Fact: Joseph Smith had sex with multiple females to whom he as not married.
Females to whom he was not CIVILLY married. There was always a marriage.
Except that time with Fanny Alger, with whom he was caught in the barn doing the nasty by his only legal wife, Emma. So, he was an adulterer.
Fact: Several of these females were minors, some of them only 14 or 15 years old.
"Minor" is a modern convention. No laws were broken. No societal taboos existed. And no proof of sexuality in those relationships has been confirmed.
Where to even start with this tripe. First, Joseph broke his OWN LAW, written in 1842, a First Presidency Directive which stated:
Behold this is a wicked generation, full of lyings, and deceit, and craftiness; and the children of the wicked are wiser than the children of light; that is, they are more crafty; and it seems that it has been the case in all ages of the world. And the man who leaves his wife and travels to a foreign nation, has his mind overpowered with darkness, and Satan deceives him and flatters him with the graces of the harlot, and before he is aware he is disgraced forever: and greater is the danger for the woman that leaves her husband, and there are several instances where women have left their husbands, and [pg. 2] come to this place,& in a few weeks, or months, they have found themselves new husbands, and they are living in adultery; and we are obliged to cut them off from the church. I presume There are men also that are quilty of the same crime, as we are credibly informed. We are KNOWING to their having taken wives HERE and are CREDIBLY informed that they have wives in England. ...
And we also forbid that a woman leave her husband because he is an unbeliever. We also forbid that a man shall leave his wife because she is an unbeliever. If he be a bad man (i. e. the unbeliever) there is a law to remedy that evil. And if she be a bad woman, there is law to remedy that evil. And if the law will divorce them, then they are at liberty; [p. 3] otherwise they are bound as long as they two shall live, and it is not our prerogative to go beyond this; if we do it, it will be at the expense of our reputation.
These things we have written in plainness, and we desire that they should be publicly known, and request this to be published in the Millennial Star. First Presidency Address, June 12, 1842, Joseph and Hyrum Smith. Later published in the Millennial Star with some of it redacted.
This Address is very specific about what it directs. At this time, Joseph had married almost a dozen women, the majority of them already had husbands. He was having sex with them, (Sylvia Lyon is a good example) and so by his own LAW, he was committing adultery. Every woman he married until he received his July 1843 "revelation" was also by his OWN LAW, adultery.
And, did Joseph stand behind those so called "marriages"? No. When Emma objected to the Partridge sisters, Joseph shook their hands and told them to get lost. He never spoke to them again. This after he spent almost a year having sex with them. So were they real marriages? Not in my book. They were nest hiding of the worst sort.
His "revelation" from July 1843 was never put to the church for a vote, so it also was being used to break the binding church law (the article on Marriage in the D&C). Smith and his "apostles" went to great lengths to quote that binding law and deny their spiritual wifeism. They constantly deceived the majority of the church. It was illegal to practice polygamy in Illinois. So whether or not Joseph "married" young women and that was culturally acceptable, it was STILL ILLEGAL when HE did it. Fanny Alger was straight up adultery, as testified to by Oliver Cowdery. There was no marriage. I would love for ANYONE to debate me on ANY of this. You will lose.