Before the tour, there’s great comment on Joseph’s long and shiny hair. Is Kody jealous, the wives wonder? The level of discourse on this show is so elevated, isn’t it?
Commercial. Theology major Robyn explains because their religion (well, not “religion”: “unauthorized heretical offshoot”) holds on to Joseph Smith’s teachings as originally revealed, “sometimes people talk about the early teachings in a vague way, which is discouraging because we want to explain why we do what we do to our kids”. So on with the polygamy references then. Kody comes right out and tells Joseph “you don’t have to whitewash polygamy”. All righty, although I’m not aware polygamy can be whitewashed.
Joseph then brings them what looks like a driveway intersecting with a road. He says that one day Hyrum Smith was out walking and ran into Brigham Young. Smith said he knew that his brother was telling Young things he wasn’t telling Hyrum, and asks Young to tell him the secret teachings. Young obliges by explaining polygamy. Hyrum then goes to his brother and urges him to write down the revelation. It’s here, if you’re interested. And it’s a doozy. In brief: Smith and other Mormon men get “sealed” to as many wives as they want, Smith’s wife is specifically told she has to put up with it, and adultery pretty much ceases to exist.
Gentlemen! I have a great new “revelation” about how we can get all the ass we want and our wives can’t say a word!
Now the adults and Joseph are sitting at a picnic table. That was a short tour! Kody asks Joseph if people ask about polygamy. In Nauvoo? That’s just crazy talk. Joseph says it’s the first thing they ask, how many wives did Joseph Smith have? Apparently 33. Kody’s response is to observe it must be a challenge with that large a family. Joseph goes on to say that 12 of those women were already married when Smith married them. Kody asks if they were just “sealed”, and Joseph makes it clear, no they were full wives to Smith and their original husbands. Robyn says “brother husbands!” On the couch, Kody says “historians” disagree on whether they were fully Smith’s wives or it was “symbolic to give a blessing in the next life”. Let’s ask Smith’s wife, Emma:
Janelle then says that her testimony does not hinge on Smith’s actions. “He’s not Jesus. He’s a guy”. This is nonsensical. Her testimony is of polygamy, which directly hinges on and stems from Smith’s actions. You can’t have it both ways, Janelle!
We return to the location of the Nauvoo Expositor, which was a paper in Smith’s time. The paper printed that Smith and the Mormons were polygamists and then, according to Joseph, “was destroyed”. Yeah, on the orders (and likely with participation) of Joseph Smith.
Joseph goes on to say that a 22-year-old man standing across the street watching the destruction was William Adams. This is Meri’s great-great-great grandfather. Descended from a guy who watched wanton lawlessness without trying to stop it? I’d be proud too!