The standard Latter-day Saint narrative is the Joseph
Smith introduced polygamy, had many wives and lied
about it. Joseph spoke out strongly against polygamy
many times. Is it possible that we incorrectly cast him as
Joseph Smith's grandson RLDS Patriarch Elbert A. Smith
said it best:
"There is no halfway ground. Either Joseph Smith
was true and clean, open and above board ... or else
he was a hypocrite and a fraud through and through, as
his enemies claim."
can't be used to support plural marriage.
A STRONG PROOF that Joseph didn't approve of plural
marriage is the fact that after Joseph died Brigham
added TEN wives that same year and Heber C. Kimble added
NINE. Heber only had one plural marriage before that
date. Why the sudden surge after Joseph died?