The Polygamist's Daughter

Stories, Reflections and Conclusions of Life on the Inside


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Prophet’s Prey Hollywood Premier

Prophet’s Prey, the documentary film based on Sam Brower’s book by the same name, is getting rave reviews. If all goes well, it may even be up for an Academy Award.

Sam Brower is the private investigator who was instrumental in gathering details about Warren Jeffs and seeing him put away for life. In his book he details his the discovery process that began with a man named Ross Chatwin and ends with Warren’s conviction. But, the movie takes the story another step forward. Just after the completion of the film, life in Colorado became even more crazy as Warren Jeffs edicts to his people have left many homeless and children orphaned.

Sam, in conjunction with John Krakauer, Amy Berg and Ron Howard, among others, have created a film that is telling the truth behind the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

This movie shows the plight of the F.L.D.S. people. People who are blindly manipulated by a man who they believe is in prison for religious persecution. A man who is really in prison for sexual assault of a minor, to put it nicely.

Don’t miss out on a chance to see this movie right now in select theaters. If you live in the Los Angeles area, you may have a chance to meet Sam in person along with a celebrity panel.

Check out the premier dates and get your tickets here. 

Until next time.

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Leaving the Saints

Leaving the Saints

I recently finished reading “Leaving the Saints” by Martha Beck. I found Martha’s unique writing style and lightheartedness to be a refreshing portrayal of a very painful past. In “Leaving the Saints”, Martha shares her story of rediscovering the truth of her childhood trauma, her experiences with growing up in the LDS (Mormon) Church and her journey to spiritual transformation. Many of Martha’s stories confirmed within me that the memories of my childhood were not my imagination. Although I was raised in a Fundamentalist Mormon community, the beliefs and practices are not far from those of the traditional Mormon Church. This I have been able to gather from Martha’s book, along with other research.

It is important to recognize that “Leaving the Saints” was written nearly ten years ago and many of the Mormon beliefs and practices have evolved since that time. Members are no longer threatened with disembowelment for example. Albeit the church is still a patriarchal society loaded with fear-based beliefs, as many religions are.

The journey out of religious dogma into discovering our own innate spirituality is a process that many of us are undertaking. I applaud Martha’s candor about her journey and where she is today as a result of discovering her own inner truth.