J230 | Part 1.4 | Chapter and Verse

J230 | Part 1.4 | Chapter and Verse

The Book of Mormon has gone through several changes and editions to arrive at our modern edition. I found it useful to look at the history of these chapters, how the Book of Mormon was organized in the first printing, and how we got to the chapters and verses we use...
J230 | Part 1.3 | The Root of the Interpretation

J230 | Part 1.3 | The Root of the Interpretation

The first mention of Jacob 2 that I could find is from the Journal of Discourses, in general conference, by Orson Pratt in July of 1859.1 This is 15 years after the death of Joseph Smith. Before jumping in, it’s worth noting Pratt’s influence on Mormon...
J230 | Part 1.2 | One Interpretation, Officially

J230 | Part 1.2 | One Interpretation, Officially

Jacob 2:30 is treated as an incomplete sentence: “For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people to take more than one wife; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things: there shall not any man among you have save it be one...
J230 | Part 1.1 | Wresting the Scriptures

J230 | Part 1.1 | Wresting the Scriptures

Wresting the Scriptures While studying the scriptures we should be asking lots of questions. Why are we getting this sermon? What have the Nephites done or what are they being warned not to do? Why have they fallen into error? What are the consequences of their...
J230 | Introduction

J230 | Introduction

The reality of the polygamy debate is that there are far too few pieces to get an accurate picture. I can see why there are proponents of both sides, and believers in multiple narratives. The honest truth may be out of our grasp, at least until the restoration is...
Hyrum Smith Discourse on Polygamy

Hyrum Smith Discourse on Polygamy

GenCon Outtakes Vol 4 President Hyrum Smith called the Conference to order at 25 min. to 4 and said:— It is a matter of consequenee that the Elders of Israel should know when they go to preach to be like Paul— to give a reason for the hope of their calling; and if—...