‘Sister Wives’ Is it True That Janelle Brown’s Mom Married Her husband Kody Brown’s Dad?

Sister Wives spoilers reveal that Kody Brown is a member of the Apostolic United Brethren which is a subgroup of fundamentalist Mormonism. It was after joining the group that he began practicing polygamy, one of the sect’s tenets.

In 1990 Kody married his first wife, Meri Brown and in 1993 he married his second wife, Janelle Brown. A year later he married third wife Christine Brown and in 2010 he brought his fourth wife Robyn Brown to the fold.

Since his first marriage, he has spawned 15 children and adopted Robyn’s three children from a previous marriage.

Now comes word that all wasn’t perfect in paradise.

Kody’s wives have all had doubts about their him at one point or another

In the Brown family’s 2012 memoir, Becoming Sister Wives: The Story of an Unconventional Marriage, Janelle, who converted to fundamentalist Mormonism before marrying, revealed that her own family members tried to get her to leave Kody. At that time Janelle was pregnant with the Brown family’s first child, Logan Brown.

Janelle was raised in the mainstream Mormon church, aka the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which does not practice polygamy, ie, plural marriage.

In fact, Janelle was first married to Meri’s brother, Adam Barber, and this is how the group met. When her marriage deteriorated, Janelle developed friendships with polygamists in Bountiful, Utah. Before long she also was practicing polygamy or, “the principle.”

In the book Becoming Sister Wives, Janelle wrote that when she visited Kody and Meri in Montana, she was “called” to fundamentalist Mormonism and eventually married Kody.

'Sister Wives' Is it True That Janelle Brown’s Mom Married Her husband Kody Brown’s Dad?

Some of Janelle’s family members weren’t pleased with her calling

But, Meri and Janelle didn’t get along well and Janelle felt more like a roomie than a wife. Then, when Janelle became pregnant she visited Salt Lake City with Kody and his third wife, Christine, and some of her family attempted to convert her back to mainstream Mormonism.

“Some of my…family members even went so far as to stage a small-scale intervention to reconvert me, or, as they saw it, save me,” Janelle wrote. “I guess my family decided to take advantage of the fact that I was a captive audience until Kody got back. They cornered me in the living room and began hurling Mormon scripture at me. They told me that what I was doing by living with Kody (they didn’t recognize our marriage) was wrong. They said that I was giving up my blessings.”

Her maternal grandfather was one of the relatives who never spoke to her again, but in an ironic twist of fate, her mother Sheryl Usher married Kody’s father, the late polygamist patriarch Winn Brown.

As such, Sheryl and Janelle kept their relationship and managed to share a new religion and lifestyle as well as an extended family.

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Tanya Clark

Tanya is a freelance writer, educator, and therapist. She spends the days of her life caring for her bold and beautiful loved ones, she's young at heart, very restless, and made her debut at L.A. General Hospital.

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