Mormon church admits founder Joseph Smith had 40 wives

2014-11-11 18:52

Washington - The Mormon Church has admitted that founder Joseph Smith married about 40 women including a 14-year-old and others who were already the wives of his followers, having maintained for nearly 200 years that he was monogamous.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has tried to gloss over aspects of its history, including the polygamy practiced by Smith and Brigham Young, who helped found Salt Lake City, Utah, the headquarters of the Mormon church.

"Joseph married many additional wives and authorized other Latter-day Saints to practice plural marriage", a church essay entitled "Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo" said, noting that "careful estimates put the number between 30 and 40".

The church has been widely criticised for its treatment of women, black people, who it barred from the higher priesthood until 1978, and gays, who were banned from its temples if they were sexually active.

Smith's wives were mostly between the ages of 20 and 40, but Helen Mar Kimball, the daughter of close friends, was "sealed" to him several months before she turned 15.

"Plural marriage was difficult for all involved. For Joseph Smith's wife Emma, it was an excruciating ordeal", the essay, part of a collection issued over the past year, said.

The church, founded in 1830, banned polygamy in 1890, when the US government threatened to deny Utah statehood.

  • Lynn Hugo - 2014-11-11 19:14

    His very lucky I'm not one of them. I would have de-horned Him long ago.

      Dumela Morotishi - 2014-11-11 19:41

      The report is referring to a human man, not to some rhino species. Hello?

      Rashid Kara - 2014-11-11 19:55

      @dumela, I think he means cutting off the man hood!!!

      Andy - 2014-11-11 19:56


  • Johnson Marx - 2014-11-11 19:16


  • Werner Lotz - 2014-11-11 19:19

    Dum dum dum dumb

  • David Broadfoot - 2014-11-11 19:21

    Not greedy, just liked a lot.:-)

  • Dumela Morotishi - 2014-11-11 19:22

    And then you get some socially disturbed people who claims it is not leker to go to church. Wake up you people, church is nice. One big jol.

      Jesuno Sathane Sihogonezulu - 2014-11-11 20:03

      Ha ha ha Dumela yahlanya yezwa, nice one

  • thanduxolo.galada - 2014-11-11 19:26

    He really loved pussycat

  • Grant Raymond Kendal - 2014-11-11 19:27

    Dum Dum dum dum dum

      Barefoot - 2014-11-11 20:36

      lol South Park

  • thanduxolo.galada - 2014-11-11 19:29

    And then why is my comment removed just because I said he liked pussycat

  • Nkanyiso Mdlalose - 2014-11-11 19:32

    Moron's Mormon Curch!

  • colin.zungu - 2014-11-11 19:48

    I only need four or five.

  • Schalk van Schalkwyk - 2014-11-11 19:49

    This is not new.... news! It's been known that Smith and thus, the early Mormon church, had polygamus marriages... after it was disbanded, another sect (actually a cult), called the "Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" splintered off with the father of Warren Jeffs as the "prophet". After he died, Warren became the self-proclaimed prophet and married around 78 wives of which some were as young as 12 years. He is currently in jail, serving a sentence of 130 years for rape of the minors!

  • Andy - 2014-11-11 19:49

    Think Zuma will read this article???

      John Smith217 - 2014-11-12 00:08

      No Andy.....Zuma cant read....

  • Dumela Morotishi - 2014-11-11 19:50

    Is Jacob Zuma a member of the Mormon church?

  • Jesuno Sathane Sihogonezulu - 2014-11-11 20:00

    What's new from these pathetic liars called christians? They kill, lie, rape, oppress, burn, invade, bring ebola to africa and only satan knows what else. Goodnight white people and your vat homs.

      JamesMWood - 2014-11-11 20:10

      Oh I'm so sorry, what do you think the zulus and other african tribes did to those they conquered in a battle? You realise of course that ebola was first diagnosed in africa and every outbreak since the original started in africa? Ps, jacob is pretty good att he lying-raping-stealing thing too

      victor.downing.37 - 2014-11-11 20:17

      Jesuno as you mentioned satan why can there not be a God. Think boy think before you write.

      Jesuno Sathane Sihogonezulu - 2014-11-11 20:29

      James just a simple step, just google Henry Kissinger that's all I have to say or memorandum 200 may be that brainwash or stupidity will wash away. White people are known for their intelligence so stop embarrassing them by reading the stupid encyclopedia cause it making you even more stupid than you already are.

      Jesuno Sathane Sihogonezulu - 2014-11-11 20:33

      Victor that's true I'd rather use satan than god, I know non of these 2 exists so cut me some slack.

      WILDSBOK - 2014-11-11 20:36

      Almost feel sorry for you!!!!

      Jesuno Sathane Sihogonezulu - 2014-11-11 20:47

      Fly don't feel sorry for me feel sorry for the people your great grand father and your parents have oppressed.

      Tian Nel - 2014-11-11 21:54

      jesuno your delusional!where do you get your info from.the bible say that thou shall not should love your neighbour as you love yourself.go read the bible before spewing your hatred.

      Adrian Bruce Cloete - 2014-11-11 21:57

      Are you on drugs?

      Raymon McNelly - 2014-11-12 08:41

      Jesuno Sathane Sihogonezulu - Racist much?

      Aidan Lee - 2015-02-11 08:03

      "Bringing eBola to Africa"? Do you wear a dunce cap daily?

  • Dumela Morotishi - 2014-11-11 20:08

    I bet Sathane is going to join Mormons church tomorrow. It might give him something to be more positive and cheerful about.

      Jesuno Sathane Sihogonezulu - 2014-11-11 20:10

      Ha ha ha I'm an atheist ntwana I'm never going to that stupid place called church.

  • Alfa Blanco - 2014-11-11 20:22

    Zuma is a mormon

  • S'phamandla Ngcobo - 2014-11-11 20:37

    Correction, the Church itself has NEVER proclaimed Joseph Smith was monogomous.

      Ayanda J. Zondi - 2014-11-12 12:43

      Thank you Spha! After all, these are the Latter days...spacious buildings are spreading all over...

  • jungleboy - 2014-11-11 20:44

    Randy old c.nt

  • lindisizwe.kesa - 2014-11-11 21:02

    Every book has its story to tell remember that

  • Sandile Makasi - 2014-11-11 21:04

    The LDS church discontinued the practice of polygamy on October 6, 1890. Any member who practices polygamy isn't considered a faithful Christian or member.

  • Deon Steyn - 2014-11-11 21:10

    40 wives!!!!! Damn this dude is way passed stupid!

  • Sonwabile Jama - 2014-11-11 21:12

    Nt all christians are like tht, who r u 2 say these cruel things abt christian

  • sthembize.zulu - 2014-11-11 21:27

    Mormonism is a cult. It's not real Christianity

      OzzyInSA - 2014-11-11 22:22

      True. Even today they refer to Smith as a "prophet". When I refer them to the Bible and tell them it shows that there will be no prophets of God after the death of the Apostles they turn and walk away ashamed. I have debated many of them on the streets (they approached me) and I have corrected there misguided beliefs directly from the Bible. Part of their indoctrination is to got door-to-door and street preach for 2 years. Why only 2 years? The Bible says you must do it constantly until Armageddon comes.

      John Smith217 - 2014-11-12 11:23

      Yes mormon is a cult.

      Amanda Asgeir-Nielsen Holmes - 2014-11-12 13:39

      Get your fact right my friend at

  • Carel Janse Van Rensburg - 2014-11-11 21:31

    They believe Jesus was a red indian right?

      Abram Ongopotse - 2014-11-11 23:21

      "red Indian"? really? Is this 1970?

      S'phamandla Ngcobo - 2014-11-12 04:50

      No. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the Christ, the Saviour, the Redeemer. He visited the ancient Americas after his resurrection. He hinted at this in John 10:16. Go and check it out.

      Amanda Asgeir-Nielsen Holmes - 2014-11-12 13:40

      Seriously??? Get your facts right at

  • Tian Nel - 2014-11-11 21:49

    the mormon community get rid of their sons when they reach 15-18 years of age by just dropping them of somewhere and then these boys have nothing and have to fend for themselves.the reason for this is so that the leader and the older men of the mormon community can marry the young girls because they have no more competition from the boys.

  • Khule Dlamini - 2014-11-11 22:01

    Lmao this man is a machine

  • Linky Makgati - 2014-11-11 22:01

    good mr smith..keep up the good work

  • Mnikazi Mniniyo Singaye - 2014-11-11 22:06

    40 like serious 40???Hebanna

  • daniel.holmes.58323 - 2014-11-11 22:07

    Please read the Church's official statement on this topic. This article is misleading and sensationalistic. Much of the information has been taken out of context.

      Rashid Kara - 2014-11-11 22:16

      @Daniel and how is that, the man had 40 wifes , period what is so , and I will quote you "This article is misleading and sensationalistic. Much of the information has been taken out of context. Please explain , curious to know what you mean???? 0 0 Reply to Daniel Holmes

  • Menzi Mnandi Phewa - 2014-11-11 22:08

    nice move Joseph total sexual and marital satisfaction......

  • Hauke Liefferink - 2014-11-11 22:14

    Peadophile! Sick!

  • Dan Shozi - 2014-11-11 22:14

    Wonder what else is still hidden for the church to confess if one lie has taken 40yrs to correct as all is covered under the Sealing disguise

  • Johnson Marx - 2014-11-11 22:41

    another fraudulant prophet

  • Koos Koekkies - 2014-11-11 23:58

    I love jesus cults.

      TheOldCynical - 2014-11-12 05:04

      Ja swaer... met n naam soos koekkies moet daar maar donners min tussen jou koekkies..ah, ek meen ore wees.

      John Smith217 - 2014-11-12 11:16

      Clearly you did not do well at school. Your spelling proves it. It should be koekkoes....not koekkies.

  • blade.runner.5817 - 2014-11-12 01:03

    He never learnt after the 1st, 2nd......ah well good for him.

  • Dan Steel - 2014-11-12 03:18

    This guy makes our Pres. Look good!

  • Brad Saunders - 2014-11-12 06:47

    Another religion based on the delusions of one sick man. Yet again Jesus's teachings are tuned as needed.

  • Romeo N Katleho Nkosi - 2014-11-12 06:59

    Lol the mormon church is the only church with secrets and goes door to door everyday to tell the world about those secrets. Lol I can't believe that in 2014 we still read such out of context nonsense on the news. Mormonism is truth, truth is Mormonism

      Dan Shozi - 2014-11-12 13:00

      It sound as if you do not know the meaning of the Word truth as even if the its written in front of you. The church admits a 40 yrs cover up and what about Mormons who died holding on to this denial, yet u do mot feel for them and the question how many more cover ups before u see reality

  • Siphelele Nkonjan'emnyamebhabhemafini Gova - 2014-11-12 09:29

    Why News 24 dont you give the reprt as is?

  • themba.nsele.71 - 2014-11-12 10:41

    So Mr Press you have long way to go. Take your time.

  • Amanda Asgeir-Nielsen Holmes - 2014-11-12 13:38

    I wouldn't go to a mechanic for a tooth extraction, for the truth of this matter go to

  • Tony Mathe - 2014-11-12 15:23

    so what? those who judge him probably have affairs with more than 40 women so please dont bore us

  • MemeMan - 2014-11-12 17:36

    At least we know Joe existed.

  • Aidan Lee - 2015-02-11 08:06

    40 wives? That's just plain stupidity - sucker for punishment! LOL

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