SISTER WIVES Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rejects Mykelti Brown


Another daughter of the Brown family from Sister Wives has been denied inclusion by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Browns have made it their mission to challenge the public’s perception of the practice of polygamy. During this journey, one of the many issues they’ve been outspoken about is the LDS’ refusal of allowing their children to join the main stream Mormon church, even if they choose not to participate in plural marriage.

In a good read via Patheos, a brief summary of the interconnected history of the Mormon church and polygamy is given:

The continued pressure from the feds fractured Mormon leadership, who continued to practice polygamy up through the 1890 Manifesto. Polygamous families were still welcomed in the community, and new plural marriages continued in secret. Yet, the federal government would not let up on the Mormons, putting then prophet Joseph F. Smith in a difficult position. He could either abandon the defining practice of the religion founded by his father and uncle, preserving it for the new century, or hold fast to the doctrine, putting Mormonism in danger of legal obliteration under a strictly anti-polygamy government.

Whether by revelation or personal and political wisdom, Smith went with the former, and in 1904 the LDS Church promised full compliance with the Second Manifesto, a prophetic declaration that ended polygamy for good. As a means of enforcing this manifesto, the Church began excommunicating members who continued the practice, leading to the break off of groups like the AUB and FLDS.

In October of 2015, Maddie Brown shared her heartbreak over being rejected by the LDS:

From the first season, Maddie has insisted that she has no interest in living a polygamous lifestyle. When she attempted to join the LDS she was told that she would have to publicly renounce her own family and she refused.

The First Presidency as defined by the LDS official website:

UNDER THE DIRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST, the Church is led by 15 apostles, who are also regarded as prophets, seers, and revelators. The man who has been an apostle the longest is the President of the Church, and by inspiration he selects two other apostles as counselors. These three function as the First Presidency, which is the highest governing body of the Church. (For information on the other 12 apostles, see Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, which is the second-highest governing body of the Church.)

Mykelti Brown and her engagement to Tony Padron has been a major story line for the most recent season of the show. Tony converted to Mormonism as a teenager. As part of her devotion to her intended, Mykelti decided to officially become a member of the LDS. She, like her older sister, was denied.

Meri Brown expressed her disappointment via Twitter when it was revealed on the show that Mykelti couldn’t join:

A fan responded, telling Meri, “I’m sure if she takes instruction and then gets baptized she will be welcome.” Meri replied writing, She [Mykelti] did take instruction and they denied her request to join.”

A number of folks chimed in showing support for Mykelti and disbelief over The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints‘ decision:

Back when news of Maddie’s rejection aired, her dad stated that he found the choice to be a political one. “My LDS friends are shocked about the rejection of @MaddieR_Brown request for baptism and membership. Sad politics, ” Kody Brown tweeted.

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  • Aussie cathie

    So much for our doors are always open and everyone welcome… All too busy playing God !! What a joke!

  • Alisson Leech

    The Baptist religion will happily accept the Brown children.

  • pmo

    and this is the religion that accepted murdering jodi arias as a convert.

    • Susan C. Groom Mortensen

      Jodi Arias was not a murderer when she joined the Church. Noone realized why she was being baptized. Also, noone knew it that they were having sexual relations. He would never been allowed to perform the Ordinance and she would not have been able to be baptized at all until she repented.

      • Christopher Nicholson

        But the LDS Church is obviously responsible for everything any of its members ever does wrong, doncha know…

  • imani1962

    The Mormons are not Christian first of all. They don’t even follow the bible nor do they follow Jesus Christ.. They don’t believe in one God they believe in multiple Gods. They believe in the Book of Mormon written by Joseph Smith. They don’t believe in the Trinity either. They have rewritten passages from the Old Testament to give legitimacy to their cult. Joseph Smith who had multiple wives started their religion. He supposedly interpreted some Egyptian writings which were proven false. Joseph Smith was a charlatan and a con man. And because they are a cult they get to make their own rules.. So I am not surprised that the Brown daughters would not be accepted. What I am surprised at though is why the Brown family would want to be part of such a racist, misogynistic cult?

    • Guest

      Don’t speak about things you know nothing of. Your entire paragraph is full of false information.

    • TA

      I’m not LDS, but know quite a bit about their religion and beliefs, and what you described is incorrect.

    • Susan C. Groom Mortensen

      You are very wrong. We believe on Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We believe in ONE GOD. We have rewritten any of the Bible. Where does it say in the Bible “Trinity”? Nowhere. It was decided in the Nicean Council that there should be a Trinity. You need to do some ressearch before you state things that are incorrect. You bring shame on yourself by promulgating untruths.

      • Saved16

        Ok I’m a christian RAISED ROMAN CATHOLIC…the “trinity” if you were a Christian is “the father, the son and the Holy Spirit”..go back to Utah and live among the sheep high on the hill of morons…

        Let me make this easy for you do not DARE try and insult a Christian but misquoting things you know nothing about you sound like a fool..

    • Saved16

      It’s sad that they think they are god fearing people when they are so many off shoot cult like facets to them.. you can’t go to heaven with your family if you don’t tith.. highest glory.. and for SUSAN C GROOM M.. the “trinity” if you were a Christian is “the father, the son and the Holy Spirit”..go back to Utah and live among the sheep high on the hill of morons..

    • Jedi Ninja

      As an atheist I’ve never understood how one religion (any of them) can call another religion crazy or cult like. I am amazed when I hear a Christian Baptist spouting how crazy something like Scientology or mormonism is. In my personal opinion you’re all crazy, but how can a person say it’s crazy to believe we come from planet zanthos or Joseph Smith was a con artist yet still believe there’s a guy floating around on a cloud, fighting snakes, and entering people to make them talk in jibberish. Seems like the pot calling the kettle black.

  • jhardy355

    Any child of a polygamous couple is welcome to attend the LDS Church and be a part of the youth activities. They are simply asked to wait to be baptized when they are of age (18) and their parents are no longer considered responsible for raising them. Any child under 18 of non-LDS parents must obtain their permission before they can be baptized.
    These children are not asked to renounce their parents, only the polygamous lifestyle itself. When a child is baptized they are expected to fully live the doctrines and teachings of the LDS Church. Having them wait till they are 18 prevents having to put the child in the difficult situation of choosing between what their parents teach them and what the LDS church teaches and expects of them, when it comes to religious beliefs.

    • christmasparakeet

      You didn’t read the story OBVIOUSLY.

      Maddie and Mykelti ARE 18. If you’re going to be an apologist, at least pay attention.

      By the way, where did Jesus put all these roadblocks to baptism? Where did Jesus say that conflict should be avoided? OH YEA, HE DIDN’T SAY THAT, and in fact said he would CAUSE conflict.

      In the Book of Mormon, it repeatedly says “Have I told any to go away…have I told any they cannot partake of my goodness” and on and on.

      • jhardy355

        Well then the article is wrong in saying they reject these kids. If they are 18 they are allowed to join without parental permission. The church handbook says children from a plural marriage can join the church if:
        1. The children accept the teachings and doctrines of the Church.
        2. The children repudiate the teachings upon which their parents based their practice of plural marriage.
        3. Minor children are not living in a home where polygamy is being taught or practiced.”

        They just didn’t like the fact that they had to renounce the polygamy lifestyle of their parents. If that’s true then they cannot be baptized.

  • savannah

    So what does that mean as far as her marrying someone of the Mormon faith? I am simply curious if someone knows how that would work? I know if you marry into a Jewish marriage you usually need to convert. Do the same rules apply with Mormonism and if she isn’t accepted by the church would her partner have to either leave the church or? Thanks in advance!

    • jhardy355

      There are lots of LDS members who have married non-members, and those non-members do not have to convert nor does the member have to leave the church.
      There is however the temple ritual called a “sealing”; where a couple are “sealed” for time and all eternity; meaning their marriage will continue beyond this life. A temple sealing does require that both are members in good standing in the church. The non-member spouse is welcome to attend Mormon services with their member spouse, but is limited on how much participation they are involved in.

      • savannah

        Thank you so much for the insight. I don’t like to make ignorant or uneducated comments on religion especially, its a hot topic to discuss and I hate sounding dumb. I didn’t realize they could still attend services if they weren’t a member of the church. If they are to be married, does that “seal” need to happen in order for the marriage to be valid to the church? So many questions! LOL

        • jhardy355

          There are many non-members who are investigating the church, or who are married to members, or who just have friends who are members, who attend he church. Their participation is limited in that they can’t perform certain priesthood functions or hold leadership positions.
          In the eyes of the church all legal marriages are “valid” for this life. There are many married member couples in the church who have civil marriages only. Many of them strive to be able to take them to the higher level by being sealed together in the temple for time and eternity.

          • curious

            If a couple isn’t sealed together in the temple, is the marriage not considered eternal? Does the marriage somehow dissolve after death?

            • jhardy355

              Yep. Just like they say in most civil ceremonies “Til death do you part”. It’s like a built-in divorce clause. But there’s a lot we don’t know about the next life and just what kind of relationships we will have with each other there. But the Bible does say regarding such marriages, “For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage” (Mark 12:25)

              • curious

                Interesting, I didn’t know that. Thanks for giving some context!

    • Richard Gale

      You are incorrect in saying you need to convert to judaism if you marry a Jewish person. That is strictly a choice the non Jewish person makes. It is not a requirement. I know. My wife is Catholic and chose not to convert. I did not ask nor did she choose to convert. 30 years very happily married.

  • Beezow

    The hell kind of name is Mykelti?

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    • CatesZebraHoodie

      I’ve thought that since I first heard of these jokes.

    • Bruja

      Derived from the Hebrew mīkhā’ē‘l (Who is like God?). The name is borne in the Bible by one of the seven archangels (Michael). He is the one closest to God and is responsible for carrying out God’s judgments

  • DoogieHowser

    Being rejected by the church was a blessing in disguise. Since he is a member and she isn’t, they sure as heck better not give the church 10% of her income as well as his… I bet that still happens if he chooses to still attend when his fiance isn’t welcome. The church needs that money to invest in real estate and build shopping malls. Monson has got to get paid.

    • Christopher Nicholson

      His fiance is not barred from attending. No one is barred from attending unless they cause a huge disruption during meetings. Tithing is not invested in the Church’s for-profit enterprises, as anyone who bothered to do any research before spouting off could tell you. And I find it laughable that anyone thinks Thomas S. Monson, one of the busiest men on Earth, has time to do anything with all the money they claim he has. (Because he *must* be getting rich off the members because reasons. Screw actual evidence, right?)

      • DoogieHowser

        I have done my research, I was raised in the cult. True she isn’t barred from attending but isn’t allowed to participate in key forms of worship like baptism and entrance in the temple. Considering the Mormon beliefor behind those two activities is a huge deal for a mormon. It isn’t welcoming. By mormon teachings, she cannot be sealed to her fiance and cannot spend afterlife in the same heaven as him, that isn’t welcoming. So yes she can sit in and maybe take sacrament but she also cannot be sealed to her spouse, that is a pretry big deal in the LDS. How welcoming is she to feel about that while the rest of the church sings. “Families can be together forever” how would you feel if that was you? I wonder if Jesus would of spoke up for her and invited her in to the temple, hmm yes he would… but the “prophet” who speaks with God does not because of PR… but that is not in line with Jesus…

        I didn’t make up facts behind what the church is spending money on and LDS tithing is a billion dollar industry and there are facts to prove it. Hinkley admitted hinself that the church is extremely wealthy. Tithing is not optional, it’s a requirement in order to fully participate in the religion. You can’t get into the temple without paying your tithing, I did not make that up. You cannot have sealings without going to the temple. You literally cannot stay with your family in heaven if you do not pay money! I did not make that up the church taught me that since I was 3.

        Maybe you should strengthen your testimony by actually researching the numbers on tithing and pray about why the Q70 and above make 6 figures while low level bishops are more often tHan not poor. Members are often struggling to feed and clothe their children that the church told them to have and pay tithing. The church isn’the squirreling the money away for nothing.

        The tithing money could easily pay for all of the missions and food storage and still have some to give back to member’since needs but it doesn’t. It could do all of that and still have millions, but it doesn’t. Pray and ask why Monson does live up to his latter day saint name and act like a saint and give back to the people as Jesus would of done if he was sitting on billions. Just because we don’t personally see what Monson does in his free time doesn’t mean he isn’t profiting off of his gig big time. He is choosing not to help people with the money in way that are desperately needed, such a saint. And yes he is a very busy man, a business man because at his level, that is purely what he is, a business man. The church is a business that isn’t in it out of the goodness of their hearts, it’s money and telling this girl she is not welcome is a PR desicison.

        “If paying tithing means that you can’t pay for water or electricity, pay tithing. If paying tithing means that you can’t pay your rent, pay tithing. Even if paying tithing means that you don’t have enough money to feed your family, pay tithing.” (Aaron L. West, Sacred Transformations, December 2012) Direct quote from Ensign that is commonly quote by bishops to members who are strugglings financially. I personally know people who have been told this by their bishops and there are a lot of pro lds church members discussing their exact situation online. You can do that research and pray about that.

        Do you really think the shopping mall is going to be completely non profit? Why is the church spending millions on a shopping mall while requiring full tithing from members who are struggling to heat their home this winter? Even if you believe that the mall is going to magically be a non profit enterprise for the church, what would Jesus have done? Why does the prophet behave in a manner that is far from Jesus teaching? Is the church behaving more like a business or representation of God?

  • Morminion

    Run away from BOTH cults. Trust me… you will never regret it.

    • christmasparakeet

      You’re on the other extreme of bigotry.

      • Morminion

        At least I am sure of myself. PS I didn’t mean to limit it to just those two.

  • pmo

    myketli is one of the stupidest names I have ever heard.

  • A. Pratt

    Speaking of s(t)arcasm, the best sarcastic and frankly insightful polygamist-wife memoir I’ve ever read is Joanne Hanks’s “It’s Not About the Sex My A**: Confessions of an Ex-Mormon Ex-Polygamist Ex-Wife.” Google the title and you’ll find it.

  • christmasparakeet

    Betraying the Savior’s command to baptize, again and again. This first presidency is blind.

  • choke

    A church denies baptism to a person who adamantly refuses to accept a fundamental doctrine of their faith? [GASP!]

    What is the world coming to when churches actually expect members to accept what they teach before joining?

  • Usia

    The church doesn’t deserve them 👎🏼