"A Subject That Can Bear Investigation" : Anguish, Faith, and Joseph Smith's Youngest Plural Wife
No Weapon Shall Prosper : New Light on Sensitive Issues
Religious Studies Center, BYU, in cooperation with Deseret Book Company
Perhaps no other aspect of Joseph Smith’s life has stirred controversy like the practice of plural marriage. Since its inception, both Latter-day Saints and members of other faiths have puzzled over polygamy and its complicated beginnings. Though the Church discontinued the practice over a century ago, polygamy continues to invite criticism from outside and questions from within the Latter-day Saint community. The fact that Joseph Smith was sealed to several younger women adds another layer of intrigue to an already difficult story. In this essay, the experience of one Latter-day Saint woman illuminates the spiritual world of the 1840s and provides insight into this complex topic.