Yesterday, I wrote about the new mormon.org and speculated that my profile had been rejected due to unorthodoxy. Later that day, I realized that I was mistaken – that I had never completed all of the required portions of my profile, so it had probably never been reviewed.
I discovered this while I was in the process of revising some of my answers to remove some of the things I knew were probably pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable within Mormonism. Today, I logged into my profile again and found the following (click to enlarge):
The question is not one of my own design – it’s a stock question the church provides to give people things to talk about on their profiles. At first glance, I was surprised that the church would ask members to publicly share their feelings about polygamy since it’s usually a topic the church avoids at all cost.
It was something that was needed at the time. Women in those days actually needed a man to take care of them. If a woman lost her husband, she couldn’t just go out and get a college education and then start a career to support herself and her children. Polygamy made it possible for women to join a family so she and her children could be taken care of. …
Setting aside the question of whether or not her answer is factually accurate, does the church think this answer will help anyone feel better about polygamy? Especially non-Mormons?
Polygamy has been allowed at various times to select people throughout history. This practice only exists when God commands it. For example, in Old Testament times David and Saul both had plural wives. For a period in the modern church’s history there was also a period of polygamy. In the Book of Mormon we learn that sometimes God will give this commandment in order to raise children (Jacob 2:30). God’s commandment has always been one wife unless commanded otherwise.
This is the answer I expect the Church is looking for, although I still question whether this will be convincing to non-Mormons.
Non-Mormon Readers: How do you feel about Irene & Dave’s answers?
Mormon Readers: What do you think of my answer? Is it really that far outside-the-box? My hunch is that there quite a few members who secretly agree with me, but are hesitant to let their feelings be known for any number of reasons.
[see Rejection from mormon.org #2 here.]