i went to B&N last night and bought a copy of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling. Whether you think the man was a fraud or a Prophet of God, you have to admit, he's a fascinating character. I think i could crush on him a little bit and would probably have wanted to be one of his wives back in the day. Not for spiritual reasons; i'm just a horn-dog and am attracted to those charismatic types.
Which brings me to the next topic: Mormon Sex, and in particular, Mormon Sexual Issues. I've been reading a lot of "exit stories" from former members of the church and stumbled across one a couple days ago that made me really sad. It was written by a guy who, in the almost decade of his marriage, had only had sex with his wife about a dozen times. She discovered on their wedding night that she "didn't like sex," and so, withheld it except to procreate--which, of course, she's required to do by the Hive. Populate the earth and all that crap. The husband and author of the story said that he believed his wife's frigidity was caused by the church's teachings (via her bio family) and the guilt they instill in the minds of the youth.
That reminded me of a guy who worked in an office building where i worked several years ago. We'll call him Steve (not his real name). Everyone in the building knew that Steve had had sex with his wife exactly 4 times. They had exactly 4 kids. They were both born and raised in the LDS church. Steve was soooo unhappy in his marriage. He tried to convince himself that sex didn't really matter that much to their relationship, that he loved his wife and felt whole and complete and happy. If that were the case, of course, none of us would have had to endure the endless harping and woeful moaning over his non-existent sex life. Poor bastard.
I wonder how many LDS couples suffer from a nearly non-existent sex life, or a less than ideal one at best.