The Domestic Life of Brigham Young (Paper 1), The Prophet’s Harem: A Look At Life in the Lion House (Paper 2)

The Domestic Life of Brigham Young During Brigham Young’s lifetime, visitors wanted to peek into his home to see how his family life worked. On one occasion, he complained: ‘Ladies who come into my office very frequently say, ‘I wonder if it would hurt his feelings if I ask him how many wives he has?. . . I would as lief they should ask me that question as any other; but I would rather see them anxious to learn about the Gospel” (JD 14:162). This paper answers the question of how many wives he has. I also discuss what life was like for the many wives and children living in that household.

Jeffery O. Johnson