19 Joseph married many additional spouses and authorized other Latter-day Saints to exercise marriage that is plural. The training spread gradually in the beginning. By June 1844, whenever Joseph passed away, about 29 males and 50 ladies had entered into plural wedding, along with Joseph and their spouses. Once the Saints entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, at the least 196 men and 521 ladies had entered into plural marriages. 20 individuals during these early marriages that are plural to help keep their participation private, though they expected a period once the training could be publicly recognized.
Nonetheless, rumors distribute. A couple of males unscrupulously utilized these rumors to seduce ladies to become listed on them within an unauthorized training often named “spiritual wifery.” If this ended up being found, the guys had been stop through the Church. 21 The rumors prompted people and leaders to issue very carefully worded denials that denounced religious wifery and polygamy but had been quiet by what Joseph Smith among others saw as divinely mandated “celestial” plural wedding. 22 The statements emphasized that the Church practiced no law that is marital than monogamy while implicitly making available the chance that people, under way of God’s residing prophet, might achieve this. 23