'Mormon church founder Joseph Smith wed 40 wives'
November 12 , 2014
Mormon church founder Joseph Smith wed around 40 wives, which included some already married and one who was just 14, the church has reportedly said.
According to an article published by the church, “careful estimates” say that he wed “between 30 and 40” wives.
Smith is viewed as a prophet by Mormons. In the past, his married life was the subject of a lot of debate among historians.
In the online essay the church notes that though marrying a 14-year-old is “inappropriate by today's standards,” it was legal at that time and not uncommon.