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*Surprising Sales at Seventies Bookstore (Part 6 of 6)

In our final conversation with polygamy expert Anne Wilde, Anne will discuss the surprising popularity of Ogden Kraut’s book “Jesus Was Married.”  Christ’s Church apostle David Patrick will also add his final thoughts on why this is such an important and influential book over the past 50 years.

Anne:  At BYU, the religion professors were being asked, was Jesus married? And I’m not going to mention names of the professors but there were two of them that said, “Well, you know, we’re not supposed to talk about this. We’ve been advised.” So anyway, to lay a little groundwork, the next day or two, after we took them down to the Seventies Bookstore, Brother Whitehead calls out and he says, I sold all 10 of those copies. Can you bring me 20 more? So we did, and we couldn’t figure out why. And I don’t know if Brother Whitehead knew until later. What was happening is that these religious professors found out about Ogden’s book down there and Ogden was friends with them. And so they knew the book was coming out. So what they did was they tell the students “As religion professors at BYU, we’re not supposed to say one way or the other. But there’s a book down and Seventies Bookstore if you want to go down and get that, that has the whole story. And so he sold 20 and then 50 more. And then we just kept taking them down there because of BYU students were coming down and buying. So I just thought it was kind of ironic because about the same time you know. And we have sold thousands of copies of that. It’s been an eighth printing. Its Ogden’s best-seller.

Apostle David Patrick of Christ’s Church and polygamy expert Anne Wilde reflect on the past 50 years of the book “Jesus Was Married.”

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“There is No Marriage in Heaven” (Part 4 of 6)

I’m still trying to channel my inner-evangelical as we continue our conversation with David Patrick, an apostle of Christ’s Church, and polygamy expert Anne Wilde.  In 1 Corinthians it says it is better to marry than to burn, and Jesus says there is no marriage in heaven.  How do they handle those scriptures?

GT:  Paul says you should remain celibate even as I am. But if you can’t contain, okay, go ahead and get married. You know, because it’s better to marry than to burn. I mean, that doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement of marriage.

David:  Well, Paul was married.

Anne: Yeah, I was just gonna say that.

David: Yeah. And so, that’s the only that’s the only real scripture that they can hang on to call for celibacy, I guess.

It should be noted that Christ’s Church has a temple in southern Utah, and they do proxy temple work for their kindred dead, just like LDS do.  Check out our conversation…

Jesus said there is no marriage in heaven. How do polygamy experts David Patrick & Anne Wilde deal with that scripture?


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Was Jesus the Groom at Wedding at Cana?

The Wedding at Cana is the scene of the first miracle of Jesus where he turns water to wine.  David Patrick is an apostle of Christ’s Church and Anne Wilde is a polygamy expert.  They make the case that this wedding Jesus attended is his own wedding.  Who did he marry?  What scriptures lead them to believe this is Jesus’ own wedding?

Anne:  [Jesus] did not live in Cana. So this was not at their home. They lived in Nazareth at the time, or at least Mary did. Then she came over from them. And then it says that shortly after the marriage, in Cana, he went to Capernaum. Well, on the way over there, you have to go through Magdala. You go through Tiberius. Magdala and Copernaum are on the Sea of Galilee. Magdala was where Mary Magdalene was from. And in our study and research, we’ve come to the conclusion that Mary Magdalene was one of his wives. Whether or not that was her wedding to Jesus or Martha and Mary, who we also believe were his wives. We don’t really know who the bride was at this time. Joseph F. Smith said he thought it was Mary and Martha at that wedding.

GT:  So Jesus was marrying both of the sisters?

Anne: Yes, at the same time. That was Joseph F. Smith, that’s the sixth president of the church. That was his statement.

David:  If you go into the Jewish Encyclopedia, you can also see that. What is the groom’s family in charge of? What are they responsible for? The wine and the meat. And so all of a sudden now with the groom’s family meaning Jesus, fulfilling the Jewish responsibility to provide the wine. So yeah, these are not explicitly saying Jesus was married. I consider them Bible clues. And as we cruise through the Bible, we’re going to find these words little tidbits and clues, but it’s never going to outright say it.

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Polygamy experts Anne Wilde & David Patrick make a circumstantial case that Jesus married Mary at Cana.

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