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Sadly, this video shows little regard for either the facts or the historical context. For additional, more complete information about Joseph Smith's practice of polygamy see http://en.fairmormon.org/Joseph_Smith_and_polygamy. Those truly interested in learning what Mormons believe should visit www.mormon.org.
Steven, if this video is sad, then why didn't you name one woman or teenage girl, that wasn't in fact married to Joseph Smith during his life time? As to the historical context facts? Again you didn't name one error.You then tell people to go to the censored Mormon history sites which continue to hide the the truth and facts from Mormons and non-Mormons alike just as Joseph Smith did from his followers before his death.Mormonism continue to spin the truth!
I don't believe we've tried to cover up how many wives the Prophet had. It's plain as day on Mormon and non-Mormon blogs across the internet. It's something we don't talk about often but it's certainly something that most all Mormons know about. That was the accepted practice at the time, so it would be expected that Joseph Smith would've have been a polygamist. We know this along with every other non-Mormon. There is no cover-up over the past practice of plural marriage or the involvement of the Prophet or his followers at that time.
David, if the Church is not trying to cover anything up, why do they falsely portray Joseph as only having one wife. Is there any movie ever made by the Mormon Church that ever shows Joseph Smith with other than just one wife - Emma? No, not one! Is there any picture ever used in any publication by the Mormon Church, that would entail thousands of pictures, that ever shows Joseph Smith with any wife other than Emma? No, never. You David, say that all Mormons and non-Mormons know this, then why the deception in all movies and publications? I beg to differ with you about this knowledge. I have had many Mormons argue this point with me saying these "marriages" cannot be proven and are pure speculation. If the Mormon Church isn't trying to hide this information, why do they always "officially" ignore it in their "official" movies and publications? It seems to me David that rationalization is part of the order of the day in Mormonism!
Well, other Mormons may speculate about it but I definitely know that there's proof. Even pro-Mormon blogs and websites attest to Joseph Smith's multiple wives. It's definitely no secret. I don't know anything about the movies and can't answer for them, but just because it isn't put in front of everyone's faces via movies or other publications doesn't mean that it's being covered up. As I've said before it's not something that is widely talked about, although it IS widely known. Example: the American government for years chose not to deal kindly with Native Americans and simply kept the bad parts of history quiet. While everyone knows what happened it still remains something that is too often not taught in schools (I know this because I am an Indian myself). So it is with Joseph Smith living plural marriage. It's widely known but simply not overly talked about. No cover up that I can see considering there's a difference between lying and silence.
Rocky, I think you need to get a life and stop posting things that you don't know to be completely true. We have our faith-Christians-LDS. You have yours. We are doing no harm to you or any other person on this Earth. Why do people who hate mormons so much always go out of their way to stir trouble and commotion. Just as a majority of members around the world do, I also respect people for what they believe. You call yourselves "Christians" yet what you are doing is not Christ like. I know that I have no room to judge and that it is all up to God, but stop trying to BE God and judge for him. He'll work it out in the end, leave us be. We are doing no harm to you or anyone else.
Liz, I've been busy and it was just brought to my attention that you had posted. Please point out one thing that I have ever posted, or written about in my book that is not fully documented and "not true." Don't accuse me of something that you can't back up. I don't post things about Mormonism that I can't document - 99% of the time from Mormon source material. Since I'm quoting Mormon source material, then your own prophets and apostles that I quote must be the originators of the hate you insist comes from me. You accuse me of un-Christlike actions, yet Jesus did the same thing, turning the words of the Pharisees and Sadducees back upon themselves.You could accuse me of being mean-spirited or a hater if I made things up; but, alas, I don't have to make up the contradictory, bizarre statements by Mormon leaders, they provide them freely. Your problem Liz is with your own leaders, not me. I only quote those whom you claim to be "Divinely" inspired. Unlike the Bible, which is divinely inspired and doesn't have one prophet contradicting another, Mormonism is just one contradiction after another!!