Q. Do Mormon men have more than one wife?
- This is a question that many people are always asking. The truth is â€œYes, they did at one timeâ€. Plural marriage was practiced by Mormons for about 50 years in the 1800â€™s. However, they do not practice plural marriage today. The practice of plural marriage was ceased in 1890. Since that time, there have been no plural marriage by Mormons. Any member adopting plural marriage is subject to losing his or her membership in the church. That means that the man and the women will be excommunicated from the church.
Q. Why did Mormonâ€™s have more than one wife in the past?
- A close reading of the bible will tell the reader that plural marriage has been practiced during the Old testament times. Abraham, Jacob and others in the bible practiced plural marriage. (See Genesis 16: 1-3, 29:23-30, 30:4, 9, Judges 8:30, 1 Samuel 1:1-2,)
- All through history, the people have been counseled to pray to God. Mormonâ€™s are to pray about everything in their lives. Heavenly Father is a loving father and he cares about everything in our lives.
- The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. At certain times and for His specific purposes, God, through His prophets, has directed the practice of plural marriage (sometimes called polygamy), which means one man having more than one living wife at the same time. In obedience to direction from God, Latter-day Saints followed this practice for about 50 years during the 1800s but officially ceased the practice of such marriages after the Manifesto was issued by President Woodruff in 1890. Since that time, plural marriage has not been approved by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and any member adopting this practice is subject to losing his or her membership in the Church.
Q. I heard on the TV just today that one Mormon had 18 wives. I thought you said they did not have more than one wife?
- Since the beginning of time, All over the world, people tell lies. That is nothing new.It is just a fact of life. Â Just like any other group or religion, there are those who do not tell the truth. The men who claim to be Mormon and have more than one wife is deceiving the rest of the world. The fact is that it is against the law to have more than one wife. It is also against rules in The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) to have more than one wife. A man who has more than one wife is not following the law nor is he a member of the Mormon church. He may say he is but the church records will prove that he is not. Lets face it, anyone can say anything but that does not mean it is true. If a man who is a member of the Mormon church has more than one wife, he will be excommunicated. That means his status as a member will be taken away from him.
"If any of our members are found to be practicing plural marriage, they are excommunicated, the most serious penalty the Church can impose. Not only are those so involved in direct violation of the civil law, they are in violation of the law of this Church. An article of our faith is binding upon us. It states, â€œWe believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the lawâ€ (A of F 1:12)**. One cannot obey the law and disobey the law at the same time.
There is no such thing as a â€œMormon Fundamentalist.â€ It is a contradiction to use the two words together.
More than a century ago God clearly revealed unto His prophet Wilford Woodruff that the practice of plural marriage should be discontinued, which means that it is now against the law of God. Even in countries where civil or religious law allows polygamy, the Church teaches that marriage must be monogamous and does not accept into its membership those practicing plural marriage."
Groups who teach polygamy today are not part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reiterates that it has no affiliation whatsoever with any polygamous groups, including the polygamous sect in Eldorado, Texas. The Church discontinued polygamy officially in 1890, but more than a century later some news and Internet reports fail to draw clear distinctions between the Church and practicing polygamous sects.
You can read the facts about The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints at their web site, LDS.org
** A of F 1:12Â Articles of Faith are a brief statement by which Mormons live their lives.
If you want to know more about the Mormon faith, ask a Mormon or go to the official web site.Â Â Please do not expect a Â non-MormonÂ to give accurate and trustworthy information.