19 Joseph married many additional spouses and authorized other Latter-day Saints to exercise marriage that is plural. The training distribute gradually to start with. By 1844, when Joseph died, approximately 29 men and 50 women had entered into plural marriage, in addition to Joseph and his wives june. As soon as the Saints entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, at the least 196 males and 521 females had entered into plural marriages. 20 individuals in these early plural marriages pledged to help keep their participation private, though they expected an occasion as soon as the training will be publicly recognized.
Nonetheless, rumors distribute. A couple of males unscrupulously used these rumors to seduce ladies to participate them within an practice that is unauthorized known as “spiritual wifery.” Whenever this ended up being found, the guys had been take off through the Church. 21 The rumors prompted users and leaders to issue very very carefully worded denials that denounced wifery that is spiritual polygamy but had been quiet in what Joseph Smith yet others saw as divinely mandated “celestial” plural wedding. 22 The statements emphasized that the Church practiced no marital legislation other than monogamy while implicitly making available the chance that people, under direction of God’s residing prophet, might do so. 23