Death of Wilford Woodruff, Fourth President of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Hot

Death of Wilford Woodruff, Fourth President of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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Wilford Woodruff, the fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies in San Francisco, California, at the age of 91.

An early convert to Mormonism, he was already 82 when he was elected president, and he was on the run from the law because he was wanted for violating anti-polygamy laws.

During the initial part of his presidency, Mormons and their church experienced a great deal of pressure from the United States government because of their polygamy. There was a very real threat of the church being destroyed entirely because, for leading politicians and clergy in America, polygamy was on par with slavery as a moral evil. The latter was destroyed by war and mainstream Christians won't allow polygamy to continue, whatever the cost.

It fell to Wilford Woodruff to make the difficult decision to end Mormon polygamy in order to save Mormonism. In fact, right after his election as president of the Mormon church, he refused to give permission for plural marriages to take place.

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