Dawn Porter is 29, gorgeous, and single. She's had plenty of boyfriends, but no one she can imagine settling down with. Now ready for a relationship, Dawn is keen to look at the different ways it can be done. From polygamy and polyamory to mail order brides and Geisha, this new, four-part series sees Dawn travelling the world to look at the most extreme ways women find love, and live, with men. What are the costs of living these extreme ways? Does it really make people happy? And will it teach Dawn anything about the way she'd like to live her life?
Runtime: 60 minutes
Dawn Porter: Extreme Wife - Centennial Park group - Netflix
The Centennial Park group is a fundamentalist Mormon group, with approximately 1,500 members that is headquartered in Centennial Park, Arizona. The Centennial Park group broke with Leroy S. Johnson, leader and senior member of the Priesthood Council of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church), in the early 1980s. There is no formal relationship between the FLDS Church and the Centennial Park community. The group is also known as the “Second Ward”, “The Work of Jesus Christ” and “The Work”. The Centennial Park group was profiled on the ABC television program Primetime in a story entitled “The Outsiders”, and also on The Oprah Winfrey Network's Our America with Lisa Ling. It was also featured in Dawn Porter's television documentary, Dawn Porter: Extreme Wife and on the National Geographic Channel series Polygamy, USA.
Dawn Porter: Extreme Wife - Priesthood Council split - Netflix
“I want to say a few words to these men who sit here on the stand today. [He turned to face J. Marion Hammon and Alma A. Timpson.] The Lord gave you men five and a half years to change your thinking on this principle of having one man holding the sealing powers in the earth at a time, and you have made a miserable mess of it by coming here and preaching over this pulpit that I was about to die because of my attitude towards this principle.”
In the early 1980s, significant disagreement arose regarding the question of the presiding authority of the FLDS Church. This disagreement was over what is called the “one man doctrine”. The “one man doctrine” refers to section 132:7 of the Doctrine and Covenants, a part of the open scriptural canon of several denominations of the Latter Day Saint movement, which states that “there is never but one on the earth at a time on whom this power and the keys of this priesthood are conferred”. After two council members, Carl Holm and Richard Jessop, died, Leroy Johnson, as senior member of the Priesthood Council, was responsible for recommending new replacements. However, Johnson believing in the “one man doctrine”, made no recommendations for new Priesthood Council members. Then, on July 11, 1983, Guy Musser died, leaving the council evenly split between those who believed in the one man doctrine and those who did not. The remaining council members who opposed the one man doctrine were Marion Hammon and Alma Timpson. In February 1984, Johnson's health improved enough for him to speak to the FLDS Church membership. Johnson had seldom participated in fundamentalist meetings for quite some time due to illness. He stated,
Six days later, he declared, “I want to tell you, the first thing that is going to take place is the cleaning up of the Priesthood Council. I want to tell these men on the stand, B Brother J. Marion Hammon, and Brother Alma Adelbert Timpson, that from now on, I am throwing you off my back, and I am not going to carry you any more.” Then Johnson dismissed Hammon and Timpson as members of the Priesthood Council and attempts were made to evict residents siding with Hammon and Timpson from their properties owned by the United Effort Plan, which was once a subsidiary organization of the FLDS Church that owns most of the property in Hildale and Colorado City.
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