The public battles between the Utah-based Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“LDS”) and fundamentalist offshoot Mormon
sects are legendary throughout western North America. Although the LDS
renounced polygamy 124 years ago, it still fights such sects who practice
polygamy, whether through public relation campaigns, excommunication of
polygamous members, or assisting law enforcement in prosecuting polygamists, in
order to protect the LDS’s public image.