Friday, June 13, 2008

Mormon. WHY are the re-marry, 'sealing' rules different for men than for women? Where can I find this information in the online mormon religous books or writings? —hanging in there

There are other exmos who've spent far more time than I have researching the polyandry side of Mormon history. But the short answer is that Jessica is misinformed, there certainly was this element in early Mormonism. The most commonly cited example is a woman named Zina Diantha Huntington, who married both Joseph Smith and then Brigham Young, all while still married to her first husband, Henry Jacobs.

This does not mean, though, that women were on equal footing with men in the whole polygamy thing. Getting back to your question about sealings, it was never believed that Zina or someone in her position would have multiple husbands in the hereafter. Rather, Brigham Young taught something to the effect that men with higher priesthood might claim the wives of those in a lesser office. I'm sorry to give such a general answer, but I haven't read Todd Compton's book, which is really the best resource on this topic. (Todd is a practicing Mormon, by the way.)


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