The topic of polygamy has been on lots of peoples minds lately. Those of you who have been trying to make sense of it will find my part 5 of the searching for the 23 high priests article very thought provoking. Among other things I will address the status of biblical polygamy in this dispensation.
My feelings about polygamy have evolved a little. What I have to say may surprise you a little.
Speaking of polygamy, someone else just sent me an email asking this question;
"was the parenthetical statement in verse 2 of D&C 131, viz. [meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage], always present in this verse, or was it something added later. the only other reference to the "new and everlasting covenant of marriage" is in 132, which is obviously a point of debate. i suppose my real question is if the "order of the priesthood" mentioned in the same verse really referring to marriage, or was that interpretation added sometime later. did the Lord really use that language.."the new and everlasting covenant of marriage"?
Here was my response to him;
According to the blue books, section 131 was never intended to be represented as a revelation.
Sections 130 and 131 were composite statements from Joseph Smith. verses 1-4 of 131 were comments JS made while visiting a friends house taken out of history of the church… of course, this is during the time that he was apparently practicing polygamy.
Those comments from history of the Church were not put into the D&C until 1876 by Orson Pratt under the direction of BY..
YES the comments in brackets were added later..
Strangely enough, when you read the entire original statement without the comments that Pratt and Young added, JS was speaking about the highest priesthood and was speaking about being sealed for eternity to ONE wife.
Here is the exact quote taken out of the history of the Church that Joseph Smith made to his friend;
"“Your life is hid with Christ in God and so are many others, nothing but the unpardonable sin can prevent you from inheriting eternal life for you are sealed up by the power of the Priesthood unto eternal life, having taken the step necessary to for the purpose.
Except a man and his WIFE enter into an everlasting covenant and be married for eternity, while in this probation, by the power and authority of the Holy Priesthood, they will cease to increase when they die. That is, they will not have any children after the resurrection.
But those who are married by the power and authority of the priesthood in this life, and continue without committing the sin against the holy Ghost, will continue to increase and have children in the celestial glory.
The unpardonable sin is to shed innocent blood, or be accessory thereto. All other sins will be visited with judgment in the flesh and the spirit, being delivered to the buffetings of Satan until the day of the Lord Jesus the way I know in whom to confide-
God tells me in whom I may place confidence.
In the Celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees; and in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of the priesthood and if he does not, he cannot obtain it. He may enter into the other, but that is the end of his kingdom; he cannot have an increase..”
I personally find the above quote to be anything but an endorsement of the spiritual wife doctrine or polygamy.
One other observation about those verses. I believe people mistakenly assume that "celestial glory" means "celestial kingdom". I don't believe it does. When you realize it doesn't, there is no scriptural basis I am aware of for the doctrine that there are three sub-degrees of glory in the highest of the three degrees of glory. there are simply three degrees of Glory.. period. I believe that the following scripture disproves it D&C 88:29.
Finally.... To the person from Ogden that just sent a reply requesting the portion of part 5, in which I address the blessing and the cursing, I do have you on my list. I hope to send it to those of you that have requested it within a day or two. Also, you asked about my phone conversation with "Rob" about the planets... He says he has figured out how to read the signs in the heavens using the feast days and holidays of Israel in conjunction with using facsimile #2 from the book of Abraham as a clock, etc. he said he could not explain much without diagrams. I just noticed he posted some stuff on the anarchy site if you are interested.