By Rebecca Musser, M. Bridget Cook
Rebecca Musser grew up in worry, concealing her family's polygamous way of life from the "dangerous" outdoor global. coated head-to-toe in strict, modest garments, she acquired a rigorous schooling at Alta Academy, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' college headed by means of Warren Jeffs. continually looking to be an obedient Priesthood woman, in her youth she grew to become the 19th spouse of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs, Warren's father. ultimately sickened through the abuse she suffered and observed round her, she pulled off a bold break out and sought to construct a brand new existence and kin.
The church, despite the fact that, had a manner of pulling her again in-and via 2007, Rebecca had no selection yet to take the witness stand opposed to the recent prophet of the FLDS with a purpose to defend her little sisters and different younger ladies from being compelled to marry at shockingly younger a while. the subsequent 12 months, Rebecca and the remainder of the realm watched as a workforce of Texas Rangers raided the craving for Zion Ranch, a stronghold of the FLDS. Rebecca's next testimony could show the bad secrets and techniques happening in the back of closed doorways of the temple, sending their leaders to legal for years, and Warren Jeffs for all times.
THE WITNESS WORE pink is a gripping account of 1 woman's fight to flee the perverse include of spiritual fanaticism and sexual slavery, and a brave tale of desire and transformation.
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This is often only a attempt case! What they're going to do to us may be a lot, a lot worse. ” bankruptcy five Matchmaker, Matchmaker although I persevered to fight with Mr. Jeffs, my sister Christine received alongside quite good with him. all of us needed to, yet she used to be regularly animatedly announcing, “Mr. Jeffs stated this” and “Mr. Jeffs acknowledged that. ” Christine’s health and wellbeing had stronger significantly, and she or he used to be getting ready to return to instructing at Alta Academy while she was once robust adequate. She had eventually stopped the compresses, and her dermis and eyes had a few colour again in them back. She used to be nonetheless frail and vulnerable, yet she had lower back from the jaws of demise. One evening while mum and dad went out and we barricaded ourselves once again in our mother’s room, we have been looking at the video Fiddler at the Roof. We’d all noticeable it repeatedly and so much people had it memorized. staring at Christine smiling and making a song, I felt a sit back. The phrases made feel to me like they by no means had before—and I didn’t love it. the previous few months, the perform of prepared marriages had exploded in the FLDS, occurring one after one other. long past have been the times whilst younger women and men had any say in whom they married. God used to be our matchmaker. We have been on the half the place the Jewish sisters have been making a song “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” the 2 youngest ones scared to loss of life approximately their destiny. of their marriages, they have been “stuck for good,” yet within the FLDS, we have been caught for all eternity. The Prophet, upon listening to the be aware of God, instructed us who was once to marry whom. As for girls, we have been instructed many times that enduring existence right here on the earth intended that we might be at liberty within the eternities. That raised every kind of questions within me. “What occurs if I marry a person I don’t like? ” I requested Mr. Jeffs, who didn’t appear to just like the undeniable fact that i may usually quote scripture and the Prophets in addition to he did. “You’ll develop to like him. ” “But if I don’t like him, it won’t subject to him, simply because he’s promised to have 1000's, even hundreds of thousands, of other halves within the eternities. you've got stated that as his better halves, all of us needs to serve him, no matter if we love it or now not. ” “If you honor his Priesthood, you’ll develop to like him, Becky,” he growled, after which brushed off me. For the final 4 years, I had labored challenging to turn into a helpful girl of the Priesthood. I was hoping that intended that after the time used to be correct, i might be married to a righteous guy whom I not just enjoyed yet revered. at the moment i'd need to accompany my father to show myself in or “check in” relating to marriage. notwithstanding, i didn't need to fear approximately checking in with the Prophet for a number of years. finally, Christine used to be six years my senior and never but married. even though a number of the women had all started marrying a piece more youthful, like in the course of past a long time in the church, my father wouldn't allow that for us. He made it transparent he sought after us to adventure a piece extra of lifestyles earlier than we married, or even even though it used to be basically as much as the Prophet, a father may well carry a few sway, besides the fact that minuscule, over his daughter’s destiny. sooner or later Dad got here domestic from a Priesthood luncheon with numerous leaders and acknowledged to Christine, “Uncle Rulon requested after your health and wellbeing.