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5) Essay states (under the heading 'Joseph and Emma'): But Emma likely did not know about all of Joseph's sealings.This is significant as many Mormons do not know that Joseph kept many of his marriages secret from his first wife Emma, in direct opposition to the direction stated in D&C 132.
For example, Leviticus 18 forbids marrying a mother and her daughter, and marrying sisters, but both practices were common among the Mormons.
1) Starting with the first paragraph, the essay states: In biblical times, the Lord commanded some of His people to practice plural marriage—the marriage of one man and more than one woman The Bible verses quoted in the footnotes (Genesis 16) indicate only that polygamy occurred, not that God commanded it.
The Book of Mormon verse provided is Jacob which does not say that God commanded people to practice polygamy.
Special thanks to the following: Mormon Discussions' poster Rollo Tomasi, who I borrow heavily from his response to the essay; Alison Udall and her responses on Main Street Plaza; Mormon Matters - podcast #256 (with guests LDS apologist Brian Hales, LDS author Todd Compton and Barbara Brown); Mormon Stories - podcast #503 (with guests With John Dehlin, Lindsay Hansen Park, John Hamer and J. Clark's essay Angels with Swords; an excellent annotated response to the essay from a collaborator who I exchange research with: mormonism101- Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo; as well as several posters on Mormon Discussions.
It should be noted that [as of 1/13/15] this essay does not appear in the Gospel Topics List of
The essay, "Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo," was added to the topical guide of the website on 22 October 2014.