Nauvoo Polygamy and the RLDS Church

Community of Christ (a.k.a. the RLDS Church) has a long and complicated relationship with Nauvoo polygamy. Although consistent in its opposition to the practice, the understandings of members and leaders regarding the introduction of plural marriage have evolved in surprising ways through the years, and the response to that evolution mirrors the Kübler-Ross model of the five stages of grief. Defined for generations by its battles with The Church of Jesus Christ over polygamy, Community of Christ in recent decades has begun to make peace with its past.