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Encyclopedia > Polygamous clans of Utah

The polygamous clans of Utah are Mormon sects, who still practice polygamy (plural marriage) despite that practice's ban by the mainstream LDS church. In polygamy, men are married to multiple women simultaneously. The term Mormon is a colloquial name referring to Latter Day Saints, derived in the 1830s from the Book of Mormon, one of their scriptures, whose compiler was named Mormon. ... The term polygamy (literally much marriage in late Greek) is used in related ways in social anthropology and sociobiology. ... Plural marriage is a particular type of polygamy (a form of polygyny) formerly practiced by some members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the Churchs 19th century history. ... The temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located in Salt Lake City, Utah is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ...


Recently, there have been some publicized legal cases relating to these groups and groups with similar views, in particular the tendency of some members to marry and subsequently have sex with girls under the age of 18. Examples include the Elizabeth Smart case, the Tom Green case, and the case described in [1], in which a man married his 15-year-old cousin, who was also his aunt. For the Canadian poet, see Elizabeth Smart (author) This photo of Elizabeth Smart was widely ditributed after her abduction from her bedroom in June of 2002. ...

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Kingston clan

One such group is the so-called Kingston clan, also known as the Latter Day Church of Christ, with claims that it includes 1,200 members. The group runs a $150 million business including pawn shops, restaurant supply stores, a coal mine and dairies. Several members have been charged and convicted of polygamy. The Kingston Clan is a group of Mormon fundamentalists established in 1876 that formed a community named Kingston. ...


The Apostolic United Brethren

The Apostolic United Brethren, commonly called AUB, is estimated to have about 5000 to 9000 members. The AUB is one of the more liberal of the Mormon groups practicing plural marriage. The AUB does not authorize plural marriages for people under 18. The Apostolic United Brethren (hereafter AUB) is a Latter-day Saint movement, best known as a Mormon Fundamentalist group which believes in Plural Marriage. ...


Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints , commonly called FLDS, is estimated at around 6000 to 8000 members. A succession crisis has been brewing in the church since 2002 when Warren Jeffs became president of the church. There has been extensive litigation regarding the church for some time, as property rights of disaffected members are weighed against the decisions of church leaders who hold trust to the land their homes are built upon. A large concentration of members live in the twin cities of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah. In 2004 the church started contruction on a temple in Texas. The FLDS tend to be very conservative in dress and lifestyle. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a denomination of the Latter Day Saint movement, and may be Americas largest polygamous group. ... Warren Jeffs is the Prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints group. ...


True & Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of the Last Days

The True & Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of the Last Days, often called TLC, is headquartered in Manti, Utah. Membership is estimated at 300 to 500. The church is lead by the charismatic Jim Harmston. Prior to 1999 the church engaged in aggressive missionary work, but has since lead a quiet lifestyle. right The Red Brick Store in Manti, Utah. ...


The Church of Jesus Christ in Zion

The Church of Jesus Christ in Zion has congregations near Independence, Missouri and Adam-Ondi-Ahman, Missouri. The church is lead by scientist and inventor Roger_E._Billings. Membership is estimated at about 1000. The church is closely associated with the International Academy of Science. The Church of Jesus Christ in Zion was the name of a small, now-defunct sect of Mormonism located in Independence, Missouri. ... Roger E. Billings Roger E. Billings grew up in Provo, Utah and was born in 1948. ...


Independent polygamists and small clans

There is also a large movement of independent Mormon polygamists; former members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and of the mormon fundamentalist groups, who feel called to practice the principle of plural marriage, but don't feel like anyone holds proper authority to regulate the principle. These people practice plural marriage based on the idea that if God issues a revelation to an individual regarding that individual's personal life, that it is more important to follow the individual revelation than to follow a church leader speaking generically. It is difficult to measure who these people are, but preliminary estimates indicate that there may be more independent polygamists than there are members of the formally organized polygamist sects, perhaps 50,000 in Utah alone. There is a large concentration of these independent polygamists in Missouri. Not all of these polygamists have been formally excommunicated from the LDS church, but they will be shortly after the church finds out because the church maintains a zero-tolerance policy towards plural marriage.


There are many hundreds of small polygamist clans, with membership in the tens or hundreds, located in many parts of the USA, Canada, and Mexico.


External links

  • Man sentenced for marrying his 15-year-old cousin -- from CNN
  • BBC on Warren Jeffs legal problems

  Results from FactBites:
 
Polygamy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (6676 words)
Some polygamous families use a system of multiple divorce and legal marriage as a loophole in order to avoid committing a criminal act.
In 2001, the state of Utah in the United States convicted Thomas Green of criminal non-support and four counts of bigamy for having 5 serially monogamous marriages, while living with previous legally divorced wives.
The ACLU of Utah is opposed to Utah's law against bigamy.
Polygamous Mormon fundamentalist - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1150 words)
Polygamous Mormon fundamentalists are sects devoted to Mormon fundamentalism who continue to practice plural marriage (a form of polygamy), even though that practice has been abandoned by the larger mainstream denominations of the Latter Day Saint movement.
Many polygamous Mormon fundamentalists belong to sects that have separated themselves from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which officially abandoned the practice in 1890.
The Kingston clan is one of the clans which has allowed the marriage of underage girls.
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