Mormon Fundamentalists: Background information when reading The Lonely Polygamist

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The Lonely Polygamist

by Brady Udall

The Lonely Polygamist
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Mormon Fundamentalists

Estimates of the number of Mormon fundamentalists residing in the western United States, Canada and Mexico range from 20,000 to 60,000 (compared with over 10 million mainstream Mormons worldwide). Although there are numerous sects, the largest two are the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church) and the Apostolic United Brethren (AUB). They each have 9,000 to 10,000+ members and both are headquartered in Utah, although the AUB also has a temple in Mexico. Not all sects espouse multiple marriage although many do. Exact numbers are hard to come by but it is thought that fewer than 15,000 are practicing polygamists.

Indeed, fundamentalist Mormons eschew the term "polygamy" as it implies multiple spouses, regardless of gender. Instead they favor the term "polygyny," meaning multiple wives. Even so, they rarely use either term, opting instead to refer to the practice as "The Principle" or "Celestial Marriage." In spite of the view that polygyny...

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