Question: Can Mormons have more than one wife?

The LDS Church publicly renounced the practice of polygamy in 1890, but it has never renounced polygamy as doctrine, as evidenced in LDS scriptures. It has always permitted and continues to permit men to be married in Mormon temples “for the eternities” to more than one wife.

The more the merrier. For the first time in 85 years, polygamy is no longer a felony in Utah. A state law, passed back in March, went into effect Tuesday dropping polygamy from a third-degree felony to an infraction, basically the same legal level as a traffic ticket.

How many wives can I have in Utah?

Polygamy is the practice of having more than one spouse at the same time. This practice is illegal across the United States – Utah included – yet tens of thousands are still living in such communities and continue to fight for their rights to do so.

How many wives do Mormons have?

It has always permitted and continues to permit men to be married in Mormon temples “for the eternities” to more than one wife. This tension between private belief and public image makes polygamy a sensitive subject for Mormons even today.

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