All credit to Runtu from FLAK goes for the inspiration behind this post. While I’ve read D&C 132 dozens and dozens of times in my life, I’ve never read it with the “eyes of my understanding” being opened, thank you Runtu.
Joseph and Brigham and the early prophets used to love to â€œproveâ€¦by the scripturesâ€. Theyâ€™d prove eternal truths by the scriptures, a casual reading of the Lectures of Faith shows this in earnest as most of the the “doctrine” is taken directly from the scriptures (and Joseph’s interpretation of the same) and the Lectures all cite the scriptures as their indisputable ‘proofs’. Using D&C 132 I believe that we can prove that eternal wife and husband swapping is indeed the order of heaven (the Celestial order of marriage).
CLEARLY, WIFE SWAPPING HAS ALREADY PROVEN TO BE THE ORDER OF HEAVEN (POLYGAMY)
19 And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of this priesthood; and it shall be said unto themâ€”Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection; and if it be after the first resurrection, in the next resurrection; and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and depthsâ€”then shall it be written in the Lambâ€™s Book of Life, that he shall commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, and if ye abide in my covenant, and commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, it shall be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time, and through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out of the world; and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fulness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever.
“The new and everlasting covenant” = eternal celestial marriage. Also pay special attention to the words â€œanointedâ€ and â€œappointed”. ‘Anointed’ meaning as in being / becoming a King (Temple goers will recognize this). ‘Appointed’ meaning, that ‘this power’ has been given to Joseph Smith, the power to seal and bind on earth and in heaven (ie. the sealing power). We are also dealing with keys of the priesthood’ here, celestial marriage, in the new and everlasting covenant, occurs due to and through these ‘keys of the priesthood’.
26 Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man marry a wife according to my word, and they are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, according to mine appointment, and he or she shall commit any sin or transgression of the new and everlasting covenant whatever, and all manner of blasphemies, and if they commit no murder wherein they shed innocent blood, yet they shall come forth in the first resurrection, and enter into their exaltation; but they shall be destroyed in the flesh, and shall be delivered unto the buffetings of Satan unto the day of redemption, saith the Lord God.
Again, look at the word â€œappointment,â€ this is an important word as it indicates that they have had this blessing of sealing given to them by one who is “anointed”.
28 I am the Lord thy God, and will give unto thee the law of my Holy Priesthood, as was ordained by me and my Father before the world was.
What he is about to give us in the verses that follow is â€œthe law of His Holy Priesthoodâ€. Also note that this is THE law of the Holy Priesthood, it is not a part of the law, it is THE law (to me, this can be read as â€˜all encompassingâ€™, as in the word â€œTHEâ€, as in: The law on murder, The law on slavery. The law on polygamy, which is THE law of the Holy Priesthood).
What follows then is referred to as â€œthe law of the Holy Priesthoodâ€. â€œPriesthoodâ€ then becomes and is synonymous with polygamy (one man having more than one wife) and polyandry (one wife having more than one husband). The â€˜freaky thingâ€™ here of course being that the woman and men involved are both swapping each others Eternal, Celestial and Sealed spouses with one anotherâ€¦everyone becomes sealed to everyone! (Really, I ain’t making this up kids…read along and you shall see, remember we are “proving” this by the scriptures).
37 Abraham received concubines, and they bore him children; and it was accounted unto him for righteousness, because they were given unto him, and he abode in my law; as Isaac also and Jacob did none other things than that which they were commanded; and because they did none other things than that which they were commanded, they have entered into their exaltation [ie. they are “saved”], according to the promises, and sit upon thrones, and are not angels but are gods.
Itâ€™s the law of God, polygamy. God sanctions and commands it. We become gods and not angels by living this â€œTHE law of the Holy Priesthoodâ€. Concubinage is 100% ok with God and is indeed, by this verse, shown to be part of â€œthe law of the Holy Priesthoodâ€ (the concubines were â€œgiven unto him, and he abode in my lawâ€). So, if I were living polygamy today, I could get me a few concubines, lesser wives, used for sexual pleasure or bearing children, but Iâ€™d not have to provide for them in my will or with my $ to the same level as my â€˜real wivesâ€™, and the God of Heaven is 100% ok with this for it is part of his Holy Priesthood (it’s there in D&C 132, I’m not making this up, it’s ‘proved’ by the scriptures).
NOW LETâ€™S LOOK AT HUSBAND SWAPPING (POLYANDRY) ALSO THE ORDER OF HEAVEN, BUT OFTEN OVERLOOKED
40 I am the Lord thy God, and I gave unto thee, my servant Joseph, an appointment, and restore all things. Ask what ye will, and it shall be given unto you according to my word.
Remember that word kids, â€œappointment.â€ To me it reads and means â€œgreen light and authorization directly from God Himselfâ€ and it is obviously directly linked to the Celestial Sealing (celestial marriage) ceremony, for this is where it appears in the scriptures here. Earlier (above), anointed and appointed appear together in relation to the Keys of the Priesthood and we know that the â€œlaw of the Holy Priesthoodâ€ is indeed: polygamy (celestial marriage). So what is being restored? Polygamy is being restored (not clear about concubinage, but it COULD also have been restored as weâ€™ve proven itâ€™s part of THE Law of the Holy Priesthood). Something new is also being â€˜addedâ€™, polyandry (a wife having more than one husband). The kicker here though is, she is a wife who is already Celestially Sealed to a man and she becomes Celestially Sealed to additional LIVING men and is green-lighted to sleep around with all of them! Really, read v. 41 below. Read it slow. Read it over and over and you will see Iâ€™m not making this up.
41 And as ye have asked concerning adultery, verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man receiveth a wife in the new and everlasting covenant, and if she be with another man, and I have not appointed unto her by the holy anointing, she hath committed adultery and shall be destroyed.
Alright. Take a deep breath. Breathe in, breathe out. Letâ€™s re-examine this verse a bit more closely shall we? IF the woman is with another man, sexually (we are discussing â€œadulteryâ€ here kids), then she has committed adultery. Seems straightforwardâ€¦exceptâ€¦whats that written there? â€” â€œand I have NOT appointed unto her by the holy anointingâ€.
So, if she has NOT had the holy anointing, THEN she has committed adultery. What is the â€œholy anointingâ€? Itâ€™s being sealed in the Temple, Celestial marriage. Therefore, if she HAS had the â€˜holy anointingâ€™ she would then NOT be committing adultery! Therefore, with the â€˜holy anointingâ€™ in place, she is free to sexually be with another man (that she is sealed to), but if the â€˜holy anointingâ€™ is NOT in place (she is NOT sealed to THEM, her multiple husbands), then (and only then) is she committing adultery.
At this time, Joseph was in a lot of trouble. He was sealed (holy anointing) to 10-11 wives who were already married to other men (some who were already â€™sealedâ€™ to those other men if I recall correctly). Some of these men he sent away on missions and married their wives when they were away (yes, a reasonable question would be why would God Himself, who led Joseph Smith by the spirit of revelation, need to send his apostles away on missions to allow Joseph to marry their already sealed wives if this was indeed â€˜no sinâ€™? and â€™situation normalâ€™?).
D&C 132, I believe, is written to justify Joseph Smithâ€™s polygamy AND polyandry. His secret wives (already married to other men) had had the â€˜holy anointingâ€™ so they were not sinning and could feel good about things. Emma was commanded to suck it up and like polygamy or else sheâ€™d be â€œdestroyedâ€ (v. 54) and also that SHE would become a â€œtransgressorâ€ (v. 65) if she doesnâ€™t like it and lump it. Apparently also any woman who refuses to cheerfully give her husband additional wives or concubines becomes a “transgressor” and the husband is free to take on additional females without the 1st wife’s permission.
When else has God been so forceful about keeping his commandments? Not even the greatest commandments (to love one anotherâ€¦a commandment even greater than that of â€˜polygamy and or polyandryâ€™) have angels showing up with swords drawn, threats of â€œdestructionâ€ and or threats of being labeled a â€˜transgressorâ€™ attached to them. Why then would God be so forceful in getting Joseph and others to obey?
There. We have now conclusively proven, by D&C 132 that the God of Heaven and Earth has a sacred order of marriage, Celestial Marriage, which will allow us all to become gods and goddesses. That order includes men sleeping with their multiple wives (polygamy) and also includes women sleeping with their multiple husbands (polyandry). The door is also wide open for concubinage to return too, for D&C 132 sanctions it!
This means of course that once in heaven, you can sleep around with anyone you wish (anyone that youâ€™re sealed toâ€¦men with women, women with men, swapping and sharing alike)! Itâ€™s a heavenly orgy or sorts. It must be so, otherwise Joseph Smith never would have married those other mensâ€™ wives and God Himself would not have given us the New and Everlasting Covenant of D&C 132 (â€œlaw of the Holy Priesthoodâ€ = â€œNew and Everlasting Covenantâ€ = “Celestial Marriage” = Polygamy = Polyandry = Everyone getting sealed to everyone and sexually sleeping around with each other). D&C 132 clearly authorizes women to sleep around with their multiple husbands to which they are sealed. Everyone can apparently get sealed to everyone, weâ€™re to be one big happy sexual family. We have proven this by the scriptures, in exactly the same fashion as Joseph and the Apostles proved things in the Lectures of Faith. Perhaps though, one day D&C 132 will go the way of the Lectures of Faith?
If the LDS Church is indeed ‘true’ (in the correlated and traditional sense of that word), I myself wonder if it is indeed something that should be signed up for? For if the Church is true, then D&C 132 is true and celestial wife and husband swapping is the â€˜true order of thingsâ€™ (as well as concubinage). I suppose it would appeal to the swingers amongst us, however for my wife it has no appeal (insert look of red blooded male disappointment here). 🙂
Anyway, these are the conclusions Iâ€™ve drawn.
Perhaps Iâ€™m wrong.
Perhaps Iâ€™m right.
Perhaps it doesnâ€™t matter and we can just ignore it and not worry about it.
Perhaps though, it does indeed matter.
I leave that to you.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?
My more colorful and slightly more detailed treatment of this issue can be found at: