"A call to conscience..." Ms. Mackert "raises fundamental (and agonizing) questions about civil justice, freedom of choice, and religious freedom." -- Gerald Grimmett, author of The Ferry Woman, a novel of John D. Lee and the Mountain Meadows Massacre
"An eye opener...to the bondage, hurts and hopelessness resting deep in the heart of this age old Mormon practice." -- Rick E. Korsmo, former pastor of Mountain Side Baptist Church in Sandy, Utah
From the Publisher
The author opens the preface of The Sixth of Seven Wives with the statement that not all Mormons are polygamists and not all polygamists are Mormons. This book begins with a brief history of the fundamental LDS Church and explains the animosity the Fundamental LDS Church holds toward the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints over the treatment polygamists received when polygamy was abandoned over 100 years ago. From the short history lesson the author moves into a compelling story of a young girl born into a family that has for generations lived by the laws and traditions of Mormon pioneer polygamy. Within her lifetime she has experienced significant changes to the governing doctrines of a religious organization that claims to live Mormonism as originally established by its founder, Joseph Smith. The telling of her story reveals the inconsistencies and the blind obedience required of its members. The author stirs the conscience of the reader and questions the cries for religious freedom by those that hide criminal child abuse and social injustices behind the mask of religious beliefs.
Meet this seventeen-year-old girl and enter her private thoughts and feelings as she faces an arranged marriage to a man old enough to be her father. Denied the love of her youth, she is compelled to submit to the direction of her parents. Love and passion did not bring this couple together, but religious duty dictated this union. Witness her struggles with the sister wives and her efforts to win her husband's affections. Experience the betrayal of her love. Relive the circumstances that compel her to leave and emotions that bind her to the children, her husband and the "religious" teachings. Escape with her and witness the blood atonement threats, the fearful "wrath of God" preaching, and emotional pressures designed to persuade her to stay. Rejoice in her courage to choose freedom while risking the loss of life's sweetest gift.