Mormon ordinances/Marriage/Divorce

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Issues related to divorce in Mormonism

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Mormonism and divorce in the modern Church

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Scriptural interpretation on the subject of divorce

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Mormonism and divorce in the nineteenth century

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Divorce among Mormons in the 19th century

Summary: Some critics like to emphasize that some LDS members did not receive civil divorces before remarrying—either monogamously or polygamously. They either state or imply that this shows the Saints' cavalier attitude toward the law.

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Some 19th century Mormons did not receive civil divorces before remarrying

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Joseph Smith's performance of marriages in Ohio

Summary: Critics charge that Joseph Smith performed monogamous marriages for time of already-married members, violating Ohio law in Kirtland. Such claims are false and represent a misunderstanding about the marriage and divorce law of the day.

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