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To quote the manifesto: Inasmuch as laws have been enacted by Congress forbidding plural marriages, which laws have been pronounced constitutional by the court of last resort, I hereby declare my intention to submit to those laws, and to use my influence with the members of the Church over which I preside to have them do likewise.Also, the impression given in the paragraph was that polygamy ended in 1890 via revelation with the Manifesto. The Manifesto was not a revelation as many LDS believe but rather merely advice that the First Presidency was advocating the practice of future plural marriages be discontinued.This is an extremely important "piece" to study for many reasons.The essay can be read here: Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo Mormon Think will be responding to the essay here: Plural Marriage in Kirtland & Nauvoo - Response to A Mormon Think editor responds to the Plural Marriage and Families in Utah essay below.
It is found here: Plural Marriage and Families in Early Utah Hopefully, the Church will release an essay discussing the polygamy in Nauvoo, including Joseph Smith's polygamous and polyandrous relationships.
Link to: Remembering the Wives of Joseph Smith 3) Second paragraph excerpt: Thereafter, for more than half a century, plural marriage was practiced by some Latter-day Saints.
Only the Church President held the keys authorizing the performance of new plural marriages.
The essay, however, states that it was, in fact, illegal.
The Bible verses quoted in the footnotes (Genesis 16:3; 25:1; -30; 30:3-4, 9) indicate only that polygamy occurred, not that God commanded it.