19 Joseph married many extra spouses and authorized other Latter-day Saints to exercise plural wedding. The training distribute gradually in the beginning. By 1844, when Joseph died, approximately 29 men and 50 women had entered into plural marriage, in addition to Joseph and his wives june. Once the Saints entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, at the least 196 males and 521 females had entered into plural marriages. 20 individuals during these early plural marriages pledged to help keep their involvement private, though they expected an occasion as soon as the training could be publicly recognized.
Nonetheless, rumors spread. A couple of males unscrupulously utilized these rumors to seduce females to become listed on them in a unauthorized training sometimes known as “spiritual wifery.” Whenever this was found, the males had been take off through the Church. 21 The rumors prompted people and leaders to issue very very carefully worded denials that denounced religious wifery and polygamy but had been quiet by what Joseph Smith yet others saw as divinely mandated “celestial” plural wedding. 22 The statements emphasized that the Church practiced no marital legislation other than monogamy while implicitly making available the chance that people, under way of God’s residing prophet, might do this. 23