Joseph Smith Fought Polygamy Online

"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 also became polygamists. 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.

Joseph Smith Fought Polygamy was written by Richard and Pamela Price to prove that Joseph Smith Jr. was innocent of polygamy. With their forty-five years of careful research and extensive documentation, the three volumes of this book bring startling new evidence that, instead of being a polygamist, Joseph Smith actually fought against the dogma. You can purchase all three volumes online, by telephone, or in person at the Restoration Bookstore in either paper or ebook format. Pamela Price is continuing to write Volume 4, which will also be published available for purchase in the future.

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In addition, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 are reproduced below in PDF format and are free for all to read. We do this so that everyone who visits this site will have the opportunity to know for themselves that Joseph Smith Jr. was innocent of polygamy. Below are links to the contents for these three volumes.

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3