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Joseph Smith, Mormon Church founder, had as many as 40 wives
Joseph Smith, Mormon Church founder, had as many as 40 wives

Joseph Smith, Mormon church founder and prophet, took as many as 40 wives, at least one as young as 14, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have acknowledged in a series of essays posted as guideposts for the faithful. The church had previously acknowledged that Smith engaged in plural marriages, though the practice was one of the public attributes of its early days. The church formally abandoned polygamy in 1890, but the practice continues to be a cultural identifier in film, television and theater. "The fact that Joseph Smith had plural marriage relationships is not new, of course," Eric Hawkins, a church spokesman, said. The church said it acted...

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