Polygamy in Eternity

74 Primary Sources

Date
Summary
Jul 27, 1842

JS receives a revelation to be sealed to SAW.

Sep 7, 1842

Joseph discusses Malachi 4 and Elijah and the importance of a welding link/sealing between fathers and children.

Jul 12, 1843

JS's transcript of D&C 132, stating that we "must and Shall abide the law or [w]e Shall be damned."

Mar 10, 1844

WW records JS teaching "seal all you can."

Aug 29, 1852

OP maintains that plural marriage is essential to salvation.

Nov 30, 1853

OP maintains that plural marriage is required for salvation.

Nov 30, 1853

OP maintains that plural marriage exists in eternity.

Mar 18, 1855

Orson Hyde maintains that Jesus was polygamist, had children.

Apr 15, 1856

WW records BY commenting on D&C 132.

Aug 29, 1857

JT teaches of a Heavenly Mother who is "one of the queens of heaven."

Aug 29, 1857

JT maintains that spirits came from plural marriage relationships.

Aug 6, 1862

BY maintains plural marriage exists in eternity.

Aug 19, 1866

BY says that those who do not practice polygamy in their heart, nor in actuality, will "come short."

Aug 19, 1866

Brigham Young states that only those who practice plural marriage become gods.

Jul 29, 1868

JMB was sealed to various female relatives in 1843.

Feb 12, 1870

WW records BY saying non-polygamists will be in CK.

Aug 31, 1871

BY observes that a failure to practice plural marriage will lead to singleness in the celestial kingdom.

Sep 24, 1871

BY maintains men must embrace celestial marriage in their heart to be justified.

Feb 10, 1873

Multiple GAs denounce polygamy as necessary for CK.

1876

Emma Hale Smith commanded to practice plural marriage.

Jul 7, 1878

JFS comments on how much more beneficial plural marriage is in eternity than monogamy.

Jul 7, 1878

Joseph Fielding Smith teaches that plural marriage is required for exaltation.

Oct 31, 1880

George Q. Cannon maintains that all must obey law of celestial marriage to be exalted.

Oct 31, 1880

GQC maintains that "willingness" to practice polygamy is necessary for salvation.

Mar 30, 1881

Helen Mark Kimball Whitney recalls her marriage to Joseph.

Oct 15, 1881

Helen Mark Kimball Whiney relays Vilate Kimball's vision of polygamy.

Apr 9, 1882

JT envisions a future in eternity reigning with his wives.

Mar 3, 1883

Joseph F. Smith maintains that plural marriage is required for exaltation.

Jan 13, 1884

George Teasdale declares that polygamy is a "necessity."

Apr 13, 1885

ERS expresses her love for the doctrine of polygamy.

Nov 9, 1885

First Presidency (JT and GQC) maintains that plural marriage was "interwoven" with eternal salvation.

Jun 1, 1886

WC maintains that JS taught plural marriage was essential to exaltation.

Oct 1888

LWK recalls JS saying women would have a choice in eternity.

Dec 29, 1888

JET maintains that exaltation is only possible through the patriarchal order of marriage.

1888

CWP says plural marriage exists in eternity.

1888

CWP says plural marriage exists in eternity.

Apr 30, 1889

HCC cites JS as maintaining plural marriage is required for eternal life.

Oct 6, 1890

WW releases OD1, officially declaring intentions to submit to anti-polygamy laws.

Nov 14, 1891

GQC maintains that plural marriage only necessary in one's heart for exaltation.

Nov 14, 1891

Wilford Woodruff describes in his speech how government threats catalyzed revelation for the Manifesto.

Dec 19, 1891

FP maintains that they taught plural marriage was necessary for exaltation.

1892

BWS denies that JS taught polygamy was necessary for exaltation.

1892

WW denies that JS taught polygamy is necessary for exaltation.

1892

JCK testifies that OP taught polygamy was unnecessary for exaltation.

Jan 27, 1899

EDPY says that she accepts the "pure and sacred principle" of polygamy.

1900

A. Jenson records A. Johnson endorsing the principle of plural marriage.

Jan 28, 1902

FP says spouses are free to choose their spouse in afterlife.

Dec 17, 1902

LW wrote that she had a testimony of the doctrine and principle of polygamy.

Mar 2, 1904

JFS says plural marriage is not essential to be member in good standing.

Apr 6, 1904

JFS releases 1904 Manifesto ending plural marriage definitively.

Jan 11, 1905

ZDHJ says that she will be married to JS for eternity.

Sep 1, 1912

Charles W. Penrose writes on Jesus being married, eternal polygamy, and exaltation.

1941

ACT recalls that plural marriage was required.

Apr 11, 1949

J. Reben Clark writes in his diary that polygamy in eternity may be for the purpose of "propagating spirits."

Feb 3, 1956

David O. McKay says polygamy "is not a principle but a practice" and that the blessings of "the eternity of the marriage covenant" are available to "a man with one wife."

Feb 3, 1956

David O. McKay says polygamy "is not a principle but a practice" and that the blessings of "the eternity of the marriage covenant" are available to "a man with one wife."

Feb 29, 1956

David O. McKay teaches that plural marriage is a "practice" and the blessings and covenants contained in D&C 132 are available in monogamous unions.

Dec 31, 1958

BRM predicts that plural marriage will be revitalized during millennium.

May 8, 1959

David O. McKay maintains women have choice in eternal partners.

1960

Policy in 1960 Handbook of Instructions implies polygamy in eternity with allowance for men to be sealed to multiple women after divorce(s).

1985

Duncan M. McAllister maintains that monogamy saves as much as plural marriage.

Apr 1985

DMQ offers a full analysis of post-Manifesto plural marriage.

1992

The "new and everlasting covenant" is the sum of all covenants and ordinances in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Sep 1998

1998 Church handbook 1 states that deceased women can be posthumously sealed to all deceased men to whom she was married.

Sep 8, 1998

Gordon B. Hinckley replies to questions about fundamentalists practicing polygamy in modern times and states "I condemn it, yes, as a practice, because I think it is not doctrinal."

Nov 1998

GBH says the modern Church does not practice polygamy.

2005

Richard Lyman Bushman on Joseph's polygamy; He married 3 in 1841; 11 in 1842 and 17 in 1843.

Jul 20, 2007

Dallin H. Oaks states "I don't know" about eternal polygamy.

Nov 20, 2015

Latter-day Saint blogger Steve Evans does not believe Polygamy was from God.

2018

William Victor Smith comments on the primary purpose of polygamy in Joseph's 1844 sermon.

2018

WVS comments on purpose of polygamy.

2021

GT Essay states "the precise nature" of eternal polygamy "is not known."

2021

Church handbook allows deceased women to be sealed to multiple men.

2021

Church Newsroom Statement on polygamy and polygyny.

2021

Church handbook allows for men to be sealed to multiple women in the temple.

Feb 2022

The Church handbook states that a deceased women can be sealed to all men she legally married.