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 Church” page 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?