The Mormon Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints

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The Mormon religion was founded in the nineteenth century by a man named Joseph Smith. In 1890, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints banned the practice of polygamous marriages. As with many religions, when a main practice is resolved it can cause some parishioners to be upset. Some Mormons were not fond of the idea of dissolving the practice and moved to separate parts of the country to continue the practice. The most well known polygamous branch was given the name the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This group settled near the Arizona-Utah border (Andersen, 741). The group is mainly based in Colorado City and Hildale, Colorado (Urban, 62). The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day …show more content…
The Sacred Canopy is even pushed with the religion of Mormonism. The official spokeswoman for the Mormon Church, Kim Farah, wanted to make sure society understands that the Mormon Church does not condone polygamous marriage. Farah stated, “Polygamists cannot be Mormon. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not practice polygamy, and anyone found practicing polygamy is excommunicated; therefore they are not members of our faith,” (Cragun, Clingenpeel, & Nielsen, 95). The Mormon faith does not sympathize or recognize with the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints as part of Mormonism, however since it started as a sect of the Mormon religion society sees them as connected.
The main way they break the Sacred Canopy, and what they are most known for, is their use of polygamous marriages. Fundamentalists believe that the more wives you have, the more power you have. The second leader of the Mormon faith Brigham Young had fifty-five wives (utlm.org). In our society, it is accepted and expected that if a marriage is to be formed, it will be a monogamous marriage and if one of the two wishes to marry another, a divorce would be served first. The concept of plural marriage can confuse people, when you apply the concept into an actual marriage, it can create a lot of controversy and tension with that group and the rest of society.
This tension with society and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day
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