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Mormon Founder Joseph Smith Had Up to 40 Wives

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Rhoda Richards Smith Young, one of Joseph Smith’s wives

The Mormons may try to downplay bigamy as a part of their “religion,” but founder Joseph Smith had up to 40 wives reports the New York Times:

Mormon leaders have acknowledged for the first time that the church’s founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, portrayed in church materials as a loyal partner to his loving spouse Emma, took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old.

The church’s disclosures, in a series of essays online, are part of an effort to be transparent about its history at a time when church members are increasingly encountering disturbing claims about the faith on the Internet. Many Mormons, especially those with polygamous ancestors, say they were well aware that Smith’s successor, Brigham Young, practiced polygamy when he led the flock in Salt Lake City. But they did not know the full truth about Smith.

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Creators of South Park Create Mormon Musical

Trey Parker (left) & Matt Stone (right) at The Amazing Meeting in 2007

Trey Parker (left) & Matt Stone (right) at The Amazing Meeting in 2007. Photo: enseptico

Trey Parker and Matt Stone first created Cannibal! The Musical together, followed by the cult film Orgasmo. Now the duo is taking the religious approach. Working with Robert Lopez (one of the creators of Avenue Q), their new play, The Book of Mormon, is to be performed on Broadway by next March. The New York Post reports:

A lot of very smart theater people — Stephen Sondheim among them — think the movie “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” is one of the best musicals of the past 15 years.

“South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone demonstrated a flair for musical theater, lovingly sending up its conventions and traditions while knocking out a batch of witty, catchy tunes that echo the beloved scores of the Golden Age of Broadway.

It was inevitable that these guys would write a stage musical one day.

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