God’s Marriage

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Heber C. Kimball, when he was in the First Presidency, stated:

“The man Joseph, the husband of Mary, did not, that we know of, have more than one wife, but Mary the wife of Joseph had another husband” (Deseret News, October 10, 1866)

Orson Pratt stated:

“Therefore, the Father and Mother of Jesus, according to the flesh, must have been associated together in the capacity of Husband and Wife; hence the Virgin Mary must have been, for the time being, the lawful wife of God the Father” (The Seer, 158)

God and Mary were married?

8 thoughts on “God’s Marriage

  1. Yikes!

    I hadn’t thought of this one before. I guess it all depends on what the laws of God dictate. I guess it’s possible.

  2. I think this comes from an extension of an assumption. I don’t think we (including BY HCK and others) know anywhere near as much as we sometimes think we do.

  3. No question that this was a common belief back in the day…kindof like how Jesus was a polygamist and most of the leaders were decendants of him. Two words: Cultural over-belief.

  4. Vaguely similar to the fact that Rachel Ivins Grant was married for life to Jedediah M. Grant but sealed to Joseph Smith. Hence, her son Heber was the son of two fathers, in two different senses.

  5. There is actually precedent for this in the life of Joseph Smith, himself.

    Consider Mary Elizabeth Rollins (Lightner Smith Young) who was married to both Smith and Brigham Young while still cohabiting with her first husband, Adam Lightner.

    Polyandry was fairly common in the early church, so it makes sense that members may understand that God works in a similar fashion.

  6. Let us all get together and sing a chorus of Ray Stevens “I Am My Own Grandfather” and then all will be clear . . I think…!?

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