Anne Wilde

Anne B. Wilde is an American author and advocate on behalf of fundamentalist Mormon polygamists. She is a co-founder of Principle Voices, a group whose purpose is to counter anti-polygamy messages, build bridges between fundamentalist Mormon groups and outside communities, and for the decriminalization of polygamy.[1]

Anne B. Wilde
Personal details
Detroit, Michigan
Home townTaft, California
Baptism DateCirca 1944
Known ForEditing Fundamentalist Mormon texts
Alma materBrigham Young University
OrganizationPrinciple Voices (founded 2000)
Notable worksVoices in Harmony
Spouse(s)Ted Wilde (divorced)
Ogden Kraut (m. 1969)

Wilde is the second wife of Ogden Kraut, a prolific writer on fundamentalist Mormon history topics and doctrines. They married in 1969 while members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Kraut was excommunicated in 1972, but Wilde was able to keep her marriage to Kraut a secret for many decades.[2] She was excommunicated sometime after 2002 and speaks on behalf of polygamists. She is a co-author of Voices in Harmony: Contemporary Women Celebrate Plural Marriage.[3]


Wilde was born Detroit, Michigan. Her mother was a member of the LDS Church with pioneer ancestry, and her father was a non-Mormon who worked in the film industry.


"We thought maybe by organizing, we'd have a little more credibility[...] We could also provide an avenue for those in our culture to speak up." —Anne Wilde

Wilde, Mary Batchelor, Marianne Watson, and Linda Kelsch founded Principle Voices in 2000 after the publication of Voices in Harmony. The group sought to bring together all of the area's polygamous communities into a coalition.[1][4]


Wilde edited 65 books and other publications with Ogden Kraut. She ran a publishing house from her home.[2]

Wilde authored the chapter on fundamentalist Mormonism in a book about schism within Mormonism[5]


  1. ^ a b Winslow, Ben (26 July 2008). "Pro-polygamy group strives to educate". Deseret News. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Many polygamists blend into modern society". MSNBC. AP. 17 April 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  3. ^ Batchelor, Mary; Watson, Marianne; Wilde, Anne (2000). Voices in Harmony: Contemporary Women Celebrate Plural Marriage. Principle Voices. ISBN 9781555174996.
  4. ^ Adams, Brooke (13 February 2004). "Plural wives defend lifestyle". The Salt Lake Tribune. Religion News Blog. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  5. ^ Wilde, Anne (2007). "Fundamentalist Mormonism: Its History, Diversity and Stereotypes, 1886-Present". In Bringhurst, Newell G.; Hamer, John C. (eds.). Scattering of the Saints: Schism Within Mormonism. John Whitmer Books. ISBN 9781934901021.

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