mormonism

Religion

Man and Wife and Wife: The Dark World of Polygamous Wedding Ceremonies

In the Order, a fundamentalist polygamous Mormon sect, brides wear white, recite vows, and join hands with their groom's previous wives.
Molly Oswaks
10.6.16
Religion

'I'm a Person, and I Deserve More': What It's Like to Escape a Polygamous Cult

In Utah, members of the Kingston Clan blend into contemporary society—but the Mormon group openly practices polygamy and incest and exploits its members financially. We spoke to former members to uncover what it's like to grow up in the religious sect...
Molly Oswaks
9.21.16
PROFILES

Elizabeth Smart Is Standing Up for Rape Victims—And Tearing Down Purity Culture

Fourteen years after she was kidnapped, sexually abused, and held in captivity for nine months, Elizabeth Smart is fighting to change the way we talk about sex, rape, and abstinence. We visited her in her Utah home to learn more about her advocacy.
Molly Oswaks
9.1.16
Religion

Tiny Tombstones: Inside the FLDS Graveyard for Babies Born from Incest

In the polygamist cult of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, cousins were encouraged to marry in order to preserve certain bloodlines. Years of inbreeding have resulted in children born with serious birth defects.
Molly Oswaks
3.9.16
feminism

The Mormon Feminists Fighting for Women's Right to Join the Priesthood

Kristine Stolakis's new documentary, "Where We Stand," follows a stay-at-home mom turned vocal feminist advocate, as she navigates the repercussions of her unpopular activism in her predominantly Mormon suburb.
Sydney Parker
3.1.16
escapes

The Journey Out: Women Who Escaped a Polygamist Mormon Cult Share Their Story

Although its leader Warren Jeffs is spending life in jail for raping his child brides, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) remains under his increasingly harsh control. Those who escape are ostracized by their family.
Molly Oswaks
1.7.16
Religion

In the Fundamentalist Mormon Church Rape Is the Only Path to Childbirth

We spoke to a law professor who conducted in-depth interviews with FLDS survivors about the abuses women face in the church. These include the "seed bearer" ritual, in which only chosen men are permitted to have sex with the cult's women.
Gabby Bess
10.1.15