By Heather O.
So, my visiting teachers came over yesterday. I like these women. They are nice, fun, smart. Best of all, they actually come EVERY MONTH! I really appreciate them. One of them is the education counselor, and since I am the RS teacher, we talk about the lessons a lot. And since this year is Wilford Woodruff, we naturally started talking about polygamy, and how the manual is going to get around the whole Manifesto thing. The other sister said that this whole church history lesson she has been getting about JS this year, etc, was a little freaky, but wow, polygamy? Wilford Woodruff was a polygamist?
Actually, yes, indeed he was.
Then she said it.
“But Joseph Smith wasn’t a polygamist, was he?”
Now, I know that FMH and T&S has talked about this before, but I’m going to bring it up again. What do you say when somebody says something like that? Do you burst her happy church history bubble? Do you fill her in on all of the funky church history stuff that she is missing? Do you let her know that indeed, JS was a polygamist, and every prophet after him was too, way up until George Albert Smith in 1945?
I actually told her that yes, JS was absolutely a polygamist, and she said, “While he was married to Emma?”
“Well, was he having sex with these women?”
“Well, they were just all getting sealed to him because they didn’t really understand the temple, right?”
Then the counselor jumped in and said, “There was so much that they didn’t understand back then, so there were a lot of people making a lot of mistakes. Don’t you think that’s right, Heather?”
Yeah. Sure. Whatever.
I think my visiting teacher was sufficiently freaked out, and we started talking about the Book of Mormon instead. Safe, easy stuff, right?
“Wait, there are people who don’t think JS wrote the Book of Mormon?’
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