posted on May, 12 2006 @ 10:43 AM
I think its fair to have a thread focusing on the secret society aspect, that other thread is looking at the issue of whether or not its all a NWO
facade to provoke a civil war.
As far as the organization, its not the Later Day Saints proper, which is the regular Mormon church, its a seperate organization, a splinter group
from mormonism, called the FLDS or some such.
The clothing, its an intersting thing. The amish require their people to wear certain clothes, BUT there are actually a lotof christian groups that
do this. I beleive that they call them "plainclothes". There are even at home shopping catalogs that cater to it. Some mormon groups do it, and
lots of protestant fundamentalist groups do it.
Mormonism, in breif, was started by Joseph Smith in NY, he received divine knowledge by reading golden tablets. His organization wasn't liked very
much, so they left the east and settled in what was then Utah (I think it was an unorganized territory at that point, ie not even incorporated into
the US structure). That 'trek' was, I beleive, led Bringham Young, who was basically the church leader for a while.
The mormons used to be mostly polygamist, but the LDS gave that up a long time ago. Splinter groups still keep to that aspect of their faith.
Polygamy is common in the world. Consider the use of Harems by Turk sultans, or the use of multiple wives amoung the arabs. I think that the
Mormon's justify it biblically, noting that the ancient hebrews seem to have practiced it, for example.
Its also interesting to note that, amoung the mormons, it occured in association with their being on the frontier. This system of marriage and family
is a cultural strategy to deal with living in those harsh conditions where collectivitism and community are important. Similar, in a sense, to how the
Amish live, purposefully, in primitive conditions, it re-enforces the worth of their families, etc.