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We need to remember that those were different times than ours. Women couldn't just go out and make a living to support themselves or their families. The Saints were being persecuted wherever they went, and their final exodus was inevitable. What were they going to do? Leave the women behind? What would that say about these God-fearing people? Of course they had to take everyone with them. It just makes sense that these women and children should have someone to cling to. Once they had arrived at their destination, they needed families to get things started. Polygamy was a necessary evil. Once they were safely settled in the Salt Lake valley, polygamy was no longer a need and was abolished by the Church.
Fundamentalist Mormons--a totally different bird.