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This opens a new can or worms in which the attempt by the apologists have switched from determining whether or not Joseph had sexual relations to defining what adultery is and defining what a legal marriage is. This becomes an exhausting exercise. The critic typically contends that a definition for adultery is pretty simple: a married person having sexual relations with someone other than their legally married spouse. It becomes convoluted because the apologist wants to reframe the debate by looking at a new interpretation for what constitutes adultery and how one interprets "marriage" and the marriage contract: the apologist contends that the "marriages"/"sealings" are based on God's new interpretation and that they supersede any civil definitions or laws; and the critic takes a simple stance that a legal marriage is one recognized by civil law. (This is an excellent topic to apply to. To convince someone that there are nuanced and different definitions for marriage and adultery, a lot of effort must be spent in weaving that tapestry, including denying or creatively interpreting Joseph's own writings and denials.)

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Two LDS scriptures, "For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people…" and (The timing of Joseph Smith's "marriage" to Helen was in May 1843, about two months before Joseph recorded D&C 132 (July 1843) outlining the rules regulating polygamous marriages.) "…they are given unto him to multiply and replenish the earth… Both of these scriptures state the purpose of polygamy is for creating children. If that wasn't Joseph's aim, why did he marry Helen?

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In May 1843, Joseph "married" four teenage girls: Helen Mar Kimball (14), Lucy Walker (17) and sisters Maria Lawrence (19) and Sarah Lawrence (17). Three of these "marriages" involved sexual relations:

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The entire following section is from with minor edits.

Faithful Mormon apologist John A. Widtsoe, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, debunked the more-women-than-men myth, but many members continue to use it.

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

The most common of these conjectures is that the Church, through plural marriage, sought to provide husbands for its large surplus of female members. The implied assumption in this theory, that there have been more female than male members in the Church, is not supported by existing evidence. On the contrary, there seem always to have been more males than females in the Church. Families—father, mother, and children—have most commonly joined the Church. Of course, many single women have become converts, but also many single men.

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For anyone wishing to really know the pain of what these women endured, you need to read about their lives. A few good, well-researched books such as the following will likely convince anyone that those women suffered dearly for their devotion to their involvement in polygamy:

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The Doctrine and Covenants replaced the Book of Commandments in 1835, and this statement on polygamy was in every single edition until 1876, when the Doctrine and Covenants first included section 132 justifying plural marriage. It would have been contradictory to have one section condemning polygamy and another approving of it in the same book so the section condemning polygamy was removed from the Doctrine and Covenants.

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Links recording official Church teachings concerning polygamy:

Plural marriage has been a subject of wide and frequent comment. Members of the Church unfamiliar with its history, and many non-members, have set up fallacious reasons for the origin of this system of marriage among the Latter-day Saints.