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Carolyn Jessop was born into the FLDS church - a radical polygamist sect broken off from the mainstream Mormon church. Although it was the only life she'd ever known, as the years passed, the situation continued to deteriorate and she began to think of escape. Eventually, she managed to escape with her eight children - which makes her an exception to the rule.
I don't understand why the mainstream LDS as an organization doesn't come out more strongly against the FLDS. It seems to me that if they wanted to, they could make a big difference.
(When I made this journal entry, I wasn't aware that the FLDS leader had predicted the end of the world for the very next night! Fortunately he was wrong, and I got the chance to release this book instead.)
(Although I'm sad to learn that one of Carolyn's children has "rescued" herself from the outside world and returned to the FLDS.)
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It is hard to believe that this group exists, even thrives, in the U.S. As Utah's attorney general, Mark Shurtleff, says, "I have a corner of my state that is worse than the Taliban." The FLDS not only practices polygamy which is a felony, but their communities are full of domestic abuse including chronic and pervasive child abuse, sexual abuse, and the absolute domination and degradation of women. This is one sick society and difficult to escape from as well. Carolyn Jessop does just that, and with all her children, an unheard of success for a polygamous wife and mother, and an important defeat for the FLDS. I have a tremendous admiration for her. Read her story, I think you will too.
One question that came to mind while I was reading this was why isn't LDS helping set up programs and supports to help the people who escape or are kicked out of FLDS? It seems like they would be the most natural people to be able to understand and help fundamentalist polygamous Mormons who are seeking that help. I saw former FLDS helping, but the LDS weren't mentioned as being a resource. Are they too far apart religiously, or conversely too close, for this to work? Still thinking about this book. I can’t imagine how hard this must have been for Carolyn and the kids. It is not just the physical escape, the law battles, and the financial survival. What must have been the most difficult of all was the total reconstruction of identity and belief. Who am I? is one of the most difficult and important questions any of us ever tries to answer in this life.
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Carolyn is a very brave woman and also incredibly lucky to have escaped.
Thanks for sharing!
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Wow. What an amazing woman Carolyn Jessop is. I loved the writing/storytelling style, but it took me longer to read than anticipated, as I had to keep putting the book down until my anger and tears subsided.
I remember seeing the FLDS Texas compound in the news a few years ago and admiring the pretty pastel dresses and lovely hairstyles. But even with the little I knew about the cult, I figured that was the only thing “attractive” about this lifestyle.
What I found especially upsetting was not only the way Merril treated his wives (well, with the exception of the wonderful Barbara, that is), but the way they treated each other. There’s a great passage – wish I’d marked it, because I can’t find it right now – where one of the wives asks why they’re fighting over a man that they don’t love and didn’t want to marry. Good question. Barbara, as the favored wife, makes life horrible for the others. And the lack of treatment for Ruth’s mental illness until it was almost too late was appalling.
After finishing the book, I did lots of online research about Carolyn and the others – there’s a surprising amount of material out there. The only difficulty is figuring out the family relationships - I read either online or in the book that FLDS members don’t have family trees, they have family wreaths.
I’m SO pleased that Carolyn found the love she so richly deserved. She and Brian were even married in 2015. Barbara died at the age of 56; cause not noted. I wonder if she is missed by anyone other than Merril and perhaps her children?
And I couldn’t be happier that Warren Jeffs is in prison.
Carolyn is an amazingly strong and resourceful woman, and my new role model!
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My brother married a Mormon girl about five years ago. I remember thinking he went from being an intelligent, critically-thinking, thoughtful atheist to a brainwashed, Kool-Aid drunk, nutcase. As a Christian, I'd been praying he'd find the God of the Bible for years...I was completely blindsided by his choice to buy into this ridiculous cult. I just kept thinking, "how could anyone so intelligent believe such a crazy bunch of stuff...especially since their belief system changes so often depending on new "revelation"?
It was these same thoughts I kept coming back to as I read this. My feelings were one part compassion for her and one part disgust with her. Judge me how you will, but mid-30s is far too late to come into the right-thinking it takes to get yourself out of sick situations.
I, too, did a lot of research during and after reading the book. I'm glad she's living strong and happy with Brian and that most of her kids seem to have made good choices for their lives. I had nightmares about that puke Warren Jeffs last night. Ugh.
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