We've all heard
today's LDS Church leaders blaming the fall of the Roman
empire and the decline of civilization on Homosexuality.
Here's just a sampling of Mormon Prophets making this claim:
heinous homosexual sin is of the ages. Many cities and civilizations
have gone out of existence because of it. It was present
in Israelís wandering days, tolerated by the Greeks, and
found in the baths of corrupt Rome."
- Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, "President Kimball Speaks
Out on Morality," LDS New Era, Nov. 1980, Page 39
to the legal and loving marriage between a man and a woman
are helping to unravel the fabric of human society. I am
sure this is pleasing to the devil. The fabric I refer to
is the family. These so-called alternative life-styles must
not be accepted as right, because they frustrate Godís commandment
for a life-giving union of male and female within a legal
marriage as stated in Genesis. If practiced by all adults,
these life-styles would mean the end of the human family."
- Apostle James E. Faust, "Serving the Lord and Resisting
the Devil," Liahona, Nov. 1995, Page 3.
this is the same argument that inspired Mormon Prophets
have used against good-old heterosexual monogamy!
here what the Lord said through His prophets from the Mormon
is a fact worthy of note that the shortest lived nations
of which we have record have been monogamic. Rome...was
a monogamic nation and the numerous evils attending that
system early laid the foundation for that ruin which eventually
- Apostle George Q. Cannon, Journal of Discourses, Vol.
13, p. 202
the founding of the Roman empire monogamy has prevailed
more extensively than in times previous to that. The founders
of that ancient empire were robbers and women stealers,
and made laws favoring monogamy in consequence of the scarcity
of women among them, and hence this monogamic system which
now prevails throughout Christendom, and which had been
so fruitful a source of prostitution and whoredom throughout
all the Christian monogamic cities of the Old and New World,
until rottenness and decay are at the root of their institutions
both national and religious."
- The Prophet Brigham Young Journal of Discourses, Vol.
11, p. 128
one-wife system not only degenerates the human family, both
physically and intellectually, but it is entirely incompatible
with philosophical notions of immortality; it is a lure
to temptation, and has always proved a curse to a people."
- Prophet John Taylor, Millennial Star, Vol. 15, p. 227
or restrictions by law to one wife, is no part of the economy
of heaven among men. Such a system was commenced by the
founders of the Roman empire....Rome became the mistress
of the world, and introduced this order of monogamy wherever
her sway was acknowledged. Thus this monogamic order of
marriage, so esteemed by modern Christians as a holy sacrament
and divine institution, is nothing but a system established
by a set of robbers.... Why do we believe in and practice
polygamy? Because the Lord introduced it to his servants
in a revelation given to Joseph Smith, and the Lord's servants
have always practiced it. 'And is that religion popular
in heaven?' it is the only popular religion there,..."
- The Prophet Brigham Young, The Deseret News, August
law of monogamy, or the monogamic system, laid the foundation
for prostitution and the evils and diseases of the most
revolting nature and character under which modern Christendom
- Apostle Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13,
breathe the free air, we have the best looking men and handsomest
women, and if they (Non-Mormons) envy us our position, well
they may, for they are a poor, narrow-minded, pinch-backed
race of men, who chain themselves down to the law of monogamy,
and live all their days under the dominion of one wife.
They ought to be ashamed of such conduct, and the still
fouler channel which flows from their practices; and it
is not to be wondered at that they should envy those who
so much better understand the social relations."
- Apostle George A Smith, Journal of Discourses, Vol.
3, page 291
have noticed that a man who has but one wife, and is inclined
to that doctrine, soon begins to wither and dry up, while
a man who goes into plurality [of wives] looks fresh, young,
and sprightly. Why is this? Because God loves that man,
and because he honors his word. Some of you may not believe
this, but I not only believe it but I also know it. For
a man of God to be confined to one woman is small business.
I do not know what we would do if we had only one wife apiece."
- Apostle Heber C. Kimball, Journal of Discourses Vol
5, page 22
ask yourselves, historians, when was monogamy introduced
on to the face of the earth? When those buccaneers, who
settled on the peninsula where Rome now stands, could not
steal women enough to have two or three apiece, they passed
a law that a man should have but one woman. And this started
monogamy and the downfall of the plurality system. In the
days of Jesus, Rome, having dominion over Jerusalem, they
carried out the doctrine more or less. This was the rise,
start and foundation of the doctrine of monogamy; and never
till then was there a law passed, that we have any knowledge
of, that a man should have but one wife. "
- The Prophet Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses Vol.
12, page 262
history look back and see today's Mormon prophets to be
just as ignorant, bigoted and self-serving as Mormon prophets
of the 19th Century?
Official Church Teachings on Homosexuality