Early Mormon Teaching: God and Jesus Were Polygamists

October 26, 2015

I recently mention to a Church member I know that the teaching that God and Jesus were polygamists existed in Mormonism to which they replied they had never been taught that idea. This was certainly taught in the early days and has seeped into the Mormon consciousness even if it’s not talked about now.

Jedediah M. Grant, Apostle Second Counselor in the First Presidency:

“Celsus was a heathen philosopher; and what does he say upon the subject of Christ and his Apostles, and their belief? He says, the ‘grand reason why the Gentiles and philosophers of his school persecuted Jesus Christ, was because He had so many wives; there were Elizabeth, and Mary, and a host of others that followed Him.’ After Jesus went from the stage of action, the Apostles followed the example of their master. . . The grand reason of the burst of public sentiment in anathemas upon Christ and his disciples, casing his crucifixion, was evidently based on polygamy, … a belief in the doctrine of plurality of wives caused the persecution of Jesus, and his followers. We might almost think they were ‘Mormons’ ” (Journal of Discourses, Vol 1. ppl 345-346)

Apostle Orson Hyde:

“It will be borne in mind that once on a time, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; . . .no less a person than Jesus Christ was married on that occasion. If he was never married, his intimacy with Mary and Martha, and the other Mary also whom Jesus loved, must have been highly unbecoming and improper to say the least of it…I will venture to say that if Jesus Christ were now to pass thought the most pious countries in Christendom with a train of women, such as used to follow him, . . .he would be mobbed, tarred, and feathered, and rode, not on as ass, but on a rail.”

“At this doctrine the long-faced hypocrite and the sanctimonious bigot will probably cry, blasphemy! . . . Object not, therefore, too strongly against the marriage of Christ.” (All the above statements: Journal of Discourses, Vol. 4, pages 259-260)

“When Mary of old came to the sepulcher. . .she saw two angels in white. and they said unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She said unto them, Because they have take away my Lord, or husband, and I know not where they have laid him.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 2, page 210)

LDS Church paper, the Millennial Star, 1853:

. . .we apprehend that even greater troubles than these may arise before mankind learn all the particulars of Christ’s incarnation-how and by whom he was begotten; the character of the relationships formed by the act; the number of wives and children he had. . .” (The Millennial Star, Vol 15, page 825)

Brigham Young, LDS Church President and Prophet:

“When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives with him.” (Journal of Discourses 1:50. This quote is significant when one considers that Brigham Young taught that Adam and Elohim or God the Father were the same person. For Adam to have brought a wife ‘with him” to the Garden implies that he existed and wives before mortality.)

“The Scripture says that He, the Lord, came walking in the Temple, with “his train; I do not know who they were, unless his wives and children;” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13. page 309)

Apostle Orson Pratt:

 “the Father and Mother of Jesus, according to the flesh, must have been associated together in the capacity of Husband and Wife…as God was the first husband to her, it may be that He only gave her to be the wife of Joseph while in this mortal state, and that He intended after the resurrection to again take her as one of his own wives to raise up immortal spirits in eternity” (The Seer. p.158, 1853).

“…it will be seen that the Great Messiah who was the founder of the Christian religion, was a polygamist, . . .the Messiah chose. . .by marrying honorable wives himself, show to all future generations that He approbated the plurality of wives under the Christian dispensation, as well as under the dispensation in which His polygamist ancestors lived. . . .We have now clearly shown that God the Father had a plurality of wives. . .” (The Seer, page 172)

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