Joseph Smith Sealed to at Least 34 Women
CES Letter Core Question
Was Joseph married (sealed) to 34 women?
CES Letter, Page 52
Joseph Smith's marriage ceremonies were called sealings.
Joseph taught that exaltation occurs to worthy couples, not single individuals, so all worthy women will need to be sealed to an eternal husband.
Many of Joseph Smith's sealings were non-sexual "eternity only" ceremonies showing that sexual relations were not the focus of his celestial marriage teachings. None of the 35 women who were sealed to the Prophet ever complained against him. Joseph cared for his plural wives assuring their material needs were met. Joseph followed the Old Testament practice of marrying many wives like Abraham, Moses, and others.