kamenraider Posted September 18, 2009 Share Posted September 18, 2009 I've posted this quote here before regarding a connection between plural marriage and second anointings:There was a time when the patriarchal priesthood and second anointings were conferred only upon those who had entered into the practice of plural marriage.--Apostle Marriner W. Merrill, Tues. June 24, 1902, at a quarterly conference of the Twelve at the SLC Temple, quoted in: A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson, by Stan Larson, ed., SLC: Signature Books, 1993, p. 454. I recently came across another similar one relating to the Nauvoo era:In the Winter of 1845 meetings were held all over the city of Nauvoo, and the spirit of Elijah was taught in the different families as a foundation to the order of celestial marriage, as well as the law of adoption. Many families entered into covenants with each other -- the man to stand by his wife and the woman to cleave unto her husband, and the children to be adopted to the parents. I was one of those who entered into covenants to stand by my family, to cleave to them through time and eternity. I [John D. Lee] am proud to say I have kept my obligations sacred and inviolate to this day....The ordinance of celestial marriage was extensively practiced by men and women who had covenanted to live together, and a few men had dispensations granted them to enter into plural marriages, which were taught to be the stepping-stone to celestial exaltation. Without plural marriage a man could not attain to the fullness of the holy priesthood and be made equal to our Saviour.--Mormonism Unveiled by John D. Lee (with William Warner Bishop), St. Louis, Mo: M. E. Mason 1891, pgs. 165-166.This got me curious. I consulted Lisle Brown's book Nauvoo Sealings Adoptions and Anointings and cross checked the listed recipients of second anointings in Nauvoo with familysearch.org to see what I would find. This is what I found:-Polygamous Nauvoo Second Anointings:James AllredWilliam AndersonElisha AverettAlmon BabbittIsrael BarlowJohn BenbowEzra T. BensonSamuel BentJohn BernhiselBenjamin BrownJames BrownHarrison BurgessJohn M. BurkReynolds CahoonWilliam CahoonSimeon CarterEzra ChaseIsaac ChaseBenjamin ClappRaymond ClarkWilliam ClaytonJoseph CoolidgeFrederick CoxAlpheus CutlerHiram DaytonPhilo DibbleSimeon DunnWinslow FarrWilliam FelshawJoseph FieldingElijah FordhamLucian FosterJacob FoutzDavid FullmerJohn FullmerJacob GatesStephen GoddardGeorge GrantHarvey GreenJohn P. GreeneThomas GroverSolomon HancockJesse HarmonPeter HawsHenry HerrimanJohn HerringtonIsaac HigbeeJonathan HolmesEdward HunterWilliam Huntington Sr.William D. HuntingtonOrson HydeAaron JohnsonJoseph KeltingHeber C. KimballJoseph KingsburyJoseph Knight Sr.Newell KnightJohn D. LeeCornelius LottAmasa LymanDuncan McArthurGeorge MillerWilliam MillerIsaac MorleyWilliam MurrayJoseph B. NobleJohn PageJohn ParkerHezekiah PeckWilliam W. PhelpsWilliam PittOrson PrattParley PrattCharles C. RichFranklin D. RichardsLevi RichardsWillard RichardsAlbert P. RockwoodJohn ScottLucuis ScovilPerrigrine SessionsHenry G. SherwoodCharles ShumwayDon Carlos SmithGeorge A. SmithHyrum SmithJohn SmithJoseph SmithAbraham SmootErastus SnowLorenzo SnowWillard SnowWilliam SnowDaniel SpencerHiram SpencerOrson SpencerLevi StewartJohn TannerJohn TaylorAlvah TippetsTheodore TurleyClark WhitneyNewell K. WhitneyJeremiah WilleyLewis WilsonStephen WinchesterLucian WoodworthEdwin WoolleyDavid YearsleyBrigham YoungLorenzo YoungJoseph Young-Monogamous Nauvoo Second Anointingsof Eventual Known Polygamists:Randolph AlexanderIsaac AllredMilo AndrusTruman AngellJesse BakerEdson BarneyRoyal Barney Jr.Titus BillingsCharles BirdThomas Burd!ck (MADB auto censorship wouldn't let me spell this name correctly)William BurtonDaniel CarnWilliam DavisJohn EldridgeAugustus FarnhamElisha GrovesLevi HancockJames HendricksJoseph HeywoodChandler HolbrookJoseph HoveyHeman HydeWilliam HydeNorton JacobsLyman LeonardJohn LytleWandle MaceWilliam MajorMoses MartinJames PaceAbraham PalmerCalvin PendletonJoseph RichPhinehas RichardsLewis RobbinsMiles RomneyShadrach RoundyAsahel SmithJames SmithiesJohn J. TannerNathan TannerSidney TannerJames TaylorCharles WandellHorace K. WhitneySamuel Williams-Other Monogamous Second Anointings-James Bell (Dead - Hezekiah Peck as proxy)Peter Fullmer ( 74 years old. Daughter Desdemona md. Joseph Smith in 1842)George W. Harris (Excommunicated in 1852. Wife Lucinda md. Joseph Smith)Joshua Holman (Died later that year in Nov. 1846)Andrew LytleNoah PackardThomas Pearson (died 1856 Hillsboro, OR)Samuel RolfeRansom ShepardLyman Sherman (Dead - proxy Almon Babbitt)Samuel Whitney (Died Mar. 1846)William Weeks (Left the Church - obituary in 1857 said "...he was not a follower of Brigham Young and did not believe in polygamy")James Whitehead (Left the Church - joined RLDS)It looks like those who never practiced plural marriage (and who were living, and did not leave the Church) represent a very small percentage of the total number of recipients of second anointings. I wonder why? Link to comment
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