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I have written posts about the child abuse crisis and child brides in polygamous colonies. The fact is that too many children are badly abused in the US today and that a child abuse crisis exists and is growing outside of the polygamous colonies that compound the child abuse crisis. In polygamy, young girls from 12 to 18 are forced into marriage with older men as most of the women in a colony have already been chosen. Thus the men look to girls to fill their harems due to the lack of women in the colony and this results in a child abuse crisis. These girls lose the experiences that normal teenagers have, such as dating, schooling and other teenage activities. Plus they are pushed into sexual situations they are not prepared for and suffer early pregnancies that could be life-threatening and which they are not physically or emotionally prepared for. Simply a sexual child abuse crisis. 

Now, back to the child abuse crisis in the world outside of polygamy.  This problem is made more aware of us thru nightly TV broadcasts and professional literature.  The growing evidence of child abuse reveals new, alarming, and distinct patterns of familial relationships that contribute greatly to this problem. Studies show that along with a continual rise in child abuse incidents there has been an increase in the number of children born out of wedlock and abandoned by their fathers as well as an increase in the number of children affected by divorce. Now in addition to poverty, the rising incidence of child abuse can be linked to one more factor, whether a child’s parents are married.

The main underlying cause of the child abuse crisis, the breakdown of marriage and the commitment of love, is spreading like cancer in poor communities to working-class communities.  Social Scientists and community leaders trying to stop the spread of this cancer must focus their attention on the most upsetting byproduct of family disintegration, the child abuse crisis, maiming and even death of infants and young children, about 2000 of whom [6 per day] die each year in the USA.

 A British study confirms that a child is most safe when his biological parents are married and least safe when the mother is cohabiting with a man other than her husband.  The family Court Reporter Survey for England and Wales shows concrete evidence that children are 20 to 33 times safer with their biological parents than in other family configurations or groups.  Society views child abuse as one of the most abhorrent of behaviors. Unfortunately, it often remains hidden until it is too late to help the child’s life or repair the damage.  The child abuse crisis can be broken down into four major areas, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect.  

The effects of abuse are more readily noticed with signs such as broken bones, bruises, scars, cigarette burns, swollen faces and drastic changes in behavior.  Few see the signs of neglect in the passive child who is rarely talked to at home, who may be locked up and left unfed, unclothed and unwashed for long periods of time and has to fend for himself.  This is at the core of the child abuse crises.

Neglect can have even deeper and longer-lasting consequences than physical abuse. The neglected child is treated as if he or she were not there, or as if the parent or parents wished he were not there. By contrast, the physically abused children are frequently cared for in other ways by their abusers.  They are given food, clothing, playthings and even enjoy good times with others in the family.  

Sexual abuse or molestation may start with grooming. The molester makes friends with the child and tries to gain the confidence of the child. Gifts may be offered such as candy, etc. and secrets may be exchanged. The molester may be a close relative such as a grandfather, uncle or a stepfather or even a friend of the father or mother. A boyfriend of the mother could be a molester. I have had some experience with child molesters.  

 A girl I know had a two-year-old child and married a man who was ultra-religious. The man was fond of the child and very attentive to the child showing his affections. When the girl was 14 a neighbor lady noticed blood on the child’s clothing and called the police. The molesting had been going on for several years.  This had a devastating effect on the girl’s life.

I also had a friend who had a 12-year-old daughter who was a cheerleader, popular and cute.  My friend had another friend who was a fellow church leader with him.  The friend was friendly with the daughter and visited their home frequently.  One day the daughter disappeared and was found in Mexico three months later with the male friend.  This also had a devastating effect on the daughter’s life.  You can read more about these girls experience on this website.  Child molesting     – Child Abuse Crisis

I do not understand why a man would abuse or molest his own child or anyone else’s child.  Why anyone would lower himself to abuse a child is beyond me.  My suggestion is to get to know your child or children so that you can prevent a child abuse crisis at home.  Talk to them and gain their confidence.  Let them know they can confide in you and there will be no punishment.  They can tell you if someone touches them in inappropriate places.  Know the friends and associates and their doings and get to know the adults in their lives.

Should you be interested in polygamy you can learn more by reading the authors award-winning Pulitzer book, ‘THE POWER OF POLYGAMY.’



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Most polygamy cults or groups practicing polygamy in the USA sprang from religion. The early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or more commonly known by its nickname, the Mormon Church, was a springboard for many of the groups. Two of the most difficult periods for the Mormon Church was when the Practice of polygamy began and when the Practice was ended. It was very difficult for the early Mormons to accept the Practice of polygamy as most of the early converts came from Puritan stock that later was labeled by the public as polygamy cults. When Joseph Smith the Prophet and organizer of the Church revealed the purported revelation to the early church leaders, many found it difficult to accept and only after soul-searching prayer were they able to accept the Principal. Joseph’s wife Emma was a dissenter and never fully accepted the revelation on polygamy. The church leaders kept the practice hidden from the public due to its label as polygamy cults and it wasn’t until the Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 that the Church openly practiced polygamy.

Likewise, it was just as difficult a time period for the early Mormons when the Practice was ended. Because of the persecution coming from other Christian religions and the US Government declaring that if the Practice was not ended the Government would seize the properties owned by the Church, including LDS temples, the President of the Church issued a proclamation to church members to stop taking on additional wives. This happened in 1890 and was known as the Manifesto. He also stated that he had received a revelation from the Lord, showing him what would happen to the Church if the Practice was not ended. Some church leaders continued solemnizing polygamous marriages and were eventually excommunicated. Some members went to Mexico to avoid prosecution for fear of the polygamy cults label. It wasn’t until around 1900 and after a 2nd Manifesto, that the Practice was officially stopped and members practicing polygamy were excommunicated. Some Mormons would not accept the Manifesto declaring the end of Polygamy in the Church and they separated from the Church and formed groups with their own leaders.



Prior to the year 1930, a man named Lorin Wooley came forward and announced that he was present at a meeting at the home of John Wooley along with several other men, and President John Taylor, who was there to discuss a proposal on polygamy. This was in September of 1886. Lorin said sometime after 9 PM he was attracted by a light coming from under President Taylor’s door and he heard 3 voices talking.  The next morning President Taylor announced he had been visited by Joseph Smith and the Lord. He was commissioned to place those men that were present under oath to defend the Principal of polygamy with their lives. He then sat down and wrote the revelation he had received on polygamy. Church leaders declared that they had never seen such a signed revelation from President Taylor. Allegedly 5 men were ordained to carry forth the Principal of polygamy and to ordain others to carry on the work. When Loren Wooley came forth with this revelation the others ordained to carry on this work had passed on, so there were no witnesses to this event.  Also, none of these men ever mentioned this event while they were living. Fundamentalists claim that Joseph Musser received this same authority from one of these 5 men.  Musser said on May 14, 1929, he was ordained a High Priest Apostle by a High Priest Apostle. This was a new office originating from the Fundamentalists. Fundamentalists claim that the Senior High Priest Apostle is the President of the Priesthood.  This office of President of the Priesthood is a different office than the President of the Church. The Fundamentalists split the office of the Church President into the President of the Priesthood and the President of the Church. In a way, Fundamentalists say that the Church abandoned polygamy but the Priesthood did not abandon the Practice which justifies their position.  The FLDS became known as one of the most extreme polygamy cults.

The present-day Church does not recognize the Fundamentalists as part of the Church and in fact, any members found practicing polygamy are excommunicated and considered apostates. The Mormon Church use to be called a polygamous cult, but with over 16 million members and being the 4th or 5th largest church in the US and the fastest growing Christian church it could hardly be considered a polygamous cult by today’s standards. 

Most of the polygamous groups that broke off from the Mormon Church claim their authority to perform polygamous marriages from Lorin Wooley and his successors. The largest of these groups is known as the FLDS Church, headed by Warren Jeffs. Jeffs is presently serving a prison sentence for marrying and giving in marriage underage girls. There are over 10,000 members with the largest group of polygamy cults living in the twin border towns of Colorado City and Centennial Park City on the Utah Arizona border and is known as one of the largest polygamy cults in the country. When Musser passed away there were two men claiming his authority. One was LeRoy Johnson a member of the Council of Seven, the leadership group of the FLDS Church and Rulon C Allred who was Musser’s naturopathic physician and supposedly picked by Musser to follow him. The group split up with Johnson heading the larger group and remaining in Colorado City and the others following Rulon C Allred, with there headquarters in Bluffdale, Utah. The latter group became known as the Apostolic United Brethren Church.

Two other main but lesser groups are the Kingstons in Davis County, Utah, and the LeBarons and  Church of the Firstborn.

In my next blog, I will try and give some information on the organization and some of their teachings that differ them from the Mormon Church.



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The first wife usually runs the family and decides who will sleep with the husband and when in regard to polygamy wives relationships. An old man or the leader of the polygamous group decides who will marry who and when. Don’t think that money does not have anything to do with who marries who when it comes to polygamy wives relationships. The prophet or leader of the group gives the best looking and more desireable women to the men that give the most money to the group or leader. If you cannot afford to donate money to the group or leader you may get a second wife who is an overweight woman who is past her child bearing years which can lead to a very lonely life with polygamy wives. Also giving service to the group may entitle one to a more desireable woman.

The largest polygamous group is in Utah and is known as the FLDS Church, run by Warren Jeffs, who is in prison serving a life sentence for marrying underage girls and child polygamy wives. This group or Church was started aroud 1930 by x members of the Mormon Church who had either been excommunicated for practicing polygamy or had left the Church because the Church abandonned the Practice of Polygamy in the early 1900s. There are other break off groups from the Mormon Church as well as other Christian groups that practice polygamy.

Many people believe that sex is the main attraction to polygamy. One sister wife in Mississppi said we do not get much actual sex. She goes on to say we all live in the same house. We have a bunk-bed double on the bottom and single on the top. The Husband, first wife and the “ON” wife sleep on the bottom and the other two “OFF” wives sleep on the top. They find this set up very intimate as they are all sleeping in the same bed and can hear sexual activity when it happens.

She describes relationships between the sister wives as quite good. The first wife is the main force in the household and will settle most of the disputes between the wives without involving the husband. There are jealousies which are inevitable within any group of women living closely together and sharing the same husband. Their husband trys to be fair to each of them, but they all have their ideas as to what is fair.

With regards to sex they each have one week with the husband, but the first wife also has saturdays. They each have one week less saturdays to sleep with the husband and sex usually happens 2 or 3 times a week. So each wife has sex 2 or 3 times a month. They don’t find this totally satisfying but are okay with it. Physical relationships between wives is not permitted in their religion, so there is no touching or kissing in bed or at any other time between sister wives. As for sex,she says they do not get very much actual sex, our husband entering us, but he does work very hard and sometimes quite late so a wife cannot expect him to perform every night. The downside is the sex, not the quality, but the quantity. As the husband takes additional wives the quantity will lessen. She says the wives get no say in how many wives the husband has, but they do get a big say in who joins them as a sister wife. 

One reporter who was allowed to enter a polygamous home in Arizona to interview the three wives, reported that the 2nd and 3rd wives were happy in the relationships or so they claimed. The first wife opened up and admitted that things were not as they seemed. This wife had her husband to herself for 17 years and then started to lose her youth and her looks when her husband began to look for a 2nd wife. This wife struck the reporter as kind, but a little withdrawn. She is now 63 and said she and her husband raised their children until suddenly he wanted to take on another wife. His decision to take on another wife when she was beginning to loose her youth and looks was utterly devastating to her. The wife spoke softly saying thay were married for 17 years and when the second wife came around it was really tough for her. She doesn’t agree when others say there is no jealousy. She would walk into the living room and see her husband with his arm around the other wife and feel just sick and her heart would begin to pound. She would say to herself why did I have to walk into the room just now and see that. This is a bitterness that she has lived with for 15 years and having to swallow her emotions when a younger third wife arrived. The reporter found it hard to imagine the pain of this woman when she watched her husband impregnate these younger wives time and time again. The first wife also told the reporter that she has suffered terrible depression for the past 15 years. It was only 3 years ago that she faced a near terminal illness and was nursed back to health by her sister wives and the bitterness began to fade. This was the only wife that was interviewed who was honest enough to admit that jealousy, despair and depression are the inevitable fallout when a husband takes on other wives and shares them all sexually and emotionally.

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Polygamy'S Impact

Muslims around the world and members of the FLDS ( fundamentalist Mormons) practice polygamy both legally and illegally. The first part of this essay focuses on polygamy and gender inequality. 


Through out history there has been male domination in all societies except in a few matriarchal societies. Men argue that women are inferior to men. A women does not have the strength of the male, nor the competence, therefore she is inferior and not considered equal to a man. Therefore it is in a woman’s interest to allow a man, whether it is her father, husband, or brother, to determine her future.

Women face discrimination in many forms. In the workplace they receive less pay than a man in the same position. Positions and promotions are not as favorable for women. In many countries around the world the laws have been formed to suppress women’s rights.  In some countries women are not able to seek divorce for physical abuse, unless there is an eyewitness that can testify on her behalf. 

In addition to this, women and teenage girls are discriminated against because of their age, looks, weight, height, and whether they are dressed appropriately and their level of education. 


In the Islamic world, discrimination is often justified by old Islamic traditions. Children often go to the male after a divorce and in some countries if a native woman marries a foreigner the child does not have the right of being a citizen of the woman’s country. 

A study in Nigeria identified 5 reasons for men to have more than one wife, because having more than one wife allows the husband to:  1- have the many children the male desires;  2- it would heighten his prestige and boost his ego among his peers;   3- enhance the males status in the community;  4- ensure a sufficient number of laborers for farm work, household work, etc;  5- satisfy the males sexual urges. 

Another reason is to increase the household income. These are the main reasons in addition to other reasons.  


Because there are many different Muslim cultures inside and outside of the USA with differing problems created by living in polygamy I have chosen to  list the major problems that are common in all groups as well as also listing problems created in the FLDS  group and other US groups practicing polygamy.

One of the biggest negatives for a boy or any child, is if the father has two or more wives and more than 10 children it is difficult to remember the child’s name and the father will usually say, “who is your mother?” There is not much of a relationship between the fathers and their children. It is really important for the boys to have a role model. This is true with the Muslims and the FLDS. Even the relationships with the mothers is strained and fleeting because of the number of children and additional wives in the home. There is also competition between the children for the attention from the father and mother. The wives also compete for attention from the husband.

For girls, if there is a divorce the children usually go with the father, which means they loose the relationship with the natural mother and usually end up being raised by a step mother who cares little for the child. The child, if a stepchild, could become a bride in waiting for the stepfather. In the FLDS community the children usually remain with the parent that stays in the community. If a woman leaves the community with a child every effort will be made to find the child and to return the child to the polygamous community. 

The children receive little schooling and are used as laborers in the field and home usually without any pay. They are also given little time to socialize with each other and the boys and girls are usually kept apart in the FLDS community. In the FLDS community children are indoctrinated into the faith and are usually kept from learning anything about the evil outside world.

Polygamy’s impact on the FLDS critics and have been investigated for child abuse because their leader, Warren Jeffs, has been quoted as saying, “if a girl wants to play with a doll give her a baby and if a boy wants to ride a bicycle give him a shovel.”  Girls as young as 12 have been forced to marry an older man, sometimes even a stepfather. Girls generally are not given a choice as to when they will marry or to whom.

Polygamy’s impact on Child labor and laws are broken continually by the FLDS and robbing the children of their childhood. The majority of the children being victimized are hidden from view and beyond the reach of law enforcement. Many off the children are denied basic health care, education, adequate nutrition,  and protection and security. Children who work full time and do not attend schools are prevented from developing necessary cognitive skills. Young children who are forced to work for free instead of receiving an education will continue working like slaves for the rest of their lives, essentially brainwashed without opportunity to improve their lives. Not only is child labor problematic because it robs a child of their education, but working can impact a child’s social development because they spend more time working than engaging with peers in social play, learning how to interact properly.   


In addition, effects on living in polygamy in the FLDS community for women involve child bearing. At present there is a seed bearer ritual in the FLDS group which does not allow a man to have sex with any of his wives. A seed bearer is an elect man of worthy bloodline chosen by the Priesthood to impregnate the FLDS women. Under this new doctrine the men are no longer permitted to have children with their multiple wives. That privilege belongs to the seed bearer. While the seed bearer does his duty the husband is required to sit in the room holding his wife’s hand while the seed bearer, or couple of seed bearers rape his wife. The seed bearer does wear a hood.

Also in a disciplinary action, a man can be banned from the church and his wives and children can be reassigned to another man. At the present time the leader of the FLDS church is serving a life sentence in prison for marrying and giving in marriage, 12 year old girls. 

 If you would like to know more about the negative effects of polygamy on women and children, I would suggest looking at the article on the internet where much of the above information was gathered. ‘The Negative Impact of Polygamy on Women and Children in Mormon and Islamic Cultures.’  Natali Exposito. There is much more information on this subject in the article, particularly with the Muslim Culture.  Click here

If you would like to know more about the FLDS, their beliefs, child abuse and the Practice of Polygamy in the USA, click here to read the authors award winning Pulitzer prize nominated book, ‘Power of Polygamy’, by Dr. Carole A. Western.

AUTHOR& & TEACHER /Dr. Carole A. Western


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SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE CHILD, a quote from the Bible. How should this be interpreted? 

Outside the child abuse polygamy generates, other religious followers also harm children.  In 2014 a woman in Indiana was charged with child abuse for beating her 7 year old son with a coat hanger and leaving over 30 bruises. She claimed she was only following her beliefs garnered from her evangelical teachings and that she was protected under Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. As justification for her behavior, court documents cited the Old Testament book of Proverbs claiming that a parent who spares the rod, spoils the child.

Some conservatives speak about religious liberty as if it is the ultimate trump card. Even if the law prohibits such acts or deems it discriminatory, they say, religious persons should be exempt if the law conflicts with their beliefs the same as related to child abuse polygamy.  

Does religious freedom have limits? If so, then surely child abuse exceeds those limits. The lady was correct that the Bible often encourages physical discipline as cited in the above scripture. Unsurprisingly, Evangelical Christians support spanking children at a higher rate than the general population.  

But what is a spanking and when does it cross the line? Many parents feel that a slap on the hand or rear is okay, but what about a belt whip or 10 belt whips? What about a whipping with a coat hanger instead of a belt? What about using anything that leaves a bruise or a whelt on the skin? Some feel that punishment should not be administered in anger. S0 what about the notion that a parent should not spank until one is calm, cool and collective. Is there anything in the Bible that talks about punishment not being carried out in anger?

My feelings are that if any discipline is administered it should not leave cuts, bruises or whelts and that the punishment should not be carried out in anger. Also a greater amount of love should be shown towards the child after the discipline lest the child consider you an enemy.

If you would like additional information on disciplining children and religion I would suggest reading the article on religion and child abuse by this author.



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YOU HAVE NEVER READ ANTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE! Hi, this is Professor Carole Western. My book The Power of Polygamy was written to cover most of the main polygamist groups, what they believe and how they live. The book was written in 2014. Most polygamy books are written by women who have lived or escaped from one of these communities. I wanted to make sure you saw this religion for what it is, a group of different religious sects with different leaders, rules and beliefs.

THE POWER OF POLYGAMY is a revision of my former book ‘Inside the World of Warren Jeffs’, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  One of the reasons it was nominated besides the content, was because it was a very dangerous undercover operation. Going undercover into these groups and speaking to polygamist women was very risky. In Short Creek for example, I entered hidden in the bed of a truck with a tarp covering me. It was a sweltering day of over 105 degrees. I found a woman who was not a polygamist but was related and aware of polygamy child brides, but who was allowed to visit her sister two times a year. I begged to go along with her. I knew it was risky and there were plenty of men in town carrying weapons. I also knew, if I was caught I could be in real trouble. One of my biggest surprises was how unhappy the ‘spiritual’ (concubine) wives were. They felt degraded by the ‘first’ wife’ and ignored by their husbands until it came to “breeding nights”. All ‘breeding’ night visits were arranged by the ‘first wife’. She kept a calendar of each woman’s ovulations dates. The only other time they saw their husband was for family study nights and punishment. Punishment could range from refusal to do something the ‘first’ wife requested or just voicing a divergent opinion. Some of the punishments were harsh, such as whippings and beatings. Even a minor infraction of the family ‘law’could put a woman in line for punishment. I realize there is a polygamist series on TV which makes polygamy seem a more acceptable lifestyle, but that is not an average polygamist family. Well, it wouldn’t be of course, who would want to watch a series of misery, cruelty, jealousy and child abuse? Now, I cannot swear every man is bedding 12-14 year old girls, but even a handful in each group is more than enough. However, incest rears its ugly head in polygamy child brides, and appears to be an integral part of their lifestyle. It is said that every person in Short Creek is related by blood to every other person in town. Another situation which is also sickening, is men sending their sons away when they become teenagers. This is so they will not be able to compete with their fathers and grandfathers for wives. Presently, Warren Jeffs has forbidden couples in Short Creek to have marital relations, and so few babies have been born. One man told me they have sold many of their cribs and baby clothes because they are not needed anymore. Many members have left the cult because of this new commandment. I also heard rumors Warren Jeffs selected a few men he considered “pure” to impregnate all the young girls. I thought that was a weird idea, until one of the men I met from Short Creek said he knew about it, and a Dr. at Dixie Medical Center said he had delivered babies from 12 year old girls who were pregnant. Unfortunately, most of the babies died. Regardless of what religion, men who like children are pedophiles and THERE IS NO CURE. They might go straight for a while, but they always return to bothering young children. Right now, I am very upset that Warren Jeffs with a 110 year sentence in prison is allowed to meet with the counselors of his church and still run his church. If my church leader abandoned me and fled in disguise with packets of money, I would not take him back. Jeffs behavior is strange as he aspires to believe in Joseph Smith who did not flee, but returned to martyr himself for his beliefs after polygamy child brides. I am surprised that his church members still feel he’s a prophet, after he abandoned them and was caught pretending to be someone else, wearing disguises and carrying packets of credit cards and money. After all the illegal things Jeff’s has done with polygamy child brides and memebers trust, if he was released, they would take him back as their leader with open arms. Now, something I am also angry about, is the fact that WE, THE TAXPAYERS, have to pay for the Spiritual wives and their children that result from polygamy child brides. They obtain Welfare, WIC, child support, medical support, etc. illegally. This polygamy child brides must stop!  Our economy cannot afford to spend millions on people who choose to go on Welfare; when we have more pressing problems in our country with which to deal. Some will say, we have women in our regular communities who have children without fathers and are on Welfare. However, there is a huge difference between a Welfare mother having children; (statistics prove the most they ever have is 4 children) and polygamist women who are expected to deliver a child every 18 months. This means a man with 4 or more wives can have dozens of children in a few years, all of which, we must support. Our cost for their lifestyle, runs into Millions of dollars each year. Now that Gay Marriage has passed in so many States, can polygamy be far behind? Gay couples at least pay their share. Polygamists don’t! We need to be mindful of polygamy as it becomes a subject of discussion, and it will. For those who feel Polygamy will eventually fade away, unfortunately, it has existed in America for at least 100 years. Long before fundamental polygamists, there were polygamous Native Americans and people from other cultures and countries living this lifestyle. All these people feel that to reach their great reward with God, or to become Gods themselves, they must have more than one wife and huge families. This puts a great financial burden on the rest of us. I already know some of you will not agree with me, a few may agree, and many polygamists will be angered by my suggestion that they pay their own way. Polygamists truly believe GOD CREATED THE WELFARE SYSTEM, SO THEY COULD KEEP PRACTICING POLYGAMY, WHICH THEY CONSIDER A COMMAND FROM GOD. I’m sure you realize it is impossible to argue with people who believe they are doing what God wants. Still, as the Welfare System totters near the brink of bankruptcy; will God give us an influx of money on their behalf, or will they have to tighten their belts like the rest of us?




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Child Brides On the Utah /Arizona border there are twin polygamous towns called Hillsdale and Colorado City, formerly known as Short Creek. The polygamous group is known as the FLDS Church and is run by Warren Jeffs who is accepted by the group as a Prophet and spokesman for the Lord. Warren is currently serving a life prison sentence for marrying and giving in marriage young girls. Warren was sentenced for marrying a 12 and a 14 year old girl. CHILD BRIDES

What is life like for girls growing up in this community? Doomed to be child brides.

The girls of the FLDS are brought up to be married off at the earliest possible age to be child brides. The Elders pick husbands for them, usually polygamous men who are much older than they. Sometimes these girls are not even aware they are to be married until the day of the marriage. They are given no choice as to whom or when they marry. Some of these girls are as young as 12 years and some are married to men old enough to be their grandfathers. Some even marry their stepfathers.

Many of the boys are expelled from the colony to remove the competition for the young girls. These boys with little education are dropped off in the dessert to fend for themselves. They have little or no knowledge of the outside world and may end up as prostitutes or selling drugs to care for themselves.  

These polygamous children are brought up in a secluded, deprived environment. They are given minimal educational opportunities, don’t watch TV, listen to radio, nor go to movies. They are taught that outsiders are satanic and to be avoided. They are very ignorant of the outside world and are taught that forced marriages to older men is normal. They have little or no self esteem.

There are groups that try to rescue women and girls from the community. When a girl tries to run and is stopped the polygamists isolate them away and re-educate them. They may even be moved to another polygamous colony in an other State. When a girl is successful in escaping from the community the polygamists fight very hard to get these girls back. They use threats, intimidation and other methods to get them back. They even have a legal firm on retainer that is used to manipulate the legal system.

From his jail cell Warren jeffs has recently ordered a procreation ritual that married men and their wives are to have no sexual relations. When a woman is ovulating, men ordained as seed bearers are sent to the home to have sex with the wife. The man wears a hood over his face to protect his identity and the husband is forced to be in the room to watch and hold his wifes hand while she is being raped.  

It will be interesting to see what effects this new ritual will have on polygamy in this community. It is hard to envision a man wanting to take on more wives and children without the benifit of being the actual father and having relations with his wives. 



RAPE Polygamist Prophet SEED BEARERS

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RAPE – Warren Jeffs’ polygamist cult forced men to watch ‘seed bearers’ rape their wives in ‘ritualistic procreation’.


The FLDS polygamist cult led by an imprisoned child rapist banned its men from fathering children and instead forced RAPE POLYGAMYthe men to watch as their wives were raped by ‘seed bearers’.

The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is a breakoff from the Mormon or Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Church. The Mormon Church abandoned polygamy in the late 1900s in order to stop persecution and to become a State of the Union. Those who would not accept the end of polygamy left the Church or were eventually excommunicated and formed groups outside the Church. The largest group known as the FLDS, is led by Warren Jeffs, who is presently serving a life sentence for sexually assaulting his child brides.  In one of the most questioned practices, Jeffs has ordained RAPE BY ‘seed bearers’to engage in “ritualistic procreation,” this was done after forbading husbands and wives from touching each other. It is said that the no contact rule was so strict, a couple could not even shake hands and that any form of contact from sex to hugs, could be considered adultry under church rules.  BUT,POLYGAMISTS LEADERS ALLOW RAPE OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN.

One church sister said that Church Elders selected seed bearers from men that had worthy bloodlines. She also said that it was the husbands responsibility to hold the hands of their wives while the seed bearer spreads his seeds. In other words the husband is required to sit in the room while the seed bearer rapes his wife or wives.

FLDS men are no longer permitted to have children with their wives. That privilege belongs to the seed bearer alone. The sex act is considered a ritualistic procreation performed on a ritualistic bed-slash-alter.

Warren Jeffs was convicted of sex assault in 2011 for raping two church girls ages 12 and 15. He was sentenced for life behind bars.

I question this practice and whether this will stop husbands and wives from having relations or how long it will be before the husbands give into their sexual urges. I also question how long Jeffs will hold to this practice and what effect this will have on the growth of the FLDS cult and the growth of polygamy under this practice. It seems to me that for men polygamy would not be that enticing with the sex being removed. Who would want to take on extra wives without the sexual part of marriage. This could be a downer for polygamy.


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Polygamy Girls Impact Child brides who are underage and not legal brides or women. Child brides face huge challenges as a result of being married as children. Isolated, often with their freedom curtailed, polygamy girls 

frequently feel disempowered and deprived of their fundamental rights to health, education and safety. Neither are they physically nor emotionally ready to become wives or mothers. Polygamy Girls who become Child brides  are at a greater risk of experiencing dangerous complications in pregnancy and childbirth. They are at risk of contacting AIDS and suffering domestic violence. Polygamy Girls are often forced into marriage at ages 13-15 and sometimes earlier, with no choice of a husband and usually to an older man four times their age. With little access to education and economic opportunities, they and their families are more likely to live in poverty. Communities and nations also feel the impact of polygamous marriages and polygamy girls impact child brides.


The basic structue of polygamy is authoritarian and secretive. The men who practice it believe they have the authority to govern and control their wives and children. Polygamous groups are referred to as cults because they are usually a small or narrow circle of persons united by devotion or allegiance to some program or system of beliefs generally accepted as unothodox. There are certain elements of cults such as (1) doctrinal teachings and practices, which  because of their emotional, physical or sexual nature would be judged as harmful (2) cooertion or force by leaders to ensure complience with rules of the society (3) secrecy to preserve isolation and prevent influence from the outside.


All contol belongs to a central figure usually referred to as ‘the prophet’. The cental figure in the marriage is the husband. The child is responible to his/her father and he in turn is responsible to the prophet. The prophet, through the father, controls when and to whom the polygamy girls will marry, the places where the child will work and for how long. Also, how much education the children receive and for what purpose. The children’s status is also determined by the prophet as well as the town and house they will live in. In a polygamous cult, the prophet can take a child’s father or mother away and reassign him or her to new parents if he chooses. He can also determine the rules of the society in which his followers live, and change them at will without any explanation.

For example, in the FLDS cult headquartered in Colorado City on the Utah Arizona border, at the present time men are not allowed to have sex with their wives. This is due to the fact that their leader Warren Jeffs is in prison due to marrying underage polygamy girls to himself and others. Becuse he is unable to have sex with any of his wives he has ordered others in his group cannot have sex with their spouses. He has set apart a group of men to have sex with the wives in the group when they are ovulating to ensure pregnancy. The men wear hoods so they cannot be recognized and the husband must watch the whole procedure.  These men are known as seed bearers.

Also in order to make sure the men in the community have access to finding additional wives, young boys in the community are expelled from the community. This way there is little competition for men to marry young polygamy girls. The men look to the young polygamy girls because most of the older polygamy girls are already married due to polygamous practices.  Polygamous men have to look to the young girls or find a wife in the outside world and convert her. Meanwhile, the boys with no experience in the outside world and little experience or education are dropped off in the desert to fend for themselves. They often turn to prostitution or drug dealing in order to support themselves.

Independant thinking and outside information are shunned. The followers should not think independantly or be exposed to outside information as that might lead them away from the true path as outlined by the prophet. The fathers in the group are to be respected but the mothers are only to be obeyed if they are in perfect harmony with the father and the prophet. A child should never seek information other than what is offered by the leader, and this is to be accepted implicitly. In fact children are not given information pertaining to the outside world. No free expression is allowed if it is different than what the leaders teach.  Also relationships with others outside the cult are prohibited. There are no exceptions to this as children are not allowed to see any family members outside the cult. Most literature is prohibited and all other races and belief systems have no value, and therefore there is no need to learn about them.

If you would like to know more about polygamy girls, the lifestyle, beliefs and origin I would suggest reading the authors best selling and pulitzer nominated book, “THE POWER OF POLYGAMY”. Click here to preview or purchase the Ebook on Amazon by clicking the book cover below. Also there are other blogs dealing with polygamy.



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There are extremely young  girls in this country, child brides arranged marriage who are forced into marriage and given CHILD BRIDES ARRANGED MARRIAGEno choice of when or whom to marry. This is true, particularly among the religious polygamous sects in Utah, Ariona and surrounding states. The largest of such groups is the one ruled by Warren Jeffs, with it’s headquarters on the Utah Arizona border commonly referred to as Short Creek or Colorado City. Warren is presently seving a prison term for marrying young underage girls and for giving young girls in marriage to others, child brides arranged marriage usually to older men who are known for serving Warren faithfully without complaints. The Warren Jeffs group is known as the FLDS or Fundamentalist Latter-day Saints Church, a breakoff group from the Mormon Church. When the Mormon Church abandonned the Practice of Polygamy in the 1890s, those who would not accept the new ruling left the Church or were eventually excommunicated and later formed new groups such as the FLDS.  Another such group is the Apostolic Brethren Group in Bluffdale, Utah a suburb of Salt Lake City. The FLDS group is more known for marrying off young girls. Should you want to know more about these groups and their beliefs I would suggest the authors award winning and Pulitzer nominated book, THE POWER OF POLYGAMY, at Amazon.  CLICK BOOK COVER BELOW


CHILD BRIDES ARRANGED MARRIAGEThe control of sex and sexuality are at the heart of marriage and thus early and child marriage. Underlying the practice  of CEFM (child, early and forced marriage) is the control of women  and girl’s lives by families and communities, particularly the control of their sexual and reproductive lives.

Poverty has long been said to be the foremost reason for CEFM. But if this is the case then why are not boys getting married earlier same as girls? Sexuality and gender are central concerns of early and child marriage. Yet these issues are not explored.

The social and cultural construction of sexuality and its emphasis on subordination, determines when and whom girls marry, as well as many conditions of marital life for girls and women.

Decisions about sexuality, relationships and reproduction are some of the most important an individual can make. CEFM prevents millions of girls from making these decisions for themselves. In fact , marrying a girl simply transfers the control of her sexuality to others. Fathers and other family members are replaced by husbands and in-laws, who assess a girl in terms of the physical and reproductive labor she brings to the new family. They believe that a girl does not have the right to make sexual decisions.

Why are families so into the close management of a girl’s sexuality. More than any other group, girls identity and lifes choices are defined by expectations regarding their sexual roles and behavior. The proper management  of these roles can often determine a girl’s success in life.

Parents often cite fear of premarital sex, pregnancy out of wedlock and sexual violence as reasons for marrying girls as children, as any of these reasons could bring shame upon a girl and her family.


Power of Polygamy: a/k/a/ Inside the World of Warren Jeffs Revised Edition by [Western, Dr. Carole A.]