Lying for the Lord - Post Manifesto Polygamy
In 1890 then LDS President Wilford Woodruff presented a revelation to the body of the Church called "The Manifesto". It is still found in the LDS scriptures as Official Declaration #1. It was in response to the very difficult situation that the church was in over polygamy. Many of the church leaders were in jail, others were in hiding and much of the church's property had been confiscated.
|Church Leaders in Prison|
The church continued to perform plural marriages in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The church recently released an essay that says, "For a time, post-Manifesto plural marriages required the approval of a member of the First Presidency."
|President Wilford Woodruff|
|D. Michael Quinn|
Although the church has freely admitted to the continuation of post manifesto polygamy in some settings in March of 2015 a New Era article said the following: "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints stopped practicing plural marriage in 1890." Maybe they need to get their story straight.
LDS.org - Essay on Post 1890 Polygamy
Wikipedia - Reed Smoot Hearings
Wikipedia - September Six
LDS Scriptures - Manifesto