Polygamy in Eternity
Will polygamy be practiced in the Celestial Kingdom?
Is polygamy a requirement to be in the Celestial Kingdom?
No, probably not. In the past, some Church leaders taught that it was a requirement for exaltation, whereas others taught that this was not true. Shortly after the release of the 1890 Manifesto, President George Q. Cannon[BIO] taught that exaltation could be received without polygamy.
Does Doctrine and Covenants 132 say that those who don't practice polygamy will be damned?
Probably not. It says that people "must and shall abide the law, or he shall be damned" where the "law" is the "new and everlasting covenant of marriage." So if the "law" is just referring to eternal marriage, then no, you won't be damned if you don't practice polygamy. However, if it refers to polygamy, then yes, you will be damned if you don't practice it.
Does God practice polygamy?
Possibly. Some early apostles speculated that He did. Orson Pratt[BIO] believed that God the Father was a polygamist, and Orson Hyde[BIO] taught that Jesus Christ was a polygamist and had children.
Do we have to believe or agree with the principle of polygamy to be in the Celestial kingdom?
Probably to some extent. If some continue to practice polygamy in the afterlife, even those who reject plural marriage for themselves would likely need to accept that polygamy has a place in the celestial kingdom.
Have any prominent women supported polygamy in eternity?
If polygamy isn't practiced today, why can a man be sealed to more than one woman today?
It's unknown. The structure of sealings continues in the tradition of plural marriage but the details of how this is implemented are unknown. If you practice plural marriage in mortality, with living people, you will be excommunicated.
Why can't a woman be sealed to more than one man?
It's unclear why. Plural marriage has been taught as one man married to multiple women.
If someone is sealed to more than one spouse in mortality, will they be forced to be polygamous if they don't want to be?
No. The idea of being forced to practice polygamy is in opposition to the fundamental principle of agency. Lucy Walker, one of Joseph Smith's plural wives, recalled Joseph teaching that "a woman would have her choice; this was a privilege that could not be denied her." Charles W. Penrose[BIO] also taught in the Juvenile Instructor that all plural marriages in eternity would be done through the mutual consent of all spouses.
- Greg B
“Jacob in the Book of Mormon teaches that God prefers marriage between one man and one woman. God directs more than one wife only at special times on earth to raise up a righteous posterity. Men sealed to more than 1 wife on earth gives women right to a celestial marriage.”
- Eliza E
“I want to research polygamous relationships more. I sure don't get the "why" of polygamy, but I don't think I want God to break up families just because they were polygamously sealed.”