Episode 53: Federal Legislation of Utah Polygamy

Written by Lindsay Hansen Park on . Posted in year of polygamy

Men in suits fighting over "protection of innocent women", Which is the Prophet and which is the Prosecutor ?

Men in suits fighting over “protection of innocent women”, Which is the Prophet and which is the Prosecutor ?

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George F. Edmunds & Wilford Woodruff

Join Lindsay as she interviews Perry Porter about the legislation and laws surrounding Mormon polygamy.   Links mentioned in this podcast:
  1. According to B. H. Roberts] History of the Church, Vol.2, p.246, Footnotes

It should be observed that this “Article on Marriage” presented by W. W. Phelps, and also the one on “Government and Laws in General,” presented by Oliver Cowdery, were not presented as revelations and were not published as such at the time, but were expressions of course, of the belief of the Saints at that period on those subjects. It should also be noted that these two articles were presented and acted upon in the absence of the Prophet who was at the time visiting saints and preaching in Michigan.

For those that think of revelation and the D&C as a seamless flow of information from God there is this:

Apparently the changes in the printed revelations troubled a certain few of the brethren. At a meeting of the High Council at Far West, April 24, 1837, David W. Patten charged Lyman Wight with teaching false doctrines, among others that “the book of Doctrine and Covenants was a telestial law; and the Book of Commandments (a part of the revelations printed in Jackson county) was a celestial law.” Wight was censured for these teachings, and directed to acknowledge his error to the churches where he had preached. 78 H.C., 2:481-82.

Peter Crawley, BYU Studies, Vol. 12, No. 4, p.502-503

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Comments (2)

  • John Daynes

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    The man on the right in the photos above is not Wilford Woodruff. It’s John Taylor. Wilf had a much cooler beard.

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  • perrylporter

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    I wonder if anyone would notice.

    When I sent th photos to Lindsay I was thinking about contrasting how the Author of the Edmund’s bill looked like any Apostle at the time, and then at the last minuted realized that it was John Taylor that was the President at the time of the first Edmund’s bill so it made more sense to have him in the pictures, but I had Woodruff on the brain and lead Lindsey astray. 🙁

    As far as beards go, Orson Pratt, wins!

    http://ldsliving.com/story/64535-lifestyle-beards-yes-or-no-for-lds-men

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