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When many of us, as Mormons, think about 21st century polygamy, we often associate it with what we see on TV, or read in the paper: 60 year old men taking 13 year old child brides. Incest. Wifes being reassigned to other husbands. Welfare fraud. Basically, we think about the most egregious examples to come from the isolated, closed communities of the Fundamentalist LDS Church, led by Warren Jeffs. And while this ugly side of polygamy definitely exists, it is not the complete picture. Members of the FLDS church make up less than 1/3 of all Mormon polygamists. Many of them live in suburban Salt Lake City neighborhoods, dress in modern clothing, hold modern jobs–and in some cases, even attend the LDS church wards.
On today’s Mormon Stories podcast, Anne discusses polygamy gone wrong, and polygamy gone right. The ugly, and the beautiful sides of polygamy, from her experiences–both as a polygamist, and as a friend to literally hundreds of polygamous families throughout Salt Lake City, and Utah.
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