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    19 Things You Probably Don't Know About FLDS Polygamists

    Hot tip: FLDS stands for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and they're currently led by Warren Jeffs. Did I mention Warren's in prison?

    Some background on FLDS polygamy:

    There are a lot of misconceptions about the FLDS community. A lot of people mistakenly lump FLDS polygamists in with the LDS Mormon faith. The "F" in FLDS stands for fundamentalist, in that they strictly adhere to what was originally a tenant of Mormon faith (being polygamy), while the LDS church has since disowned the practice.

    Unlike the mainstream polygamists you may have seen on the TLC show Sister Wives or in the HBO show Big Love, FLDS polygamists mostly live in isolation in Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona. They also have communities in Eldorado, Texas, Bountiful in British Columbia, and Pringle, South Dakota, among others. This isolation may due be in large part to the incarceration of the church's current leader and prophet, Warren Jeffs, who's serving a life sentence for being an accomplice in two rapes.

    All that being said, here are some things you may not have known about the FLDS community before.

    1. 57-year-old Warren Jeffs remains the leader of the FLDS church, even though he's behind bars for two felony counts of child sexual assault.*

    2. Warren Jeffs allegedly has something like 80 wives.

    3. The FLDS church has anywhere between 7,000 and 10,000 followers, it's kind of hard to keep track.

    4. FLDS polygamists are allowed to drink alcohol and coffee, even though regular LDS Mormons can't.

    5. The FLDS believes that some sins require blood atonement.

    6. The FLDS doesn't vote in the presidential elections, because they believe Warren Jeffs is the President of the United States.

    7. If you live in the FLDS community, you're probably aged 19 or younger.

    8. Very few people who raise families and live in the FLDS community ever own their own homes.

    9. The FLDS doesn't celebrate Valentine's day anymore. :(

    10. You'll never see an FLDS woman's ankles.

    11. The FLDS community has its own genetic condition, which leads to a lot of unfortunate infant deaths.

    12. Polygamist women never cut their hair, like, ever.

    13. There's a free zoo in the Colorado City polygamist community, that features a zebra, elk, and a camel.

    14. The color red is forbidden!

    15. By marrying three or more wives, you're getting yourself a ticket to heaven.

    16. FLDS mothers are discouraged from hugging and kissing their children

    17. The mantra of the FLDS is "Keep Sweet."

    18. The FLDS think African Americans and regular Mormons are the devil.

    19. FLDS men can't have sex with their pregnant wives.