Would you like to see the state to clamp down on it?
I think I leave that entirely in the hands of the civil officers. It's
a civil offense. It's in violation of the law. We have nothing to do
with it. We're totally distanced from it. And if the state chooses to
move on it, that's a responsibility of civil officers.
President Hinckley, when the press pays attention to it, it does affect
you, certainly, in a public relations sense?
It does, because people mistakenly assume that this church has something
to do with it. It has nothing whatever to do with it. It has had nothing
to do with it for a very long time. It's outside the realm of our responsibility.
These people are not members. Any man or woman who becomes involved
in it is excommunicated from the church.
Prosecutors in Utah are quoted as saying -- they told "The Salt Lake
Tribune" -- that it's difficult to prosecute polygamists because of
a lack of evidence; that ex-wives and daughters rarely complain about
it. Do you see that as a problem?
Well, it's secretive. There's a certain element of secretiveness about
it. I suppose they have some difficulty -- they say they do, in gathering