The original polygamy essay is there, along with the other essays, but this essay and the post 1890 Polygamy essays are not included in the essay list. As we stated in our introduction to the essays, the Church doesn't really want all of its members to read these essays.The Church appears to only want members that already know about these issues to read the essays.The D&C states that the plural wives must be virgins.
In fact, the verses preceding it ( Jacob , 30) actually condemn polygamy.
In other Bible verses not referenced in the article, the God of the Bible did not seem to necessarily disapprove of polygamy but he did not command it either.
62 And if he have ten virgins given unto him by this law, he cannot commit adultery, for they belong to him, and they are given unto him; therefore is he justified.
63But if one or either of the ten virgins, after she is espoused, shall be with another man, she has committed adultery, and shall be destroyed; for they are given unto him to multiply and replenish the earth, according to my commandment, and to fulfil the promise which was given by my Father before the foundation of the world, and for their exaltation in the eternal worlds, that they may bear the souls of men; for herein is the work of my Father continued, that he may be glorified.
5) Essay states (under the heading 'Joseph and Emma'): But Emma likely did not know about all of Joseph's sealings.
This is significant as many Mormons do not know that Joseph kept many of his marriages secret from his first wife Emma, in direct opposition to the direction stated in D&C 132.D&C 132 is quite specific and has a lot of detail in it concerning how to obey the commandment of polygamy.It specifically says in D&C 132: 8 "Behold, mine house is a house of order, saith the Lord God, and not a house of confusion." There are certainly lots of very specific instructions given in D&C 132. In D&C 132: 61-63 it says: 61 And again, as pertaining to the law of the priesthood—if any man espouse a virgin, and desire to espouse another, and the first give her consent, and if he espouse the second, and they are virgins, and have vowed to no other man, then is he justified; he cannot commit adultery for they are given unto him; for he cannot commit adultery with that that belongeth unto him and to no one else.This is the God who requires specific wording for blessing the sacrament, baptism, and other ordinances.This is a god who revealed what part of a cow to burn, and how to sprinkle blood in the Old Testament.Moreover, there is little to no evidence that the Mormons were adhering to the rules stated in the Bible about polygamy.For example, Leviticus 18 forbids marrying a mother and her daughter, and marrying sisters, but both practices were common among the Mormons.1) Starting with the first paragraph, the essay states: In biblical times, the Lord commanded some of His people to practice plural marriage—the marriage of one man and more than one woman The Bible verses quoted in the footnotes (Genesis 16) indicate only that polygamy occurred, not that God commanded it.The Book of Mormon verse provided is Jacob which does not say that God commanded people to practice polygamy.Special thanks to the following: Mormon Discussions' poster Rollo Tomasi, who I borrow heavily from his response to the essay; Alison Udall and her responses on Main Street Plaza; Mormon Matters - podcast #256 (with guests LDS apologist Brian Hales, LDS author Todd Compton and Barbara Brown); Mormon Stories - podcast #503 (with guests With John Dehlin, Lindsay Hansen Park, John Hamer and J. Clark's essay Angels with Swords; an excellent annotated response to the essay from a collaborator who I exchange research with: mormonism101- Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo; as well as several posters on Mormon Discussions.It should be noted that [as of 1/13/15] this essay does not appear in the Gospel Topics List of