The reasons for earlier menarche in girls are not well understood. VII, p. 229-230. Smith came from an unremarkable New England family. . . . . [T]here was no sin in it whatever . Smith was raised to the third degree of master mason “on sight” by Grand Master Jonas of the Grand Lodge of Illinois. Emma discovered the sexual affair between Smith and Fanny and exploded in anger. . In any event, it does make it clear that Joseph Smith was treading a very fine fine when it came to the sexual maturity of the girls he courted and/or married. Most of the change is attributed to better health and nutrition. “Incredulous, Nancy countered that 'if she ever got married she would marry a single man or none at all.' In the year 1820 (eighteen twenty) there was a fourteen year-old boy named Joseph Smith. The authenticity of the Book of Mormon depends on the credibility of Joseph Smith, the supposed translator of the book. . There are several accounts of Joseph Smith's trial in which he was accused of attempting to divine for treasure and charging fees for his fraudulent services. In any event, it does make it clear that Joseph Smith was treading a very fine fine when it came to the sexual maturity of the girls he courted and/or married.

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\"There is a lot of research in this arena because of the alarming shift in menarchal age from the 1800s to present day where the median onset of menarche has now dropped to age 12:

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\"\' . Most of the change is attributed to better health and nutrition. It is part of the canonized standard works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). I cannot write them on paper. . _____. . BYU Studies Quarterly 59, no. The statistics are very clear [on] the notion that the age of sexual maturity among women has changed or is still changing. _____, (“Historical Record,” vol. Joseph Smith boasted he did more than Jesus to keep a church together. When Joseph asked her if she was willing, she replied \'If Helen is willing I have nothing more to say.\' She had witnessed the sufferings of others, who were older and who better understood the step they were taking, and to see her child, who had yet seen her fifteenth summer, following the same thorny path, in her mind she saw the misery which was as sure to come as the sun was to rise and set; but it was hidden from me.\"

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Helen was under the unfortunate misimpression that her marriage to Smith was merely “dynastic.” She was to discover soon enough, however, that it was sexual.

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Helen later confessed to a close friend in Nauvoo:

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\"I would never have been sealed to Joseph had I known it was anything more than ceremony. . In 1829 and 1830, Joseph Smith’s understanding of the priesthood as shown in the Doctrine and Covenants was about Church administration and priesthood authority and offices, McBride continued. ". For Hingham, Smith reports an age at first marriage of 23.7 at the end of the 18th century (1972: Table 3, p. 177). . to have some context within which to make our judgments.

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\". Puberty [is] the point of time at which the sexual development is completed. For example, in Kenya average age at menarche fell from 14.4 in the late 1970s to 12.9 in the 1980s . ", "But if one or either of the ten virgins, after she is espoused [to Joseph Smith], shall be with another man, she has committed adultery and shall be destroyed; for they are given unto Joseph Smith to multiply and replenish the earth, according to my commandment, and to fulfil the promise which was given by my Father before the foundation of the world, and for their exaltation in the eternal worlds, that they may bear the souls of men; for herein is the work of my Father continued, that he may be glorified." . Smith “came to know [her] in Kirtland during early 1833 when she, at the age of 16, stayed at his home as a housemaid. . Thanks. Mormon Fanny Brewer similarly reported 'much excitement against the Prophet . "William Law apparently hoped that disclosing Smith's relationship with the young girls might lead him to abandon polygamy but Smith immediately excommunicated Law, had himself appointed the girls' legal guardian and rejected the charge in front of a church congregation on 26 May 1844, denying that he had more than one wife.”(Joseph Smith, “History of the Church,” vol. . After swearing her to secrecy, wrote George W. Robinson, Smith announced his \'affection for her for several years, and wished that she should be his . They shall take each other by the hand and you shall say, “You both mutually agree," calling them by name, “to be each other's companion so long as you both shall live, preserving yourselves for each other and from all others and also throughout all eternity, reserving only those rights which have been given to my servant Joseph by revelation and commandment and by legal Authority in times passed.”. . Now, for the evidence that Smith, like Jeffs, had sex with his own underage child victims: "Many LDS Church leaders and historians suggest that sexual relations and the marriage of Joseph Smith and his youngest wife, Helen Mar Kimball, 14 at the time, was 'approaching eligibility.'. We don\'t know if the teenaged girls he married and/or had sex with were sexually mature or not.

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\"But regardless of whether they were sexually mature or not, something in us is sickened by the thoughts of them being coerced into any kind of relationship with this lecher who was pretending to use God as his motivator.

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\"Joseph Smith was not the first--nor will he be the last--to prey upon young girls for sexual gratification. They find him distraught because Smith, according to Pratt\'s wife, had tried to seduce Pratt\'s wife Sarah.”

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Not only did Smith have a reputation as a ladies\' man, he also had a record of defending friends of his who were sleeping around.

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According to the “Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois” (6 February 1841), Smith directed “the Nauvoo high council not to excommunicate Theodore Turley for \'sleeping with two females,\' requiring him only to confess \'that he had acted unwisely, unjustly, imprudently, and unbecoming.\'”

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Eventually, Smith\'s sexual excess caught up with him in court. Fanny Brewer, a Mormon visitor to Kirtland in 1837, observed 'much excitement against the Prophet . But in aiming for accuracy in trying to describe Joseph Smith, there are a lot of words other than 'pedophile' that do the job more saliently and succinctly. It's been well-established that true pedophiles lose interest almost immediately when a boy or girl exhibits the first signs of sexual maturity. " _____. 5, p. 134-36; and Van Wagoner, “Sidney Rigdon: A Portrait in Religious Excess,” p. 295; cited in ibid) . Joseph Smith, originally Joseph Smith, Jr., (born December 23, 1805, Sharon, Vermont, U.S.—died June 27, 1844, Carthage, Illinois), American prophet and founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Fraser's Magazine, February, 1873, vol. Though she married non-Mormon Solomon Custer on 16 November 183614 and was living in Dublin City, Indiana, far from Kirtland, her name still raised eyebrows. Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof till long after the events transpire. . However, he admitted to perpetrating various gold digging, divining and necromancy activities. Don Bagley . . Fanny was also Smith\'s first confimred plural wife. Smith “came to know [her] in Kirtland during early 1833 when she, at the age of 16, stayed at his home as a housemaid. _____, *Smith and 19-year-old Emily Dow Partridge. . He didn\'t have sex with them (also shown false)?

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\"Recovery from Mormonism - www.exmormon.org\"

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\"Jack Larkin, \'The Reshaping of Everyday Life,\' 1790-1840 (New York: Harper & Row, 1988), 63; Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, \'Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750\' [NY: Oxford University Press, 1980], 6; Nancy F. Cott, \'Young Women in the Second Great Awakening in New England,\' \'Feminist Studies\' 3 [1975] 16; Dr. Dorothy V. Whipple, \'Dynamics of Development: Euthenic Pediatrics\' [New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966]\"

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(\"Was It Normal to Marry 14 year-old Girls in Joseph Smith\'s Time?,\" by \"Deconstructor,\" at: http://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/teen_polygamy.htm
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--More Data from Joseph Smith\'s Time Linking Him to Sexual Abuse of Young Girls

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RfM poster \"TLC,\" in observations entitled \"Joseph Smith, Menses, Pedophilia, Etc.,\" writes:

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“\'Verily, thus saith the Lord, unto my servant Newell K. Whitney, a revelation to Newell K. Whitney, 27 July 1842, and Joseph Smith, Elizabeth Ann Whitney and Sarah Ann Whitney

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\"Verily, thus saith the Lord unto my servant N[ewell]. [T]here was no sin in it whatever . She also notes that the girl\'s mother \'takes in laundry\' and is sloppy and unkempt--implying that \"nice\" people don\'t marry off their teenaged daughters. . Amen. This page was last edited on 17 March 2019, at 02:22. I know that my response would be visceral and swift. 6, p. 222 (1887 edition); and Compton, “In Sacred Loneliness,” p. 348-49; all cited in ibid). [It] doesn\'t mean however, that he wasn\'t a lecherous scumbag who would stop at nothing to bed any young woman who captured his fancy.

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\"More on sexual maturity among women.

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\"As closely as I can tell from investigating the median age of menarche (first menses) in Joseph Smith\'s time, it is possible that one or two of the girls he married and/or had relations with might not have been sexually mature. “I was called of my Heavenly Father to lay the foundation of this great work and kingdom in this dispensation, and testify of His revealed will to scattered Israel.” 16 was comparatively rare but not unheard of. She also notes that the girl's mother 'takes in laundry' and is sloppy and unkempt--implying that "nice" people don't marry off their teenaged daughters. Described as \'a very nice and comly young woman,\' according to Benjamin Johnson, Fanny lived with the Smith family from 1833 to 1836.”

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Fanny eventually became the target of Smith\'s sexual advances, with Smith\'s predatory behavior soon becoming the talk of the town:

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“Martin Harris, one of the \'Three Witnesses\' to the Book of Mormon, recalled that the prophet\'s \'servant girl\' claimed he had made \'improper proposals to her, which created quite a talk amongst the people.\' Mormon Fanny Brewer similarly reported \'much excitement against the Prophet . A noticeably pregnant Fanny eventually was kicked out of the house by Emma, as reported thusly: “Former Mormon apostle William McLellin later wrote that Emma Smith substantiated the Smith-Alger affair. This is his first written statement of theocratic ethics.”, (“Official History of the Church,” vol. .

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“I close my letter, I think Emma won\'t come tonight.

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