Enoch Foster, a fundamentalist Mormon practicing polygamy, along with his first wife Catrina Foster and several of his 13 children from his two wives enter the Charity House at the Rockland Ranch community outside Moab, Utah, November 2, 2012. The "Rock," as it is referred to by the approximately 100 people living there in about 15 families, was founded about 35 years ago on a sandstone formation near Canyonlands National Park. Polygamy was a part of the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was brought to Utah by faithful Mormons in the late 1840s. The mainstream Mormon church abandoned the practice in 1890, but an estimated 37,000 Mormon fundamentalists continue the practice today and believe plural marriage brings exaltation in heaven.
Homes emerge from a rock wall at the Rockland Ranch community outside Moab, Utah
Captions from top left (clockwise):
Suzanne Morrison, a fundamentalist Mormon practicing polygamy, sorts potatoes from the community garden with her daughter Eve, 2.
Fundamentalist Mormons, some of whom are monogamous and others that are practicing polygamy, harvest the community garden along with their children.
Enoch Foster, a fundamentalist Mormon practicing polygamy, visits with several of his 13 children from his two wives.
Foster prepares dinner with his first wife Catrina Foster and their daughter Evangelina, 1, the youngest of Enoch's children.
Girls play on a trampoline near a home blasted from a rock wall.
To read photographer Jim Urquhart's behind-the-scenes take on the Rockland Ranch and his view on portraying polygamy, read his blog.
This story first appeared in Reuters.
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