Top 15 Questions on Polygamy Answered
By Kevin leBaron
1. What is a normal day in the life of a polygamist?
A day in the life of a polygamist is much the same as that of anybody else in the world. You wake up go to work come home go to the movies, work in the yard, check your myspace and emails, play Halo 2 at a friends house or take your dog for a walk. Having more than one mom doesn’t seriously affect my day to day life as much as many would think.
2. Are you associated to the Mormon church?
No I am not. Although people in the Mormon church and I believe in much the same things ( Joseph Smith, Book of Mormon) There are several belief difference that make my religion completely separate from that of the church.
3. What makes you believe in Polygamy?
• I believe that Joseph Smith is a prophet of god
• I believe that God told Joseph smith that Plural Marriage was a celestial Principle and commanded him to live it.
• I also believe that God is unchanging and so are his principles (which means that he doesn’t change his mind about what he requires of his people)
• Which leads me to believe in the 1886 revelation to John Taylor which states that Plural Marriage is an everlasting principle and will always be required of God’s servants.
4. Is Polygamy all about sex?
I wish I could answer no to that question. There are undoubtedly sick people out there that probably use Polygamy for sex. However Polygamy the way it is intended to be lived is as far from a sex acquisition tool as a nuclear war head.
5. What are feeling on Warren Jeffs?
Warren Jeffs is an evil man who Gained power over the FLDS church and used that power to further his own wants and pleasures. He twisted and warped what was once a good (even if not all true) religious belief into a cult. And in doing so he Stole millions of Dollars, destroyed numerous families and ruined countless lives.
6. Do you have any encounters with Colorado City?
I live in a small Town called Centennial Park which is located less than a mile south of Colorado City AZ and Hildale UT. I lived in Colorado City for a time and went to the public school there for several years. I know many people who live there and go there on almost a daily basis.
However I am not part of the infamous FLDS church. I am part of a less known and much smaller Polygamist organization.
7. Did you grow up in a polygamist family?
No I did not. I was born in Cancun Mexico I moved to centennial Park with My Parents when I was 10. My parents then split up and got remarried. However for the protection of my parents I will not tell you which live in a plural marriage.
8. Do you think everyone should do Polygamy?
Absolutely Not It takes a great amount of dedication to make a polygamous relationship work. Most people don’t have what it takes, even some who believe the same religion, (believing in the religion does not require that you live polygamy) can choose not to. And I most certainly don’t think that anyone should live polygamy that does not do it for the right reasons. Because Its people like that who give Polygamy a bad name.
9. Are Polygamists Christians?
Not necessarily. Many religions believe in polygamy not just fundamentalist Mormons.
10. How would you recommend the government change marriage laws?
I like Chris Weigant’s idea of how the Government should view marriage.
“I personally think the term "marriage" should be reserved for religion -- each religious faith can decide however they want to define the term for themselves -- and people should only be able to get a "civil union" from the government. The term "marriage" should be banned from any official government documents, and "civil union" replaced instead. A civil union should be all about financial ties. People entering into a civil union should be treated like a corporate merger -- the civil union would spell out exactly what the financial consequences were, and no more.”
11. If the government allows plural marriage should they allow gay marriage?
I strongly believe that being Gay is wrong, however I also believe in the fundamental principle that human beings have the right to choose the way they want to live their lives. So yes I believe that gays should also be able to get married.
12. Are you persecuted for your beliefs?
For the most part no. the most I’ve ever been persecuted because of my beliefs was when I played on my high school basketball team. The Students at the other schools were always really hostile and there were several times that fights almost broke out. Not just with our players but also with our fans.
13. What is your take on HBO’s show Big Love?
I have never watched it but from what I’ve heard of big love, it sounds very interesting. Not only to see they way they portray plural marriage but also because many of the plots and story lines closely resemble real stories from real polygamists and polygamist groups.
For Example the Green Brothers in Big Love seem strangely like the LeBaron Brothers Ervil and Joel LeBaron who were the leaders of a polygamist organization from Mexico. Ervil LeBaron was the mastermind behind the murder of a man name Rullen Allred. Which is shockingly familiar to the shooting of Roman in big love.
Also in Big love Romans Polygamist group is called the U.E.B. ( United Effort Brotherhood) which is shockingly close to the real organization formerly ran by warren jeffs call the U.E.P ( United Effort Plan)
14. How does dating work in a Polygamist group?
I don’t know how it is looked at in other Polygamist groups but in mine it is frowned upon but not prohibited.
15. How do children interact with more than one mother?
As in monogamist families, polygamist families are all ran a little different. However I interact with my other mothers like I interact with a step mom or an aunt. I respect them, do what they say and love them but its still a different relationship than what I have with my “birth mother”.
Kevin LeBaron lives in a small polygamist town called Centennial park. to find out more about kevin Lebaron check out http://www.meandpolygamy.wordpress.com