Polygamy: The Mormon Enigma
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is renowned for its humanitarian efforts, the strong work ethic of its members, their dedication to family, and their loyalty to their communities and nations. But not unlike any large religious organization, the church has espoused practices and doctrines that were received critically by those same communities and nations. Among these, the best known is polygamy. Beginning as early as 1831, Mormon prophet Joseph Smith and other early church leaders began marrying multiple women in obedience to their belief in a revelation from Jesus Christ. From the moment their actions became public knowledge, religious organizations, local communities and the U.S. Federal Government actively worked to stop the practice, even if it meant destroying the church. From that moment on, the Mormon doctrine of polygamy was elevated from the odd practice of an obscure American religion to a plank in political platforms affecting the lives of hundreds of the nation's leaders. Join Howick as he discusses the religious, social, political, and legal enigma of Mormon polygamy.
About E. Keith Howick of Salt Lake City, UT
E. Keith Howick is a long-time student of the Bible and follower of Jesus Christ. He counts as a personal ministry his efforts to magnify the name of the Lord and preach His word to the world.