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54 plural wives in a photo, but can you name them?

Published May 15, 2014 7:12 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Last week, Rebecca Musser visited a few Utah television stations to discuss her Claim Red Foundation.

While she was at Fox 13's studios, she shared an old photo. It was of Musser and (by my count) 53 other wives of Rulon Jeffs.

The Tumblr page dedicated to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (What? You're surprised?), called The Principle, posted a copy of the photo. The Principle counted 64 wives.

Regardless, The Principle asked readers if they recognized and knew the names of the wives. Readers have been chiming in with names, some family histories and whether the wife is still alive, creating a sort of stroll (or maybe scroll) down memory lane.

I don't know who the posters are. I'd be curious to know whether any of them remain in good standing with the current FLDS leadership.

If the postings on the The Principle represent joyful reminiscing, I don't know if that's what Musser intended. She works to raise awareness of abuse against women, including women in the FLDS.

—Nate Carlisle

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