If Joseph Smith’s testimony and character collapses, so does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It’s that simple.
LDS Articles of Faith 1:13 says,
“We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”
These Articles of Faith were penned by Joseph Smith himself. He taught that it’s important to be honest.
Now that we have that foundation, take a look at what Joseph Smith said in History of the Church, volume 6, p. 411 (on May 26, 1844, one month before his death):
“What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing adultery, and having seven wives, when i can only find one. I am the same man, and as innocent as I was fourteen years ago; and I can prove them all perjurers.”
Read through that again. What Joseph Smith is saying is that there are people accusing him of having many wives, and he himself says he has only one. Okay. He writes this in May 1844, one month before he died.
Joseph Smith lied.
In the LDS Church’s own Gospel Topics Essay, titled “Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo” (under footnote 24), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says the following:
“Careful estimates put the number [of Joseph Smith’s wives] between 30 and 40.”
So this meanings that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints admits that Joseph Smith had between 30 to 40 wives. This is their official number. Remember, Gospel Topics Essays are official, not just hearsay or so-called “anti-Mormon” information. Remember, this is all coming from Mormon sources.
Latter-day Saints, think of what this means: If Joseph Smith had between 30-40 wives, and yet he himself said he only had one, then there is a problem. It’s not a problem created by those who are “against” the LDS Church, it’s a question of the integrity of the LDS Church.
If Joseph Smith lied, which he did, then that poses a serious risk for the foundation of the LDS Church. Joseph lied–he did have between 30 and 40 wives, not just one.
Latter-day Saints, you may not be able to trust Joseph Smith, but I want to assure you that you can trust in Jesus Christ. I encourage you to leave The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and fall into the arms of Jesus, as Christianity is true. Read through the New Testament as a child, and God will open your eyes as the scales of deception begin to fall off.
That is my prayer for you. Be blessed.