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“Polygamy is a blessing, not an adversity.”
My name is Kathryn. I turn 13 in November. My family, my heritage
is Mormon. I won’t start higher education until next year. I am so
pleased that I began to menstruate last year, & that I have large breasts
for my age. I am an attractive redhead with sparkling green eyes. I do
well with my studies, & have been tested, revealing a high IQ.
My parents have decided, blessings be unto them, that I will soon marry
Craig Knowles, the spiritual Father of our sect. He is 53 years old, &
only has six other wives. The youngest was 12 when she joined the
bonding of his family. It is no secret that He has had his eye on me
since I was 11.
I live on a beautiful 400 acre farm outside of Gunlock, Utah, near the
stunning red canyons in the south. St. George is the largest city close
to us. Craig, & his followers, who consider themselves Mormon
Fundamentalists, banded together & bought this land, which is now
our holy sanctuary.
Craig was excommunicated by the LDS hierarchy more than 20 years
ago. He was righteous & zealous about his faith, & extolled the virtues
of polygamy within his temple, citing that Joseph Smith had 15 wives,
& Brigham Young had over 50 wives. Craig rejected the church’s
official discontinuation of polygamy in 1890, saying it was a hypocritical
smoke screen that allowed Utah to become a state.
I am home schooled, & I have studied our canonized LDS scripture.
My mother made sure that I paid special attention to Doctrine and
Covenant, Section 132, which helped me immensely to understand
& accept my sainted role in the life of our Elect community.
I am not ignorant or coerced. I know that most outsiders frown on
polygamy, are judgmental & ill-informed regarding its positive values.
I feel doubly blessed to have been hand-picked by Craig, our Spiritual
Father. My six future sister wives are already preparing me for the
wedding night & my future obligations. I will become pregnant as soon
as possible, & my love child will join Craig’s fourteen children, helping
to sustain our community & our beliefs. I am happy to be a part of the
more than 30,000 other fundamentalists who openly practice polygamy.
To be a sister
wife, is freedom blossoming
from mutual bliss.
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