This is in response to an article written by Carol Hansen in The Examiner (Nov. 13-14-14, “Polygamy – putting the blame where it belongs”) referring to Joseph Smith and polygamy.
To the editor:
This is in response to an article written by Carol Hansen in The Examiner (Nov. 13-14-10, “Polygamy – putting the blame where it belongs”) referring to Joseph Smith and polygamy.
The truth is that all the information relying on people’s opinions or statements cannot always be taken as fact.
For instance, a number of years ago I read an account of a doctor in Nauvoo, Ill., who was going around to entice young women, telling them falsely that Joseph Smith has approved of polygamy and if they should become pregnant he knew how to abort babies.
I believe we should stick to the facts we know. We know Joseph Smith was put in jail. We know he was shot and killed by a group of men dressed as Indians. We know many members of the church went west, settled in Utah and practiced polygamy. If Joseph Smith was in favor of polygamy, why was he killed?
We know Joseph Smith’s wife and children stayed in Nauvoo and that his son Joseph Smith III became the president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
We also know that the Community of Christ changed the original doctrine and the members who protested were locked out of their churches they had paid for.
We must let God be the final judge of all these historical occurances. But one other fact we know is that America is on the brink of God’s judgment because her sins have reached to heaven.
May God have mercy on us all.