Date: April 15, 2018 01:49PM
New book coming out on April 20th titled, "The Exoneration of Emma, Joseph & Hyrum," written by Ronald Meldon Karren. His description on his homepage reads thus:
"This 680-page compilation contains hundreds of pro-LDS (Mormon) artifacts that show how the Mormon founder Joseph Smith was murdered by fellow Mormons. He and his wife, Emma, were framed with the practice of Spiritual Wifery (including polygamy) and of secret-oath temple doctrines. The artifacts herein clearly show the Smiths never espoused these doctrines and openly fought them until their deaths."
Isn't it very well undisputed that Joseph was steeped in polygamy, and took multiple wives to an attempt cover up his errant womanizing? Claiming it was in the name of God that is what he used to justify engaging in said practice.
I don't buy into this theory, and have a hard time believing how some supposed artifacts will dispute the facts of his philandering that are very well documented.
The author's synopsis is as follows:
"Exonerating Emma Smith is long-overdue. It impacts all Mormon factions of Joseph Smith’s Nauvoo-based church. These include the LDS, RLDS, FLDS, Strangites, Rigdonites, Church of Christ, Snuffer movement, etc. Using pro-LDS artifacts to debunk LDS claims against Emma, members and former members of these factions can now assess their “history” more accurately, and perhaps find healing through this more reasonable, artifact-based approach to Mormon history. Compiled by a seventh-generation LDS member with former familial ties to the top patriarchy, this work evolved from one poignant question: As God’s elite and chosen people, having the one and only true church led by Christ, why are LDS communities plagued with abnormally high dysfunctional statistics? These consist of child physical and sexual abuse, spousal and female abuse, along with Utah’s three pronounced epidemics: pornography, prescription drug abuse, and teen suicide. For forty years, the author has struggled with the church’s evolving doctrines, spawned by its ever-changing history. Yet, in 2017, the church announced a third comprehensive rewrite of its “official” history, proclaiming it will be “transparent, honest, and forthright.” Only through these elements can Emma find exoneration, which would inextricably exonerate Joseph of polygamy, polyandry, pedophilia, Freemasonry, and more."
While it's widely understood that Emma was adamantly opposed to the practice of polygamy, her husband wasn't and engaged in that behavior behind her back. There is no way he can be exonerated from his bad acts although I don't count Freemasonry as one of them.https://theexonerationofemmajosephandhyrum.com/