120 years ago today - Dec 1, 1902; Monday

President [Joseph F.] Smith had asked Brother [Charles W.] Penrose to put into form for publication by the Associated Press certain questions... :

"Question: Does the Church solemnize or permit plural marriages?

Answer: Certainly not. The Church does not perform or sanction or authorize marriage in any form that is contrary to the laws of the land.

Question: Why then is it asserted that prominent Mormons practice polygamy?

Answer: That is done evidently to mislead the general public.

... (Signed) Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, Anthon H. Lund."

[First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

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