Don’t teach polygamy
as Mormon doctrine.
Don’t teach it as
NOT Mormon doctrine.
See if you can unravel this.
In Mormon Scripture, God says that polygamy is a law, and that all to whom it is revealed must obey or be damned.
Mormon founder Joseph Smith had some 30-50 wives, all in secret, or so he thought. After arriving in Utah, his successors brought polygamy into the open and continued practicing it until 1890, and then, despite denials, secretly continued it into the early 20th Century.
In today’s Mormon Church, polygamy is verboten. It excommunicates polygamists and those who advocate its return.
matters a lot with what comes next.
Guess what. His local church leaders told him to revise or delete all comments suggesting that Mormon polygamy was not of divine origin—or else.
So, Hinckley could call it “not doctrinal.” Van Allen cannot.
You can read van Allen’s post by clicking here. Should he remove it, it also appears, with his permission, here.