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Plural Marriage: Beauty for Ashes
|Title||Plural Marriage: Beauty for Ashes|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2022|
|Authors||Russell, Julia A.|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship|
|Keywords||Feminism; Plural Marriage; Polygamy; Smith, Joseph, Jr.; Snow, Eliza R.|
When Eliza R. Snow agreed to become one of Joseph Smith’s plural wives, she feared she would never be looked upon as a decent woman. Nevertheless, she accepted Joseph Smith’s proposal and eventually became a strong advocate of the practice. Reading about her understanding of plural marriage and the many testimonies of others who practiced it, I have realized that plural marriage teaches us much about humility, keeping God’s commandments, and following His prophets. In nineteenth-century America, it provided a way for women and men to set aside self and embark on a soul-refining journey filled with trials and obstacles that parallel many of the trials and obstacles of our day.
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