This painting screams at me that LDS view Jesus as a polygamist. Is that its intention? As a non-Mormon I find this image a little disturbing and creepy. What is the general LDS opinion on it? Hat Tip to az10
DISCLAIMER: ( 12/29/08 ) Due to a high search ranking this post earns on Google many pass by without reading the comments or the general context of this discussion. All comments remain welcomed. If you’re a Mormon teenager in Utah, then your comments are doubly welcomed (based on their comedic value alone).
Before you post, please recognize that the history of Mormon polygamy is often not fully understood or known (particularly by Mormon teenagers in Utah). Joseph Smith began the practice by taking his first polygamous wife in 1833 (a 16 year old girl). Subsequent LDS Prophets and General Authorities indeed taught that Jesus was a polygamist as well.
The author understands that the intention of the artist was perhaps not to further propagate this teaching. Given the previous LDS teachings and the inappropriate way some of the girls are postured (how many teenage girls touch a teacher/minister/adult/mentor in this manner?) I feel the painting’s intended meaning remains somewhat obscured.