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In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith Hardcover – December 15, 1997
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Compton's book consists of 30 chapters; each written as a biography of the various women Joseph Smith married, with the conspicuous absence of Emma Smith. This highlights and emphasizes the fact that, though Joseph had many wives, they were all rejected by Emma who vigorously opposed polygamy and the intrusions it brought into her home.
Studying Mormon history has become a mixed blessing. On one hand, historical scholarship of the subject has advanced greatly since Bodie's landmark "No man knows my History." On the other hand, excommunication of prominent historians (such as Quinn and Brodie) by the Mormon Church has resulted in much fear and distrust. For most Mormons, Todd Compton's book probably falls outside the designation of "faith promoting," and may be uncomfortable for many active members of the church.
Growing up in the Mormon Church, I learned several myths about early Mormon polygamy such as: 1. A man's wife had to approve the marriage to plural wives. 2. Most plural wives were older women whose husbands had died, and for whom polygamy represented safe heaven from a brutal world. 3. Most of Joseph's plural wives were sealed to him, but had no sexual relationship with him. 4. Joseph's plural wives never became pregnant from him. 5. There was never any admission or even mention of polyandry.
Through the biographies he has constructed, Compton exposes each of these myths.Read more ›
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If you want the truth about the Mormon Church, read this book. Contrary to what the LDS Church told people for years, Joseph Smith had more than 30 wives, many of whom were... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Not Happy Here
Expertly researched and the most informative book on the topic. It is definitely a companion book to "Rough Stone Rolling".Published 3 months ago by SHOEMEISTER
Mr Compton has done a great job of research but he draws his own conclusions about what happened in between actual happenings and dates. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cleone Peterson
Plan on spending a long time reading to get through this well orchestrated and detailed book. Very interesting non-fiction history.Published 6 months ago by gtodan
It was everything I thought it would be. Sometimes life is hard to swallow. I would rather know the truth about JS 's plural marriages, than find out after a lifetime of thinking... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marilyn Clawson
The book is good for information. However, I do not recommend it for anyone who truly wants to know more about Mormon polygamy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Linda
I anticipated that it might be an anti-LDS book but it is very open and honestly written.Published 8 months ago by JAMES R BAKER
Very interesting book. I love learning about early women in the church that played such a huge role.Published 12 months ago by Heather Ramirez
Excellent book that presented the raw facts in one place and in an unbiased manner. The reader is left to draw his or her own conclusions based on the evidence that Todd Compton... Read morePublished 13 months ago by James