Answered by: W Stephen Svedin, Moroni Channel Response Team
Answers Researched by: Romrik Joshua Flores. Moroni Channel
Published: Sunday, April 24 2016; 2:12 p.m. GMT
I am a member, but I have always questioned this and no ever seems to talk or explain this. Why did God commanded the members of the church the do polygamy. My guess was that there weren't very many men in the church, but it still confuses me. And if they married more than one wife, that makes them all sealed forever? Shouldn't it just be one man and one woman sealed for eternity?
Sarah before we answer your question we would like to share a scripture that is very important to us.
John 16:12 - 13
We can give you part of the answer you are looking for but not all of it we suspect, if you seek answers from the Holy Ghost you will get an answer that in time will satisfy you.
We can tell you this. A father teaches different things to his children than the mother teaches and some fathers do a better Job of teaching than others. There have been times in the history of this world when God needed to send leaders to help those who follow and love Him, one of those times was in the Old Testament when Abraham and Jacob were the leaders He had called. Us mortals can come up with all sorts of theory's and what we are telling you now is truly a theory. We hope it is an inspired theory but until the Holy Ghost confirms it to you please do not take if for Doctrine.
What was true in the time of Abraham was also true in the time of Joseph Smith, Men did not volunteer to take multiple wife's, they had to be called of God to be worthy to take more than one wife. That is because God had a special work for them to do. It was not easy for them. Most people today think it was a Physical thing, it wan't if was very much a Spiritual Thing that took much work.
We would also like to share the official church statement about Plural Marriage
Latter-day Saints believe that the marriage of one man and one woman is the Lord’s standing law of marriage. In biblical times, the Lord commanded some to practice plural marriage—the marriage of one man and more than one woman.1 By revelation, the Lord commanded Joseph Smith to institute the practice of plural marriage among Church members in the early 1840s. For more than half a century, plural marriage was practiced by some Latter-day Saints under the direction of the Church President.2