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Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding Brian C. Hales

Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding

Brian C. Hales

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In the last several years a wealth of information has been published on Joseph Smiths practice of polygamy. For some who were already well aware of this aspect of early Mormon history, the availability of new research and discovered documents hasMoreIn the last several years a wealth of information has been published on Joseph Smiths practice of polygamy. For some who were already well aware of this aspect of early Mormon history, the availability of new research and discovered documents has been a wellspring of further insight and knowledge into this topic. For others who are learning of Josephs marriages to other women for the first time, these books and online publications (including the LDS Churchs recent Gospel Topics essays on the subject) can be both an information overload and a challenge to ones faith.In this short volume, Brian C. Hales (author of the 3 volume Joseph Smiths Polygamy set) and Laura H. Hales wade through the murky waters of history to help bring some clarity to this episode of Mormonisms past, examining both the theological explanations of the practice and the accounts of those who experienced it first hand. As this episode of Mormon history involved more than just Joseph and his first wife Emma, this volume also includes short biographies of the 36 women who were married to the Prophet but whose stories of faith, struggle, and courage have been largely forgotten and ignored over time. While we may never fully understand the details and reasons surrounding this practice, Brian and Laura Hales provide readers with an accessible, forthright, and faithful look into this challenging topic so that we can at least come toward a better understanding.