We had the pleasure of having Worth Bistline call in to do an interview about growing up as a young man in the FLDS. He has an interesting view as he grew up with Rulon Jeffs as prophet and the gradual transition to Warren Jeffs becoming the leader of the FLDS. He has a lot of insight regarding the transition and especially as a young man coming into the priesthood of the FLDS. Thanks again to Worth for sharing his story and we hope his ending words of wisdom can help as many people as they go through this crazy thing called life!
We had the pleasure to speak to Arturo Jessop, who’s story is vastly different then the other stories we’ve shared. In previous episodes we discuss how racism plays a big part in most of the polygamist groups. Well in the AUB they allow two other races, Mexicans and Native Americans. Arturo’s family comes from Mexico. As he tells his story you’ll see how the AUB converts from the communities in Mexico.
Carlyn is a young man who grew up in Southern Utah where the FLDS isolated many years ago. He came in the studio to share his story, not of misery but of truth! He did everything he could to please his father and become a worthy Priesthood man. We dive deep into what it is like to be a young man in the FLDS group. Carlyn reminds us to not let the bad things in life continue to make us miserable.
Leah left the AUB polygamist group in 2010 as a young adult! Leah has been featured in the TV show Escaping Polygamy.. She shares her story with us and what it was like to be a young women in the AUB group. We get into the politics of the AUB and how the church is run so closely to the LDS church.
Mentioned: Sister Wives TV show on TLC
Kevin was born and raised in the AUB polygamist group. He was married as well in the group and we touch a bit on what the marriage ceremony is like in a polygamist group. He was never a practicing polygamist, yet his insight into polygamy and the AUB are exceptional! He came in with his wife Liz who we interviewed the previous episode. He shares wisdom and knowledge we are excited to be able to share!
The Apostolic United Brethren is known as the AUB or the Allred Group, based out of Bluffdale, Utah. Our first ever former AUB member Liz Jessop came in for a deep and informational interview! Liz was the first wife in a plural marriage and shares her struggle to make the decision to leave polygamy. She tells us all new information on the AUB; from how childhood is in the AUB to the religious ceremonies they perform. We hope this is as informal to you as it was to us. We learned somethings that we’ve never heard. Liz came in and in her words “got a bunch of monkeys off her back”.
This episode features Val Snow, one of Daniel Kingston’s many children. He gives us the insight into the world of growing up with an abusive father & also coming out as gay. His story is very raw and intense, but he shows us that even growing up in fear and being unhappy doesn’t mean that’s how the rest of your life will be. He gives us all hope to become better from our life experiences & gives great advice!
Joanna who is only 17 years left in June 2018, since leaving she has begun to discover who she truly is as an independent woman. We discuss her first public school experience and much more. Since she has just left she has so much ahead of her and we are so grateful she was able to share her story with us & hope that you feel inspired!
Maria left the FLDS polygamist cult 10 years ago and since leaving has had many struggles that have got her to where she is now. Her stories and experiences are priceless and we hope those who are listening feel inspired. Maria is now married and has a young child, her story shows it is possible to leave and start a whole new life.
We had the pleasure to speak with a young man who in his short life has already been through a lot and has decided to take those hard times and turn them to positives. He is joining the US Coast Guard after he graduates High School and his future is bright. He has very wise words on motivation and great advice. We hope you feel inspired and share his story to help others.
Warren Jessop is a young man who's story is inspiring. We are both hoping his story can inspire and help anyone who needs it.
We have Nicole, Melissa and Emily back to answer everyone's questions. Since everyone's story is different this episode shows even more everyone different point of views on many things. These ladies are very insightful & are excited for you to laugh and enjoy this episode!
Young Barlow has turned his experiences of growing up in a religious cult into many positives. He owns his own company and is investing in other companies as well. His insights and stories show a lot of his character and being a survivor. We hope his triumph is something that will help others as well.
Lamont Barlow, who was featured on A&E's Cults and Extreme Beliefs episode on the FLDS has a lot of knowledge that we are excited to share. Lamont left the FLDS and moved away from the community and has since moved back. He is doing a lot of amazing things to help the community grow. He is an entrepreneur who is bringing a tech company to the community to create a great source of income.
We had the privilege to have the Nicole come in, she is the daughter of Paul Kingston who is the current Prophet of the Kingston group. Lots of good first hand information and stories from the leaders daughter herself. Nicole just released her book called The Leader's Daughter which is available on Amazon.
Links mentioned or discussed in this podcast: Nicole Mafi: The Leaders Daughter
Amy is a 16 year old girl who was born and has lived in Centennial Park her whole life. Centennial Park also known as "the work" is just miles away from Colorado City, Arizona. Centennial Park broke off from the FLDS and has thrived in starting their own polygamist group. This is our first episode with someone from Centennial Park as well as our first episode with someone who believes in the practice of polygamy.
We made our first trip down to Colorado City, Arizona. This small town is known as a couple different nicknames one being Short Creek and the other simply as the Crick. We were lucky enough to take our friend who grew up there all her life and she became our personal tour guide. Take a listen as we discuss our thoughts and feelings about the Crick.
We had the privilege to have Briell Decker come in and share her amazing story! She is a true activist and survivor! We hope that her story will shed light on some terrible crimes that are committed in the FLDS. Since she has left the FLDS she is doing amazing activism work and speaking out for women and children who are victim to sex crimes.
We were able to sit down with Amanda Rae who grew up in the Kingston Polygamist Group. Her knowledge of the school and banking system is something we have to share! Hope you enjoy!
Melissa was born and raised in the Kingston polygamist group. She was married to man and became the first wife. We discuss her having and raising kids in polygamy and the difficult process to leave polygamy. Due to the fact she was legally married to her then husband she has to go through a difficult divorce process with the Kingston's fighting against her.