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These men were also known as "Prisoners of Conscience." Why were these people, including First Presidency counselor George Q. It was even illegal in Canada and Mexico as they only recognize marriages that are legal in the person's home country.John Taylor, the third president of the church, claimed that he believed in keeping all the laws of the United States "except one"…the law in relation to polygamy." (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 317) Most of Joseph Smith's polygamous marriages occurred in Illinois in the early 1840s.(After the release of the essays, some people blamed the members themselves for not knowing more about Joseph Smith's polygamy. Although it's not mentioned in missionary discussions, most North American nonmembers are also aware of it since it's taught in American History classes throughout the USA. Until recently, for some reason, perhaps half of the LDS membership believed that polygamy started with Brigham Young and not Joseph Smith.
Polygamous "marriages" were conducted in secret by Joseph Smith as early as 1833/35 (even though the sealing power wasn't restored until 1836 and D&C 132 outlining the rules of polygamy was not given until 1843) and by a few select members beginning in 1843.Polygamists in striped prison uniforms, including George Q.Cannon (center with cane), William Gimbert Saunders (second from right), and William Morley Black (right of Cannon with white beard). Note: the photo is from an LDS supplementary lesson manual titled 'My Kingdom Shall Roll Forth: Readings In Church History', 1979. Why were these wanted posters made for the LDS leaders of the Church? Polygamy was always illegal whenever and wherever the Mormons practiced it.Joseph married 14-year-old girls Joseph lied about practicing polygamy Church denied polygamy/JS practiced it Church continued polygamy after 1890 The Reed Smoot hearings Quotes from the prophets Polygamy a doctrine of the Church? These beliefs are not just relegated to teachings of naive Sunday School teachers decades ago.In 2012, during the Romney campaign, my ward had a combined Priesthood/Relief Society session where stake leaders went over how the Church was perceived by the media and how we could combat the negative perceptions.