The people of Short Creek – the towns of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah – are finally breaking free from the FLDS cult.
All the votes are not yet counted, but it appears Donia Jessop might be elected mayor of tiny Hilldale, Utah. Hilldale and Arizona’s Colorado City, collectively known as Short Creek, are the home of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a warped, polygamous off-shoot of the Mormon religion.
The fact that Jessop is even running for mayor is astonishing. Five years ago, she was one of the myriad women in the population of nearly 8,000 that was straight-jacketed into the neck-to-ankle prairie dress prescribed by the “prophet” Warren Jeffs, who is now in a Texas prison doing life plus twenty years for sexually abusing underage girls.
Jessop left the church and is hoping to lead the community to a better future. Those of…
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