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Think Celestial – Celestial Marriage in Mormonism Before 1890

In this episode of “Think Celestial – Celestial Marriage Before 1890” we embark on a journey through the annals of Mormon history to unravel the definition of Celestial Marriage as well as “The New and Everlasting Covenant” before the pivotal year of 1890 when Wilford Woodruff issued the Manifesto marking the beginning steps of ending polygamy. Join our hosts Bill Reel and RFM as they meticulously examine historical documents and quotes from early leaders, shedding light on the evolution of Mormon theology within the LDS Church. Delving into the depths of polygamy and plural marriage, we explore how “Celestial Marriage” & “The New and Everlasting Covenant” were distinctly defined in the early days of Mormonism. Through the lens of primary sources and firsthand accounts, our hosts navigate the changing landscapes of doctrine, uncovering a fascinating contrast between the historical understanding and the modern interpretation of Celestial Marriage. As the hosts dissect archival materials, listeners gain insight into the complexities, controversies, and transformations that shaped the concept of eternal marriage in the early years of the LDS Church. “Think Celestial” invites you to reconsider preconceptions and delve into the rich historical context surrounding Celestial Marriage, bridging the gap between past and present perceptions. Join us in this exploration of Mormonism’s journey, where the celestial union took on different meanings, offering a thought-provoking glimpse into the foundations that have shaped the modern LDS understanding of eternal marriage. S9b0R2OBBGyoGzXhhTb7

RESOURCES: Celestial Marriage, by Orson Pratt (Journal of Discourses 1:53-66) ( (three early leaders all in one) (not useful for research but to help the reader appreciate how detrimental polygamy is to women) (Pratt’s 1852 treatise to fully explain the doctrine/theology behind plural marriage


1 thought on “Think Celestial – Celestial Marriage in Mormonism Before 1890”

  1. So if you think that marriage is purely a matter of the people involved, then accept polygamy too. And if you want the church to fully accept same-sex marriage then stop bashing the church for polygamy.

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