This week on Utah NOW we offer an inside look at The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brent Jeffs, nephew of jailed FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, will be joining us. He has written a memoir of his experience growing up in the polygamous sect. The story is about power and sex and the dark consequences of religious extremism.
This program was terrific. We are so proud of Brent Jeffs and especially of his parents, Ward and Susan. We used to live just west of the Jeffs compound at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, and the Ward Jeffs boys would occasionally work for us on the LaMontagne properties, or roll down the hillside to deliver our newspapers. What Brent and his family have accomplished in their recent lives, has taken great courage in confronting a really evil situation. We lived near the Jeffs compound for 22 years and observed a happy, caring, friendly community filled with Tom Sawyers and Becky Thatchers turn into a sullen and frightened group as Rulon lost control. Over the years, our family learned to love Ward and Susan and Susan's sister. They were so proud of their children. Each time a new baby was due, we would meet them at the grocery store or taking a walk in the neighborhood, and they would express excitement over the good news. They loved their children above all. We moved away and they moved away, but we have thought of them often and wondered if they were happy and----SAFE. Congratulations, Brent. We are anxious to buy and read your book.
We love UTAH NOW. Lee and Lynne Jorgensen
Posted by Lynne Watkins Jorgensen, Saturday June 13th, 2009 @ 11:35 am
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