The Story of
February 6, 1952, I was born into a polygamist community. My mother, a fourth
generation polygamist was my father's third wife. At birth I had three sisters,
two brothers, a father and three mothers.
In July, 1953, Governor Pyle
brought in the National Guard and police officers to roundup our group's
polygamous lawbreakers. Men and women were arrested, placed on buses and
transported to jail. Children were put on separate buses that delivered them to
the foster care system. Some of those children were never returned to their
natural parents. Following the "raid" on Sort Creek my father was released
after signing a statement that he would no longer practice polygamy. He was one
of the few men in the community that came home to find their families still
Subjected to the doctrinal
teachings of the prophet and my father, I submitted to an arranged marriage to
a man thirty-three years my senior. I became the sixth of his seven wives. For
sixteen years I remained with him and bore five sons.
husband refused to provide a home that was separate from the rest of his
family, I took it upon myself to obtain that home for my children and myself.
Two days after I left my husband's home I was forcefully abducted by three of
his older boys. For one-and-a-half days I was locked in my room. My husband
tried every method of persuasion to get me to come back to his home, but I
refused. Though it was not my intention to leave my husband, I could not bring
myself to continue our relationship after the abusive way that he treated me
while I was held captive.
abduction, the threats of "blood atonement" execution, and our "prophet's"
counseling session, I could no longer continue to share my life and children
with my husband. I left my husband after that meeting and when he heard from me
again he had to listen me. In the courtrooms of the State of Utah, I obtained
legal custody of five boys.
faced a world we had been taught to fear and discovered that many of those
fears were unfounded. We were exposed to social norms that were totally foreign
to us. In an effort to get my boys involved in healthy activities with other
children their age, they joined little league sports and football was their
In 1989, after
years of bitterness, I found the God that loves me and made a provision for me
that I might spend eternity with Him. I found the God that desires an intimate
and personal communication with me.
God has given
me many talents and it is my desire to use those talents to bring honor and
glory to Him. It is my prayer that God will give me wisdom and direction as to
how I can make a difference in the lives of the polygamist people.
I believe that it is primarily through education, coupled
with evangelism, and not legislation, that polygamy can be stopped. Utah
already has laws against polygamy, but strict enforcement of those laws would
also punish the innocent victims of this crime, the children. The wisest
approach is to evangelize rather than terrorize. To change the heart of a man
will change his behavior. These are my people and I have experienced the terror
of the "raid." It is my desire to protect those children from such duress
should legal action be taken against the parents of polygamy.
I have written a book about my experiences in
modern-day polygamy and now face the challenges of obtaining a publisher. Six
other books are in progress and each book addresses specific issues and
experiences related to modern-day polygamy. Information regarding these books
can be obtained through email or writing to the following address:
P O Box 65783
Salt Lake City, UT