I would have to ask, How can men be sealed to more than one wife without polygamy? Since marriage has to occur here in order for it to be valid in Heaven, what is the correct way to practice polygamy? I'm not sure what you meant by "not practiced as taught in the scriptures". How was it "taught" there?Can you start a new thread on this explaining out Marriage must include polygamy?
Please understand , I’m not saying polygamy is a sin. Yes, in Heaven men can be sealed to more than one wife.
What I’m saying is polygamy In the Church was not practiced as taught in the scriptures. It’s highly suspect. The Church was compelled to end it.
But to address the subject question, it creates a conundrum to have eternal marriage and make the statement that it is not good for man to be alone. If I enter into an eternal marriage and my wife die before I do, Am I to spend the rest of my mortal existence alone? What should we do about the second wife? Should we prevent her from enjoying an eternal marriage because I'm already married? Can I only pick from wives who are eternally sealed and a widow? Does that seem practical? Do I undo the sealing to the first wife in order to be sealed to a second wife? Eternal marriage creates that problem. It's so bad, that some women actually ask their husbands not to get married after they die because they don't want to share him with another woman. It's a selfish request but one that obviously exists only because the idea of eternal marriage exists. So, regardless of how you slice it, polygamy comes with eternal marriage.
When you use the term the practice as being "highly suspect" I have to assume you mean a few instances that are highly suspect. 1) Joseph Smith being sealed to other men's wives and two, Joseph Smith, and others, being married to teenagers (which isn't really suspect at all considering that Mary conceived as a teen). But, you are right, imperfect men implemented a perfect order imperfectly. The same thing happens today. Some missionaries baptize a member in order to have a baptism before they go home or they baptize someone who is willing to do that just for them, even though they have no interest in the church whatsoever. Some Bishops use their position to exert power over members of their ward that they have no business exerting, or use their position to influence business deals or in some cases, perpetrate the very thing they are supposed to judge against.
I don't believe Joseph Smith is guilty of any wrongdoing where polygamy is concerned. The marriage to the 14 year-old, Helen, was arranged by her father. There is no evidence of sexual relations. There is no evidence of sexual relations with any of the women he was sealed to who were already married. Strange as it may seem, the husbands and the wives he was sealed to should have been the ones to object. None who got sealed to him did. None of their husbands did. You might be upset that he approached most of these women when their husbands were away on missions. Frankly, I don't know if there was a way to do that without it being highly suspect. I don't believe the Lord told him to do that. He gave him a commandment and Joseph tried to fulfill it and I believe those sealings were a way to meet both his wife, Emma, and the Lord on some middle ground. If his sealings were for eternity only, how could Emma object. There would be no possibility of impropriety. It would be a marriage on paper only and I'm sure he felt that Emma would understand it better in the next life. The Lord did not reject Joseph's actions. Instead, God insisted that he marry women who were actually eligible to be married and to consummate that marriage. This was, of course, highly suspect in Emma's eyes, and keeping it secret from her was highly suspect in other people's eyes. But now we are pitting the will of man against the will of God. It had to be introduced because eternal marriage could not exist without it.