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“Sister Wives”: The “Separation Procedure” for Divorce in Spiritual Marriages according to the AUB Church

sister wives Stars Christine Brown and Kody Brown are officially divorced after 27 years of spiritual marriage. However, Christine chose not to go through the “separation procedure” that members of Apostolic United Brethren (AUB) must go through. How do wives leave their spiritual marriage if they have never been legally married?

The group the Browns belong to is called the AUB (also known as “The Work” or “The Allred Group”), a fundamentalist sect of Mormonism (or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). This sect of fundamentalist Mormonism not only supports polygamy, but advocates it. They refer to polygamy as “many marriages” or “celestial marriages.”

The AUB believes that plural marriage is a requirement for exaltation in heaven. And the only way to enter the highest level of the “kingdom of heaven” is for a man to have multiple wives. These ideas come from the teachings of Brigham Young in the 19th century.

Heavenly marriage is more than marriage. It goes beyond the grave and ensures that husband and wife are “sealed for eternity.” The only marriages recognized within the AUB are those performed in a Mormon temple by a male church elder who “holds the priesthood.”

In 1994, Christine was sealed to Kody as his third wife, having already been sealed to Meri and Janelle Brown. But after 27 years of celestial marriage, Christine wanted out. Since Christine and Kody were never legally married, what does plural divorce look like?

According to AUB doctrine, a woman desiring a divorce must apply to the First Presidency for a “breaking of the seals,” also known as a “divorce in the temple.” This unseals her from her husband for eternity and allows her to marry another man.

In their belief system, a woman who does not request an unseal is still considered sealed to her original husband for eternity. However, they also believe that marriage should be voluntary and that both the husband and wives have the right to choose whether to remain married, even in the afterlife.

In which sister wives In season 16, the all-encompassing reunion, Christine shed some light on the divorce process within the church. “We can go [a] marriage in our church,” Christine said. “If it’s a marriage like mine and Kody, where it’s just a spiritual marriage, then spiritually they relieve you. And you go through them,” she revealed.

However, her sister-wife Robyn believes Christine is still sealed to Kody until she goes through with the temple divorce. “Well, Christine says they’re divorced. And technically, in my mind, they aren’t,” Robyn told the host. “Because their marriage was performed by our church officials. And they didn’t grant them a divorce. But I don’t know,” she said.

In the same statement, Christine revealed why she doesn’t feel the need to go through church to get divorced. “As far as I’m concerned, that’s just between me and God,” she said.

“I’m just not interested in the church. So I, the ecclesiastical authorities in this church, don’t care. As far as religious sealing goes, I think God is all right if I just want to be happy,” Christine admitted.

in the sister wives In Season 17, Christine opened up about the moment she felt like she was divorced from Kody when she truthfully told her 11-year-old daughter that she and Kody were “divorced.”

“If you’re not legally married in plural marriage, you usually have to go through some sort of separation process. And I didn’t know up until that second if Kody and I were divorced,” Christine said in the clip.

“There will never be a piece of paper from the government saying you are divorced because we were never legally married. So I made up my mind real quick and told her, ‘No, we’re already divorced,'” Christine concluded.

Christine revealed herself sister wives Season 16 that she is no longer part of the Church and no longer practices the principle of polygamy. She has decided that if she starts dating again, it will be a monogamous relationship.

New episodes of Sister Wives Season 17 air Sundays at 10pm EST on TLC.

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