Carolyn Jessop was born into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a group splintered from and renounced by the Mormon Church, and spent most of her life in Colorado City, Arizona, the main base of the FLDS. Since leaving the group in 2003, she has lived in West Jordan, Utah, with her eight children.
Jessop will discuss and sign her memoir Escape, the dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman's courageous flight to freedom with her children- Tattered Cover
Carolyn Jessop was born into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a group splintered from and renounced by the Mormon Church, and spent most of her life in Colorado City, Arizona, the main base of the FLDS.
Since leaving the group in 2003, she has lived in West Jordan, Utah, with her eight children. Jessop is the author of Escape, the first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman's flight to freedom with her children.
Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or of a sect closely related to it (e.g., the Community of Christ). The Mormon religion was founded by Joseph Smith, who claimed to have received an angelic vision telling him of the location of golden plates containing God's revelation; this he published in 1830 as the Book of Mormon. Smith and his followers accepted the Bible as well as the Mormon sacred scriptures but diverged significantly from orthodox Christianity, especially in their assertion that God exists in three distinct entities as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Mormons also believe that faithful members of the church will inherit eternal life as gods. Other unique doctrines include the belief in preexisting souls waiting to be born and in salvation of the dead through retroactive baptism. The church became notorious for its practice of polygamy, though it was officially sanctioned only between 1852 and 1890. Smith and his followers migrated from Palmyra, N.Y., to Ohio, Missouri, and finally Illinois, where Smith was killed by a mob in 1844. In 184647, under Brigham Young, the Mormons made a 1,100-mi (1,800-km) trek to Utah, where they founded Salt Lake City. In the early 21st century, the church had a worldwide membership of nearly 10 million, swelled yearly by the missionary work that church members, both men and women, are encouraged to perform.
Americans have been biting hard at the heels of Mormons ever since Joseph Smith took them to Missouri. Believe me they've been on the cult-radar of America for over 180 years and they're still a testament to the insanity of this totally fabricated religion.
Indeed. I used to live very close to the border of Colorado City, and polygamist women would come into the restaurant that I worked at all the time wearing very dark shades. I was too naive to know at the time why they wore them so often.
I can't believe we as Americans allowed something like this to happen to women and children for so long in this country. I understand the right to practice your religion but human rights in Colorado City have been violated en masse for long enough, don't you think?
The very idea that a person has that much power over another is incredible. To combat the fundamentalism that would cause these kinds of groups, we must give information to the members that they are free and do not have to be enslaved by another.
If you want even more info, check out the Utah and Arizona Attorney General's report on child abuse in polygamous societies. I have a link to in on the bottom right of the opening page of my website. It will blow your mind!
It seems these types of books of escaping from fundamentalist religion have been gaining popularity over the past couple of years. Another book I would highly recommend is Fundamentally Misguided about a young woman from the Bible Belt who was raised fundamentalist and later got caught up in a Y2K cult at the turn of the millennium. A brave memoir indeed.