The community of Centennial Park, Arizona, was founded by a group of fundamental Mormons seeking a safe haven to practice their religion, a religion that practices polygamy. In this town, it is believed women are told by God who they should marry. Overseeing the matchmaking process is a group of men, known as The Brethren, who are believed to communicate directly with God. For young women, finding the name of the man they will marry is one of the biggest rites of passage towards adulthood.
Rose Marie, 18, has been praying for a name for her husband for two years but has not yet gotten one. Many of her friends are getting married and she is increasingly frustrated that she hasn’t found out who she belongs with. After cooking dinner for her nearly 25-person family, she debates whether she’s ready for moving onto the next stage of life and having a family of her own. Even if she doesn’t get direct word from God, she still has another option to find a husband – a process called “turning herself in” where she can counsel with The Brethren and gain their assistance in finding a name.
Hyrum, 22, was called to The Brethren with news. Kellie, 19, received his name from God to be her husband. He heads out with his buddies for one last hurrah before he ties the knot, while Kellie gets pedicures with some of her friends. Each group talks about the couple’s future – Hyrum and Kellie barely know each other and they each contemplate what their lives will be like together.
Tune in to Polygamy USA: God Has Spoken Tuesday at 9P