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  1. I just finished the novel The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff this past weekend, which was a really well researched story of an escapee from a fundamentalist Mormon cult returning to his home to help solve a murder case. The book also includes somewhat fictionalized passages written from the perspective of Ann Eliza Young, the 19th Wife of Brigham Young. Reading this book prompted me to look up the real Ann Eliza, who actually left Mormonism and divorced Brigham Young very publicly in the 1870s, and wrote a book called Wife no. 19, the Story of a Life in Bondage. I realized the book was free on the Google play store and so I started reading it. Apparently Ann Eliza is a pretty contentious figure in the LDS church, and many people consider her book to be somewhat unreliable and her story sensationalized, which it likely was to some extent, but not nearly to the level the church claimed. Brigham Young's crew did all they could to drag her though the mud. The book itself is a pretty dense read, largely due to the time it was written, but definitely has some interesting tidbits about life as a Mormon wife in polygamy as well as the power of Brigham Young in the community. I thought it was interesting that even on the digitized format of the book you can see how controversial of a figure she is. Someone wrote at the top "This book can be entirely disproved!" to which someone else replied "by who?" Here's the link to the e-book on Google books in case anyone is interested: https://books.google.com/books/about/Wife_No_19.html?id=0ngFAAAAQAAJ Just wondering if anyone else had read this piece or had any thoughts about Ann-Eliza.
  2. I'm always looking for a good book by former members of the FLDS and other groups of Fundamental Mormonism, and it seems like I'm always missing some. So I thought, with the help of fellow FJers, we could compile a list? I'll start with all the ones I know, then I'd love for others to have a running list, especially as new books are released. Escape - Carolyn Jessop Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamist Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs - Elissa Wall Lost Boy - Brent W. Jeffs Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faiths - Jon Krakauer Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints - Sam Brower Triumph - Carolyn Jessop The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice - Rebecca Musser Church of Lies - Flora Jessop When Men Become Gods: Mormon Polygamist Warren Jeffs, His Cult of Fear, and the Women Who Fought Back - Stephen Singular Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife - Irene Spencer Answer Them Nothing: Bringing Down the Polygamous Empire of Warren Jeffs - Debra Weyermann Secrets and Wives: The Hidden World of Mormon Polygamy - Sanjiv Bhattacharya Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement - Irene Spencer The Sound of Gravel - Ruth Wariner Predators, Prey, and Other Kinfolk: Growing Up in Polygamy - Dorothy Allred Solomon Love Times Three: Our True Story of a Polygamous Marriage - Joe Darger Keep Sweet: Children of Polygamy - Debbie Palmer His Favorite Wife: Trapped in Polygamy - Susan Ray Schmidt God's Brothel: The Extortion of Sex for Salvation - Andrea Moore-Emmett Saints Under Siege: The Texas Stat Raid on the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints - Stuart A. Wright Illegitimate: How A Loving God Rescued a Son of Polygamy Daughter of the Saints: Growing Up in Polygamy by Dorothy Allred Solomon The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in a Polygamous Mormon Sect - Daphne Bramham Daughters of Zion: A Family's Conversion to Polygamy - Kim Taylor The Fourth Wife: Polygamy, Love, & Revolution - Carolyn O'Bagy Davis What Peace There May Be: A Memoir - Susanna Barlow Inside the World of Warren Jeffs - Carole Western Seventeen Sisters: Tell Their Story - Barbara Barlow and Virginia Webb Becoming Sister Wives: The Story of an Unconventional Marriage - Kody Brown, Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, Christine Brown, and Robyn Brown The Blood Covenant - Rena Chynoweth Fictional books: The 19th Wife - David Ebershoff Keep Sweet - Michelle Dominguez Greene The Righteous - Michael Wallace Desert Wives - Betty Webb The Chosen One - Carol Lynch Williams Hidden Wives - Claire Avery Torn by God: A Family's Struggle with Polygamy - Zoe Murdock The Lonely Polygamist - Brady Udall Sister Wife - Shelley Hrdlitschka I'm sure I'm missing some, if not a bunch?
  3. @Witherwings asked about Mormon fashion bloggers in another thread. Some examples of blogs are: Barefoot Blonde, Pink Peonies.... In its corner of the internet, Mormon modest fashion blogging is huge, as are sites that sell LDS standard approved fashion. Here's a place to discuss the phenomenon.
  4. From Deseret News. This family seems to have planned out things well. Reading this article made me wonder if any non-Mormon fundies would try something like. I wonder if John Schrader or David Rodrigues would get a begging bowl for a boat. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865658005/Mormon-family-raises-children-on-boat-in-the-Caribbean.html?pg=all
  5. So I went to see the Book of Mormon the other day. Besides the fact that it is hilariously funny. It skewers fundie mission trips, the origin story for Mormonism and the white savior complex. It was interesting to see it after spending so much time on here snarking on the fundies that go to countries in desperate need of medicine/educational programs and instead decide what the locals really need is Jesus.
  6. not sure why he thinks Israel would want him. http://www.addictinginfo.org/2016/02/01/lunatic-glenn-beck-prepares-to-move-his-show-to-israel-ahead-of-government-collapse-video/
  7. I realize that this is pretty lengthy and time-consuming, but I decided to post it anyway, because it is really interesting and worth watching. I am not a fan of the show, but Benji Schwimmer apparently was the winner of one of the early seasons of SYTYCD. He is an openly gay dancer/choreographer, and in the following videos, he shares his perspective as a gay man who grew up in the LDS church. We talk a lot about how fundies might be treated if they came out as lgbt, or how their family and church would react...he answers pretty much all of the questions that come with the territory of ultra-religious communities and homosexuality. Anyways, the total viewtime is around 5 1/2 hours, but again, it's kind of a unique interview. If you don't want to watch all of it, I recommend skipping through to part 3.
  8. My oldest friend, who is a devout Mormon, just shared this. Her son helped teach Prince Ata while on his mission to Tonga. She's very proud because converting this guy is apparently a big deal. Not breaking link because it's a news site. http://www.nzkanivapacific.co.nz/2015/0 ... PXsKPnF9q0
  9. This website has been doing this 30 Days of Love Challenge thing leading up to Valentine's Day. Every day you're supposed to do a prescribed date/event for your "sweetie." Today's "date" just takes the cake. It's a date pairing Little Caesar's pizza with lingerie. Because nothing says sexy like a $5 pizza. I can't even. thedatingdivas.com/tara/divas30daylovechallenge-day-20/ And you can't forget the free printable invitation! thedatingdivas.com/wp-content/uploads/Becca-Hot-N-Ready-Printable.pdf I was showing some of the other dates to my husband who made the comment "Mormon women make really good high school girlfriends." He then went on to say that some of these things he would have though were neat when he was 16, but now he would internally roll his eyes if I did them for him.
  10. sltrib.com/news/1928839-155/religion-polygamy-at-heart-of-utah
  11. The Friendly Atheist posted this story http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyat ... n-atheist/
  12. Kate Kelly, the leader of the Ordain Women movement and John Dellin are facing possible excommunication from the Mormon/LDS church. I had a feeling the leaders would eventually do this at some point. Not breaking since it is the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/12/us/tw ... .html?_r=1
  13. You can't buy tampons in Brazil and you can't say tampon if you're Mormon, apparently. Pretty sure she's talking about tampons though.
  14. So I have finally been visited by Mormon missionaries- one from Texas and one from Utah. They seemed nice, and they seemed so shocked when I know the name of their founder and when I told them I was a gasp! agnostic. I wished I had the nerve to ask them why they believe that gold plates found in the US are credible :shrug:. Can the Hive Vagina suggest me questions I can ask them if they ever come a'calling again?
  15. The forum is named 'Mormons - Mormonism' the church is called Later Day Saints or LDS for short.You do not call the any other religious group by a slang name.
  16. The LDS has now sanctioned missions via social media/net. Maybe they'll stop knocking on my door? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/0 ... mg00000067
  17. Another thread discussing the viability of the fundie lifestyle model made me think of a similar religious group that also values large families: the Mormons. Mormons also stress large families, SAHM, self-employment and single income provider. The only difference is they also encourage their young men to go to college and interact with those heathen outsiders. To me, these two things makes a huge difference in overall financial outlook of their followers. This means a young man, serious about providing for a single income family, can plan from a young age to do well in school, start their own business, or do both! After all, some of the most successful small business owners are educated professionals like doctors and lawyers. This outlook also opens up more job opportunities for young men wanting to provide for a large family. Engineering, finance, medicine, law----these are solid, high paying fields which require training beyond high school. Entering these professions means young men don't have to settle for mowing lawn, raising bees or cutting trees. Sure, one can make a great deal of money doing these things, but there is less job security and a far high chance of making little income off of it. Raising a large family on a single income in the USA, with the expectation of middle class comforts such as multiple bathrooms, health insurance, access to working cars etc, requires an above average income, one which is relatively comfortable and secure. Those types of jobs disproportionately require some type of training beyond high school, sometimes vocational/technical school, many times college and grad school. If I knew I was expected to raise a large family on one income, I'd be aiming not for starting a lawn mowing service but for becoming a physician/lawyer/dentist/investment banker/ect, so that I can be assured of a good, secure income. I may invest (or start) a lawn mowing service once I had that secure job as a way to augment my income stream, but I would prefer a more secure job, so to ensure my family won't starve because the economy dipped. Despite my disagreements with the Mormon Church, I think they are better than the Duggars and Maxwells in encouraging their young people to attain education and enter lucrative professions. This probably increases the chance of passing down the tradition of large families. I believe it's much harder to convince people that large families are good if they have to struggle economically to maintain such a lifestyle. I know plenty of people that would like to have more children, but fear the economic repercussions. I don't think fundies are any different. If a church encourages young people to acquire the tools to provide for a large families, they will see more people continuing such a tradition. The way fundies do it, handicapping their young men educationally while pushing them to have large families, is a formula for poverty and financial ruin. I can imagine many fundie children leaving fundie-dom, even leaving the church, because of the poverty they suffered growing up. In the end, I don't think the quiverfull lifestyle will see growth because they provide contradictory advice to their followers. The second and third generation will suffer for it and the movement will stagnant. The Mormons, and other mainstream conservatives, will see far more success because they offer practicals ways to attain their lifestyle goals. Meanwhile, people like the Maxwells will probably witness the demise of their lifestyle within two generations.
  18. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/0 ... r=Religion
  19. Also, they do it to encourage girls to be modest. Just as cringe-worthy as you would think.
  20. How ignorant of your religion do you have to be not to know the founder was a polygamist? don't forget a two time jailbird and wife stealer and pedophile? I guess hiding truths is backfiring. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/us/so ... l?hp&_r=4& But when he discovered credible evidence that the church's founder, Joseph Smith, was a polygamist and that the Book of Mormon and other scriptures were rife with historical anomalies, Mr. Mattsson said he felt that the foundation on which he had built his life began to crumble.
  21. ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=25091500 Nie mentions it on her blog. Actually in this case I would imagine it could be this. What a terrible tragedy. Six children with no mother now. Not really snarkable more that I am interested to hear if others think her desire to reproduce as per her religious beliefs would negate in her mind the risks? How many c-sections is too many? The risks do increase with the number, although there does not appear a guideline (US) or (UK) that I can find. Is there a safe limit or guideline in other countries?
  22. I found this blog while surfing the internet and it is annoying the fuck out of me. Mr. White Privilege ("Elder Denton" despite being a boy) is out being a missionary to the unwashed masses of that third world country, Queens. He is judge-y as hell, making comments about how his prospective converts are missing church because of stupid shit like WORK and how will they ever get a better life if they do not get their priorities straight? And of course everyone is so dirty and icky and poor, but giving 10% of their income to a new church will totes change that. I knew that missionaries believed this shit, but I am surprised that the CoJCoLDS lets them share so openly. eldertcdenton.blogspot.com/ And he has a slide show of his own senior portraits on his blog, which is pretty damn snarkworthy in itself. His grammar is underwhelming. It ends up Mr. White Privilege grew up in a 7000 sq ft home with a mom who is also a blogger. She is pretty boring, except when she says her children only wear seat belts about 60% of the time and stuff like that. I think we have snarked on her before? She seems familiar to me. One of the recent posts is terrifying. She is driving down the road with her unbuckled children, who are totally protected by The Heavenly Father because she tithes, bitches. And then she sees that the back door is open and her two year old is not in the car. bjdentonfamily.blogspot.com/2012/04/buying-new-car-installment-2-turn.html
  23. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nati ... y/2317849/
  24. I was looking at NieNie's blog awhile ago and she did a list of things that she has recently liked and she talked about BYUtv webseries called Studio C, which she calls "clean SNL". I'm thinking about watching it to snark. Has anyone seen it? byutv.org/seethegood/category/Studio-C.aspx
  25. Laura is a Mormon mommy blogger. She is the sister of Heather from Paralyzed With Joy. I liked this posting that she did on perfection and she briefly mentions Mormon culture. I like that she did this posting, unlike some of the other Mormon mommy bloggers. kissofthephoenix.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-disease-called-perfection.html