The Prophet Joseph's experiment in the winter of 1842 I have considered correcting the 1842 spelling, but decided to leave "every word" as the Prophet Joseph wrote it. Udney Hay Jacobs was the "Pen Name" that Joseph Smith used to conceal himself from the public. The Parowan ProphetJohn D Lee tells: During the winter, Joseph, the Prophet, set a man by the name of Sidney Hay Jacobs, to select from the Old Bible scriptures as pertained to polygamy, or celestial marriage, and to write it in pamphlet form, and to advocate that doctrine. This he did as a feeler among the people, to pave the way for celestial marriage. This, like all other notions, met with opposition, while a few favored it. The excitement among the people became so great that the subject was laid before the Prophet. No one was more opposed to it than was his brother Hyrum, who denounced it as from beneath. Joseph saw that it would break up the church, should he sanction it, so he denounced the pamphlet through the WASP (sic), a newspaper published at Nauvoo, by E. Robinson as a bundle of nonsense and trash. He said if he had known its contents he would never have permitted it to be published, while at the same time other confidential men were advocating it on their own responsibility.
Joseph himself said on the stand, that should he reveal the will of God concerning them, that they, pointing to President W Marks, P. P. Pratt, and others, would shed his blood. He urged them to surrender themselves to God instead of rebelling against the stepping stone of their exaltation. But he dared not proclaim it publicly, so it was taught confidentially to such as were strong enough in the faith to take another step. About the same time the doctrine of "sealing for an eternal state" was introduced, and the Saints were given to understand that their marriage relations with each other were not valid. That those who solemnized the rites of matrimony had no authority of God to do so. That the true priesthood was taken from the earth with the death of the Apostles and inspired men of God. That they were married to each other only by their own covenants, and that if their marriage relations had not been productive of blessings and peace, and they felt it oppressive to remain together, they were at liberty to make their own choice, as much as if they had not been married. That it was sin for people to live together, and raise or beget children, in alienation from each other. There should exist an affinity between each other, not a lustful one, as that can never cement that love and affection that should exist between a man and his wife.
(John D. Lee, LIFE AND CONFESSIONS OF JOHN C. LEE, pages 146-147)
Author, Udney Hay Jacob: 1842 an Israelite, and a shepherd of Israel; Nauvoo, Ill., J. Smith, Printer.
In the following extract, which is two chapters only, taken from a larger work, there are some allusions to matter contained in the larger work; which will not appear with the same clearness and force, as if the whole work was before the reader. This cannot be remedied in making an extract.
It is written Malachi 4:5-6, Behold I will send you Elijah the Prophet before the coming of the Great and Dreadful day of the Lord; and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. The author of this work professes to be the teacher here foretold. Some may object that John the Baptist was the character there alluded to. But if it was necessary that Christ should have a forerunner when he came to this world as a servant only; not to be ministered unto; but to minister, and to give his Life for the ransom of the world; how much more requisite is it, that he should be thus honored, when he comes in his glory and majesty, to be king over all the nations of the earth. More-over, please to take notice of the character spoken of. He shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children; and the heart of the children to their fathers; (nothing is here said of the mothers. ) lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. This is matter of great importance in the eyes of God, in its proper time.
No teacher since this prophecy was given, has made the
least aproximation towards the accomplishment of this great work,
which is to save a world from a dreadful curse. But did not Christ do any thing
to effect this purpose? says an objector. Hear him; "
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace to the earth?
However the public can form a better judgment of the authors pretentions by reading this extract, than by his mere professions. And when the whole work shall be published, and its glorious object accomplished; then will the whole world know assuredly that he is indeed the teacher foretold by the Prophet Malachi, more than two thousand years ago. Then will the truth of the holy prophets be established; and the judgments of God, and his wisdom will be made manifest.
The author of this work is not a Mormon, although it is printed by
CHAPTER XVIII, on the Law OF MARRIAGE
"Yet once again I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word yet once again signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made; that those things which cannot be shaken may remain." Hebrews 12: 26,27; Haggai 2: 6,7
I now enter upon an important matter which I would gladly have omitted;
did not the restitution of the law of God require that we should
clearly understand it. If we were doomed of necessity to continue involved in
sin, it could not be a reproach; whatever else the consequences might be. But sin is a reproach to any people. A reproach to our
understandings. We all admit that sin is an unreasonable thing; and not to our interest.
Yet we practice it. This proves that an astonishing frailty exists in our minds. But
our sin is not the cause of this frailty, for it is manifest that this frailty is the
cause of our sin. Whence then arises this frailty, or imbecility of mind? I answer, that I
have applied myself to seek and search out wisdom; and the reason of things: and to know
the cause of madness and foolishness. And I find that more bitter than death is the
woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and whose hands are bonds, Solomon.
1 Corinthians 7: 39
This text shows what is meant by her being under the law of her husband; that is, she is not at liberty to be married to another, while she has a lawful husband yet living. And if a man is bound to his wife in the same manner, then is he under the law of his wife.
Again: Romans 7: 2 For a woman that hath a husband is bound by the law to her husband, as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. But in no place in the holy book do we read that a man is bound by the law of his wife, as long as his wife liveth. Such an idea and law would be and is subversive of all righteous government; and it disorganizes the whole system of truth. A man cannot be lawfully placed under the law of his wife, for he is the head. The seat of the mind by which beings are governed is in the head. The government of the wife is therefore placed in the husband by the law of God; for he is the head. I suffer not a woman saith the Lord to teach, or to usurp authority over the man, but to be in subjection. How then can a man be righteously placed under the law of a woman. The word of God here expressly declares that such authority is an usurpation of power. Neither can the woman herself, nor the human family prosper, when the woman takes a station for which she was not created. For Adam was first formed, then Eve, the man is therefore nearer the fountain than the woman; as Christ is before the man. Therefore as the Church is subject unto Christ so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Ephesians 5:24 And it is written, let the wife see that she reverence her husband for God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. A man ought not to be brought under the law of a woman in any wise.
But by our law
he is in ten thousand instances completely enslaved to an imperious woman whereby
confusion and not peace rages in society at its very root. And the
principle that performs this wicked work, is recognized, and admitted by all, and
therefore operates upon all, and disorganizes the universal mind of man throughout
Christendom; it being begotten and bred in this disorganizing ruin. The
evil consequences resulting from the imperfection of our laws upon this
subject, are many and destructive to this whole nation: and as Satan gained the ascendency over man, by the submission of the man to
the woman; so he must be expelled by exhalting man, to his original authority
and dignity, and by forming our laws exactly according to the divine pattern; or reign
forever. This only can restore order, good family government, and peace. Multitudes of families are now in confusion, and wretchedly
governed. This is a great evil.
Revelation 2: 27 And HE shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
See Revelation 12: 5 yourself and Revelation 19:15-16