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On July 18, 2019

Bell Ringer: Mormons and the End of Polygamy

Wilford Woodruff and the End of Polygamy

Richard Turley talked about Wilford Woodruff, the fourth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his 1890 manifesto. Woodruff was known as one of the church’s most prolific journal keepers, and for submitting the 1890 Manifesto, which officially banned plural marriages or polygamy in the Mormon church.

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Richard Turley talked about Wilford Woodruff, the fourth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his 1890 manifesto. Woodruff was central in building the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, and for submitting the 1890 Manifesto, which officially banned plural marriages or polygamy for Mormons.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What is polygamy, or plural marriage?
  • How were laws on polygamy changing in the 19th century?
  • How did Mormons react to these changing laws? What was their reason?
  • Why did Wilford Woodruff support ending polygamy? How does the issue of polygamy relate to the Salt Lake Temple?

Additional Resource

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Brigham Young
    • Excommunicated
    • Latter-day Saints
    • Marriage Covenant
    • Mormon
    • Plural Marriage
    • Polygamy
    • Salt Lake City
    • Temple
    • Utah History

    Topics

    Federalism and State IssuesState HistoryU.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity