Eighteen-year-old Rose Marie Cawley. Polygamy, USA: Meet the Polygamists. Polygamy is considered by devout followers to be the purest form of Mormonism, though it remains highly controversial to the outside world. The Cawley family consists of husband Michael, and sister wives Rose, Connie, and Teresa, along with eighteen children. Each week one of these elders leads the service and calls on various community members to speak. The Winter Ball. Ezra’s priestly role differs from that as he combines the authority of a priest and a scribe. I simultaneously find him cantankerously charming and slightly unsettling. I mean if someone gave me a choice between brutal, weekly physical torture, for the rest of my life, in exchange for eternal salvation or no torture but eternal condemnation to outer darkness upon death, and I was raised to believe in the existence of outer darkness as a real thing…I don’t think I’d have a choice. Michael starts saying that anyone who has been in a marriage knows it’s work. The other wife sleeps in her own room when she’s not with Isaiah. Tiffany whispers to Ezra that she can smell him and that it’s “yummy”, a nauseating exchange if there ever was one. Pingback: Polygamy, USA- Episode 1: Meet the Polygamists (Part 2) | Polygamy on Television. They don’t really seem to have a choice whether to be in these situations, like, say, a polyamorous relationship. Better Than Ezra. Finally, Ezra, son of the leader of the mission program, has chosen independence over the strict teachings of his family. But how can you if it’s out of a spiritual fear of a fate worse than hell? He’s getting ready to take his wives out on a date and tells the little boy that when he is older and a dad, he can take his own wives out on a date, too. Cut to Marleen speaking for a bit about jealousy, how it’s normal, and how different fears of being tossed aside go through every woman’s brain. 10:45am. I mean they could walk away from polygamy, but then they believe they’d be condemned to outer darkness. You’re damn right it does, Uncle Arthur, you’re damn right. Arthur’s concerned that Ezra will use the truck to get involved in things that will cause him to get hurt. How’s that for romance? Becca went with Isaiah to his room in order (at least in my mind) to get started on the baby-making. We are then made acquainted with Isaiah’s twenty-two-year-old second wife, Rebecca (Becca.). He says, in a talking head, that he’s been thinking about another wife coming into the family more now that he’s been married to Becca for almost four years. The scene cuts back to Ezra’s confliction between seeing how placement marriage is supposed to be and believing that God can bring two people together in His own way. Becca goes on to explain how God revealed to her that Isaiah was the man for her. Ezra declares there is no way he’ll be going on a mission. Arthur’s first wife, Marlyne, is shown speaking next. It’s during this church segment that consists of the beyond-the-grave Brigham Young lecture that we are introduced to the Cawley’s eldest child, Rose Marie. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. He then says “Now let’s take that and times it by three. Life is complicated that way. ( Log Out /  Back at the Thompson household, Isaiah and his young son, Tom, are going to build a fence. TV-PG. In 2011, the Sister Wives Blog started out as a place to talk about the TLC reality show "Sister Wives", Kody Brown and his wives Christine, Robyn, Meri and Janelle. Ezra has to live with the choices he’s making. Ezra, 19, wants to marry his girlfriend, but since dating is frowned upon in the community, he needs to follow the Brethren's orders to get a job and earn $10,000. The family has tripled in size since the move, having moved with the goal of gaining a second wife. I’m seventeenth.”. Isaiah’s first wife Marleen is introduced. He is a fourth generation polygamist, and passionate about preserving and passing on his way of life. Sounds like the typical reasons a young guy might want to be with a young woman, so I don’t imagine it going over well with Uncle Arthur. She starts to say she is the sixteenth sibling in the lineup, but then starts counting through them and listing names. Finally, Ezra, son of the leader of the mission program, has chosen independence over the strict teachings of his family. FOX SHOWCASE. Better pick a guy who will treat you kindly and hope his wife isn’t a major bitch, though, because this is still a patriarchal religious culture! Men With Many Wives S1 Ep2 The Winter Ball (PG) 12:30pm. They head to an Asian food establishment and Isaiah sits across the table from his two wives. The daughters of Zion deserve better than THIS messy bullshit, too. “Daddy ALWAYS picks those stupid missionaries over me. You’re dad just doesn’t want you to have to live with the consequences of making the really stupid choices. The conversation turns to babies. It seems each adult in the household has their own space (which must be a relief for Isaiah, if Kody Brown’s bed-hopping existence is any indication of how stressful not having your own space can be.) We’re back to church and the service is over. To see citations to the critical sources for these claims, click here Notes ↑ The source is said to be a letter from Joseph Fielding Smith to J. W. A. Baily dated September 5, 1935. Marleen was nervous about adding Becca to the family because she was so much younger; Becca thinks it’s awesome that women can marry married men. Sixty-four-year-old Arthur Hammon is introduced next. Oh they swear up and down, and with their last breaths that they do. 04:16. Uncle Arthur has placed him on trash duty and the following scenes show Hyrum on the job. It’s a religious conviction. Makes not a lick of sense to this unchurched harlot. He also wished that he lived in an era where men were still like that. I don’t have those fears in my life and I’d hate to live with them. I suspect even the cats and dogs are hardcore too, but strangely enough, none were shown at all. “Oh yeah. The narrator of the program explains that joining the mission is a choice the young men make after high school, “opting for discipline, instead of typical, youthful distractions.” A young missionary gets on camera and basically puts it like this, “we’re at an age where people do stupid shit and he makes sure we don’t do the stupid shit.” Okay, I’m inserting my own colorful vocabulary into the poor dope’s mouth, but that’s gist of what he said. Often, couples barely know each other. And he is so not ready to be thinking about marriage. I understand his point, but if everyone in that town goes to the same church, believes the same way, and the rest of us just mind our own business…what happens if something terrible goes down and the Brethren cover it up? Centennial Park strives to be self sufficient and the missionaries help with this endeavor by collecting trash, doing construction, etc. ( Log Out /  I’m not saying that to brag or be smug, but just it seems like those feelings eat the women up in these marriages. We are now properly introduced to miss Tiffany Quinton through a talking head. ( Log Out /  Subtitles. We are now introduced to the Cawley family. I mean that’s only logical, right? Teresa says that “any time you put together a group of people and expect a certain behavior out of them, it creates conflict.” She goes on to state that living plural marriage is one of the most difficult things she’s ever chosen to do, but that she wouldn’t choose to live any other way. Find reviews for the latest series of Meet the Polygamists or look back at early seasons. We arrive back home and the wives gush over how much fun they had tonight. Ezra still couldn’t give a shit about becoming a missionary, and doesn’t want to hear all the critical, yet truthful things his father has to say while he works. Maybe one of them does it for him. Just kidding! The scene cuts back to Mr. David, persisting on in The Journal of Discourses, content to let Brigham Young continue to lecture them about passions and Royal Priesthoods from beyond the grave. Sister was polygamy personals, rights, open to original movies,. Buy Polygamy USA: Season 1 Episode 1 on Google Play, then watch on your PC, Android, or iOS devices. She has thirty-eight siblings and is fifth and sixth generation polygamist. Isaiah Thompson with his two wives: Marleen, on the left, and Rebecca, on the right. Marleen ends up saying she enjoys the food the family eats, but she feels the family needs to branch out more. He admits he’s been “a little shit” and he feels like his dad is being one, too. Isaiah had met her before, but they didn’t really know each other. They continue to have a cheerful, superficial flirtation until they get to the restaurant. When they told Isaiah, he just kind of stared at the ground for a while. Cynical Jinx' Review Polygamy, USA: Meet the Polygamists When looking at how polygamist have been portrayed recently on reality TV, the focus has been on only two families ... Ezra. He quotes Brigham Young from what Google tells me is The Journal of Discourses: “If the plurality of wives is to pander to the low passions of man and women, the sooner it is abolished, the better”, after asking why men in this community want another wife. Founded in the 1980s as a Fundamentalist Mormon community, Centennial Park is a town where everyone shares a religion and a polygamous lifestyle. In real life, polygamy is pretty damn scary if you look too close, for too long. Four children belong to Marleen and one belongs to Rebecca. East is east and west is west, and these days when the twain meet you usually get the worst of both worlds, of which government-funded polygamy would appear to be a near parodic example. He’s trying to teach him responsibility and self-reliance. It seems like these guys aren’t really doing this out of some spiritually noble purpose. Makin’ lots of baybeez!) No, you weren’t. But it still seems pretty vague to me; a little light on the specifics of WHY you have to live like this NOW so you won’t be condemned LATER. In Centennial Park, neighbour helps neighbour in the building up and continuing growth of the community. Back at the restaurant, Ezra asks Tiffany how she feels about him becoming a missionary. I get that the nagging and the prioritization of the missionary program is utterly obnoxious, but there are some useful things coming out of that man’s mouth. “You’re so freaking pretty and I have it on good authority that I smell yummy. Jeez that man totally, fully, and completely creeps me the hell out. (Guess what it involves? Rose states that when another person comes in, that you have step aside and allow that relationship to develop, and that it’s hard to allow that to happen. She was married to Michael for seven years when second wife Connie joined the family. We get to see what the actual, empty church looks like on the inside and what it looks like full of people on a Sunday morning. He says they’re “friggin, like, almost married.” It’s kind of laughable to see what Ezra thinks marriage is and why Arthur would be so frustrated, but at the same time, their culture is putting the idea into his head in the first place. After a shot of Hyrum describing the odor of plyg trash while on the job, it cuts to him describing missionary life. The dads in Centennial Park seem to be traveling for work or super busy. Get a haircut.” The scene then cuts to Arthur throwing a boot at someone after a smart-ass remark, while others snicker in the background. They don’t come out and say it, but I suspect this is standard practice in the community. We’re back on dumpster duty with Hyrum, again. After getting out of the car Ezra asks for a hug. So I was going to keep my comments in this blurb completely high brow, until I realized high brow rhymes with eye brow and I lost it… Eye brow game weak. In this town, some men have as many wives as God decides. He says people think they (the group) are being secretive by living in their own community, but explains that they are just trying to mind their own business and believe others should do the same. 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