June 01 , 2008

Maud's Story

With entire sections in her own words


Maud’s Story— A Modern Cain and Abel Story A life she termed “half joy and half sorrow.” • Born to parents who had childhood memories of the Civil War, Maud’s life began in 1892, just two years after the Mormon Church Manifesto had forbidden plural marriage. • Educated in the LDS High School in Salt Lake City, she, paradoxically, gained a love for that controversial principle. • In Salt Lake Maud read newspaper reports telling that President Joseph F. Smith had paid a $500 fine for a son who was born years after the Manifesto; yet the church continued to deny its practice. • She married Dayer LeBaron, helped him get a plural wife, fled to Mexico to avoid his arrest, and continued giving birth to children. • Dayer’s family lived nearly twenty years in Colonia Juarez, ostracized for living plural marriage, in a town that early Mormons had made as a place of refuge for polygamists. • With grown sons Maud and Dayer left the Mormon colony to pioneer a remote area on homestead land. There her son Joel began a church and became the beloved leader of a new community. • Ervil, a younger brother, enraged at Joel’ success, no longer supported him and …. • A modern Cain and Abel story ensued, breaking Maud’s heart.
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