For my .02 cents, I don't think they were "looking in the wrong direction" as much as trying to answer questions/receive revelations empowering themselves (they were refugees of Nauvoo and the American government respectively) and justifying their leadership. They were so busy trying to prove their leadership and that "they were right" that they "didn't get it right" in a lot of things - especially in the domain of male-female relationships and gender performances.Minyan Man wrote: ↑17 Jan 2024, 08:43 Roy's point number 4.
I love to do Family History. When I first joined the church, I thought that I wasn't related to anyone who had joined the church. Today, with the software available through BYU, etc, I now know there are many people that I am related to, both living & dead. For the early teachings of the4. For “greater glory”: “The first commandment was to ‘Multiply’ and the Prophet taught us that Dominion & power in the great future would be commensurate with the number of ‘wives, children & friends’ that we inherit here and that our great mission to earth was to organize a nucleus of Heaven to take with us. To the increase of which there would be no end.”
church regarding polygamy, I'm wondering if they (the leadership) were looking in the wrong direction. Instead of gathering more wives & having
more children, maybe they were being encouraged to appreciate where they came from instead. There are literally thousands or hundreds of
thousands of people who came before us. I am moved spiritually when I find another who I'm related to. In the process, I wonder what their life
was like & what sacrifices they made along their journey.
Is it possible for someone to receive a revelation & they are looking in the wrong direction?
Or, in the case of polygamy, they have a revelation that gives them the answer they want? or justifies their own desires?
I do think that revelations "justifying their own desires" was assuredly what was happening. I am far less certain that that there was a deliberate component to it. I think that Joseph Smith truly desired a connective social structure based on priesthood sealings - which may or may not have included wives for specific desires. I think that Brigham Young had a more literal take on polygamy, and was more connected to the polygamy process from essentially a breeding righteous children/bloodlines stance (and that he felt himself a solid sire, hence lots of wives).