The CES Letter provides a link to a short audio quote of Elder Jensen acknowledging that Joseph Smith was sealed to legally married women and therefore practiced "polyandry." What it doesn't do is explore what that really means.
It appears that The CES Letter is not interested in learning the truth about these sealings, but instead seeks a sensational soundbite and then allows the listener to draw conclusions that are not supportable from a documentary standpoint.
The women had each experienced two marriage ceremonies and from a ceremonial standpoint, they had two husbands. However, there is no credible evidence supporting that they ever had two husbands practically or sexually.
Joseph Smith taught that marriages for “time and eternity” were part of the “new and everlasting covenant” (D&C 132:4) and that the new and everlasting covenant causes “all old covenants” to be “done away” (D&C 22:1).
A marriage in the new and everlasting covenant would have caused a civil marriage (the “old marriage covenant”) to have been “done away” creating the equivalence of a Church divorce.
No woman could simultaneously have a legal husband and a different sealed husband at the same time in Joseph's teachings. Nor is there any evidence that this ever occurred.
Most of the sealings were "eternity only," meaning only after death. Technically speaking, the women sealed for eternity-only were not his wives during mortality.
A few women were sealed for "time and eternity," or for this life and the next, but there is no evidence they experienced conjugal relations with their husbands after the sealing. Apparently the women chose Joseph as their husband over their legal spouse. While strange, it is unexplainable without additional documentation, which is absent.
A review of the historical documents from Nauvoo demonstrates that none of the women complained, reported, or defended sexual polyandry. None of the husbands, none of the officiators, none of the family members, and even none of the anti-Mormons mentioned it in any way. Historical records from Nauvoo polygamists read as if sexual polyandry did not exist in any way.
Joseph Smith and Polyandry
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12 Myths Regarding Joseph Smith’s Polygamy
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A Reconciliation of Polygamy by Valerie Hudson
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“O that my voice could reach the ears of those uninformed and misinformed” by Suzanne Armitage
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“Ask the Apologist: Contradiction between Jacob and DC 132“
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FAIR Examination 9: Polygamy as an Abrahamic Sacrifice–Dr. Valerie Hudson, Dr. Valerie Hudson, 1:00:07
Polygamy and its relationship to the LDS Church- Craig Foster
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Polygamy as an Abrahamic Sacrifice–Dr. Valerie Hudson– Fair Mormon Podcast
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pt 1 “Zina and her Men” 2006 FAIR conference address by Allen Wyatt
pt 2 “Zina and her men” 2006 FAIR Conference address by Allen Wyatt
pt 3 “Zina and her men” 2006 FAIR Conference address by Allen Wyatt
pt 4 “Zina and her men” 2006 FAIR Conference address by Allen Wyatt
pt 5 “Zina and her men” 2006 FAIR Conference address by Allen Wyatt
Pt 1, “Joseph Smith’s DNA Revealed: New Clues from the Prophets Genes” by Ugo Perego
Pt 2, “Joseph Smith’s DNA Revealed: New Clues from the Prophets Genes“
Pt 3, “Joseph Smith’s DNA Revealed: New Clues from the Prophets Genes“
Pt 4, “Joseph Smith’s DNA Revealed: New Clues from the Prophets Genes“
Pt 5, “”Joseph Smith’s DNA Revealed: New Clues from the Prophets Genes“
Pt 6, Joseph Smith’s DNA Revealed: New Clues from the Prophets Genes“
“Reconciling Belief with Polygamy” by Brian Hales
“Testimony of Early Polygamous Wives: Mary Elizabeth Rollins“
“Testimony of Early LDS Polygamous Wives: Margaret Cooper West“
“Testimony of Early LDS Polygamous Wives: Elizabeth Whitney“
“Testimony of Early LDS Polygamous Wives: Phoebe Carter Woodruff“
“Testimony of Early LDS Polygamous Wives: Vilate Kimball“
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“The Wives of Joseph Smith and Their Testimony–Lucy Walker
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“Are Mormons Polygamists“
“Zina and Her Men: An Examination of the Changing Marital Status of Zina Huntington“
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“Controversies of Joseph Smith’s Polygamy” by Brian Hales
“Joseph Smith DNA Revealed: New Clues from the Prophet’s Genes“
“A Refutation of Grant Palmer’s Treatment of Sexual Allegations Against Joseph Smith” by Brian Hales