November 15, 2012

In Focus: Polygamists in the Rock

A small community of fundamentalist Mormons, about 15 polygamist and monogamist families, have established a unique home for themselves, living in modern homes literally carved into the side of a massive sandstone rock in the desert south of Moab, Utah. Rockland Ranch, informally called “The Rock,” was founded about 35 years ago by Robert Dean Foster, who set out to create a safe, remote space for a Christian community that embraced plural marriage. Large houses were built by using dynamite to blast caves into the sandstone cliff, then finished into relatively modern homes complete with running water, electricity, internet access, and more. Reuters photographer Jimmy Urquhart was recently invited to visit and photograph The Rock, and returned with these images, a rare glimpse into a unique Utah community.

Read more. [Images: Reuters/Jim Urquhart]

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    It will be ours or it will be ashes.
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  11. atalker said: You spelled Mormon wrong in the tags. You can’t do that. You are The Atlantic.
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    I’m not into polygamy, or Morms, but Utah is undeniably beautiful. I love this idea! It’s probably dark as hell, but if...
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    I would be a polygamist if it meant I could live here.
  15. away-abaddon said: Mormons are not Christians. Their theology is completely out of step with orthodox Christian understanding of the Trinity, the nature of Christ, &c.
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    Yeah, invited him for a nice bit of hypocritical happy-families propaganda, that’s what that is.
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