How the Mormon Church outlawed polygamy, "The Most Holy And Important Doctrine Ever Revealed."
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The United Effort Plan property trust was created by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1942 on the concept of a "united order," allowing followers to share in its assets.
With the trial of Warren Jeffs, the ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) in full swing, countless media outlets are again paying attention to the plight of woman caught up in the polygamous cult.
Research resources on the Bountiful, Canada polygamous cult -- part of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) cult.
New York Times bestselling author and Edgar Award nominee Stephen Singular discusses his new book When Men Become Gods: Mormon Polygamist Warren Jeffs, His Cult of Fear, and the Women Who Fought Back. [video]
Tucked away in the shadow of fortress-like mountains of southeast British Columbia, the town of Bountiful is home to a branch of the polygamous, US-based Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) cult.
Winston Blackmore was bishop of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Canada until Warren Jeffs muscled him and others out of the way to become prophet in September 2002. Jeffs then excommunicated Blackmore, splitting the community of Bountiful nearly in half -- about 700 people continue to follow Blackmore, while about 500 follow Jeffs.
The Bountiful case has wide ramifications for Canadian law: If British Columbia charges either or both of Bountiful's leaders, Winston Blackmore and Jim Oler, with the criminal offence of practising polygamy and loses, it opens the door for the free practise of plural marriage in the guise of religion. If B.C. loses, it could even open the door to other repugnant practices, such as female genital mutilation. Certainly, Muslim groups are anxiously watching to see what happens.
A list of polygamous sects -- most of them offshoots of the Mormon Church.
Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church, described plural marriage as part of "the most holy and important doctrine ever revealed to man on earth" and taught that a man needed at least three wives to attain the "fullness of exaltation" in the afterlife. While the Mormon church eventually rejected this doctrines, Mormon fundamentalists hold on to it. This documentary examines the legacy of Smith's teachings on polygamy.
Chart of polygamous sects of the Mormon Church
Polygamy is a marriage in which a spouse of either sex may have more than one mate at the same time.
Research resources on polygamy
What the Bible says about polygamy
Some of the groups in which polygamy is practiced