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That's twelve women documented as Joseph Smith's plural wives, during the period in which Smith placed responsibility for the entire polygamy practice on Bennett. In a speech at the temple, on February 21, 1843 (where many of his "plural wives" were in attendance), Smith had the audacity to state the following:

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Why were these wanted posters made for the LDS leaders of the Church? Because polygamy was illegal.

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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:

Thoreau, H, David. Resistance to civil government. . June 9, 2011. Web. June 9, 2011.

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."

Critic's point:Only people performing illegal acts need to go to such lengths to avoid the law.

Estimates of the number of these sealings range from 12 to 14.

Henry David Thoreau lived in the mid-nineteenth century during turbulent times in America. He said he was born "in the nick of time" in Concord, Massachusetts, during the flowering of America when the transcendental movement was taking root and when the anti-slavery movement was rapidly gaining momentum. His contemporaries and neighbors were Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bronson Alcott, Margaret Fuller, and his mentor, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

In Joseph Smith's time, monogamy was the only legal form of marriage in the United States.

Journal of Discourses, Vol. 2, pp. 13-14.

Critic's comment:There were no statements authorizing the practice of polygamy, plural marriage, or "celestial marriage" in the statements of Joseph Smith and or his disciples.

Evidences and Reconciliations, John A. Widtsoe (Bookcraft, 1943) pp. 307-310.

"Short Sketch of the Life of Henry B. Jacobs" By Ora J. Cannon

"Thus saith the Lord, all commandments that I give must be obeyed by those calling themselves by my name, unless they are revoked by me or by my authority, and how can I revoke an everlasting covenant, for I, the Lord am everlasting, and my everlasting covenants cannot be abrogated nor done away with, but they stand forever. Have I not given my word in great plainness on this subject, yet have not great numbers of my people been negligent in the observance of my laws, and the keeping of my commandments, and yet I have borne with them these many years and this because of their weakness, because of perilous times, and furthermore, it is now pleasing to me that men should use their free agency in regard to these things. Nevertheless, I the Lord do not change, and my covenants and my law do not. And as I have heretofore said by my servant Joseph, All those who would enter into my glory must and shall obey my law, and have I not commanded men that if they were Abraham's seed, and would enter into my glory, they must do the works of Abraham. I have not revoked this law, nor will I, for it is everlasting, and those who enter into my glory must obey the conditions thereof, even so, Amen."
The Prophet John Taylor, Revelation of Sept. 26 1886 (emphasis added)