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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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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.