Silencing Mormon Polygamy: Failed Persecutions, Divided Saints & the Rise of Mormon Fundamentalism
Place Published: Spanish Fork, UT
Publisher: Hindsight Publications
Date Published: 2008
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 15017
377pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Brown cloth boards with an illustrated dust jacket.
For decades, the U.S. government punished the Mormons for living the principle of plural marriage. Thousands were jailed, uncounted others slipped into hiding to avoid prosecution under laws that unblushingly targeted Mormons. John Taylor, the venerable Mormon prophet also fled into the "Underground." While in hiding, immense pressure was placed on John Taylor to issue a public statement abrogating plural marriages once and for all.In response to solemn prayer one autumn evening, John Taylor received a revelation wherein he was told that the commandment to live plural marriage would never be revoked. The next day, John Taylor held a secret meeting setting apart five men to perpetuate plural marriages even if it cost them their lives. Four years later, after mounting pressure to renounce plural marriages became intolerable, Wilford W. Woodruff issued the 1890 manifesto. While those within the LDS Church abandoned plural marriages and slowly gained worldwide respect, the five men continued with their commission - thus began the formation of Mormon fundamentalism.