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Did anyone watch "The 19th Wife"?

I didn't know that in the mormon religion that they use to have multiple wives.
It was a pretty good movie.
I forget if it was on Lifetime or Hallmark..


Asked by ajc88 at 6:39 PM on Sep. 21, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • They still do in places like Utah. They are fundamentalists though, not to be confused with the Mormon church. You should read "Under the Banner of Heaven" it is a true story written about polygamy and marrying of young girls. Dont you remember all of that hype recently where they took kids out of the community and questioned them about being abused and it was huge huge deal? That one was in Texas.
    I did watch it, I liked it for a Lifetime movie.

    Answer by jenellemarie at 6:44 PM on Sep. 21, 2010

  • No they are Mormon but they are Mormon Fundamentalists. The church has grown since then and gotten rid of polygamy. Some sects still practice the old fashioned way though as most are born in a community where they are not allowed outside interference so their kids are brainwashed to grow up the same way and so on. They "marry" the girls off young and thats what started the last controversy. A girl escaped and said she had been forced to marry at 15 or something so they just went in and took all the children. Strange to think this happens in our own states, but it does. Even now.
    Seriously, read the is really an eye opener.

    Answer by jenellemarie at 6:52 PM on Sep. 21, 2010

  • Yes the LDS(Mormon) Church did practice polygamy. It is no secret. It was done in a time when groups sent out "extermination" orders to anyone who even owned a Book of Mormon. There was also a war going on. Many of the Men were drafted and had to leave. Leaving their wives and children alone in a time when Women just did not live alone. Only certian Men in the church were permitted to practice polygamy, and even those men were not happy about it. It was something most of them really struggled with. But those Women and children needed support and protection. That said, modern day LDS do not practice polygamy. We do still recieve, what we believe to be, modern day relvelation. The basic principals of our faith do not change. But the world around us is changing. We feel that we do still need that guidance(and that we do recieve it through a modern day Prophet).

    Answer by RheaF at 11:32 PM on Sep. 21, 2010

  • OH wow - I said mormon bc in the movie.. the were even using the book of mormon

    I will look it up thanks!

    Comment by ajc88 (original poster) at 6:46 PM on Sep. 21, 2010

  • Yeah, they follow the old doctrines of the LDS church, but they are the FLDS.

    Answer by Mipsy at 6:52 PM on Sep. 21, 2010

  • It's an interesting religion where the beliefs and "truths" change with whomever is the elder at the time and what will be accepted in the society where they are. Even the founder, Joseph Smith, couldn't agree on what the "Holy Templets" said and he's the only one who supposedly read them!

    Answer by Laura2U at 7:55 PM on Sep. 21, 2010

  • Also, just a heads up. They are not Mormon. If any member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints(LDS...aka, Mormon) is found to be practicing polygamy there is a really good chance they will be excommunicated. The LDS Church has made several public statements letting people know that they have no affiliation with the FLDS at all.

    Answer by RheaF at 11:34 PM on Sep. 21, 2010

  • The way it started out was a welfare type thing. The women and children needed support. It did get twisted by some and it has changed from what it was. There are groups like th one in TX, but there are also those that do it in a way that it is healthy and makes every one involve happy.

    Answer by Alanaplus3 at 12:53 AM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • I am watching it now.. Good movie.

    Answer by candcsmom2008 at 3:38 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • I'm not LDS but I have many LDS friends and they cringe at movies like this. Basically, there are a gazillion members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS or Mormons) who live their lives, do their thing, and are just average folks just like the rest of us. Pretty boring, just like the rest of us. But then the media gets wind of a small, small, small, tiny, itty bitty sect that maybe 150 years ago (?) broke away from the LDS and formed their own branch, changed a lot of beliefs and practices, but still use many similar words, similar texts and have a similar name. So the media tries to portray them as the same, basically giving mormons a bad name, which I can just imagine how frustrating it is. Read about both groups so you can see how prejudiced people are against mainstream mormons thanks largely to what the FLDS does.

    Answer by TwoBrownDogs at 11:22 PM on Sep. 21, 2010