DS claims JS never committed adultery or married a second wife.

Mar 22, 2015
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Denver Snuffer
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Denver C. Snuffer, Jr., "Plural Marriage," transcript, March 22, 2015, 2

Denver Snuffer, Emma Hale Smith, Joseph Smith, Jr.
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There are a lot of people who, looking at the historical record through the distortions of the many events we know about have concluded Joseph Smith was sexually promiscuous, given to having sexual relations with several women other than his wife, Emma. There are claims he was involved in the very kinds of sexual misdeeds he condemned. Some careful researchers who have written about the subject have carefully examining the record and have dialed back dramatically their conclusions about Joseph Smith’s conduct. Those who have looked at it most carefully become the most equivocal about what Joseph Smith did. I am no longer willing to be equivocal. I am going to say that from the totality of the circumstances, I do not believe Joseph Smith was ever involved in adultery or bigamy. It would be bigamy to marry another woman for this life while having an existing wife. Joseph Smith had a wife. If he added others, it was for the afterlife and not for bigamy. When he looked around in Nauvoo and said, “What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing adultery, and having seven wives, when I can only find one.” (Meaning Emma.) I believe he was telling the truth. First we will look at some of the record, then we will look at the reasons I interpret the record as I do. I think what Joseph was really involved in restoring was not understood or preserved. I will only go far enough into that subject to highlight the reasons for my interpretation, and will not attempt to recover Joseph’s full theology. It is not yet time for that.

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