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I Have Six Wives: A true story of present-day plural marriage
I Have Six Wives A true story of present-day plural marriage Author:Samuel W. Taylor This is the story of a man who defied the law, his Church, and public opinion to marry six wives in polygamy, and to father as many children as possible by each of them, in this modern age of radio and income tax. — MacRoy Byers was an average young man, happily married, on the threshhold of a medical career, when he received stunning news: his b... more »rother George had been excommunicated by the Mormon Church for polygamy. Polygamy? Now? Today? That was of a past age, over and done with. True, Byers had heard whispers of a few crackpots doing it - they were nuts and sex fiends.
But this was George. This was his brother.
Byers took up a labor with George. But instead of saving George's soul, Byers became converted. Now he believed he must practice polygamy as a religious duty. He must cast his lot with the Fundamentalists - those crackpots, nuts and sex fiends, unspeakable outcasts.
His appalled bride divorced him. He found other wives, and eventually had five tucked away in five Los Angeles apartments - living plural marriage in secret while remaining active in the Mormon Church, boring from within.
Exposed, he was excommunicated, disgraced, exiled from all decent humanity. Humiliation and poverty added to his Herculean task of keeping his enormous family together in harmony. But his spirit was unbroken. When sentenced to prison, he promptly married a sixth wife while his case was pending appeal.
Byers today is fulfilling an incredible mission for the Fundamentalists - to live polygamy openly in Salt Lake City, regardless of the law and of the embarrassment to the Mormons. His purpose is to keep alive and in the public eye his fight for the right to live his religion.
This is more than the dramatic story of an outcast and rebel driven by religious conviction. The author also tells, with warmth and humor, the daily problems involved. And he gives an intimate and understanding portrait of six lovely girls who chose to dedicate their lives to a lost cause.« less