His first wife died in February of 2005 and this was the first marriage for his new wife.
This would mean, according to LDS beliefs, that Nelson has two wives sealed to him for eternity.
It is a common misconception to think of the practice of polygamy as starting with Brigham Young and the Mormon's trip west.
Even though Joseph Smith had already married several women, he did not dictate his famous revelation on eternal marriage and polygamy until 1843 ( on Smith's polygamy we read: In identifying 33 well-documented wives of [Joseph] Smith — other researchers have placed the figure as high as 48 — Compton found that in the case of 11 women, Smith's polygamy was polyandrous.
The reported: President Hinckley affirmed the eternal nature of the marriage between Sister [Inis] Hunter and the former church president, whose first wife, Claire Jeffs, died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease and is now buried beside him in the Salt Lake Cemetery.
Inis Hunter "will now be laid to rest on the other side," he said.
Brigham Young, second president of the LDS Church, declared "The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy" (, August 6, 1862, Brigham Young stated: Monogamy, or restrictions by law to one wife, is no part of the economy of heaven among men. Thus this monogamic order of marriage, so esteemed by modern Christians as a holy sacrament and divine institution, is nothing but a system established by a set of robbers. And second, his statement that they don't practice polygamy today because it is illegal contradicts the fact that it was illegal to practice plural marriage when Joseph Smith introduced the teaching, and was the reason why Utah was denied statehood until 1896 (see #97 Messenger, Plural Marriage Illegal).
Such a system was commenced by the founders of the Roman empire. While church leaders no longer allow the practice of polygamy here on Earth, they do allow a living man to be sealed to another woman after the death of his wife, or after divorce.
"They were sealed under the authority of the Holy Melchizedek Priesthood for time and for all eternity," he said, recalling the marriage ceremony he performed for them in the Salt Lake Temple in April 1990.
("Sister Hunter's humor and cheerfulness remembered as she is laid to rest," for April 7, 2006 announced the temple marriage of Apostle Nelson, age 81, to Wendy Watson (see [link]).
Poly * Polyamory * Committed Non Monogamy * Ethical Swinging * Open Relationships * Multi-Partner Relationships * Swingers and Emotional Connections * Everyone has the right to marry and love whom they choose without limits as long as they are responsible adults!