This concluding chapter argues that Mormonism, troubled by its polygamous past, is a religion in process whose Americanization is doomed to be incomplete. Contemporary Mormonism still bears the legacy of the nineteenth-century conflict over plural marriage in ways that have proved difficult to escape, despite the fact that the mainstream Church has not practiced plural marriage for over one hundred years. Other sects, however, have continued the practice in earnest. As popular press and television attention to plural marriage has increased over the past few years, the Latter-day Saints Church has continued to struggle to define its relationship to contemporary polygamists. However, despite the contemporary Church's many attempts to distinguish itself from fundamentalist Mormons, contemporary mainstream Mormons are still widely associated with plural marriage.
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