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Polygamy Then & Now

Church Historian for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Elder Marlin K. Jensen responds to an insidious article by New York Times writer Timothy Egan who claims that the modern day practice of polygamy by the FLDS church mirrors that of the 19th-century LDS church, on May 5, 2008:

"In the April 23, 2008 online-edition of The New York Times, Timothy Egan wrote a post on the Outposts blog claiming that the way polygamy is practiced today by members of the FLDS sect in Eldorado, Texas is the same as it was practiced by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in the 19th century. While most people know that Mormons abandoned the practice of polygamy at the end of the 19th century, it's also important to understand that the conditions surrounding the practice of polygamy in Texas today bear little resemblance to the plural marriage practiced by Mormons more than a century ago. In fact, a closer look at history contradicts the simple reduct…