The Bible and the Book of Mormon teach that the marriage of one man to one woman is God’s standard. However, during specific periods in the Bible, in the Book of Mormon, and in early Church history (in the 1800s), God commanded some men to have multiple wives.
Here are resources from the Church to help you understand the practice of polygamy:
- Read the topic “Plural Marriage in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” on LDS.org. You can also read my summary of the subarticle “Plural Marriage and Families in Early Utah.”
- Read the article “Polygamy” from the Church’s Newsroom. Notice several additional links on the right side of that page.
- Read the article “Do Mormons practice polygamy?” on Mormon.org
Below are two videos created by members that also may be helpful.
The website LDS.net (not from the Church) has just created the video “Why Did Mormons Have Multiple Wives (Polygamy)?” that explains that Latter-day Saints practiced polygamy (also known as plural marriage) for about 50 years during the nineteenth century.