Welcome to the most complete online source of information on Joseph Smith’s plural marriage practices and teachings.

Introduction

If you’re new to this topic, have only heard rumors and simple arguments, or want a quick overview, start here.

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Polyandry? Young Wives? Fanny Alger? Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about early Mormon polygamy.

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About Us

Brian Hales has spent the last twenty-seven years researching and writing about Fundamentalism and Mormon polygamy. Laura became his research/writing partner three years ago.

As committed monogamists and active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they hope their research will help readers come to a better understanding of the early practice of polygamy in the Mormon Church.

Through the use of primary sources, they attempt to piece together the puzzle of Mormon polygamy. As shocking to 21st century sensibilities as it was to 19th century Latter-day Saints, the practice of polygamy by Joseph Smith is complex and defies easy explanations.

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