For $70 you can take a four-hour bus tour through the middle of the “polygamist enclave on the Utah-Arizona border.” Reuters reports:
Colorado City is the headquarters of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). It is where their prophet and leader Warren Jeffs once ruled.
Jeffs was serving time in Utah for arranging child bride marriages but that conviction was recently overturned. He is still in jail because of other cases lined up against him.
The FLDS is a breakaway from the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon faith, which is centered in Salt Lake City and once practiced plural marriage but renounced it over a century ago.
Typically, FLDS men get around laws forbidding polygamy by taking one “legal” wife while the others are “spiritual wives” who are recognized as such only by their faith.
…the tours do not promote plural marriage but raise the curtain on the lifestyle.
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