Sister Wives star Christine Brown is opening up about the decision she made years ago to leave the Brown family’s fundamentalist religion– the Apostolic United Brethren– after realizing “she didn’t believe in their faith anymore.”
The mom of six, who split from husband Kody Brown in November 2021 after more than 25 years together, discussed the topic on a recent episode of the podcast Reality Life with Kate Casey, revealing that years ago she admitted to Kody and her then-sister wives Meri, Janelle and Robyn that she was no longer a believer of their church.
As ‘Sister Wives’ fans know, the Browns were previously members of the AUB, a Mormon fundamentalist group that practices (and endorses) polygamy, which the church commonly refer to as “plural marriage.”
Christine stated that her religious beliefs began to change when she realized the lack of freedom that women have within the AUB.
“I just said I’m done. I couldn’t be a member of the church anymore,” Christine said. “I feel like it’s too controlling for women and I am a goddess and it’s time to step up and be that person. And I just said it wasn’t for me anymore.
On the podcast episode, Christine opened up about a conversation that took place between Kody and the four wives a few years back, where everyone discussed their religious beliefs.
“[Kody and the other wives] were all in a different place [spiritually],” she said. “It’s not like we all left [the AUB] at the same time. I don’t even know if Kody or Robyn-– maybe they would even go back to the church.”
Often referred to as “The Work” by insiders– or “The Allred Group” by outsiders– the AUB only recognizes marriages within their religion that are conducted within a Mormon temple and the marriages must be “sealed for eternity” by a male church elder who has “the priesthood.” According to the church doctrine, the AUB members believe that marriage is an eternal commitment that follows them to the afterlife.
Christine is part of both the Allred family and the Labaron family, both of which are very prominent in the AUB. Christine’s grandfather, Rulon Allred was the leader of the AUB before his murder in 1977. Kody has stated in the past that Christine’s bloodline makes her “polygamy royalty” in a sense.
Christine went on to say that she began looking at the religion as a whole as extremely fear-based, admitting that until that point, “I didn’t realize I was living in fear.” She added that while the AUB doesn’t try to be judgement, she “felt it was a little bit judgmental.”
“Basically I just knew that polygamy wasn’t right for me anymore,” she added.
Later in the podcast, Christine explained that she was “raised with fear,” calling it “a constant thing” in her life.
“We were afraid of the whole outside world and I didn’t even realize it until I was 38 years old,” she said. “I was raised in fear, and I was raising my kids in fear. So two months into COVID, I realized I was just being fear-based and I was just afraid. And I was like, ‘You know, I’m just not going to be afraid of this. I’m going to do everything that I can to stay smart and stay safe, but we’re gonna still live our life,’” she continued. “So we did.”
Christine also spoke about a particular day back when she was still living in Flagstaff, Arizona, that she realized she wasn’t happy and found herself asking God what to do.
“I figured that He was a parent like me and, really, I just want my kids to be happy and I figured He just wanted me to be happy,” she said. “It was like, ‘Dude, I’m not happy anymore. This isn’t working for me. Do I really have to keep living polygamy?’ And he’s like, ‘No, I just want you to be happy. That’s all there is to it.’ I almost feel like He’s gonna treat me how I treat my kids.”
Christine called the moment a great one.
“ … sitting out there on that balcony just absorbing God’s love for my next chapter,” she recalled.
You can listen to Christine’s full interview on the Reality Life with Kate Casey podcast below!