The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints believes in modern revelation as one of its major tenets. As a member of the LDS Church we are expected to follow the current prophet The Lord has chosen to lead the church, as the living prophet has more authority over one of the past. The Lord has revealed things in the past that are not lived today and while the members fully accept Abraham, Issac and Jacob along with those of the last dispensation (such as Brigham Young and Joseph Smith) as living the law of plural marriage, they also accept and live the current revelation to live by the preferred method through history to have one man and one wife in marriage.
The vast majority of times when The Lord commanded the people to live a polygamous life are during times of war (when there are fewer men to marry and women needed support) and when The Lord wanted to bring more children into the world. This has nothing to do with sexual fantasies or desires.
Those who decide to live against the teachings of the current leadership of the LDS Church but claim they are following some other authority, are in great spiritual danger. They are not following the spirit. There is no such thing as devout “fundamentalist Mormons” as those who really follow fundamental teachings are those who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
One fundamental teaching of Church is to follow the living prophet.
Jesus himself warned that “narrow is the gate that leadeth to salvation and wide is the path that leadeth to destruction” (paraphrasing, of course) and this show is an example of those who have decided to stray from the path of modern truth. Some will feel that it is only a few degrees off, but I am here to tell you that they are much farther off than is shown in this show. A few degrees can easily reach miles or light years apart after some time and distance. Their idea of a “mission” is completely off base from what a real missionary would do today. The whole idea of the women choosing who they are supposed to marry is misguided. These people have probably done this show to make money because it looks like they are in need of some cash. There are many more examples.
Controversy is what sells on TV and that is why this is on.
It may be a search for “truth” as to the way they live, but why don’t they do a show on a normal LDS family and how they live? Because almost no one will care because it would be considered boring. Yet because of shows like this, members like myself will be judged by them and somehow seen as the same as them. We will be persecuted for something we don’t do. We will be judged for something we don’t follow.
If anyone wants to find and follow the real truth, I encourage you to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know it is true. Attend a local church meeting at a chapel near you. Watch anything on LDS.org or Mormon.org (especially General Conference) to see what the current prophet has directed the world to do. That is the place to find out what is taught today. It isn’t on shows like this or at the other extreme, a blasphemous broadway play about a book I truly love.