I understand that polygamy is a command of God, according to the teachings of Joseph Smith and the Mormons. Joseph apparently received this command reluctantly, yet in obedience, he followed God’s command and took additional wives unto himself, and so did the other Mormon Great Men.
Yet, come the 1890s, and the Salt Lake City branch of Mormonism began prohibiting the practice of polygamy. Zerinus tells us that this resulted from U.S. and state laws that were passed which specifically prohibited polygamy.
For instance, Zerinus recently posted in #324 of the thread, Mormons, When Did the Apostasy Occur?:
""Not true. Adam-God theory has never been a doctrine of the LDS Church; and the doctrine of polygamy has never been disavowed. Only the practice of it has been discontinued in obedience to the laws of the land.
When I read the Bible, I find many instances where people had a choice to make… whether to follow God, or follow man. For instance, in Acts 4:19-20, Peter and John said to the Sanhedrin, "Whether it is right in the sight of God for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges. It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard. Later, in Acts 5:29, Peter tells the Sanhedrin, “We must obey God rather than men…”
So my question for the Mormons, is, how do you explain this abandonment of polygamy in the face of opposition and persecution coming from the U.S. government? Aren’t the fundamentalist Mormons, like Warren Jeffs, actually the more observant, and less apostate, Mormons, since they refuse to abandon polygamy just because the laws prohibit it?