Let's Talk about Polygamy

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Deseret Book, 2021 - Polygamy - 134 pages
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"Latter-day Saint historian Brittany Chapman Nash gives a historical overview and explanation of the early practice of polygamy among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints"--

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Clear & well-written. The history is easily understood and contextualized for the modern reader. I would recommend this book to anyone as a great resource for someone wanting to learn more about polygyny (or polygamy) in the Latter-day Saint faith. Nash offers a rounded view on the subject.

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Book is kind of a baby step good start, sort of.
Most of what is in this book is already well known. After you read this book, most will still be left with loads of questions about the doctrine, as
well as serious questions about the real reasons members are terrified to talk about it. A type of status-quo vagueness seems to have been the goal of the writer. Now if Brigham Young is an authoritative source to you, he already answered pertinent questions, rendering this book unnecessary. It appears that those members who are uncomfortable with, or unaware of Brigham's answers are who this book is written for, but frankly, this book is just not helpful. The hard questions are not really dealt with and I'm not sure if the author realizes what the hard questions actually are. This issue requires much more courageous writing than what is found in this book. Jacob 2 vs. section 132 is a core problem with most members because they don't allow for Jacob not fully understanding the subject, or they just want to USE Jacob 2 to bash polygamy. Most members don't understand the first or second "manifestos" (or even the existence of the 2nd one) and this book does not help with that problem. They don't realize that the first manifesto had nothing to do with doctrine and only dealt with keeping men out of jail and property from being taken (see official declaration 1). Members also don't realize that the 2nd manifesto (if they know about it) also had nothing to do with doctrine and was an order to facilitate the seating of Reed Smoot in the US senate. Yet in the church, these two "manifestos" have been allowed to entirely shape members' views of the doctrine. THUS, the conversation about doctrine, if a member feels allowed to have one, gets twisted by all of this, or sent into a brick wall. It's just easier for members to conclude that doctrine has been somehow changed by the Lord and "we don't have to worry about it anymore." The reader of this book expects clear and definitive answers to a subject that has been MADE very difficult (understatement), and will be disappointed at the end. 

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