How Will the Church React When Polygamy Becomes Legal?

I’ve got something that’s been on my mind a lot lately. It’s this: “What is going to happen when polygamy becomes legal in the U.S.” It could sure happen soon (see article). We have seen gay’s rights ever increasing and now are able to marry in some states. Soon gay marriage may be accepted more or even nation-wide. If the nation can change their views on marriage to embrace that of a man and another man, who’s to say they will not change their views of the rights of a man and more than one wife? The fundamentalists are pushing for their rights every day, have their own website) and a movement that is steadily gaining momentum (especially with HBO’s program on polygamy, Big Love).

So what is the LDS Church going to do if and when it becomes legal once again? We always hear that “Polygamy is not being practiced only because the law forbids it”. And we know that polygamy is still being practiced in LDS Temples today. Elder Nelson was recently sealed to his second wife. I wonder what the Church will do: will it
adhere to it’s fundamental doctrine “required to enter the highest level of the Celestial Kingdom”.
Or will it continue it’s assimilation with Christianity and American normalcy. The Church will be cornered into making a huge decision. It will continue to shy away from that which is fundamental and uniquely Mormon (and thus
show polygamy was not part of the “restoration of all things”, or we will soon enough start seeing a couple polygamist families pop up in each ward. How do you think the LDS church is going to react when confronted with this new dilemma?

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~ by bonoboi on September 22, 2006.

4 Responses to “How Will the Church React When Polygamy Becomes Legal?”

  1. It will continue to shy away from that which is fundamental and uniquely Mormon (and thus show polygamy was not part of the “restoration of all things”)

    I’m guessing (and hoping?) that’s what will happen, but I doubt they’d admit that the doctrine was wrong in the first place.

  2. i’ve thought about this quite a bit. i’m almost a bit convinced that the latest fight against same-sex marriage is a hidden battle to ensure that polygamy does not become illegal. it’s easier for the church to just avoid it all together.

    the church will never restart polygamy. it’s bad public relations. instead it will just say that the lord has not required it again (and ignore the fact that the reason for ending it was made solely on legal grounds).

  3. “the reason for ending it was made solely on legal grounds”

    Or more specifically, political grounds.

  4. I think Jacob 2 gives the answer. Polygamy is a sin unless God commands it. I believe it is verse 30 that states the reason why God commands it. I do not see the church getting into that situation again.

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