This is way more than you want to know, but if
you want to know about the Mo's,
you need to ask someone who lives Behind the
Romney is most certainly not a convert; his roots
go way back at least two generations
and maybe three or more. As someone else
wrote, the Romneys were such committed
polygamists that they left the country after
the Woodruff Manifesto of 1890, when the
Invisible Cloud Being told Church Prez Wilford
Woodruff that polygamy was no longer OK.
The fact that Utah would never be granted statehood
while it was official church doctrine
was just a coincidence, nothing to see here,
move along!, winkwink.
The fine print on that decision was that polygamy
was only banned inside the US; so church members,
like the Romneys, went to colonies in Canada
and Mexico so they could still do the deed. Utah became
a state in 1896, but it took two more Manifestos
(i.e., visits from the ICB), in 1900 and again in 1904,
before the church said that polygamy is not cool,
no where, no how, no when; no more polygamy!
Still, a lot of the zealots thought that the church
leaders had given in to the desire to become a state
and split off, forming a whole bunch of schismatic
sects, all the way from the ultra-violent Ervil Lebaron
and the even worse Lafferty brothers
to the most well-known, Warren Jeffs, who's
currently in jail on charges of arranging the
marriages of underaged girls to members of his cult,
the FLDS: Fundamentalist Church of JC of LDS.
Jeffs was the leader of the ones on the border
of Utah and Arizona, in the twin towns of Hildale
and Colorado City. But there are thousands
of them in Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Canada, and all over
the West, all of whom claim to be the true inheritors
of Joseph Smith's doctrine of polygamy,
abandoned by the mainstream church for crass
political reasons. So when your other correspondent
says that the polygamists in Utah and Arizona
are not Mo's, that's really putting a fine point on it.
If you asked them, they would say that not only
are they Mo's, they are the true Mo's,
not the doddering old geezers in Armani suits
in the Tower of Power down on North Temple street.
And officially, in the Book of Mormon and all
the other standard texts, polygamy is still a sacred
doctrine, to be practiced after you die and go
to the Celestial Kingdom.
Hmmm, I'll start with Lindsay Lohan, Jessical
Alba, Cameron Diaz...
I always say the only visit from the Invisible
Cloud Being to the Mo's that had more of an impact was
the one about 1973 or so, when he said to church
prez Spencer Kimball (known to the heathens as
Helmet Head) that hey! black people were real
people after all, and by the way, recruit some of them
for the BYU football team. The BYU team
was a real joke before that, but became a national powerhouse
after they started recruiting black players,
which was not a possibility before Spence had his vision.
Coincidence? We report, you decide.
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