Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:

Assessing the Criticisms of Early-Age Latter-Day Saint Marriages

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
2/21/2019
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
48 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, early-age marriage, lds, marriage norms, Mormon Reformation, Mormonism

Abstract: Critics of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have accused Joseph Smith and other early Latter-day Saint men of pedophilia because they married teenaged women. Indeed, they have emphatically declared that such marriages were against 19th-century societal norms. However, historians and other experts have repeatedly stated that young people married throughout the 19th-century, and such marriages have been relatively common throughout all of US history. This article examines some of the accusations of early Latter-day Saint pedophilia and places such marriages within the greater historical and social context, illustrating that such marriages were normal and acceptable for their time and place.

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