_____, --More Data from Joseph Smith's Time Linking Him to Sexual Abuse of Young Girls. This is still the case is the rural Utah polygamist communities. In fact, if God led Joseph to find the seer stone, then God is complicit in the bilking money from Smith's neighbors. . In general, girls enter puberty between ages 8 and 13 and reach menarche (first menstruation) several years later, while boys enter puberty between ages 9 and 14 . "But regardless of whether they were sexually mature or not, something in us is sickened by the thoughts of them being coerced into any kind of relationship with this lecher who was pretending to use God as his motivator. . . My object is to let you know that I am right here on the spot where I intend to stay. . Though there is no exacT date for her marriage to the prophet, the best hypothosis is that the ceremony took place in 1843.”

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(Andrew Jenson, “LDS Biographical Encyclopedia” [1951], vol. That's a lot of light on the subject, Steve. Early years. 349-350; cited in ibid)
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*Smith and 19-year-old Emily Dow Partridge

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Smith secretly took Emily as another of his wives in Nauvoo on 4 March 1843, with Elder Heber C. Kimball officiating the ceremony.

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Emily later reported in sworn testimony that she had honeymoon sex with Smith the next night:

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“Emily D. Partridge Smith testified that she \'roomed\' with Joseph the night following her marriage to him and said that she had \'carnal intercourse\' with him.

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(“Temple Lot” case, complete transcript, pp. Fanny stayed with relatives in nearby Mayfield until about the time Joseph fled Kirtland for Missouri. . In general, girls enter puberty between ages 8 and 13 and reach menarche (first menstruation) several years later, while boys enter puberty between ages 9 and 14 . . Very informative and well-documented-thank you. . When Joseph asked her if she was willing, she replied 'If Helen is willing I have nothing more to say.' 1, p. 697; S. Easton, “Marriages in Nauvoo Region 1839-45;” “Civil Marriages in Nauvoo 1839-45.” Lyndon Cook, “Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register 1845-46; Mormon Manuscripts to 1846;” cited in ibid).
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*Smith and 16-year-old Flora Ann Woodworth

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Smith married Flora in April 1843 (exact date unknown).

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(Elder William Clayton affidavit, in “Historical Record,” vol. . Helen's mother was none too pleased with the marriage, as Helen explains: "None but God and his angels could see my mother's bleeding heart. LDS Church History documents that their mormon founder, Joseph Smith, lied to a large group of people about his having multiple wives. If he thought he could divine treasure with a seer stone, he was self-deluded; if it was knowingly deceiving people, he was a con man. Though there is no exacT date for her marriage to the prophet, the best hypothosis is that the ceremony took place in 1843.”, (Andrew Jenson, “LDS Biographical Encyclopedia” [1951], vol. _____, RfM contributor "Deconstructor" on his own website asks---then answers--the question: "Was it normal to marry 14 year-old girls in Joseph Smith's time?". . Smith's moves to seduce other men's wives were so brazen and notorious that they led one distraught husband--Orson Pratt--to attempt suicide in Nauvoo on 15 July 1842: “Thousands of Nauvoo Mormons search[ed] for Orson Pratt after discovering a suicide note. Take a look at and pay attention to the age at marriage. ", "But if one or either of the ten virgins, after she is espoused [to Joseph Smith], shall be with another man, she has committed adultery and shall be destroyed; for they are given unto Joseph Smith to multiply and replenish the earth, according to my commandment, and to fulfil the promise which was given by my Father before the foundation of the world, and for their exaltation in the eternal worlds, that they may bear the souls of men; for herein is the work of my Father continued, that he may be glorified." . Not only did Smith have a reputation as a ladies' man, he also had a record of defending friends of his who were sleeping around. American women began to marry in their late teens; around different parts of the United States the average age of marriage varied from 19 to 23. 'Fertility Transition in the Connecticut Valley:1740-1850m' 'Population Studies' 32, March 1978, 27-41.: Table 6, p. 34. However, all accounts consider Smith to be a diviner (self confessed or not). “I was called of my Heavenly Father to lay the foundation of this great work and kingdom in this dispensation, and testify of His revealed will to scattered Israel.” . . In this revelation, the Lord reveals a plural marriage ceremony, which would later be altered and become the sealing ceremony in the temple . Mormon men in their 20s started out marrying someone their own age. Sanderson's assumptions are consistent with a mean of 19.8 years (Sanderson 1979: 343). “' . If Joseph Smith was advancing a well argued case using reason and evidence, then it would be inappropriate for critics to bring Smith's character into question. _____. . . As a baseline (and as known in Mormon circles of his day), Smith was legendary for his sexual attraction to women. [It] doesn't mean however, that he wasn't a lecherous scumbag who would stop at nothing to bed any young woman who captured his fancy. 408-409. Joseph Smith tells of his ancestry, family members, and their early abodes—An unusual excitement about religion prevails in western New York—He determines to seek wisdom as directed by James—The Father and the Son appear, and Joseph is called to his prophetic ministry. [involving] an unlawful intercourse between himself and a young orphan girl residing in his family and under his protection.\'”

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(Van Wagoner, “Sidney Rigdon: A Portrait in Religious Excess,” p. 291; and Van Wagoner, “Mormon Polygamy: A History,” p. 8; cited in ibid)
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*Smith and 19-year-old Zina D. Hunington

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Smith further cemented his reputation for fooling around by making moves on a then-married teenager, Zina D. Hunington, who he asked on 25 October 1841 to become another of his multiple wives. I was skeptical--one minute [I] believed, then doubted. .

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“\' . .Smith received and recorded [this] revelation on polygamy, which remains in LDS church archives. . . Born into a poor farming family, he was the fifth child of 11 — nine of whom survived childhood. . This is still the case is the rural Utah polygamist communities.

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\"References:

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\"Coale and Zelnik assume a mean age of marriage for white women of 20 (1963: 37). . A noticeably pregnant Fanny eventually was kicked out of the house by Emma, as reported thusly: “Former Mormon apostle William McLellin later wrote that Emma Smith substantiated the Smith-Alger affair. [T]he Lord was well pleased with this matter . . . Joseph Smith’s Journal, Church History Library. 6, p. 222 (1887 edition); and Compton, “In Sacred Loneliness,” p. 348-49; all cited in ibid)

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Smith then made secret arrangments to have a sexual rendevous with Sarah, without Emma finding out. While Oliver Cowdery may have forgiven his cousin Joseph Smith, he did not forget the incident. . . Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof till long after the events transpire. . . Book of Mormon Central, “Did a “Magic World View” Influence the Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon? ", (original manuscript of “Kirtland Revelation Book,” Church Historical Department, Ms f 490 # 2; “The Historical Record,” vol. I cannot write them on paper. . "William Law apparently hoped that disclosing Smith's relationship with the young girls might lead him to abandon polygamy but Smith immediately excommunicated Law, had himself appointed the girls' legal guardian and rejected the charge in front of a church congregation on 26 May 1844, denying that he had more than one wife.”(Joseph Smith, “History of the Church,” vol. (“Temple Lot” case, complete transcript, pp. Joseph Smith’s thirty-eight and one-half years were marked by the highest of spiritual peaks and the depths of tribulation, sorrow, and betrayal such as few mortals have experienced. ]

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\"And then we have these testimonies:

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\"\'Joseph was very free in his talk about his women. to have some context within which to make our judgments.

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\". Smith informed her (using a line he also employed with Emma and others) that he was ordered to do so by a sword-wielding angel who was threatening to kill him if he disobeyed:

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“Already married, 19 year-old Zina remained conflicted with Smith\'s polygamy proposal \'until a day in October, apparently, when Joseph sent [her older brother] Dimick to her with a message: an angel with a drawn sword had stood over Smith and told him that if he did not establish polygamy, he would lose “his position and his life.” Zina, faced with the responsibility for his position as prophet, and even perhaps his life, finally acquiesced.\' They were secretly married within days “

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(Todd Compton, “In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith,” pp. Smith married Flora in April 1843 (exact date unknown). Mormon Polygamy Timeline; The 1830s; The Prophet Secretly Teaches Polygamy; Other Mormon Leaders Practice Polygamy; John C. Bennett’s Spiritual Wifery; Emma Smith Struggles; Polygamy and the Martyrdom; Nauvoo Polygamists. Also around this time, a traveling magician and diviner stopped in Palmyra. The coming of puberty is regarded as the termination of childhood; in fact the term \'child\' is usually defined as the human being from the time of birth to the on-coming of puberty. Fraser's Magazine, February, 1873, vol. Amen.\"

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(original manuscript of “Kirtland Revelation Book,” Church Historical Department, Ms f 490 # 2; “The Historical Record,” vol. the rest of American society at the time.

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\"On the extremely rare occasions women younger than 17 married, it was to men close to their same age, not 15 to 20 years older.

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\"The case is even true in pioneer Utah among first marriages. Most of the change is attributed to better health and nutrition. "By today's definitions, when it comes to the pathology of pedophilia, Joseph Smith would probably not be considered a true pedophile. : “'Verily, thus saith the Lord, unto my servant Newell K. Whitney, a revelation to Newell K. Whitney, 27 July 1842, and Joseph Smith, Elizabeth Ann Whitney and Sarah Ann Whitney. . Three years later, when provoked by the prophet, Cowdery countered by calling the Fanny Alger episode 'a dirty, nasty, filthy affair.'. Whatever biology might have to say, according to the morals of his time, several of Joseph Smith's wives were still inappropriately young for him. She then stormed out of the Hyde-Richards residence. Smith secretly took Emily as another of his wives in Nauvoo on 4 March 1843, with Elder Heber C. Kimball officiating the ceremony. Smith carried on the practice of … Though she married non-Mormon Solomon Custer on 16 November 183614 and was living in Dublin City, Indiana, far from Kirtland, her name still raised eyebrows. Therein lies the true pathology of Mormonism. When Joseph asked her if she was willing, she replied \'If Helen is willing I have nothing more to say.\' She had witnessed the sufferings of others, who were older and who better understood the step they were taking, and to see her child, who had yet seen her fifteenth summer, following the same thorny path, in her mind she saw the misery which was as sure to come as the sun was to rise and set; but it was hidden from me.\"

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Helen was under the unfortunate misimpression that her marriage to Smith was merely “dynastic.” She was to discover soon enough, however, that it was sexual.

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Helen later confessed to a close friend in Nauvoo:

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\"I would never have been sealed to Joseph had I known it was anything more than ceremony. Patriotic, conservative, influential, and vas… . . History of the Church, Vol. In young women, from the date of the first menstruation to the time at which she has become fitted for marriage, the average lapse of time is assumed by researchers to be two years. 539-40; and Compton, “In Sacred Lonliness,” pp. Fanny was also Smith's first confimred plural wife. Sure, a very few did but it was far from the norm. The same pattern was true for . _____, *Smith and 16-year-old Nancy Maria Winchester. “After which he said to me, 'If you take this step, it will ensure your eternal salvation and exaltation and that of your father's household and all of your kindred.' Helen was the youngest of Smith's brides--and according to Helen, he had sex with her. _____. Well known to biological anthropologists as the \"secular trend,\" this crash in the age of sexual maturity has proceeded at the rate of four months per decade and, in most populations, continues. For Hingham, Smith reports an age at first marriage of 23.7 at the end of the 18th century (1972: Table 3, p. 177). On April 6, 1830, Joseph Smith organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and became its first president. . ( Verses 1–20 .) . . . Smith then made secret arrangments to have a sexual rendevous with Sarah, without Emma finding out. . Joseph Smith—History 1:55–57 “Joseph and Emma Hale Smith Family,” Church History Topics. The coming of puberty is regarded as the termination of childhood; in fact the term 'child' is usually defined as the human being from the time of birth to the on-coming of puberty. Mormon men in their 20s started out marrying someone their own age. Described as \'a very nice and comly young woman,\' according to Benjamin Johnson, Fanny lived with the Smith family from 1833 to 1836.”

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Fanny eventually became the target of Smith\'s sexual advances, with Smith\'s predatory behavior soon becoming the talk of the town:

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