Sylvia L.

I’m Sylvia Sessions Lyon. I married  Joseph Smith on February 8, 1842, when I was 23 years old.  It is uncertain if my husband, Windsor, was aware of the marriage, but I did continue to live with him.  Brigham Young taught that “if the woman preferred a man higher in authority, and he is willing to take her and her husband gives her up-there is no Bill of divorce required…it is right in the sight of God”. Brigham also explained that the woman, “…would be in a higher glory”.  This may help shed light on my complex marriage arrangement. Joseph was also married to my mother, Patty B (on the blog), thus, not only are we sister wives, we’re also mother and daughter! How’s that for a family tree?

I’m a thirty something single woman who loves life and takes the most from it that I can. I’ve lived all over the world, pursed a fantastic higher education, have a satisfying career that I adore, own my own home, and try to be creative as much as possible. I don’t know what my life would look like if it had the components of marriage and children. I’m one of the largest advocates that you don’t have to have those two things to be completely satisfied and fulfilled as a woman. I love film noir movies, black and white photography, dresses from 1957, Daniel Day Lewis, and Gertrude Stein (among many).

I grew up in predominately LDS neighborhood and was the sweetest “Molly Mormon” you ever met until my 30th birthday. That’s when I allowed my questions about the church to be explored (which, in turn, led me away from full activity), and also when I decided to take my sexuality into my own hands. I am not married, but I enjoy an active and healthy sex life. There is a lot I know and there is a lot I don’t know. I’m hoping we can all share what we know and what we don’t know on this blog and come to greater understanding.

I believe that chastity doesn’t have to equal abstinence (did I just blow your mind?).

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