For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory”. The Hyrum Smith Family Association connects the descendants of Hyrum to their ancestors and to each other. He returned to Nauvoo and then went to Carthage, along with his brother and other church leaders,  with the repeated declaration: “I am going like a lamb to the slaughter”. (D&C 132:2-4), The revelation as recorded in Doctrine and Covenants Section 132 explains that the Lord commanded these early Prophets to practice plural marriage, and that they, . By 1843 , one of the chief proponents of plural marriage was Hyrum Smith, co-President of the Church and joint dispensation head with the Prophet Joseph Smith. He later wrote in his diary: “…polygamy was of the Devil and [Smith] should put it down”. Refuting the charge of adultery, the prophet Joseph Smith wrote: “I had not been married scarcely five minutes, and made one proclamation of the Gospel, before it was reported that I had seven wives. [2] In 1834, Mary emigrated to join her brother Joseph and her sister Mercy in Toronto, Upper Canada. (The revelation was written down at Hyrum Smith's request, who believed that he could persuade Emma Smith of the doctrine's provenance from God.) During the 1970s and 1980s, however, numerous historians, among them Reorganized Church historian Richard P. Howard, probed deeper into the origins of plural marriage, demonstrating beyond reasonable doubt Joseph Smith’s central role in developing the doctrine during the Nauvoo experience and offering frameworks for understanding it. Keeping the revelation and practice of plural marriage secret and out of public view was a matter of life or death for the Saints. In October 1837, Joseph called him to serve a mission in the eastern states. Hyrum was the third of eleven kids born to Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith. “When assailed by their enemies and accused of practicing things which were really not countenanced in the Church, they were justified in denying those imputations and at the same time avoiding the avowal of such doctrine as were not yet intended for the world… Polygamy in the ordinary and Asiatic sense of the term, never was and is not now a tenet of the Latter-day Saints. Three months after the Church was organized, in July 1830, Joseph Smith received a revelation for his wife Emma, instructing her to make a selection of sacred hymns for the Church of Christ. Richard and Pamela Price and the  Reorganized Church. Part 4. was the shout. On Friday, June 7, 1844, dissenters from the Church published the one and only issue of the Nauvoo Expositor. Emma Smith humbly received this important principle and gave to Joseph Smith three young women to wife, who had been living with her and her family, until she lost the Spirit and her heart became hardened (Eliza R Snow, Women’s Exponent). Hyrum W. Smith is a distinguished author, speaker, and businessman. Your email address will not be published. Taylor and his wife were in the same congregation as the Fieldings, all of whom were "disenchanted Methodists". . Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), “Answering the Claim: Joseph Smith Never Married into Polygamy and Never Taught it”. Many of the Latter Day Saints who joined the RLDS Church in Nauvoo Illionois had broken with Brigham Young because of their opposition to polygamy. On Monday evening, June 10, the marshal and his posse of approximately 100 men removed the press and type that had produced the newspaper and burned all the copies of the first issue. Joseph F. Smith, son of Hyrum Smith and his legitimate second wife Mary Fielding. After Hyrum was killed in 1844, Smith chose to follow the direction of Brigham Young and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. For more than eighty years the gravesite of Joseph Smith Jr., his wife . 115 likes. Part 1, “Follow the living prophet” …and Excommunicate Joseph Smith? “If an angel from heaven was to reveal to me that a man should have more than one wife, and if it were in my power I would kill him” (Brigham Young, “A Few Words of Doctrine,” October 8, 1861, Brigham Young Papers, LDS Church Archives). . Emma and others encouraged Joseph to return and stand trial. goes to Salem, Mass., with Joseph Smith, D&C 111: Intro. The revelation failed to win her approval, but thereafter, it appears the two entered into an agreement that required Joseph to obtain her permission before marrying any additional plural wives. Your email address will not be published. There always has been and always will be those who pervert the ways of the Lord. Why Smith, Hyrum, Law, and their wives took the long trip out to “The Mound,” is unknown. Afterwards at home, I told my father of my thoughts, and he said, ‘No, Mosiah, for God has shown to Brother Joseph that his son, Joseph, will be the means of drawing many people away from this Church after him. To this end, the Nauvoo Expositor was created to be an instrument to fight polygamy and other doctrines. His death, along with his younger brother Joseph, is still viewed as martyrdom in the annals of Mormon historical records. Dennison L. Harris remembered the following testimony given by the Prophet Joseph Smith only a few months before his death: “The same God that has thus far dictated and directed me, and inspired me and strengthened me in this work, gave me this revelation and Commandment on Celestial and Plural marriage; and the same God commanded me to obey it. Name: Joseph Smith: Born: December 23, 1805 Died: June 27, 1844 (aged 38) : Positions: 1st President of the Church of Christ (later the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), April 6, 1830 () – June 27, 1844 (): Date entered polygamy: April 5, 1841: Eventual No. On July 12 at Hyrum Smith’s invitation, the Prophet dictated a revelation (now D&C 132), which Hyrum presented to Emma in the hope that she would again accept Joseph’s practice of polygamy. Mary, John, and Mercy moved to Kirtland, Ohio, the following spring to join the larger body of the church. Er war der ältere Bruder des Gründers des Mormonentums, Joseph Smith. The Prophet Joseph Smith and the early Saints who practiced plural marriage are still under attack today, just as they were during the early Nauvoo period in which they lived. “It is clear to my mind what to do. “Anyone who will read carefully the denials, as they are termed… will see clearly that they denounce adultery, fornication, brutal lust, and the teachings of plurality of wives by those who were not commanded to do so” (George A Smith to Joseph Smith III, October 9, 1869, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Archives). . I do positively know, and bear testimony to the fact” (Clayton, William. When the Prophet Joseph Smith tried to introduce the doctrine of Plural marriage, it was rejected by many of the Saints including his wife,  Emma Smith. I had ... many Nauvoo polygamists in 1886–87 in preparation for his 1887 Historical Record article identifying Joseph Smith’s plural wives. ), Lucy Walker, plural wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Plural marriage “was revealed to the prophet in ‘31, but he did not teach it then … he received a revelation on polygamy in 1831.” (Kimball, Lucy Walker Smith. When Joseph Smith introduced plural marriage to him, Hyrum at first opposed the idea, but when converted to the principle, he became one of its staunchest advocates. 42 10, no11, 1 November 1881, p. 83). But she didn’t know that her acquaintance with the Smith family would quickly become even more intimate after Hyrum Smith’s wife, Jerusha, passed away in October 1837, leaving behind five small children. Why We Practice Plural Marriage. This spiritual wifeism! It is a well-established fact that Joseph Smith received a revelation as early as 1831 on the eternality of Plural Marriage (Celestial Marriage, Patriarchal marriage, Polygamy). Brigham Young remembered one council “where Joseph undertook to teach the brethren and sisters”. Also excommunicated was Robert D Foster, a local doctor who also became resistant to the doctrine. In order for faithful Mormon leaders to deny plural marriage publicly with a clear conscience, they developed a code for speaking using double meanings. revelations to Hyrum Smith, D&C 11; 23.. calling is to exhortation, D&C 23:3. to journey to Missouri by way of Detroit, D&C 52:8. to preach with Reynolds Cahoon, D&C 75:32. appointed to Church building committee, D&C 94: Intro. 1 Of these, it appears the Prophet experienced sexual relations with less than half of the women sealed to him. 53. Both of Smith's grandfathers, Asael Smith (1744 –1830) and Nathaniel Aikens (1757–1836), served in the American Revolutionary War. The Hyrum Smith biography is quite insightful into the character of Hyrum Smith. Some of those who apostatized from the Church, also denied the revelation on Celestial and Plural marriage but supported a form of religion originally taught by Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith III worked unceasingly to dissociate his father  from the practice of celestial plural marriage, a principle for which the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were slain for advocating. A most interesting topic for sure. [1] She was the sixth child of John Fielding and Rachel Ibbotson, who were active in the growing Methodist movement in the area. I never was called Mrs. Smith. The Lord explained to the Prophet Joseph Smith that through his obedience these same blessings Abraham received, could also be his. Nonetheless, there are literally volumes of accounts given by the early saints, testifying that the revelation on Plural Marriage was revealed by the Lord to the Prophet Joseph Smith. There are occasional bits and pieces of interesting information, but all in all this book is not only poorly written, but the historical methodology is horrendous. . Hyrum and his first wife, Jerusha, had four daughters and two sons. [3]:261, On September 21, 1852, Smith died in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, at the home of her second husband, Heber C. Kimball, apparently of pneumonia. Why, a man dares not speak or wink, for fear of being accused of this. In light of the circumstances under which they were spoken, Joseph’s words were carefully chosen in order to protect the Saints from mounting tensions and the incitement to violence. All they want is Hyrum and myself ; then tell everybody to go about their business, and not to collect in groups, but to scatter about. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, http://www.saintswithouthalos.com/b/lott_cp.phtml, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mary_Fielding_Smith&oldid=990439470, English emigrants to pre-Confederation Ontario, Pre-Confederation Canadian emigrants to the United States, Short description is different from Wikidata, Latter Day Saint biography Infobox with missing parameters, Articles with unsourced statements from November 2016, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 24 November 2020, at 14:02. I have never believed it and never can believe it. One example is the testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s personal clerk and scribe,  William Clayton, who wrote a letter in response to an inquiry about the Prophet Joseph Smith and the revelation on Celestial Marriage. “If Brother Joseph Smith had been led by the Spirit he had, he would never /have given himself up and gone to Carthage, explained, “but he would have gone right to these mountains, and would have been alive today to lead this people.” The lesson the Saints should have learned from the Prophet’s death, President Young stressed, was that “the sheep must follow the shepherd, not the shepherd follow the sheep” (Journal of Charles W. Walker, Brigham Young University Library, under date of March 21, 1858.). On August 12, 1843, Hyrum read the revelation concerning plural marriage to the Nauvoo High Council. Unfortunately, in my experience those who are hardened against Celestial Plural Marriage don’t care about the facts. She was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery. Joseph Smith, however, said it made him sad to see his own son (Joseph Smith Jr. [the third], who was then traveling through the territory preaching against the Church) trying to tear down what he had given his life to establish” (Diaries of Abraham H Cannon 7 July 1897, page 228). Smith went to Quincy, Illinois, with the remaining church members and, after Hyrum escaped from jail, they moved to Nauvoo, Illinois (also known as Commerce). At this time, Smith was pregnant with her first child, Joseph. Listen as Hyrum W. Smith gives you a brief introduction to what the belief window is and how it affects the decisions that you make. “That the Prophet Joseph told him that the doctrine of celestial marriage was revealed to him while he was engaged on the work of translation of the scriptures, but when the communication was first made the Lord stated that the time for the practice of that principle had not arrived.” (Noble, Joseph B. Centerville, Davis Co, Utah Stake conference, June 11, 1883. The Prophet’s intention was to organize an exploring expedition to go to the West and find a location for the Saints to settle, then return to Nauvoo after the prevailing emotions and feelings had settled down. She was life-long (and pre-Mormon conversion) friend to Canadian John Taylor (second “prophet” to righam, and Number Four Man in the Secret Chamber.] I always found it odd this man didn’t play a bigger role in the history of Mormonism and why his brother Joseph Jr. didn’t utilize their brotherhood in a broader sense. https://josephsmithfoundation.org/joseph-smith-polygamy/, ← The Law of the Land and the 12th Article of Faith, What Every Latter-day Saint Should Know About Vaccines →, “Follow the living prophet” …and Excommunicate Joseph Smith? Mary Fielding Smith Kimball (July 21, 1801 – September 21, 1852) was an early member of the Latter Day Saint movement, the second wife of Latter Day Saint leader Hyrum Smith, and the mother of Joseph F. Smith, who became president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). On January 8, 1844, Joseph Smith removed Law from the First Presidency. Hyrum Smith Family Association. I am not sure why but those who live here that are of his posterity keep it mostly very quiet. Over the years, many RLDS Church historians have  continued to state that the practice originated with Brigham Young. Dr. Goforth was invited into the Laws’ clique, and Dr. Foster and the clique were dissatisfied with that document,  and they rush away and leave the Church, and conspire to take away my life; and because I will not countenance such wickedness,[ they proclaim that I have been a true prophet, but that I am now a fallen prophet. During this time, Mary came to know Joseph and Hyrum Smith and greatly loved and respected them both. On June 22, 1844, Joseph, Hyrum, and bodyguard Porter Rockwell left Nauvoo and crossed the Mississippi River to the Iowa side, to prepare for their escape. . https://josephsmithfoundation.org/joseph-smith-polygamy/. Hyrum informed the Saints in Nauvoo  of the revelation to Joseph, saying: “The Lord has warned him to flee to the Rocky Mountains to save his life.”. [citation needed] She went to Winter Quarters and then on to the Salt Lake Valley. The events preceding  the Martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith. I mean to live and proclaim the truth as long as I can. I wish you to be obedient to these true men as you have promised. Emma Smith vacillated, one day railing in opposition against it and the next giving her consent for Joseph to be sealed to another wife (see comments by Orson Pratt, . Brigham’s as well of course but Brigham is not held in such high esteem here. Yet others who are preprejudiced and unwilling, just become more darkened in the mind to the point of open war against it. An early pioneer, a participant in Zion’s Camp, and member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, Joseph B. Noble stated that the revelation on plural marriage was given during Joseph Smith’s translation of the Bible. On April 18, 1844, Law and his wife were excommunicated from the church, along with his brother Wilson, a brigadier general in the Nauvoo Legion. William Law declared. “Emma deceived her children and denied to everyone that the Prophet had ever received a revelation on celestial marriage, or had ever practiced it” (Women’s Exponent, vol. https://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.737.7883&rep=rep1&type=pdf. Yet all have that agency, and that agency is a gift from God, but in the end, none will be left with an excuse. It took some three hours to write it. Required fields are marked *. At the time this took place Hyrum Smith, Joseph’s brother, came to me and said, I need not be afraid. Abraham received promises concerning his seed, and of the fruit of his loins–from whose loins ye are, namely my servant Joseph–which were to continue so long as they were in the world; and as touching Abraham and his seed, out of the world they should continue; both in the world and out of the world should they continue as innumerable as the stars; or, if we were to count the sand upon the seashore ye could not number them. It is also unknown what occurred when they were there. Marrying Hyrum Smith. Mariner W, Merrill, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1889 recalled a conversation he had with President John Taylor. If such things were done, then I believe they never were done by divine authority. Let them search; they will not harm you in person or property, and not even a hair of your head. . After Jerusha's death, he married Mary Fielding in 1837, and she bore him a son and a daughter. Wikipedia Biography. One story recounts Smith's trip across the plains with Heber C. Kimball's pioneer company. She reportedly arrived in the Valley one day before Lott. Good thing we don’t believe in conspiracies of epic proportion, or in other words secret combinations. . “I have tried for a number of years to get the minds of the Saints prepared to receive the things of God; but we frequently see some of them, after suffering all they have for the work of God, will fly to pieces like glass as soon as anything comes that is contrary to their traditions; they cannot stand the fire at all. The Prophet dictated the words of the ceremony to Noble, and later cautioned him. 355–56). Joseph Smith was likely sealed to between 30 and 40 women during his lifetime. Excellent article. Years later Brigham Young spoke to the Saints in Salt Lake City about the Prophet’s decision. I thought it held up too until I did a thorough study of the practice. The revelation on plural marriage, D&C 132, indicates that this further light and knowledge came after the Prophet inquired regarding the polygamous marriages of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and many other ancient prophets. Quoted in Andrew Jenson, “Plural Marriage,” Historical Record 6 (July 1887): 232–33.). Their mind is made up and they are convinced that Joseph is “innocent” of polygamy and that he is the victim of a conspiracy of epic proportions and no amount of facts will change their mind. “When the prophet “went to his dinner,” [Joseph Lee] Robinson wrote, “as it might be expected several of the first women of the church collected at the Prophet’s house with his wife [and] said thus to the prophet Joseph O mister Smith you have done it now it will never do it is all but Blassphemy you must take back what you have said to day is it is outrageous it would ruin us as a people.” So in the afternoon session Smith again took the stand, according to Robinson, and said “Brethren and Sisters I take back what we said this morning and leave it as though there had been nothing said ” ( Richard S. Van Wagoner, Mormon Polygamy: A History (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1986),48; citing Robinson, Journal, 23–24). (He brought his hand down on my father’s head [Levi Hancock] as he was acting as body-guard to the Prophet) While others have pretended to be my friends, and have crept into my bosom and become vipers, and have been my most deadly enemies. Many who have not obtained a witness of the eternality of Plural Marriage for themselves, are among those who are not only critical, but are also often quick to condemn the Prophet Joseph Smith, who is the Lord’s anointed. In the months immediately preceding the martyrdom of Joseph Smith on 26 March 1844,  the Prophet announced to a gathering of trusted brethren that he had conferred all the keys and powers that he held on selected members of the Twelve, assuring continuity in the leadership of the Church after his impending death. He served several missions. Fearing further resistance and harmful backlash from the general Church membership,  Joseph Smith began to teach the revelation on Plural marriage exclusively to his closest and most trusted friends and associates. You can read more inspiring stories about Joseph Smith and the introduction and practice of Plural marriage here. They still considered themselves part of the “original church” and began forming themselves into a “reorganized” Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The paper condemned the doctrine of plural wives which it called “abominations and whoredoms” (Nauvoo Expositor, June 7, 1844). Elder Clayton wrote: “. Reflecting back on  the events  in Nauvoo Apostle Orson Hyde related: “What would it have done for us, if they had known that many of us had more than one wife when we lived in Illinois? 10, no11, 1 November 1881, p. 83). . The Book of Mormon foretells of apostasy in the Latter Days. “When the Prophet had his hand upon my father’s head, I said to myself, ‘I trust that I will be as true to young Joseph [Joseph III], the Prophet’s son, as my father is to his father’. William Marks, former stake president of Nauvoo, served as Smith III’s counselor in the reorganized First Presidency. Later that same year Hyrum married Mary Fielding Smith, the mother of the future Prophet Joseph F Smith. Joseph Smith III was only 11 years old at the time of his father’s death, still some believed Joseph Smith III  should be his father’s successor. Active in leadership positions in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now the Community of Christ). (D&C 132:28-30). Joseph Smith turned his steps toward Carthage and martyrdom with the sad comment, “If my life is of no value to my friends, it is of none to myself.”. Mormon Dissenters and Anti-Mormon outsiders conspire to frustrate the practice of  Plural Marriage in Nauvoo and destroy the life and character of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Documentary History of the Church, 7 vols., (Deseret Book Co., Salt Lake City, UT, 1980), vol. Today we’re taking a look at Hyrum Smith. One of their readers wrote: “I really was hoping this book contained well researched and documentation that would prove that Joseph Smith never lived polygamy. Hyrum held many roles including Elder, Witness, Patriarch, Brevet Major General in the Nauvoo Legion and Assistant Prophet. Ultimately there is no neutral ground, although it seems that we can be neutral/lukewarm for a season as to not having/wanting to be confronted with controversial doctrines. The events preceding the Martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith. He married Jerusha Barden in November 1826. Emma, and Hyrum Smith has drawn devoted and curious visitors alike to a small cemetery plot located in the Smith Family Cemetery in Nauvoo, Illi-nois. Das Bekanntwerden der praktizierten Vielehe war einer der Faktoren, die ab 1837 zu Zerwürfnissen zwischen Joseph Smith und mehreren Führungspersönlichkeiten der Kirche der Heiligen der Letzten Tage … The fact that they took the trip with wives is strange as it would have required a long rough ride in a buggy. As hostility increased, William law and other dissenters plotted to expose the secret of plural marriage in Nauvoo to the law and to public opinion. In response, Smith said that she would not only stay with the company but would arrive in the Salt Lake Valley before Lott and without any of his help. But unfortunately, Prices’ book is really just an attempt to rewrite history to fit their own conclusions. To live and proclaim the truth as long as i can with Joseph Smith removed Law from Church... 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