Helen Mar Kimball was one of Joseph Smith's youngest "plural wives." I've recently had some Mormon tell me that he may have married her, but golly gee, they never had marital relations.
First of all, D&C 132 states that plural marriages are to raise up seed unto the Lord, not for platonic relationships. If Smith married for any other reason than to produce offspring, he was violating his own "revelation." Second, Helen Mar Kimball, herself, indicated that had she known that her marriage to Smith was anything more than a sealing ceremony, she never would have gone through with it:
"I would never have been sealed to Joseph had I known it was anything more than ceremony. I was young, and they deceived me, by saying the salvation of our whole family depended on it." (Helen Mar Kimball, "Mormon Polygamy: A History by LDS member Richard S. Van Wagoner, p. 53.)
Now consider the fact that Helen opines that "the salvation of our whole family" depended on her accepting Smith's proposal. How manipulative is that? Is that the kind of outlandish pressure you put on a young teenager? Her father, Heber, was just as much of a pervert as Joseph Smith - trading his daughter for Smith's sexual pleasure that he could rule as a god in the Celestial Kingdom in the hereafter. What kind of monster does that to his own daughter? How many Mormons here would do that? (Oh, that's right, I've never had a Mormon say they wouldn't!).
Here's poor Helen's story:
My question is, don't Mormons actually think through the acts of their first "prophet?" Don't they realize that he was a power-hungry, lust-hungry, cult leader - just like others who have done similar things?