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Two LDS scriptures, "For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people…" and (The timing of Joseph Smith's "marriage" to Helen was in May 1843, about two months before Joseph recorded D&C 132 (July 1843) outlining the rules regulating polygamous marriages.) "…they are given unto him to multiply and replenish the earth… Both of these scriptures state the purpose of polygamy is for creating children. If that wasn't Joseph's aim, why did he marry Helen?
Isn't One Wife Enough? by Kimball Young, p. 396.
That being said, there is no direct evidence implicating Joseph Smith in having sexual relations with Helen Kimball. There are only circumstantial hints that maybe it happened. Some of the more credible evidence include:
Heber C. Kimball's Wife, Vilate
"I understand the law of celestial marriage to mean that every man in the Church who has the ability to obey and practice it in righteousness and will not, shall be damned. I say I understand it to mean this and nothing less, and I testify, in the name of Jesus that it does mean that."
- The Prophet Joseph F. Smith, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 20, pp. 28, 30, 31 (emphasis added)
Note: Joseph married Heber Kimball's 14 year-old daughter instead.
"Some people have supposed that the doctrine of plural marriage was a sort of superfluity or non-essential to the salvation or exaltation of mankind. In other words, some of the Saints have said, and believe, that a man with one wife, sealed to him by authority of the Priesthood for time and eternity, will receive an exaltation as great and glorious, if he is faithful, as he possibly could with more than one. I wish here, to enter my solemn protest against this idea, for I know it to be false. The marriage of one woman to a man for time and eternity by the sealing power, according to the law of God, is a fulfillment of the celestial law of marriage IN PART --and is good so far as it goes--and so far as a man abides these conditions of the law, he will receive his reward therefore, and this reward, or blessing, he could not obtain on any other grounds or conditions. But this is only the beginning of the law, not the whole of it. Therefore, whoever has imagined that he could obtain a fulness of the blessings pertaining to the celestial law, by complying with only a portion of its conditions, has deceived himself. He cannot do it. He cannot receive the fulness of the blessings unless he fulfills the law, any more than he can claim the gift of the Holy Ghost after he is baptized without the laying on of hands by proper authority, or the remission of sins without baptism, though he may repent in sackcloth and ashes."