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.