The Polygamists
Photograph by Stephanie Sinclair
At 88, Joe Jessop is an elder of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the controversial sect that split from the Mormon Church after it banned plural marriage. In Hildale, Utah, he has tried to fulfill his duty to build up his “celestial family”—5 wives, 46 children, and 239 grandchildren. “I’ve had a blessed life,” he says. “I wouldn’t trade places with anyone.”