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Daughter of Famous Polygamist Family Denied Baptism

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Madison Brown poses with her father and four mothers on her graduation day.
Madison Brown poses with her father and four mothers on her graduation day.

Madison Brown, the 19-year-old daughter of famous polygamists on the TLC show “Sister Wives” sought baptism into the LDS Church, but was denied her request when she refused to “publicly disassociate” with her family and denounce her parent’s practices.

Reported by the KUTVBrown took to social media Sunday to say that the Church is “absolutely beautiful,” but she feels the Church is “rejecting me for my parents choices” and that it is “one of the most devastating things I have been through.”

According to Brown, this decision was passed down to her by the mission president she was working with from the First Presidency. The leaders of the Church who talked with Brown also told her they hoped she would reconsider when her family was no longer in the public eye.

The LDS Church declined to comment on this story.




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Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.


  1. I followed this show before becoming a member of the church. I do see where the First Presidency is coming from, but it does make me sad for her because I know what my baptism and all that has followed it has meant to me.

    • I’ve never follow the show associated with this young lady. I knew about it, but, because of the content I decided it was not something I cared to view. I have a strong testimony, had survived a terrible childhood with abusive parents and other relatives. This show is negative. The behavior of the people in the preview was like it was a big joke – just wanting attention.

      I found the article very confusing. Not really getting the point trying to be made.

      My mother kept giving me an ashtray, cups of coffee… I told her that I quit smoking months ago & quit drinking coffee about the same time. That was before I ever heard of the Church. I was questioning what other churches were saying and how they were treating their women members. In retrospect, I believe Heavenly father was preparing me. All the questions about other religions were answered when 2 sisters tracked in our neighborhood. The best thing that ever happened to me. My mom treated me like crap until the day she died. But, I found the savior and learned that I had a Heavenly Father that loved me. My dad respected my decision. He apologized for the way he treated me and he cried. I’m glad I was able to have a loving relationship with him before he passed.

  2. This is my own opinion only: The First Presidency has been sustained by all of us to officially comment or declare the Church’s position on any given topic. In reading some of the comments members have made concerning this young lady not being baptized, I’m reminded that Jesus, Himself, said that whoever loved father and mother more than Him were not worthy of Him, (Matthew 10:37.) It’s the same with anyone or anything we put ahead of God; if we do that, we are not of Him, we are not His. Bottom line is that if this is the decision of the First Presidency, who are we to question it? I don’t.

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