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    Interesting Mormon Beliefs About Polygamy

    According to an article in the May 16, 2008 issue of The Week magazine:

    1. Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, said that, on July 17, 1831, God told him that only a man with at least three wives could enter heaven;

    2. In Mormon theology, the individual human soul exists both before and after mortal life, and it was therefore considered the duty of all Mormon men to have as many children as possible in order to spare those souls the indignity of being born, as Mormon apostle Orson Pratt put it, "among the Hottentots, the African negroes, the idolatrous Hindoos, or any other fallen nations that dwell upon the face of the Earth;"

    3. All Mormons are not polygamous because God changed his mind just in time for Utah to join the United States. In 1890, while Utah territory was applying to become a state, church president Wilford Woodruff received a revelation from God to the effect that Mormons were to submit themselves to U.S. law and to cease the practice of plural marriage. The "mainstream" Mormons followed Woodruff's revelation. The "fundamentalist" sects did not.

    What is the reference for #2? Mormons do not think that any group of people is better or worse than another. The Book of Mormon states, "Ye shall not esteem one flesh above another, or one man shall not think himself above another" (Mosiah 23:7). I know that God loves all of his people and wants us to try and love one another as he loves us.
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