Here are some more myths that mormons have about their religion. I guess these are semi-myths. I mean, mormons don't practice polygamy right now--that is true! and coffee and tea DO contain tannic/tantric/tantic (all sorts of spellings I have seen!) acid (Tannin) but there's more to it than that!Myth
: Mormons no longer practice polygamy or believe in it. back in the old old old days they practiced it for a little while but they don't believe in it now and God no longer commands them to practice it! Mormons DO NOT practice polygamy!
the "old old old days" aren't really that old. In 1890 the church came out with their Manifesto ending polygamy but it was still practiced in secret for a while afterwards.
Polygamy still exists in the LDS beliefs and in their doctrine even if it is not practiced in this mortal life at this time, just in the life to come. Polygamy will be practiced in the highest part of heaven and has even been proclaimed a requirement of exaltation by LDS prophets.
In the Doctrine and Covenants revelation (D&C 132) eternal marriage and polygamy go hand in hand. they are called the "new and everlasting covenant" and as you can see the word "everlasting" would imply that polygamy isn't over. It is everlasting. As they are together then I think we can assume pretty safely that when we read:
"1 IN the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees;
2 And in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this border of the priesthood [meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage];
3 And if he does not, he cannot obtain it.
4 He may enter into the other, but that is the end of his kingdom; he cannot have an increase."
This eternal increase, exaltation, godhood, etc requires the new and everlasting covenant. Marriage, and hand in hand with it, polygamy. and if you still don't want to take my word for it here are some gentlemen who agree:
"The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy" - Brigham Young (Journal of Discourses 11:268-9)
"...if plurality of marriage is not true, or in other words, if a man has no divine right to marry two wives or more in this world, then marriage for eternity is not true, and your faith is all vain, and all the sealing ordinanc[e]s and powers, pertaining to marriages for eternity are vain, worthless, good for nothing; for as sure as one is true the other also must be true. Amen." (Orson Pratt, 18 July 7 1880, Journal of Discourses, vol. 21, p. 296)
Polygamy isn't over by a long shot. Though the LDS do not practice it right now they will practice it again in eternity, according to their scriptures and their leaders.
"Obviously the holy practice will commence again after the Second Coming of the Son of Man and the ushering in of the millennium" (Mormon Doctrine - Bruce R. McConkie - pg 578)
And, I mean, Jesus even practiced/practices polygamy! we are supposed to be like Jesus, right? =)
"We have now clearly shown that God, the Father had a plurality of wives, one or more being in eternity, by whom He begat our spirits as well as the spirit of Jesus His First Born... We have also proved most clearly that the Son followed the example of his Father, and became the great Bridegroom to whom kings' daughters and many honorable Wives to be married." (Orson Pratt - The Seer - pg 172)
"The grand reason of the burst of public sentiment in anathemas upon Christ and his disciples, causing his crucifixion, was evidently based upon polygamy, according to the testimony of the philosophers who rose in that age. A belief in the doctrine of a plurality of wives caused the persecution of Jesus and his followers. We might almost think they were 'Mormons'" (Jedediah M. Grant, Journal of Discourses, 1:346)
But aside from quotes we can try some logical type thoughts on the subject:
Do you believe those who practiced polygamy when it was commanded to the saints (Joseph Smith and his elite group of friends) will retain those wives in the afterlife? They were sealed to them for time and eternity. So automatically we KNOW there will be polygamy in the afterlife. That is, unless you want to argue that those bonds of eternal temple marriage by the power of God will just be broken.
Then there's the fact that even today a man who is divorced can remarry in the temple for eternity and his wife cannot. He is seal to both women for the eternities. This is polygamy for him in the afterlife. Do you think that only divorced men and Joseph Smith, Brigham, and their buddies will get to practice the new and everlasting covenant of polygamy in the celestial kingdom? Well, shucks! That’s just not fair at all. If God is fair he should allow all his faithful exalted to partake in polygamy. There WILL be polygamy. There is no doubt about it.
I guess the question then is, is it a requirement for exaltation? I think that it is indeed. The quotes above have shown proof of that, not to mention that if the exalted will go on to populate whole other worlds of their own it would be a great asset to have multiple wives working on creating the spirit children. It just seems more efficient, doesn't it?
Joseph told many of the women he married that the salvation of their family depended upon the union. I would ask you kindly to read a book called "In Sacred Loneliness" by Todd Compton. the book is not anti-mormon literature at all--in fact you can buy it through deseret book. It shines a lot of light on Smith's polygamy and has extremely good cataloging of the sources used. Myth
: Mormons don't drink coffee and tea because they contain tannic/tantic/tantric(whatever stupid spelling they use) acid which is used to tan animal skins! Gross! I don't want any of that tannic acid junk in my body!
Well, if you don't want this chemical in your body you had better stop eating fruit as well.
I hate to break it to you but "Tannins" are also present in things that the word of wisdom doesn't disqualify. Certainly they can be harmful to us if we take in too much but that can be said of pretty much anything. At any rate, they aren't so harmful as you might think. Here is some more information on Tannin.
The best/only answer mormons really have for not drinking tea or coffee is "because God said so through modern day revelation through his prophets!" that's about it. and concerning the word of wisdom, well, it is a funny little thing. I'm not sure how they decide what to pick and choose as "healthy" things to stress but they have other things in the WoW that they mostly just gloss over. Like eating meat sparingly and such.
I think it is kind of funny that things like coffee and tea are so strictly forbidden...if I drink coffee it can keep me from being able to be baptized if I am thinking of joining the LDS church. if I am in the church it is the kind of offense that I would need to speak with my bishop about. But if I head over to McDonald's and eat a Big Mac or two every day, well, that's not a problem! I don't have to see my bishop for that. I know the word of wisdom says things about eating meat sparingly and being healthy too but it is faaaaar less severe, apparently.
It is also interesting to note that Joseph Smith didn't obey the Word of Wisdom himself. He even sold liquor in Nauvoo. Here are some more good examples of obeying the Word of Wisdom set by Prophet:
"We then took some refreshment and our hearts were made glad with the fruit of the vine. This is according to pattern Set by our Saviour himself and we feel disposed to patronize all the institutions of heaven." (Joseph Smith’s Journal - January 9, 1836 (from An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith - edited by Scott H. Faulring - pg 105))
"Before the jailor came in, his boy brought in some water, and said the guard wanted some wine. Joseph gave Dr. Richards two dollars to give the guard; but the guard said one was enough, and would take no more. The guard immediately sent for a bottle of wine, pipes, and two small papers of tobacco; and one of the guards brought them into the jail soon after the jailor went out. Dr. Richards uncorked the bottle, and presented a glass to Joseph, who tasted, as also Brother Taylor and the doctor (Richards), and the bottle was then given to the guard, who turned to go out. When at the top of the stairs some one below called him two or three times, and he went down. Immediately there was a little rustling at the outer door of the jail, and a cry of surrender, and also a discharge of three or four firearms followed instantly. The doctor glanced an eye by the curtain of the window, and saw about a hundred armed men around the door." (History of the Church, Vol.6, Ch.34, p.616)