of the married women or most of the married women that were sealed to Joseph, he must have felt a greater need to promote and teach polygamy in the Church.  This was possibly due to the angels drawn sword and to more fully comply with the teaching himself, so his efforts were then mainly with single women.  Most of the women Joseph approached were repulsed by the idea and had to do much soul searching and praying before accepting Joseph’s proposal.  There is no certifiable proof that Joseph had any children from any of his plural marriages.  Accepting polygamy and then abandoning polygamy in 1890 were probably the most difficult things a member ever had to do.  This required a lot of faith to follow the prophets in the Mormon Church.  Joseph was murdered in 1844, so most of the marriages to single women occurred between 1842 and 1844 leaving little time to spend with each wife.  Also, most of this information was obtained from affidavits from the alleged wives or people who knew Joseph intimately. There were a few women that said they had a child by Joseph Smith and had changed the name to protect the child. To date, no one has come forward with proof that they were a child of Joseph Smith, other than the children born to Joseph and Emma. Emma did not follow Brigham Young to Utah and remained in Nauvoo, Illinois.  Some men who remained behind organized the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ and made Joseph Smith 111, the eldest surviving son of Joseph Smith, the first President of that Church.  They claimed that Joseph Smith never practiced polygamy, that it was started by Brigham Young.  They claimed this because there was no evidence that Joseph had any children by any alleged polygamous wives and because Emma denied that he practiced polygamy.  There does appear to be enough evidence that the Practice of Polygamy did indeed start with Joseph Smith.

Polygamy had an ending in the Mormon Church in 1890 when Church President Wilford Woodruff issued the Manifesto ending the Practice of Polygamy and plural marriage. The President claimed he had a vision and saw what would happen to the Church if the Practice of plural marriage (polygamy) was not ended. the Government was threatening to confiscate Church properties and Holy Temples if the Church did not follow the Law of the Land.  Also, the State of Deseret would not be allowed to become a State in the Union until it followed the Law of the Land.  Polygamy did not die with the Manifesto as there were some marriages performed by some Church leaders in the US and Mexico after the Manifesto was issued. Also, some men divorced their polygamous wives and were rebuked by President Woodruff as he told them he did not mean for them to abandon their wives and families they already had.  He said they were responsible to care for these families.  Polygamy died a hard death and it was not until the early years of the 19th century that polygamy was officially dead in the Church.  There were those who left the Church or were excommunicated that continued the Practice, such as the Fundamentalists in the FLDS Church and others who had formed their own groups. 

What is the Church’s position on polygamy and plural marriage?  Why would the Lord require polygamy and then stop the Practice?  Was there any benefit to the Church for having suffered thru this experience?  I believe the best answer to these questions is in the Book of Mormon, Jacob 2:27, 30.

27 Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For there shall not  any man among you have saved it be one wife, and concubines he shall have none;  

30 For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise, they shall hearken unto these things.  JOSEPH SMITH POLYGAMIST PROPHET

This seems to say to me that if God wants to raise up a righteous seed unto Himself, he will command the people, otherwise unless commanded by the Lord, a man should have only one wife. This suggests that one wife is the norm. Most of the leaders in the Church and many members appear to have come from this righteous seed. 

Besides raising a righteous seed unto the Lord another reason for polygamy would be war. With many men being killed in war such as in Syria, there would be an abundance of single women and polygamy would provide a way to care for these women. This is happening in Syria, where some men are taking more than one wife.




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Mormon Polygamy Church History



Mormon Polygamy Church History
Joseph Smith, the Prophet

Mormon polygamy church history was recently discussed in The Deseret News, a newspaper owned by the Mormon Church or more correctly, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The newspaper recently printed two articles released by the Church, on polygamy and its history.  My guess is with everything found on the internet about the Church and much of it incorrect, it was time to print the truth so its members and others would know the truth and not be misinformed by articles which are incorrect.  The Church abandoned the Practice of Polygamy in 1890 with the document called the Manifesto, after being pressured by the US Government and notwithstanding persecution from other Christian Churches.  Also, the President and Prophet of the Church at the time said he saw in a vision what would happen to the Church if it did not stop the practice of polygamy.  The Government also threatened to confiscate all Church properties and it’s Holy Temples if the Church did not stop the practice and follow the law of the land.  Some say the Church abandoned the Practice so the State of Deseret could become a State in the Union.

Some members would not accept the official document from Church headquarters instructing members to take no more wives and left the Church or were excommunicated.  These are the forerunners to the modern fundamentalist groups such as the FLDS and other groups who continue to practice polygamy today.  Today, members found practicing polygamy are excommunicated from the Mormon Church.

I will quote somewhat from the articles and use some of my own thoughts as to what transpired regarding polygamy. Joseph Smith Jr. the Prophet and founder of the Church was endeavoring to restore Christianity as it existed at the time of Christ.  He claimed that the Father and the Son appeared to him when he prayed to know which Church was right. Jesus told him to join none of the existing Churches as they had all strayed from the truth.  He told Joseph he would be the instrument in restoring the Lord’s Church.  He was later given the Plates of Mormon to translate by an angel named Moroni, who was the last living Prophet of the people who wrote the history contained within the Book of Mormon.  The translation of these plates is known as the Book of Mormon and contain the religious history of a family and their descendants living on the American continent from 600 BC to 400 AD.  This family traveled from Jerusalem to the Americas guided by the hand of the Lord about 600 BC.  The Church also acknowledges there may have been other groups of people living in America at the same time.  Some of the American Indians are thought to be remnants of the Book of Mormon people and their civilization was thought to be centered in Central America and into part of Mexico.  

Mormon Polygamy Church History – Joseph finished translating the Plates of Mormon and while reading the Old Testament he probably wondered about the Patriarchs practice of taking more than one wife.  While questioning this practice he probably went to the Lord in prayer and asked the Lord about it and felt he received an answer saying it should be restored.  This revelation is recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants Section 132.

Emma Smith, his wife was totally against the idea of taking more than one wife.  Joseph was also reluctant to announce the practice of polygamy to his followers as the idea was repugnant to people living in this time period.  Later, Joseph said an angel appeared to him and commanded him to restore the practice of polygamy.  This happened 3 times, on the third visit the angel had a drawn sword and commanded Joseph to more fully accept the Practice in the Church.  Mormon polygamy church history on this is not clear, so I do not know if the above story of the angel was made up to convince Emma the original revelation was from God.  The only similar story I recall in the Bible is where God commanded Abraham to slay his son on an altar to test Abraham’s faith.  Was the Angel testing Joseph’s faith with the threat of removing him?  The written revelation on plural or celestial marriage was professed to be from God, but it probably was not enough to convince Emma that Joseph and other men should marry additional wives.  From Church history, it appears that Joseph took one plural wife around 1835 and did not take any additional wives until 1841.  Then it appears that Joseph had married women sealed to him up until the last visit of the angel in 1842 after which most the marriages were to single women.  The sealing’s to married women may be explained by Joseph’s reluctance to enter plural marriage because of the sorrow it would bring to his wife Emma.  These sealings to married women did not make the marriages valid or legal for this life but made the marriages to be in effect in the afterlife only.  Joseph may have believed that sealing’s to married women would comply with the Lord’s command without requiring him to have normal marriage relationships.  None of the married women sealed to Joseph ever mentioned they had normal marriage relationships with Joseph so it appears none of these sealings or Celestial marriages were ever consummated.  More about these sealing’s to married women later in this article.  Since he was martyred in 1844 and most of the marriages were between 1842 and 1844 he would not have had much time to spend with any of the plural wives.

Regarding the practice of polygamy, the Book of Mormon says if God wants to raise up a righteous seed unto Himself, he will command the people, otherwise unless commanded by the Lord, a man should have only one wife.  (Jacob 2:27-30)    This suggests one wife is the norm unless commanded otherwise by the Lord.  

Unfortunately, Joseph did not keep a diary or a record of his actions or thoughts on his personal life.  Most of the information on his plural wives came from the diaries of women he allegedly married and close friends.  It was said Joseph had around 30 or more plural wives.  Most of the women Joseph approached were repulsed by the idea and had to do much soul searching and praying before accepting Joseph’s proposal, some refused his proposal.  The revelation on polygamy or celestial marriages made it possible for marriages to continue in the hereafter, by sealing a wife or wives to a husband and children to the parents for time and for eternity.  In other words, the family relationships would continue in the hereafter if those sealed by Priesthood authority were worthy and had tried to keep the covenants they made with the Lord in the sealing ceremony and at baptism.  In Joseph’s mind, there were two types of marriages or sealings.  One being for time and eternity, meaning married in this life and also being married in the hereafter.  The other marriage was a sealing for eternity only.  In other words, this marriage would not be consummated or effective in this life and would take place only in the hereafter.  It is believed Joseph sealed some married women to him because of Emma being so opposed to polygamy.  Mormon Polygamy Church History – It was easier for her to accept Joseph sealing women to him who were married and where these sealings would not be consummated in this life and where there would be no legal marriage.  These sealings were with women who were married and whose husbands did not object to a sealing that would take place after this life.  These marriages or sealing’s were done with the consent of the husbands.  The husbands continuing in their marriages living with their wives.  Most of the husbands were not members of the church or did not believe in life after death and had no objection to a sealing taking place after death.  There were a few sealing’s with women whose husbands were members of the Church, and that is puzzling why the husbands would give permission for their wives to be sealed to Joseph in the hereafter.  Perhaps they felt they would be sealed to the Prophets line through their wives.  All of these women, on the other hand, were desirous of heavenly blessings which they felt would never materialize with their present husbands. They also liked the idea of being sealed to the Prophet as a wife in eternity.  There was one woman, (Josephine Lyon) who reported that her mother, (Sylvia Lyon) told her she was a child of Joseph Smith.  I do not know if this meant the mother had consummated her marriage to Joseph or whether she meant the girl was sealed to Joseph’s line through an eternity only marriage, the woman was not clear on this point.  Critics use this story as proof that Joseph consummated a marriage with a married woman.  (Genetic testing has since contradicted this assertion) Other than this one girl who probably was not a literal child of Joseph Smith, I know of no other children from these marriages.  Joseph reportedly had 14 married women sealed to him in eternity only marriages.  The Mormon Polygamy Church History is varied in many ways as recorded history is absent of many details.

In the history of Mormon polygamy, Joseph Smith is also alleged to have married two 14-year-old girls. There is no evidence that these marriages were ever consummated. One of the 14-year-old girls said that the marriage was for eternity only, intimating Joseph never consummated the marriage with her.

Brigham Young instructed polygamous men to wait until wives were 18 before consummating marriages with teens under 18.  This policy appears to have started in Nauvoo, Ill. under Joseph Smith.  I might mention outside of the church it was common for men to marry teenage girls 15 and up and sometimes 14 in the 19th century.

Accepting the practice of polygamy and later accepting the Manifesto abandoning the Practice, was one of the most difficult things a member was ever required to do. This required a lot of faith and diligence in following and believing in the Prophets of the Mormon Church as representatives of the Lord. Brigham Young said when he first heard about polygamy he desired the grave. Others felt similarly and usually professed an answer to prayer before entering the practice. Some of the Prophet’s wives claimed to receive divine manifestations they were to be sealed to the Prophet. 

Despite the controversial nature of plural marriage in the fledgling church’s early years, it did indeed ‘raise up seed’ unto God. A substantial number of today’s members and leaders descend through faithful Latter-day Saints who practiced plural marriage.  The challenge of introducing a principal as controversial as plural marriage is almost impossible to overstate. A spiritual witness of its truthfulness allowed Joseph and other Latter-day Saints to accept this principle. 

Concerning marriages or sealings in the afterlife, Mormons might ask how you would interpret the following scripture. (1st Corr 11:11) ” Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.” Mormons believe there are three degrees or levels in Heaven. The Lord lives at the highest level.

The Church did not openly admit to practicing polygamy until after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley in 1852.  If you would like more information and would like to read the articles click here. If you would like more information on Mormon polygamy church history and background, the different groups and their beliefs and practices click here to buy or preview the author’s award-winning Pulitzer nominated book.



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Most polygamy cults or groups practicing polygamy in the USA sprang from religion. The early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or more commonly known by its nickname, the Mormon Church, was a springboard for many of the groups. Two of the most difficult periods for the Mormon Church was when the Practice of polygamy began and when the Practice was ended. It was very difficult for the early Mormons to accept the Practice of polygamy as most of the early converts came from Puritan stock that later was labeled by the public as polygamy cults. When Joseph Smith the Prophet and organizer of the Church revealed the purported revelation to the early church leaders, many found it difficult to accept and only after soul-searching prayer were they able to accept the Principal. Joseph’s wife Emma was a dissenter and never fully accepted the revelation on polygamy. The church leaders kept the practice hidden from the public due to its label as polygamy cults and it wasn’t until the Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 that the Church openly practiced polygamy.

Likewise, it was just as difficult a time period for the early Mormons when the Practice was ended. Because of the persecution coming from other Christian religions and the US Government declaring that if the Practice was not ended the Government would seize the properties owned by the Church, including LDS temples, the President of the Church issued a proclamation to church members to stop taking on additional wives. This happened in 1890 and was known as the Manifesto. He also stated that he had received a revelation from the Lord, showing him what would happen to the Church if the Practice was not ended. Some church leaders continued solemnizing polygamous marriages and were eventually excommunicated. Some members went to Mexico to avoid prosecution for fear of the polygamy cults label. It wasn’t until around 1900 and after a 2nd Manifesto, that the Practice was officially stopped and members practicing polygamy were excommunicated. Some Mormons would not accept the Manifesto declaring the end of Polygamy in the Church and they separated from the Church and formed groups with their own leaders.



Prior to the year 1930, a man named Lorin Wooley came forward and announced that he was present at a meeting at the home of John Wooley along with several other men, and President John Taylor, who was there to discuss a proposal on polygamy. This was in September of 1886. Lorin said sometime after 9 PM he was attracted by a light coming from under President Taylor’s door and he heard 3 voices talking.  The next morning President Taylor announced he had been visited by Joseph Smith and the Lord. He was commissioned to place those men that were present under oath to defend the Principal of polygamy with their lives. He then sat down and wrote the revelation he had received on polygamy. Church leaders declared that they had never seen such a signed revelation from President Taylor. Allegedly 5 men were ordained to carry forth the Principal of polygamy and to ordain others to carry on the work. When Loren Wooley came forth with this revelation the others ordained to carry on this work had passed on, so there were no witnesses to this event.  Also, none of these men ever mentioned this event while they were living. Fundamentalists claim that Joseph Musser received this same authority from one of these 5 men.  Musser said on May 14, 1929, he was ordained a High Priest Apostle by a High Priest Apostle. This was a new office originating from the Fundamentalists. Fundamentalists claim that the Senior High Priest Apostle is the President of the Priesthood.  This office of President of the Priesthood is a different office than the President of the Church. The Fundamentalists split the office of the Church President into the President of the Priesthood and the President of the Church. In a way, Fundamentalists say that the Church abandoned polygamy but the Priesthood did not abandon the Practice which justifies their position.  The FLDS became known as one of the most extreme polygamy cults.

The present-day Church does not recognize the Fundamentalists as part of the Church and in fact, any members found practicing polygamy are excommunicated and considered apostates. The Mormon Church use to be called a polygamous cult, but with over 16 million members and being the 4th or 5th largest church in the US and the fastest growing Christian church it could hardly be considered a polygamous cult by today’s standards. 

Most of the polygamous groups that broke off from the Mormon Church claim their authority to perform polygamous marriages from Lorin Wooley and his successors. The largest of these groups is known as the FLDS Church, headed by Warren Jeffs. Jeffs is presently serving a prison sentence for marrying and giving in marriage underage girls. There are over 10,000 members with the largest group of polygamy cults living in the twin border towns of Colorado City and Centennial Park City on the Utah Arizona border and is known as one of the largest polygamy cults in the country. When Musser passed away there were two men claiming his authority. One was LeRoy Johnson a member of the Council of Seven, the leadership group of the FLDS Church and Rulon C Allred who was Musser’s naturopathic physician and supposedly picked by Musser to follow him. The group split up with Johnson heading the larger group and remaining in Colorado City and the others following Rulon C Allred, with there headquarters in Bluffdale, Utah. The latter group became known as the Apostolic United Brethren Church.

Two other main but lesser groups are the Kingstons in Davis County, Utah, and the LeBarons and  Church of the Firstborn.

In my next blog, I will try and give some information on the organization and some of their teachings that differ them from the Mormon Church.



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More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, compared with just 280,000 the year before. Among the forces driving people to make the dangerous journey are the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan resulting in a Muslim polygamists Europe migration into many areas undocumented.

With the US and its allies invasion of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and now Syria, many civilians are becoming displaced, losing family members and their homes due to the bombings and other wartime activities. Many of those displaced have immigrated to Europe or are planning to immigrate to European countries. With the Muslim polygamists Europe migration brings immigrants then, will come terrorists and others who plan on disrupting the Europeans way of life.  Some of these actions will be for revenge for the damage done to their countries. Along with these immigrants will be many polygamists, men with 3 or 4 wives. It is estimated that 30% of the married men are polygamists. Polygamy in itself will cause many problems for the European Countries. Other problems of the Muslim Polygamists Europe migration will be caused by the practice of sharia law and the Muslims distaste for mixing with the local inhabitants. Many Muslims also have a distaste for Christianity.

Throughout Europe today, it is not uncommon to see women wearing headscarves or burkahs and men with skullcaps and beards. On many European streets, you will see shops with business signs in Arabic and other Near Eastern languages. You will see people selling exotic looking products from the Middle East and other Muslim countries. Indeed in the space of a few years, whole neighborhoods in cities like Birmingham, Rotterdam & Paris have been transformed. Streets that for years of European history are now playing host to non-Western people and culture. This is the new Europe, one which a rapidly growing Muslim population is making its presence known. Muslims are still minorities in Western and Central European countries, making up approximately 5% of the European population.

Islam is already the fastest growing religion in Europe. Because of immigration and high birth rates, the number of Muslims on the continent has tripled over the past 30 years. Many forecasters predict a higher rate of growth in the coming years. The social impact of this growing population is magnified by a low birthrate among the natives. After a post-World War 11 baby boom, birthrates in Europe have dropped to an average of 1.45 children per couple, far below the 2.1 needed to keep the population growth at replacement levels.

Among these demographic shifts lies a bundle of social challenges. While many have become successful in their new homes and speak the local language, many others do not speak the local language and are poor and often jobless. Moreover, segregation,  by choice or necessity, is common, with large numbers of Muslims living in ghettos where the crime and poverty rates are high.

Polygamy is also a problem as most European countries do not permit polygamy. The Muslims marry the first wife and then have an Eman perform non-recognized marriages for the following wives. This makes it difficult for the women as they are not recognized as being married, so they receive no support from the local authorities. This leaves them at the mercy of their husbands. Polygamy has its own problems with child abuse and the forced marriages of young girls to older men.

It is predicted by many statisticians that the Muslim population will double by the year 2050. The biggest problem conceived by some is how to integrate the Muslim population with the locals.



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MUSLIM POLYGAMY Girls married to men



by Ray Western

Muslim Polygamy and problems that have come to the European nations due to immigration. What problems do you ask? With the US and it’s allied invasion of middle east countries, namely Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan it has created displacement and left many families homeless with no protection from the warring elements. Many families have lost loved ones and providers due to the bombs being dropped and attacks from ISIS. It is curious that the US is fighting Syrian troops and trying to remove Assad as well as fighting the rebels. ISIS is part of the rebels fighting the Syrian troops but is also being supported and used by the US to fight Assad and the Syrians. Russia and Iran were invited in by the Syrian Government to help them in their fight against the rebels. The US used ISIS as a reason to invade Syria after the majority of their fighters left Iraq and entered Syria. Under the direction of Hillary Clinton and President Obama the US and it’s allied nations also invaded Libya and killed President Gadaffi leaving Libya without a leader and open to ISIS to move in and control part of that country. 

With the displacement and upheaval caused by the wars, many decided to leave these countries for neighboring countries that were not involved in the wars. Europe with countries having welfare plans and a better standard of living than the Muslim countries became a target for many refugees and ideal environment for Muslim polygamy to enter without resistance. I don’t question the fact that there were terrorists also among the European migrants. People seeing their friends and family members killed by US and European bombs could easily be persuaded to join the migrants and become terrorists, hoping to extract revenge on those who had invaded their countries. Also, religion played a part in the migration as there were or are Muslims who would like to defeat Christianity or eradicate it. Does this give western countries the right to invade these Muslim countries that are really no threat to the US and its allies? Also, have we gained anything by these invasions other than a huge deficit that could have been used to rebuild our infrastructure? Do we really need a military and defense budget that is bigger than the next 10 countries combined? 

Other problems created by Islamic migrants were as follows:     

1- The Muslims did not assimilate and join in with the customs of their new countries. They banded together and formed their own communities shaped by Sharia law.   Muslim polygamy is part of the culture as they segregate communities away from countries they immigrate to.                                                                                                                                                                             

2- MUSLIM POLYGAMY was brought into the European countries as nearly 30% of the married men had more than one wife. Some had 3 or 4 wives and several or many children. Some of these Muslim polygamy wives were child brides. Girls that were sold into slavery or forced into marriage by their parents as payment for some favor or for money. The Muslim countries do not have a good record when it comes to dealing with women or girls. They are usually regarded as second-class citizens. As far as child abuse the Muslims certainly have more than their share and forced Muslim Polygamy on children is just one of many abuses that exist in the culture.

The sheer volume of Muslim polygamy marriages shows that such marriages are also entered into in Europe, in secret through Islamic marriage ceremonies conducted by Imans. In most European countries Imans are not required to report these marriages to the authorities and the Muslim Polygamy child brides are raped by their husband and some even bleed to death after the rape.  Some of the Muslim Polygamy child brides are as young as 5 and 6.  

Sweden proposed to legalize polygamy which would have validated Muslim Polygamy legal status but this outraged citizens and the proposal was dropped. The head of the Center Youth said that in 10 years polygamy would be legal when her generation would enter parliament and make sure of it. The youth in Denmark have advocated the same regarding polygamy. Polygamy is illegal in most European countries, but this practice has been allowed to flourish unhindered. As Islamic Muslim polygamy marriage does not legally exist in Europe, the woman entering into marriage is left legally stranded and vulnerable with no means of getting out of marriage. If the woman goes to the police she runs the risk of being beaten or possibly divorced. Women’s shelters are full of Muslim women who have been abused, raped, and little girls with permanent scars from Muslim Polygamy.

In the UK it is illegal to marry more than one person, but marriages made in countries that allow polygamy are recognized. There are no exact figures but it is estimated that there are 20 thousand polygamous marriages. Currently, a husband and first wife are paid 114 lbs a week. Subsequent wives are paid 40 lbs a week. That should be incentive for a man to have more than one wife. Under the new universal credit system, which goes into effect in 2021, polygamous marriages will not be recognized. This means that the husband and first wife will be able to claim 498 lbs a month and subsequent wives can claim a single person’s allowance of 317 lbs. That should make polygamous men happy.

In the next blog, I will talk about Sharia law and religion along with the effects of Muslim polygamy and child abuse in the European countries.




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Polygamous man with wives


The first wife usually runs the family and decides who will sleep with the husband and when in regard to polygamy wives relationships. An old man or the leader of the polygamous group decides who will marry who and when. Don’t think that money does not have anything to do with who marries who when it comes to polygamy wives relationships. The prophet or leader of the group gives the best looking and more desireable women to the men that give the most money to the group or leader. If you cannot afford to donate money to the group or leader you may get a second wife who is an overweight woman who is past her child bearing years which can lead to a very lonely life with polygamy wives. Also giving service to the group may entitle one to a more desireable woman.

The largest polygamous group is in Utah and is known as the FLDS Church, run by Warren Jeffs, who is in prison serving a life sentence for marrying underage girls and child polygamy wives. This group or Church was started aroud 1930 by x members of the Mormon Church who had either been excommunicated for practicing polygamy or had left the Church because the Church abandonned the Practice of Polygamy in the early 1900s. There are other break off groups from the Mormon Church as well as other Christian groups that practice polygamy.

Many people believe that sex is the main attraction to polygamy. One sister wife in Mississppi said we do not get much actual sex. She goes on to say we all live in the same house. We have a bunk-bed double on the bottom and single on the top. The Husband, first wife and the “ON” wife sleep on the bottom and the other two “OFF” wives sleep on the top. They find this set up very intimate as they are all sleeping in the same bed and can hear sexual activity when it happens.

She describes relationships between the sister wives as quite good. The first wife is the main force in the household and will settle most of the disputes between the wives without involving the husband. There are jealousies which are inevitable within any group of women living closely together and sharing the same husband. Their husband trys to be fair to each of them, but they all have their ideas as to what is fair.

With regards to sex they each have one week with the husband, but the first wife also has saturdays. They each have one week less saturdays to sleep with the husband and sex usually happens 2 or 3 times a week. So each wife has sex 2 or 3 times a month. They don’t find this totally satisfying but are okay with it. Physical relationships between wives is not permitted in their religion, so there is no touching or kissing in bed or at any other time between sister wives. As for sex,she says they do not get very much actual sex, our husband entering us, but he does work very hard and sometimes quite late so a wife cannot expect him to perform every night. The downside is the sex, not the quality, but the quantity. As the husband takes additional wives the quantity will lessen. She says the wives get no say in how many wives the husband has, but they do get a big say in who joins them as a sister wife. 

One reporter who was allowed to enter a polygamous home in Arizona to interview the three wives, reported that the 2nd and 3rd wives were happy in the relationships or so they claimed. The first wife opened up and admitted that things were not as they seemed. This wife had her husband to herself for 17 years and then started to lose her youth and her looks when her husband began to look for a 2nd wife. This wife struck the reporter as kind, but a little withdrawn. She is now 63 and said she and her husband raised their children until suddenly he wanted to take on another wife. His decision to take on another wife when she was beginning to loose her youth and looks was utterly devastating to her. The wife spoke softly saying thay were married for 17 years and when the second wife came around it was really tough for her. She doesn’t agree when others say there is no jealousy. She would walk into the living room and see her husband with his arm around the other wife and feel just sick and her heart would begin to pound. She would say to herself why did I have to walk into the room just now and see that. This is a bitterness that she has lived with for 15 years and having to swallow her emotions when a younger third wife arrived. The reporter found it hard to imagine the pain of this woman when she watched her husband impregnate these younger wives time and time again. The first wife also told the reporter that she has suffered terrible depression for the past 15 years. It was only 3 years ago that she faced a near terminal illness and was nursed back to health by her sister wives and the bitterness began to fade. This was the only wife that was interviewed who was honest enough to admit that jealousy, despair and depression are the inevitable fallout when a husband takes on other wives and shares them all sexually and emotionally.

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Child Pornography

Is your child watching porn on the internet?  This morning I was disturbed as I found an internet porn site on my computer, which caused me to think about ‘child pornography.’ I do not have any children or grand children living in my home. I did have a granddaughter and her boyfriend here a couple of nights ago and the boyfriend did use my wife’s computer for some personal items. I do not know if he was looking at porn or if we clicked on a site or advertisement that brought in a porn virus. There are so many computer viruses, that one can come in contact with, that one does not know how to avoid them. Pornograhy can be defined as “the depiction of erotic behavior (sexual display in pictures or writing) that is intended to cause sexual excitement” in the viewer.

My first reaction to child pornography was to look at my computer sites for removing porn  and I came across this disturbing remark made by someone telling how easy it was for children to view porn on computers and Ipads. The gentleman was saying he got involved in porn at 12 years of age. Most kids have easy access to a computer and know how to find porn. Reportedly 90% of boys between 11 and 16 have seen porn and boys 12 to 17 are the biggest consumers of porn. Since CHILD PORNOGRAPHY is easily available on line it is easy for children to get their hands on it. Today’s child pornography is not your father’s porn. With a few clicks of the mouse, your son could be visiting web sites with hard core pornography, without the risk of being carded at the corner store to buy a raunchy magazine. Now, he can log on to a smut smorgasbord at any time in the privacy of his own room. There is no longer a need to visit  an adult book store or the local xxx theatre. Also there are porn sites that do not charge for their porn. Adolescent boys of all ages are viewing much more soft-core and graphic hard-core porn because of its easy access and presence on the internet. How many boys are watching porn? One alarming study could not find any boys who were not already porn users in order to make up a control group for comparison. So what is a parent to do? What can we do about child pornography today?

If you discover your son visiting online porn sites or watching x-rated videos should you be worried? You need to be worried about your son’s frequent, intense relationship with pornography primarily because of what it teaches him about sex and women. Porn will teach him that girls and women want and enjoy being sexually used, dominated and being humiliated by men. It will encourage him to try out harmful fantasies that porn offers, including the fantasy that women secretly want to be taken forcibly or that they want to be raped. Porn will teach your son to objectify women, to treat them as toys who exist solely for his sexual gratification. Porn is devoid of tenderness, caring, or loving. Fathers need to tell their sons how porn degrades women, like his sisters and mother, as well as the boys and men who wiew it. Let your son hear from his mother and father how sex is an outgrowth of a loving, committed, respectful relationship, not a forum for male self-gratification and the exploitation of women. It is also the means where children are brought into this world. Some Christian relgions consider this a sacred joint venture with God, to bring his children into the world.

Is pornography really child abuse and is it detrimental to the well being of a child? I believe you can answer that question yourselves. Pornograpy has many negative effects. These include increased rates of depression, anxiety, acting out and violent behavior, younger age of sexual debut, sexual promescuity, increased risk of of teen pregnancy, and a distorted view of relationships between men and women. For adults. pornograpy results in an increased likely hood of divorce which is also harmful to children.

Discussions about sex and sexuality are among  the toughest discusions you will have with your children. But isn’t it better to have the discussions than to leave the teaching to the internet and porn?  Parent teenager talk is a good idea, the alternative  is worse. Putting a computer in a child’s room without any limits is like tossing a teenager the keys to the car and saying: “Go learn how to drive. Have fun.”

Needless to say, pornograhy does damage to all different age groups. It can be addictive and just as damaging as drugs, and just as difficult to overcome. It does appear to be a sickness and in some cases may require medical or religious help to overcome the tendancies. Another remedy might be to ban porn from the internet and to put stiff penalties on those who distribute porn on the internet.