(Natalie’s Note: This is a guest post from Arza Evans, author of The Keystone of Mormonism.)
Why do most of the people in Utah honor and revere Brigham Young and condemn Warren Jeffs? They both “reassigned” women and children from one man to another man who was more loyal to church leaders. They both forced young girls to marry men old enough to be their grandfathers. On April 7, 1861 Brigham Young said, “I am now almost daily sealing young girls to men of age and experience.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 9, p.37.)
What young girl will marry an old man as his forth or fifth wife unless she is told by church leaders and her own brainwashed parents that it is God’s will and that she will be sent to hell if she refuses? And once she has children, she is trapped. In order to leave, she would have to admit that her children are not legitimate and that she has been living in adultery.Also, she would probably lose her children, her family, and her friends. What woman could stand up to that much pressure? This is truly a scheme hatched in hell by Joseph Smith.
I condemn Warren Jeffs, Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and anyone else who uses deception, force and fear to control the lives of their powerless followers.