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Continuing on from the theme of my previous post, a natural question is what led Joseph Smith to the idea of plural marriage in the first place?

This question is kind of hard to answer because Joseph did not, to my knowledge, record any personal reflections on the topic. He was singularly reticent on this difficult topic. So we are left to speculate.

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The Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Proposition 8 have gotten me thinking about marriage, and a recent phenomenon I’ve noticed. Many people are “Googlging themselves out of the church.” The story usually goes that John Doe is bothered by something he heard at General Conference, or something a friend told him, or something somebody said or did at church, or he’s been having a problem with pornography, or he encounters some other challenge. Then he gets curious. He starts to wonder, “Is this church I’ve belonged to my entire life really true?” So he goes out on the internet and puts “Joseph Smith” into Google and starts reading.

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If you’ve read several of my posts, you’ve probably noticed that I have several “favorite” scriptures (okay, I actually have a LOT of “favorite” scriptures). I’ve said before that my very, very favorite is 2 Ne. 2:6 — 9, and I’m sticking to my guns on that one. But Ether 12 probably comes in a close second.

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I had started part II of my post on “Souls, Symbols and Sacraments,” then didn’t finish it, and then we had General Conference, and there were so many good talks, I think I need to take a post here in between to mention it. (more…)

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