Reluctant Polygamist, the website

As promised, I’ve put the full text of Reluctant Polygamist up on

Not only is the text there, but I’ve added the google translate widget, so the entire thing can be read in any of 110 languages. Adding fun to function, most of the pages have a “Listen to Page” button so you can have the text read to you by a resonant UK male voice, courtesy of the Responsive Voice widget.

One of the pages I assembled was a mapping between the blog posts I’ve put up here at Millennial Star and the chapters in the book. It is now trivially simple to compare my original posts and my final text.

There’s a survey for that!

Each month, Reluctant Polygamist will run a survey sampling readers. Since the website has only just launched, the Millennial Star audience is invited to participate in the May survey. Reluctant Polygamist: May 2017 Survey. When the results are in (end of May or when the survey reaches the maximum number of respondents) I’ll report on the answers here.

Why Would Anyone Want to Buy a Book that is Available for Free on the Internet?

That’s the question a friend asked when I showed him the website Sunday evening. Here’s the thing – I don’t care if people buy the physical book. My aim was never to drive profits into my bank account. My object was and has remained to inform people of the honorable and admirable Joseph I have come to know. For that purpose, the internet is a far more powerful tool than hard copy books sitting unopened on bookshelves. The physical book is available at for those who do like paper books. For some reason I haven’t been able to get the kindle version up yet. But the pdf is available here in the mean time.

True Scholarship Requires Peer-reviewed Papers…

This is a refrain I read recently. And I honestly do intend to produce papers for peer review, someday. In the venue where the complaint was lodged, I explained the circumstances that have made life complex.

In the meantime, I did submit a proposal to Sunstone 2017 to discuss the LDS Church response to the 1841-1842 illicit intercourse heresy, and that proposal has been accepted. Should be an interesting hour. If desired, I’ll set up another venue to discuss this matter while I’m in Utah that week, for those who would rather not attend a Sunstone symposium.

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About Meg Stout

Meg Stout has been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ (of Latter-day Saints) for decades. She lives in the DC area with her husband, Bryan, and several daughters. She is an engineer by vocation and a writer by avocation. Meg is the author of Reluctant Polygamist, laying out the possibility that Joseph taught the acceptability of plural marriage but that Emma was right to assert she had been Joseph's only true wife.

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