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The Mormon Delusion. Volume 1.

The Truth Behind Polygamy and Secret Polyandry.

First Published - February 2009

Second Edition - August 2009

Third Edition - September 2010


What other authors have had to say about Volume 1:

The Truth Behind Polygamy and Secret Polyandry
is an excellent book for casual and serious readers.
It presents new information about the secret
and shocking aspects of early Mormon marriage.

Arza Evans

Mormonism’s founder, Joseph Smith, secretly married over thirty women; some already married to living men, and had sexual relations with many of these women without the knowledge of his single “public” wife Emma. Most Mormons know nothing about this as it is left out of the one-sided histories Mormons are spoon fed by their church. After 43 years as a dedicated Mormon, Jim Whitefield was astonished to learn the true history of plural marriage as practised by Mormonism’s earliest leaders. In a thoroughly researched and “tell it like it is” approach Whitefield details the murky origins of plural marriage and its tragic consequences in the lives of numerous Mormon women.

Simon G. Southerton. Ph.D.
Author of Losing a Lost Tribe; Native Americans, DNA, and the Mormon Church.

Summary of Volume 1


Chapter 1. Polygamy - The Fiction and the Facts

Describes the teachings of the Church in eight specific areas of polygamy - all of which are evidenced as false. The truth of each aspect is detailed against these teachings:

1. Polygamy was necessarily restored; when it was perfectly legal.
2. When it became illegal, polygamy ceased to be practiced completely.
3. Only 2% - 5% of members practiced the principle, which was restricted.
4. To take an additional wife, permission of the Prophet was obtained.  
5. Prior agreement and blessing of a first wife was obtained by a husband.
6. Ability to independently support each wife to be shown and maintained
7. It was taught as revelation when restored and it was practiced openly.
8. Like all other doctrine, it was plain, simple and consistent in its nature.

None of the above aspects that I was taught were actually true. It was complex. Smith made it up as he went along. For example, William Clayton wanted to marry Lydia Moon but he had already married two of her sisters, Ruth and Margaret, as his first and second wives. Smith told him God’s law was that you could only marry two women from any one family. The truth was that Smith wanted Lydia for himself. She refused Smith. As the practice continued, men were permitted to marry three women from one family, including mothers and daughters as well as sisters. It was anything but plain and nothing was consistent.

Chapter 2. The Treatment of Women in Polygamy

A tribute to the women who suffered so much through polygamy.       

Chapter 3. Plural Marriage - From Monogamy to Polygamy

Smith was initially monogamous; his Book of Mormon explicitly forbids polygamy. He invented revelations stating monogamy the only approved form of marriage. Then he had his first affair.

Chapter 4. The Restoration of Polygamy –
Or the Seduction of a 16-year-old Housemaid?

Smith committed adultery with his sixteen-year-old housekeeper, Fanny Alger. There is no record of a marriage between them but the Church assumes and claims a marriage must have occurred, as the evidence of his affair is conclusive. To overcome his problem, Joseph Smith invented polygamy. Unfortunately, it contradicted everything he had thus far written, preached and recorded as scripture.

Chapter 5. Young Polygamous Wives of Joseph Smith

Review of a few of Smith’s wives and his methods of seduction, including ‘marrying’ and bedding a fourteen-year-old girl, with her parent’s permission. Sex for salvation was Smith’s game. Includes extracts from victims’ own diaries showing the conflict they went through in obedience to Smith and their God.

Chapter 6. Unrequited Love - The Threats and Recriminations

Inevitably, if you proposition enough women, some are bound to say no. Evidences at least eighteen refusals to Smith’s advances. Highlights four specific example stories of how refusals elicited Smith’s threats and recriminations, which were real, rather than imagined. Should the women reveal details of Smith’s illicit advances, he would publicly accuse the innocent women of adultery to cover his own crimes.

Chapter 7. Polygamists Prior to the Death of Joseph Smith

A short chapter detailing which men were polygamists before Smith’s death, when it was still kept entirely secret, not just from the world, but also from almost all Church members. Smith constantly denied polygamy even existed, such that, after his death, his first wife Emma, could deny he practiced it and be believed by her children and the RLDS (Reorganised Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - now Community of Christ).

Chapter 8. Polyandry

Evidence, details and stories behind Joseph Smith’s polyandrous wives and their first husbands.

Chapter 9. Joseph Smith's Polyandrous Wives

Covers details of four of Smith’s polyandrous wives who went on to polyandrously marry Young, who had about 55 wives, and Kimball, who had about 43 wives. Also exposes the children that two of these women had with Young and Kimball respectively, all the while remaining married to their first husbands. Full appendices provide details of all the marriages and children of Smith, Young and Kimball.

Chapter 10. Seven More Polyandrous Wives of Joseph Smith

Details and evidence of the other polyandrous wives of Joseph Smith.

Chapter 11. Brigham Young’s & Heber C. Kimball’s Polyandry

Analysis of polyandrous wives and sample details behind some of the marriages.

Chapter 12. Fanaticism in the Extreme

Evidence of the extremes men went to under the dictatorship of Brigham Young. Young girls were ‘counselled’ to marry older men. Murder and emasculation were methods of persuasion regarding young men disobeying counsel and for members who violated their temple covenants.

Chapter 13. Mormon Bigamy in Practice - Stealing Other Men’s Wives

Mormons believed that ‘gentile’ marriages were invalid in the sight of God. Thus they took whoever they wanted, married or not. This amounted, in law, to bigamy on the part of the women. Stories of two women acquired in this way, exposing the results of the duplicity, including murder, one of which was to become an underlying factor in the later Mountain Meadows Massacre which is covered in Volume 3 of this work.

Chapter 14. The Beginning of the End of Polygamy

Covers the period from Young to the Manifesto of 1890. Further laws were passed against polygamy in 1862, 1874 and 1882 yet Prophet John Taylor (Prophet from 1880-1887) enforced the principle, making it mandatory for all leaders and any other men who expected to be exalted in the hereafter. The ‘law of vengeance’ is discussed. A modern prophet lies about details in interview with Larry King. Revelation through Prophet John Taylor that polygamy will never be given up. Details of how and why it was.

Chapter 15. Church Leaders' Polygamous Children Post (1890) Manifesto

Despite modern members believing the 1890 Manifesto was a revelation from God, it was just a ruse to get the government to release seized Church assets. The leaders expected the Saviour to return by 1891 anyway, so it made little difference to them. They secretly continued to permit polygamous marriages for a further two decades and the top fifteen men had over a hundred more children between them. A fully evidenced list of children, polygamous wives and dates included. They lied in the Senate hearings and yet confirmed the Book of Mormon specifically prohibits polygamy. As Prophet, Joseph F. Smith was convicted of the crime of illegal cohabitation as late as 1906.

Chapter 16. Remnants of Polygamy - Fundamentalism Today

How and why there are tens of thousands of fundamentalist Mormons who still practice polygamy even today. Includes mention of how Ervil LeBaron and also Warren Jeffs fit into the picture. Whilst the Church distances itself from such people, their organisations mainly have their roots in mainstream Mormonism. It is an irony that there are possibly more fundamentalist Mormons in the United States today than there were in 1890 when the Manifesto was issued.


There are over 120 pages of appendices, including complete lists and analysis of all the wives and families of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball.



  Second Edition Update to Chapter 16

Helen Radkey entered the limelight following her work which exposed the fact that the Mormon Church reneged on its agreement to discontinue posthumously baptising Jews who had been victims of the holocaust. She also reported that the Church had baptised such people as members of the Hitler family; the serial killer, Ted Bundy; and Pope John Paul II. Helen was banned from the Salt Lake Family History Library. She posted the two following reports which shed additional and interesting light on the position of Mormon Fundamentalists in relation to the mainstream Mormon Church, on 2 June 2009.

The Mormon Church And Polygamy: A Double Standard?

SALT LAKE CITY- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints excommunicates any church member who practices polygamy. The Church has publicly disowned Mormon fundamentalists, representing the sects of Mormonism which embrace early Mormon teachings that made polygamy a central part of the Mormon faith-the ongoing legacy of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism.

While the LDS Church says it does not sanction polygamy, behind closed temple doors, and in Mormon databases, many excommunicated Mormon fundamentalists (and their plural wives) have been reclaimed through posthumous rituals for the dead-and, in numerous cases, posthumously reinstated through “resurrected” original LDS ordinances, including baptisms.

Reinventing its polygamous history, the Church is ushering deceased excommunicated Mormon fundamentalists-such as Rulon Clark Allred; Rulon Timpson Jeffs; and members of the LeBaron clan, including notorious killer, Ervil Morell LeBaron-back into the LDS fold.

The LDS temple system is systematically validating the plural marriages of many deceased Mormon fundamentalists who, when they were alive, were excommunicated from the LDS Church because of polygamy. Some of these polygamists have been posthumously sealed in LDS temples to plural wives they married-after the LDS Church officially suspended polygamy.

Why does the LDS Church condemn the practice of polygamy-including the polygamy of Mormon fundamentalists-as the LDS temple system consistently validates deceased Mormon fundamentalists and many of their plural marriages?

© Copyright 2009, Helen Radkey-Permission is granted to reproduce, provided content is not changed and this copyright notice is included.

Mormon Fundamentalists From The Lists Of
The LDS Posthumously Baptized

The International Genealogical Index (IGI) is an index of posthumous ordinances compiled by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The IGI can currently be found online at:


All who pretend or assume to engage in plural marriage in this day, when the one holding the keys has withdrawn the power by which they are performed, are guilty of gross wickedness. Bruce R. McConkie-Mormon Doctrine Second Edition.

…Rulon [Allred] said, “We are not able to get into [their] temples, brothers and sisters, because they have us locked out. We're not welcome in their [LDS] churches; we're a bunch of scalawags because we believe in the fullness of the gospel…” Ben Bradlee, Jr. & Dale Van Atta-Prophet of Blood: The Untold Story of Ervil LeBaron and the Lambs of God.

A sample list of (20) names of Mormon fundamentalists from the IGI:

(IGI) Baptisms Individual wives listed.

· Rulon Clark Allred (1906-1977) 5 4
· John Yeates (Yates) Barlow (1874-1949) 4 4
· Joseph Leslie Broadbent (1891-1935) 2 3
· Rulon Timpson Jeffs (1909-2002) 1 1
· Joseph Smith Jessop (1869-1953) 5 2
· Joseph Lyman Jessop (1892-1963) 3 3
· Fredrick Meade Jessop (1910-2005) 1 0
· Leroy Sunderland Johnson (1888-1986) 2 1
· Charles William Kingston (1884-1975) 3 1
· Alma Dayer LeBaron (1886-1951) 2 3
· Benjamin Teasdale LeBaron (1913-1978) 2 0
· Ross Wesley LeBaron (1914-1996) 1 0
· Joel Franklin LeBaron (1923-1972) 2 0
· Ervil Morrell (Morel) LeBaron (1925-1981) 2 1
· Verlan McDonald LeBaron (1930-1981) 3 1
· Joseph White Musser (1872-1954) 5 3
· Gerald Wilbur Peterson, Sr. (1917-1981) 1 0
· John Wickersham Woolley (1831-1928) 9 4
· Lorin Calvin Woolley (1856-1934) 9 1
· Charles Frederick Zitting (1894-1954) 3 5

© Copyright 2009, Helen Radkey-Permission is granted to reproduce, provided content is not changed and this copyright notice is included.

The two articles quoted, along with other posts by Helen Radkey; including more on the Mormon Church’s broken promise to the Jewish community; can be located at the following link:



The above information is now included in all versions of Volume 1. Since publication of the Second Edition, I have added a little extra information to Appendix H regarding the Articles of Faith. This is an update of the content:

Appendix H

The Articles of Faith

The Articles of Faith are thirteen statements of belief that Mormons generally perceive to have been coined by Joseph Smith. They were derived from some earlier statements, which were actually penned and published by Orson Pratt in 1840, in his pamphlet; An Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions. Smith, as usual in his writings, simply plagiarised them, adjusting them to suit his own requirements. He first published them as his in Times and Seasons, Vol. 3, 15 Mar 1842:709-710. See: The Changing Articles of Faith by Sandra Tanner, online resource available at www.utlm.org; also: Tanner 1991:27-28.  

      Oliver Cowdery wrote a version in the Latter Day Saints Messenger and Advocate in October 1834 and later, Joseph Young, brother of Brigham Young, had a go at writing some articles while proselyting in Boston in 1836. Orson Hyde later wrote some that were similar to Orson Pratt’s version, when he was in Frankfurt, Germany in 1842, in his German language pamphlet ‘A Cry From the Wilderness’. It was in the same year that Smith wrote the Wentworth letter.

      Mormons will be familiar with the thirteen articles being in the Wentworth Letter sent to ‘Long’ John Wentworth, editor of the Chicago Democrat. A review of the articles will provide some perspective on the religious beliefs and standards of moral behaviour that Church leaders and members were, and are, supposedly obliged to live by, compared with the actual behaviour of Church leaders in the early church as well as today.

      The first eleven articles concern aspects of Mormon belief. The last two are important, as they deal with expected behavior. The Church believes in being subject to civic leaders and not just obeying but also sustaining the law. They also believe in being honest and chaste among other things.

      The Articles Of Faith have had minor changes over the years. They can be located in History of the Church, Vol. 4:535-41 and the Pearl of Great Price.


1.    We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus
       Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

2.    We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not
       for Adam's transgression.

3.    We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind
       may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the

4.    We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel
       are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance;
       third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth,
       Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

5.    We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and
       by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach
       the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

6.    We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive
       Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists,
       and so forth.

7.    We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions,
       healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

8.    We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is
       translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be
       the word of God.

9.    We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal,
       and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important
       things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

10.  We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration
       of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built
       upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally
       upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its
       paradisiacal glory.

11.  We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to
       the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same
       privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

12.  We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and
       magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

13.  We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous,
       and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we
       follow the admonition of Paul - We believe all things, we hope
       all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able
       to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of
       good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.


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