The Curious Case of the Church Website

Many members of the Church struggle with polygamy, but apparently none moreso than the editors of the Church website.  I can only imagine the long meetings discussing how much detail should be included about the practice, with debates raging about openness and propriety.

A good example is the Presidents of the Churchpage on the Church website, where each Prophet is introduced to the world.

For an interesting study in the Church’s inability to deal with its polygamous past, I suggest the following:

1. Click on each President, then click on “Significant Events” on the left side of the screen.

2. Compare the list of “Significant Events” for the polygamous prophets with the list for the monogamous prophets, (or prophets that had multiple wives but not living at the same time).

Do you notice any differences? Why do you think these differences are there?

Bonus Question: Three prophets married an additional wife only after their first wives passed away. Are these bios presented differently than prophets who married more than one living woman at a time? If so, why might that be?

Bonus Bonus Question: Does Joseph Smith’s profile resemble the profiles of other polygamous prophets, or other monogamous prophets? Which would you expect, and why?



Filed under Church History, Doctrines, Teachings, Policies and Traditions

4 Responses to The Curious Case of the Church Website

  1. Wow, that is too funny!!!

    And it’s not even buried in the timeline of the “Significant Events” page! It’s right in the header — starting from George Albert Smith, marriage magically becomes an event significant enough to make it to the header.

    (Oh, and it was — exceptionally — for Joseph and Emma Smith as well…)

  2. New to your blog…

    Very interesting. I may have to PDF this just in case the Church changes things in the future.

  3. zytines

    Maybe this is an admission that marriage (with the exception of the gloriously perfect marriage of Joseph and Emma) really does become insignificant and unimportant when you practice plural marriage?

  4. That is funny, indeed. I think you’re right that it reflects unease among the producers of that web site over polygamy. But it is funny to see how the polygamous prophets suddenly have become lifelong bachelors.

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