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Joseph Smith Fought Polygamy

"I had not been married scarcely five minutes, and made one proclamation of the Gospel, before it was reported that I had seven wives.... I am innocent of all these charges.... What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing adultery, and having seven wives, when I can only find one. I am the same man, and as innocent as I was fourteen years ago; and I can prove them all perjurers."

—Joseph Smith, Jr., History of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
, 6:410–411

"Joseph Smith was the greatest victim of fraud and conspiracy of the last 500 years. Nothing like it in recorded history. He was simply lied about when something had to be done to justify ... Utah Mormon polygamy."

—President Israel A. Smith, grandson of Joseph the Martyr (Letter to Pamela Price,
September 17, 1956)

Polygamy in the Mormon Church did not originate with the Prophet Joseph Smith in Nauvoo in the 1840s, but with Jacob Cochran in Saco, Maine in 1818. Later Day Saint missionaries, including Brigham Young, preached among the Cochranites, and later some of these missionaries became polygamists also. Dr. John C. Bennett practiced his own version of spiritual wifery in Nauvoo, which Joseph the Prophet vigorously opposed. Joseph, who had no plural wives, fought to keep polygamy, in any form, from becoming a doctrine of the Church. But soon after his death, some of the highest Church leaders introduced polygamy as a cardinal doctrine—and conspired to cover their own adulterous crimes by claiming that Joseph received a revelation commanding the practice, and that he had many wives. For a general understanding of both the origins of polygamy among the Latter Day Saints and the several conspiracies to falsely implicate Joseph in polygamy, read the article on our Web site, "Joseph Smith: Innocent of Polygamy," by Richard Price.

Richard and Pamela Price wrote a series of in-depth articles for Vision, entitled Joseph Smith Fought Polygamy, to prove that Joseph Smith, Jr. was innocent of polygamy. These articles, with their forty-five years of careful research and extensive documentation, bring startling new evidence that, instead of being a polygamist, Joseph Smith actually fought against the dogma. These articles have been compiled into three books, Joseph Smith Fought Polygamy—Volumes 1, 2, & 3, which you can purchase online, by telephone (816.461.5659), or in person at the Restoration Bookstore. Pamela Price is continuing to work on Volume 4, which will also be published in the future.

Volumes 1 and 2 are reproduced here so all who visit this site will have the opportunity to know that Joseph Smith, Jr. was innocent of polygamy. Below are tables of contents for these two volumes, which link to the specific chapters.

Joseph Smith Fought Polygamy
Volume 1

Chapter 1 Cochranism: The Origin of Utah Mormon Polygamy
Chapter 2 Other Accounts of Cochranism
Chapter 3 Church Missionaries Converted Cochranites
Chapter 4 Brigham Young, the Father of Mormon Polygamy
Chapter 5 The Apostles Brought Polygamy into the Church
Chapter 6 Early Efforts to Eradicate Polygamy
Chapter 7 Dr. Bennett Laid the Foundation of Polygamy at Nauvoo
Chapter 8 Dr. Bennett and Eliza R. Snow
Chapter 9 Eliza Snow Was Not Pushed Down the Mansion House Stairs
Chapter 10 More Evidence Concerning Eliza Snow
Chapter 11 Bennett and Francis Higbee's Polygamous Activities Discovered in 1841
Chapter 12 Chauncey L. Higbee Expelled for Polygamous Activities
Chapter 13 Joseph Sued Chauncey L. Higbee in Court at Carthage
Chapter 14 Dr. Bennett Expelled from the Church
Chapter 15 Dr. Bennett Persecuted Joseph and the Church
Chapter 16 Bennett's Polygamy Charges and the Saints' Responses
Chapter 17 Isaac Sheen Was Not a Credible Witness Concerning Polygamy
Chapter 18 The Book of Mormon Condemns Polygamy (A Study of the "Righteous Seed" Theory)
Chapter 19 Joseph's Sermon against Polygamy

Joseph Smith Fought Polygamy
Volume 2

Chapter 1 The Martha Brotherton Case
Chapter 2 Bennett's Sixth Letter or the Essay on "Happiness"
Chapter 3 The Sarah Pratt Case
Chapter 4 Orson Pratt and the 1831 Revelation Rumor
Chapter 5 Apostle Pratt's Revolt against the Prophet
Chapter 6 Joseph's Anti-Bennett Crusade
Chapter 7 The Polygamy Crisis in the Fall of 1842
Chapter 8 The Peace Maker—Another Source of LDS Polygamy
Chapter 9 How The Peace Maker Has Been Wrongly Used to Promote a False Theory
Chapter 10 The Apostles Adopted Jacob's Polygamous Concepts from The Peace Maker
Chapter 11 More Evidence That LDS Polygamy Concepts Were Adopted from The Peace Maker
Chapter 12 Mary Page Eaton Testified that Joseph Was not a Polygamist
Chapter 13 The Smith Family Knew that Brigham Practiced Polygamy before Joseph's Death
Chapter 14 William Smith Provided Further Insights into the Origin of Polygamy
Chapter 15 Joseph’s Struggles to Eradicate Polygamy in 1842
Chapter 16 LDS Leaders Accused Oliver Cowdery of Polygamy
Chapter 17 Apostle John Taylor Lied about Polygamy Being Practiced by Church Leaders


Joseph Smith Fought Polygamy—Volume 3New

For now, the contents of Volume 3 can be read only in the printed book, which may be purchased from the Restoration Bookstore at the above link.




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