27: The Ghost of Polygamy and How it Affects Current LDS Marriages

Natasha Helfer Parker interviews
Carol Lynn Pearson, author of The Ghost of Polygamy: Haunting the Hearts and Heaven of Mormon Women and Men, about the unfortunate and damaging legacy the Mormon doctrine of polygamy continues to have on mainstream LDS members and their relationships with self, spouse and God.  Carol Lynn explains her project and how it came to be, starting with her own story as to how polygamy affected her sense of self as a female since adolescence and also destroyed the marriage of her great-grandparents. She talks of how as a devoted LDS woman, she came to the conclusion that polygamy was not an inspired teaching.  "I was forever finished with the insane attempt to love a God who hurts me." She treats this issue as a civil rights case and takes the courageous stand that disavowing polygamy is the most urgent thing we need to do for the mental and sexual health of Mormon women today. Getting to hear Carol Lynn read some excerpts out of her book is a treat in of itself. And the interweaving of myth, folklore and doctrinal teachings of Mormon history makes this podcast a must-listen.

Carol Lynn Pearson is a poet, author, playwright, screenwriter, performer, speaker, and general free-lance philosopher. She was born in Salt Lake City and has an M.A. in theatre from Brigham Young University. Her work within Mormonism has affected much of its current culture and she is seen by many as an activist, ally and prophetic matriarch. 


Mentioned during the podcast:
Goodbye I Love You

Lyndsay Hansen Park and Year of Polygamy Podcast


Thank you to Jeff Meyers for the intro and Peter & Mary Danzig of Otter Creek Duo for the concluding bumper music. 


Natasha Helfer Parker runs a private practice in Wichita, KS and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith.  She also hosts the popular podcast, Mormon Mental Health.  


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