Despite more than 100 years since the practice of polygamy was ended in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“Mormon Church”), there are still a number of popular myths or misconceptions. Have you heard of others that aren’t included below? Feel free to contact me so I can clarify and/or add it to the list.

Mormons practice polygamy today

False. Any member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints found practicing polygamy is excommunicated. Learn more about recent events with off-shoot polygamy sects by watching the following video from Elder Quentin L. Cook, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

This myth has grown as reports have circulated regarding the unrelated sects that still practice polygamy. While some marriages included young women in their mid-to-late teens, this was the cultural norm in the 1800s.  Below is a  chart from the 1850 census that shows that more than 40% of women married as teenagers.

However, it’s clear that this is not the norm today.  Members of the LDS Church are just as troubled as other citizens by the reports of these underage marriages today in polygamists sects.

60 Minutes

Jesus Christ Just as in modern times, ancient Biblical prophets also practiced polygamy when commanded by the Lord.  Read this page for more details.

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ChurchIn an interview aired on 60 Minutes, Mike Wallace asked, “As you know, some skeptics say that major changes in Church policy have come from political pressures, not necessarily as revelations from God. For example, the business of ending polygamy, say the skeptics, wasn’t because it was revelation but because Utah wanted to become a state.”

President Gordon B. Hinckley responded, “One of the purposes of a prophet is to seek the wisdom and the will of the Lord and to teach his people accordingly. It was the case with Moses when he led the children of Israel out of Egypt. It was the case for the Old Testament prophets when people were faced with oppression and trouble and difficulty. That is the purpose of a prophet, to give answers to people for the dilemmas in which they find themselves. That is what happens. That is what we see happen. Is it a matter of expediency, political expediency? No! Inspired guidance? Yes!”