which later became a defining difference between the LDS Church under Brigham Young and the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS Church; now known as the Community of Christ), led by Joseph Smith III.
Emma Smith remained affiliated with the RLDS Church until her death at the age of 74.
In 20 studies, a geneticist with the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, a scientific organization founded by LDS Church member James L. Woodward of Brigham Young University (a private university owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), stated that they had shown "with 99.9 percent accuracy" that five of these individuals were in fact not Smith descendants: Mosiah Hancock (son of Clarissa Reed Hancock), Oliver Buell (son of Prescindia Huntington Buell), Moroni Llewellyn Pratt (son of Mary Ann Frost Pratt), Zebulon Jacobs (son of Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs Smith), and Orrison Smith (son of Fanny Alger).
The remaining seven have yet to be conclusively tested, including Josephine Lyon, for whom current DNA testing using mitochondrial DNA cannot provide conclusive evidence either way.
and have gone to the most shameful and desperate lengths to keep from the public.
First, insulting innocent females, and when they resented the insult, these monsters in human shape would assail their characters by lying, and perjuries, with a multitude of desperate men to help them effect the ruin of those whom they insulted, and all this to enable them to keep these corrupt practices from the world. Bennett, a recent convert to the church and the first mayor of Nauvoo, used ideas of eternal and plural marriage to justify acts of seduction, adultery and, in some cases, the practice of abortion in the guise of "spiritual wifery".Bennett was called to account by Joseph and Hyrum Smith, and was excommunicated from the church.In April 1844, Joseph Smith referred to polygamy as "John C.The public practice of plural marriage by the church was announced and defended in 1852 by a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Orson Pratt, by the request of church president Brigham Young.For over 60 years, the LDS Church and the United States were at odds over the issue: the church defended the practice as a matter of religious freedom, while the federal government aggressively sought to eradicate it, consistent with prevailing public opinion.The doctrine authorizing plural marriage was published in the 1876 version of the LDS Church's Doctrine and Covenants.Two months later the apostle Orson Pratt taught in an official church periodical that "We have now clearly shown that God the Father had a plurality of wives," and that after her death, Mary (the mother of Jesus) may have become another eternal polygamous wife of God.During this period the Prophet Joseph took several other wives.Amongst the number I well remember Eliza Partridge, Emily Partridge, Sarah Ann Whitney, Helen Kimball and Flora Woodworth.Knowing the Laws That Govern Polygamy Getting Married in a Polygamist Union Finding Alternatives to Polygamy Community Q&A Polygamists are people who have more than one spouse.Polygamy is banned in the United States, as well as most developed countries, though it is quite common in other parts of the world.