Just to clarify, because it is driving me absolutely NUTS. The FLDS people that have been on the news with the polygamy and child brides are not Mormons. People keep mixing these up, but they’re not the same.
There’s The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, called LDS, or Mormons, that’s the church that’s got like 14 million people in it. Then there’s a group that broke off a long time ago called the FLDS, they’re the ones with the multiple wives and all the controversy in Texas. Mormons don’t practice polygamy, and haven’t practiced polygamy for about a hundred years.
Just to clarify, because I talk to a lot of people around the country, and around the world, and when they find out I’m Mormon, they always want to know how many wives I’ve got. One. Just one. Pretty normal stuff there. And we were both in our early twenties when we hooked up, not 12. And no, she doesn’t wear a Victorian prarie dress while she manually churns butter, either.
To break this down, if you’re a normal Christian, you don’t claim the people that broke off from your organization a hundred years ago and set up that weird compound up in the hills, where they handle poison snakes, kidnap “sinners” who get lost on the backroads, and occasionally sacrifice a virgin. (Deliverence music plays). And I’ve lived in MIssissippi and Alabama, so don’t tell me you don’t know about that one. Same difference.
So Mormon is not equal to FLDS. Thank you.