Three Stepford Wives Open Heavens Doors
FLDS followers practice the “Principle” of polygamy, which is now banned by the mainstream Latter Day Saints. The idea behind polygamy in the FLDS is that a man must have at least three wives in order to go to heaven. Young girls are “placed” with husbands by the church leader, or Prophet. These spiritual marriages are not legally binding, but in the eyes of FLDS members, they are sacred. If a woman serves her husband faithfully, he may invite her to join him in the celestial kingdom of heaven. But should a woman disobey the Prophet and refuse a life of polygamy, she will be damned to eternal hell.
FLDS isn’t an average church – indeed, it isn’t even a faith that its predecessor denomination, the Mormon church (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or LDS) recognizes. That is because the FLDS adheres to the very early, “fundamentalist” teachings of Mormonism, long since abandoned or limited by the LDS. Most specifically, the FLDS faith is built upon the practice of polygamy, the taking of so-called “celestial wives” – or, in the jargon of the FLDS, living “the Principle.” FLDS adherents believe that in order to achieve the “fullest exaltation” of heaven, every man must have at least three wives.
FLDS polygamists marry one wife legally, and then take on additional so-called “spiritual wives.” Spouses of the same husband are known as “sister-wives.”
Mormons declared, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 6, 1890.
We are not teaching polygamy or plural marriage, nor permitting any person to enter into its practice, and I deny that either forty or any other number of plural marriages have during that period been solemnized in our Temples or in any other place in the Territory. [Entire report to the Secretary of the Interior]
There are thousands of versions of all religions that serve their congregations all over the world. Only when their practices run counter to existing law does the public get to scrutinize the details of their beliefs. This is when each one of us must scrutinize what our own personal beliefs are and why they are more acceptable than another’s. Can our own personal beliefs stand public scrutiny? Most are happy with their foundation of understanding, some remain seekers. Law attempts to tailor personal belief systems to comply with existing civil structure. Ancient religions and cults had very different reasons for their behavior. The world was much more threatening to survival. This caused extraordinary rituals incorporated to insure survival of a population. This is the 21st Century. Things have changed dramatically concerning how populations must behave to survive. Old practices, based on ancient scripture from any religion will almost always conflict with modern culture. Each one of us must decide to integrate into modern society or cling to a portion of old scripture that satisfies our spiritual needs. Where a line must be drawn is when our personal needs are imposed on another who is barred from privilege or right to choose their own way.