Mormons Say Jesus Was Married?

According to Latter-Day Saints (LDS, Mormon) President Orson Hyde, Jesus was married to several women, including Mary Magdalene, and had biological children.

“..[In John 2,] Jesus was the bridegroom at the marriage of Cana of Galilee, and he told them what to do. Now there was actually a marriage; and if Jesus was not the bridegroom on that occasion, please tell who was. … We say it was Jesus Christ who was married, to be brought into the relation whereby he could see his seed, before he was crucified. … I do not despise to be called a son of Abraham, if he had a dozen wives; or to be called a brother, a son, a child of the Savior, if he had Mary, and Martha, and several others, as wives; and though he did cast seven devils out of one of them, it is all the same to me. … I shall say here, that before the Savior died, he looked upon his own natural children, as we look upon ours; he saw his seed, and immediately afterwards he was cut off from the earth; but who shall declare his generation?”

— Hyde, at the Mormon General Conference, on 6 October 1854. (Printed in Journal of Discourses, Vol. 2, p. 82.)

Apparently, this position had support from Brigham Young, Wilford Woodruff, Orson Pratt, and others.

The LDS organization has since denied these claims. A spokesman said, “The belief that Christ was married has never been official Church doctrine. It is neither sanctioned nor taught by the Church. While it is true that a few Church leaders in the mid-1800s expressed their opinions on the matter, it was not then, and is not now, Church doctrine.”

Still, Hyde’s is an allowed position within Mormonism. That is concerning.

Of course, Christ is the figurative Bridegroom — but He is not so literally, in a carnal sense! Also, for the record, the “seed” of His mentioned in Isaiah 53:10 refers to our spiritual relationship with Him, in the sense of John 12:24 and Galatians 3:26.



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About Matthew Olson

Matthew Olson is a student in the Diocese of Little Rock.

2 responses to “Mormons Say Jesus Was Married?”

  1. Stanley Loper says :

    What I get out of the quote is that Mr. Hyde didn’t really know the story in John very well. The testimony in John 2:2 is that Jesus “was invited to the wedding with his disciples” (ESV). Since he was invited to the wedding and feast he certainly wasn’t the bridegroom, who needed no invitation to his own wedding. Everything else which follows in the quote is supposition piled on top of a flawed assumption.

    There are actually two passages in the Gospels which serve as a witness he had no wife and children. Mark records the occasions where Jesus’ family sought him out Chapter 3 verses 31-33. On that occasion we are told that it was his mother and brothers, not wife and children, which is very strange since if had had such they would’ve been the first in line Matthew and Luke relate that story as well. The second is related by Matthew, where after telling us that Jesus taught in his hometown the people said the following, “and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?” (Mat 13:54-55) Doesn’t seem strange to you that no wife or children of Jesus are mentioned on this occasion either? Had he had a wife and child or children surely his own townsmen would’ve mentioned them on that occasion since he would’ve been a head of a household. But then, after the demise of Joseph he did become the head of a household and probably supported them until one or more of his brothers could take over the responsibility as the time for his ministry arrived.

    We are warned not to go beyond the things written (1 Cor. 4:6). For Protestants that would be the 66 books of the bible we view as canonical. None of the ones which make up the New Testament leave a testimony that Jesus had a bride on this earth, or fathered Children. If anything it strongly suggests he didn’t, as the foregoing scriptures show. So we go with the testimony of the Bible we have.

  2. sigzero says :

    The can believe whatever they want but they are still wrong.. Mormons are not part of Christianity.

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