She Escaped a Cult and Now Helps Others


(light music) – When you’re part of
the FLDS, there are a lot of commandments that are imposed on you. When I left the cult and
I realized that I had freedom in my life, that was
so empowering just right there. There are so many people
in the FLDS that need help. As soon as you leave the
church, you don’t have a home, you don’t have a job a lot of times, you don’t have education. It’s a process. People are still stuck
in this other cult world, and I wanted to be sure that
they had a fair chance at life. – [Reporter] On the border
between Utah and Arizona, a polygamist sect of 8,000 people are still living a secret life. – [Reporter 2] The group calls
itself the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints or FLDS. – [Reporter 3] Their leader
and prophet is Warren Jeffs, whose currently in jail
for sexually assaulting two underage girls, but he still
leads the polygamist church and issues orders to his followers. – The first thing you
notice when you come to this town is walls that surround
each yard, each building. Those walls were part of Warren
Jeffs effort for privacy. This is a photo of me
when I was in the FLDS with the long, long hair
down to my knees but it was braided in the back. I grew up in a polygamist household. I was one of 14 children, and I am an ex-wife of Warren Jeffs. This is a picture of me and a
bunch of Warren Jeffs’ wives. Warren had about 79 wives,
and I lived in this house with about 30 of them. He ordered other FLDS members
to brainwash me and drug me. It was really scary. I made multiple attempts
to leave the church and finally found a way to
escape through the window. I am now free of the cult. It was a whole new world out here. Everything was new; and
then, I came back to Utah to help other people. I learned that I had rights to
Warren Jeffs’ property here. So I decided to go and apply
and just see what happened, and I was granted the house. I didn’t want to give
this house to any buyer; I really wanted it to be a crisis house. I wanted to turn this house into the place that I needed when I was escaping. – All these rooms all down
this hallway used to be rooms for Warren Jeffs’
wives and children, and now we have transformed
them into places of refuge and safety and
peace and healing for women coming out of the church or going through difficult situations. When we had an opportunity
to come through with Briell and see his house for the first time, we really weren’t sure what to expect. It is 29,000 square feet, 45
bedrooms, over 50 bathrooms. We’ve been really busy
over the last few months, kinda transforming the place,
making it feel welcoming, making it feel inviting for people to want to come in and stay. There’s now tangible ways to
be able to help these people from a hot meal to GED classes,
helping them get a job, to providing a safe refuge
place for them to live coming out of the church
or actually staying with us for recovery and rehabilitation purposes. – I walked in, and I was
like blown away. I was like, “Woah, what an amazing,
incredible thing to turn “something so negative
into something so amazingly “beautiful and positive.” – It heals me inside to like … – I was born and raised
here in this community. It literally felt like a prison. I was not prepared. Once I left, it was like opening
my eyes for the first time. It was a brand new
world that I had no idea how to even function in. – Hello. Nice to see you. – Nice to see you, too. – There isn’t one of you in your family that wasn’t victimized with us. – It’s true. – And you’ve kinda … – So I lived at the Dream Center for about a month and a half, and I still come regularly
for counseling sessions, too. I am blown away by the resources that they’ve been able to give me. There’s so much in the
future now, and it’s so much brighter than it was before. (light music) – [Jena] The Short Creek
Dream Center’s helped hundreds of people just in the few short months that we’ve been opened. It’s inspirational to be a part
of this community’s journey. Here’s a woman that
has this horrific story about what she went through
so the fact that her dream was to make this a
dream center is amazing. – The Dream Center gives people hope that they don’t have to be
a part of the church. It’s really exciting to
see people showing up at the Dream Center. To me, it’s like a healing energy. My main goals were to just
be able to help these people. To realize that the ripple
effect that it’s had I’ve been able to find myself way more. It’s like a two-way thing. When you help other
people, you get more than what you would’ve gotten. I’m so happy that we’ve come this far. (light music)

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. I don’t understand what’s wrong with this channel’s comments. Beautiful stories and a shitload of dumb comments. Get yourself together people.

  2. She hasn't escaped anything – you can still see the impulsive naivety in her eyes and 'innocence' in the way she strokes a wall and caresses a laptop edge. Now she's using this experience she went through /as a personality/ and not as a reflective experience. This a child who never grew up. Walking down under the sunset, looking around in slow-motion, almost speaking poetry – absolutely romanticizing the outcome of the scenario. 30 other wives were there? I'm sure they were reached before this video came out. Why the need for publicity? Is there the possibility that this is for attention she didn't get growing up? (Yes).

  3. I didn't even need to hear her say it. The instant I saw those red mountains I knew it'd be the LDS cult between Arizona and Utah. The saddest part is all the health issues happening as a result of such little genetic diversity from a bunch of old perverts being the only ones allowed to father children.

  4. I remember when I was in a cult. I'd sit in a crowd, chanting in unison and monotone with others. The cult would ask everyone to give money every week. They would also tell us how to judge others for things those other people cannot change and how we should impose the morals of the cult onto others. There were contradictions in the teachings, but no one seemed to care. You were deemed a better member of the cult if you bought into the more outrageous teachings. Some of the leaders within this cult also were charged with pedophilia and protecting their pedophiles; I feel fortunate that I never had a run-in with any of the pedophiles there.

    When I was 15, I started to wake up. I'd look around during ceremonies and look at the situation as though I were an outside observer, and that's when I realized how messed up everything appeared. While this cult was not as evil as FLDS, it was wrong and time to go.

    I escaped when I was 18, as did one of my sisters. The rest of my family is still brainwashed and fully bought in. I'm sad I haven't been able to help them escape.

  5. I Don't understand what's with the cult what is it all about why are people going there? I have to many questions!😬😕

  6. Christianity is a cult. There is an expression, " one man's cult is another man's religion." Free yourself! You choose to believe in an invisible old white man in the sky that is reading every thought you have and judging you for it. Let's rally behind what the most intelligent people believe, like the big bang and evolution. We have some answers now. We should stop using "god did it" to answer everything because it stifles true progress. I was a gay kid in the 90s, christianity almost killed me/drove me to suicide. No religion works. There are good lessons and terrible lessons in the bible and every other religious text. Try thinking for yourself!

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  8. What a strong person to be able to go back. I'm so glad she got the house because the healing she's helped other women achieve and empowerment must be priceless. What an incredible story.

  9. This is the kind of things we should see more regularly on the internet instead of all the flame wars and hate messages coming around; people like Miss Briell converting the negative energy they experienced into something positive to help other people. This truly touched my heart. PLEASE DON'T STOP THE SHORT CREEK DREAM HOUSE

  10. If anyone sees this, know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is in NO way affiliated with the flds. I have a friend who has parents that grew up there but escaped and they were finally able to be baptized into The Church last year after 8 years of getting their dad to let them. Flds have terrible beliefs and have completely separated themselves from us. Do not let this cloud your view of us.

  11. That house is more like Pedophile house and rap house damn that’s scary. Refuge is inside a asylum Community I’m a Christian and how Cult Twist The Bible and how cult leaders Think it’s OK to Molest And rape in God’s eyes God does not approve that and how someone can think that he or she is mostly he thinks he is the son of God And God Does not approve of that now you guys can judge my comment Cult. Contain lunatics heretics Insane people and leaders

  12. Dont get the FLDS confused with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I cannot stress enough how they are NOT the same thing.

  13. no wonder they where kicked out…. what to do with this land whales… how much food you need to keep those in the church…

  14. Hoomans are truely unbelievable. Idk how can one look at this and STILL thinks god exist and will/can make things better. Fk these sorry excuse of humans to discredit everything other humans have done to help another. I really do wish reliturds dead. The world will be a better place.

  15. FLDS and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or “Mormons” are not the same thing. The actual LDS disowned the FLDS church and has no agreement or part of it

  16. This is a disgusting thing for anyone to experience, and using religion to brainwash people into believing something is ok is insane. I’m happy this woman got out of this situation. Anyone who knows anything about modern Christianity would know god would have never wished such suffering on anyone.

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  18. A church is supposed to be a welcoming second family, not a cult. What she went through is awful. I’m so glad that she was able to overcome that and help others in need.

  19. We need to bring more awareness to the public, it took me a whole year to fight and come out of the control of an abusive cult group I was deeply involved for 5 years, it's not easy journey but I'm glad I made it, they're still trying to recruit people… here is my story and would like to have your support 🙏 https://youtu.be/7rwIGuMvR0Q

  20. Trust me, no one hates the FLDS than us, the real LDS. I've been a member of the LDS, or Mormons, as we're better known, and the major thing in our faith is that we believe wholeheartedly in agency, meaning that while we're not free to choose the consequences, for better or worse, of our actions and choices, we're always free to choose for ourselves. And the FLDS, or Fake Latter Day Saints, spits on everything we believe and work towards.

  21. It is important to note that the "FLDS Church" is not the same as "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". Nor are they affiliated with each other.

    Similarly there are many other churches throughout history that have similar names to one another, yet what they are and what they consist of vary wildly from each other.

  22. i grew up isolated on communes within an extreme version of the SDA religion until i was 15 … i cannot say how much this ripped at my heart. When i left i was SO incapable of functioning in society. Nothing .. literally NOTHING translates. I knew nothing about "the world" and went from the shelter of isolated community to homelessness and all the horrors that happen when you don't have your basic life needs met. This woman … i'd give her a tearful hug if i ever met her for knowing this was needed. It makes my own heart heal to know that the thing i've daydreamed of being able to provide someone going through what i went through, the thing i needed so badly, is being done for SOMEONE even if that someone didn't get to be me. Thank you.

  23. Just want to say that The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the regular Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are two separate churched, and that latter does none of that. I'm glad this woman was able to escape them.

  24. I am non plussed – i have been watching the series and they have been doing a fantastic job. there is a woman in las vegas with blonde hair, who seemed kind and understanding. i am somewhat nonplussed to see either the woman or the double of the woman now intergrated into FLDS working with them – Christine is the name of the woman i have seen in what i am watching now. They have abused, beaten and forced children to work, the list is endless – why did only the cult leader get banged up. The FLDS are still receiving lectures from the nut. I hate to think how many women and children have been trafficked. I am shocked to see the double of the woman who helped the girls to get out now intergrated – i am non plussed. why are the FBI not in there. terrible.

  25. Need help in Birmingham Alabama being attacked by death cults who poison by exposing. me to toxic chemicals , these cults are hired to kill me , since I witnessed dirty cop sell drugs ,please hear my voice Area Roebuck Street Northwood dr 35215 please they moved on my street well hidden doing felony crime technology

  26. I survived three cults and had nobody to help me. I had to make the journey to recovery on my own. It gives me hope that this place exists so that others can have the help and support I never got.

  27. Regular Mormons are almost always really healthy and attractive, but these all look really inbred! So fucked up that they can have their sick baby/sister marrying sect in America.

  28. I hate how people confuse this with mormonism. This is insane. As an ex mormon I admit it is not the same as mormonism.

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