Posted Mon, October 4, 2010 5:23pm EST

How The 4 ‘Sister Wives’ Each Met Kody Brown!

Kody Brown, the husband of three women, Meri, Janelle and Christine and soon to be fourth wife Robyn have just opened up their polygamist lives to the world on TLC’s new realty series Sister Wives.

I am a huge fan of HBO’s Big Love so the idea of watching a real polygamist family in action is understandably fascinating.

The most interesting part isn’t even how they live together now but how this whole situation came to be. How did they meet? How were they raised? How does courting another wife, while you’re married, work? Some of these questions have been answered now on TLC’s website detailing the history of these relationships from their first meetings to their growing romances to marriage.

First wife Meri, who has been married to Kody for 20 years, met him on October 20, 1989 when a friend came to visit her home and then introduced Meri to her brother. During the weekend of her visit the three hung out and had fun together shopping and going to the movies. Meri thought it would be the last time she saw Kody, but instead he kept  in touch. She was a few months short of 19-years-old and he was 22 however, he soon made his intentions known and two months he proposed on Christmas Eve,  with both their families consenting. The couple married on April 21, 1990.

Wife number two, Janelle, met Kody through Meri in the fall of 1989 when Meri brought him to a gathering to introduce him to friends. Janelle was not raised as a Mormon and so she didn’t even consider him as a possible prospect. Janelle had been friends with Meri’s family for years but the friendship between Kody and Janelle began to grow. In 1992 she became enthralled with Native American culture and ended up staying in a tipi (which only lasted a week) on Kody’s parents ranch. The couple came to visit and asked Janelle to visit them in Montana for a few days. That visit sparked the initial conversation about a relationship and Kody and Janelle were married a year later, in 1993.

Kody’s third wife, Christine, who is currently pregnant with her sixth child, met Kody through her sister in 1990 – the summer after she finished high school. She was on a youth wilderness trip and Kody and Meri were her chaperones. After that, the families became close friends and in the winter of 1994 when Kody, Meri and Janelle were living in Wyoming, they invited a few friends including Christine for a surprise party. That weekend Christine told Kody “Out of all the guys I know, you are the one I want to marry.” This started to “get the ball rolling.” Christine went home and told her dad, who had wanted her to be with Kody for years and he fully approved.

On Valentines Day, Kody and second wife Janelle came into town and took Christine on their first date. That night Kody proposed. One month later the couple was married on March 25, 1994.

It is absolutely fascinating to me, a woman of  this time who is constantly being told to wait to get married, have a career and make sure you only marry  the right man, so you don’t get divorced — that these three, soon to be four couples — have managed to maintain a marriage of 20 years, 17 years and 16 years. Especially since they only had really known each other for a short time before they took the marriage plunge!

-Jennifer Murray


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Posted at 1:26 PM on August 12, 2013  

Omg I hate to admit it but kody was actually really hot when he was younger!!!

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Posted at 1:05 PM on May 21, 2012  

a female that makes a choice is not demeaned, its a choice to live her life the way she does. We did fight for women’s rights, so why the he** can’t they all have the right to do anything they da** well please without your comments. I am guessing women’s rights are what you see as appropriate? Women’s rights gave us the right to choose, and they chose get over it.

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Posted at 8:30 PM on May 15, 2012  

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Sky Princess

Posted at 9:48 AM on November 13, 2011  

You left out the part about Jannelle being married to Meri’s brother before she met Kody. So Jannelle was Kody’s former sister-in-law as well as his step-sister now.

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Sherri Hall

Posted at 12:38 PM on May 9, 2011  

I always thought that this lifestyle was inappropriate because of young children marrying older men. After watching sister wives i have changed my opion! I think there way of living is fabulous! They are not harming anyone by there choice of family. People that have a problem with it, shouldnt watch it and should leave them alone.They choose this lifestyle, it was not forced upon them, nor does anyone else HAVE to live this way! Just let them have their famuly and be happy! LEAVE THEM ALONE!!!!!

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Posted at 12:13 PM on April 18, 2011  

I just wanted to say hello. I am a fan. Started out curious, ended up loving ur family. I was soo very happy to know that Mary is ok. Please continue to live which ever way u all choose. Your not hurting anyone or causing and trouble or pain to anyone. U all have the right to live ur way. Just try to remember there r more good people in the world than bad, and we just have to pray for the negative ones. Please keep ur show going. I would be privileged if u all would keep in contact with me and hopefully we will be friends. That would make me very happy. In the meantime I send u all love, God bless u all and take care of each other.

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Posted at 7:13 PM on September 12, 2013  

You do understand that polygamists believe that any man who doesn’t take multiple wives, and any couples who weren’t married by the Mormon leader are going straight to hell. It’s like applauding the Jonestown cult members. You might think THEY are great, but they believe YOU are going to hell.

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Posted at 5:48 PM on October 6, 2013  

Polygamists are NOT Mormon. Please do not mix the two. There are many religions within the US, and outside the US, that practice polygamy. Mormons, however, do not. The Browns are AUB, not Mormon and have made that very clear in their show.

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Posted at 8:15 PM on March 29, 2011  

The photo of then with the mountain behind them is Heart mountain in Wyoming i think photo number 12

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Posted at 2:48 AM on February 7, 2011  

More information: Kody met Janelle through Meri because Janelle was married to Meri’s brother! After that marriage ended, Janelle and Kody married.

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Posted at 3:00 PM on October 7, 2010  

This guy is sick. The women even more so. Why would you want to share your husband? Yuck.

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Posted at 5:00 AM on October 5, 2010  

I watched the second episode and it made me feel ill.
Here’s the real scoop… This guy is only legally married to his first wife.. He “is” having an affair with the other so called wives.
Watching the second episode and the women crying as this clown plays ‘single’ while all he really is, is a adulterer made me sick.
There is no way they are going to sell this on the American public..And no way are 99.9% of the women watching the show going to think the guy is anything but a jerk and the women anything but loosers. Stupid enough to “share their man”…
This show is demeaning to the women.. WE fought to have rights and these women are stupid for allowing men to brainwash them into thinking this is how it is supposed to be.

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Jessica Missy

Posted at 9:34 PM on October 4, 2010  

Re: Loretta’s comment

I was thinking the exact same thing. We need a show about a woman who has 4 husbands! This show is pure sexism. All these women are “happy” because they are blinded by religion. Are the women in the Middle East “happy”? Maybe. Maybe not.

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cheryl benard

Posted at 9:30 PM on October 4, 2010  

Am I missing something or is polygamy illegal in the U.S.
Why isn’t this individual in jail????

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Loretta Coggins

Posted at 7:10 PM on October 4, 2010  

I wander who pays all the bills. Does Meri work? I know Janelle and Kody work and Christine stays home. How do they handle all the bills? Does Janelle help pay for all the families or just her own? Are any of the wives and children on welfare or SSI?

I really don’t like the show. I watched the first two episodes and I don’t like how the wives are upset about Robyn becoming the 4th wife. How would Kody like the wives finding another husband?

Who pays for the Lexis sportscar that Kody drives? He walks around like duh duh duh duh.

I think these women deserve more and should have one husband that loves and respects them.

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Posted at 12:22 AM on October 21, 2010  

I wonder if they are all on welfare because there is no way he can effort to support all those wives and children. Doesn’t some of those young girls look pregnant I don’t like this show at all. He should be arrested!

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