The Practice of Polygamy

Brian C. Hales and Laura H. Hales

Brian C. Hales and Laura Harris Hales, "The Practice of Polygamy," in A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine & Church History, ed. Laura Harris Hales (Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2016), 117-128.

Brian C. Hales is the author of seven books dealing with Mormon polygamy. He has presented at numerous meetings and symposia and published articles in The Journal of Mormon History, Mormon Historical Studies, and Dialogue, as well the Persistence of Polygamy series. He also maintains the websites and Brian works as an anesthesiologist and has served as the president of both the Utah Medical Association and the medical staff at the Davis Hospital and Medical Center in Layton, Utah. Brian is married to Laura Harris Hales and is the father to four children.

Laura Harris Hales is a freelance copy editor, author, and mother of five avid truth seekers. She received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in professional writing from New England College. She has also worked as both a paralegal and as an adjunct professor of English. With her husband, Brian C. Hales, she coauthored Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding and maintains the website

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