Links recording official Church teachings concerning polygamy:

"It is a fact worthy of note that the shortest lived nations of which we have record have been monogamic. Rome…was a monogamic nation and the numerous evils attending that system early laid the foundation for that ruin which eventually overtook her."
- Apostle George Q. Cannon, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13, p. 202

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Why were these wanted posters made for the LDS leaders of the Church? Because polygamy was illegal.

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Many women practiced it because they believed the church was true and somehow this was commanded by God. Others likely had little choice if their husband said he had to do it and was going to practice this commandment with or without their support. The first wife was supposed to give her consent, but many, like Emma Smith, protested against it and their husbands did it anyway. Others, like Helen Kimball, were coerced by their parents into polygamous marriages - often to much older men. Some were promised great eternal blessings for them or their families.

Isn't One Wife Enough? by Kimball Young, p. 396.

When I think about that, I just think that the Islamic women are being brainwashed into thinking it's okay to subject the women to restrictions such as always having to put a veil on in public in 100 degree weather, to be subservient to men and never have any real civil rights to speak of. Perhaps the Mormon women who accept polygamy believe that polygamy is okay for similar reasoning.

Critic's point:Only people performing illegal acts need to go to such lengths to avoid the law.

Smith's Failed Proposals to Married Women

While in San Francisco, Pratt induced the wife of Hector H. McLean, the former Elenor J. McComb, to accept the Mormon faith and to elope with him to Utah as his 12th wife. Elenor was the mother of three children, a girl and two boys. In the S. F. Bulletin of March 24, 1877, it is stated that the apostle made the acquaintance of Mrs. McLean while engaged in missionary work in San Francisco; that her husband, who was a custom-house official and a respectable citizen, ordered him to discontinue his visits, and kicked him out of the house for continuing them surreptitiously; and that the woman was so infatuated with the Mormon Elder that she devoutly washed his feet whenever he visited her.

In Joseph Smith's time, monogamy was the only legal form of marriage in the United States.

Estimates of the number of these sealings range from 12 to 14.

While the leaders were encouraged to qualify for their positions by living "the law," many of the most faithful and dedicated lay members of the Church also entered plural marriage of their own free will. They knew the true relationship between the manifesto and the higher law. One example of this was the father of Camilla Eyring Kimball, wife of Church President, Spencer W. Kimball.

Evidences and Reconciliations, John A. Widtsoe (Bookcraft, 1943) pp. 307-310.

Journal of Discourses, Vol. 2, pp. 13-14.

"If we were to do away with polygamy, it would only be one feather in the bird, one ordinance in the Church and kingdom. Do away with that, then we must do away with prophets and Apostles, with revelation and the gifts and graces of the Gospel, and finally give up our religion altogether and turn sectarians and do as the world does, then all would be right. We just can't do that, for God has commanded us to build up His kingdom and to bear our testimony to the nations of the earth, and we are going to do it, come life or come death. He has told us to do thus, and we shall obey Him in days to come as we have in days past" (Journal of Discourses 13:165 - p.166).

This admission is interesting as it seems to counter what the Church said in their other essay on :

"Short Sketch of the Life of Henry B. Jacobs" By Ora J. Cannon

It is reported that she was married to Apostle Pratt November 14, 1855, in Salt Lake City. Concerned that his (Hector's) wife [we have not found any record of divorce] would take his children and follow Pratt to Utah, McLean sent his children to his wife's parents in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hearing that her children were in her own father's home, she made plans to go to New Orleans and gain possession of them. After pretending that she had abandoned the Mormon belief, her parents allowed Elenor to take the children. When McLean learned of this he went to New Orleans, and traced his wife and Pratt to Houston, Texas, and thence to Fort Gibson, near Van Buren, Arkansas. On arriving at Fort Smith (near Van Buren), McLean found letters from Parley Pratt addressed to his wife, one of them signed 'Your own,--.