Joseph’s child bride

CHURCH ESSAY: “Most of those sealed to Joseph Smith were between 20 and 40 years of age at the time of their sealing to him. The oldest, Fanny Young, was 56 years old. The youngest was Helen Mar Kimball, daughter of Joseph’s close friends Heber C. and Vilate Murray Kimball, who was sealed to Joseph several months before her 15th birthday.” –from the church essay Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo. [source]

COMMENTARY: If you believe Joseph Smith was justified by God in marrying over 30 women, one third of whom were under age 20, and one third of whom were already married to other men at the time of their sealing to Joseph Smith, then you believe in a God who is okay with child brides and polyandry. If this is you, trust me when I tell you that you have no moral grounds on which to tell anyone else that their marriage is a sin. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.

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