Finally caught up watching Tony Goldwyn as Warren Jeffs in “Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs,” last night. A movie based on the Stephen Singular book “When Men Become Gods.” Warren Jeffs, now imprisoned, is the prophet of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints, a religious sect living in the twin cities of Hildale and Colorado City (Short Creek) on the Arizona-Utah border. Located other places too. Prophet Jeffs followed the “principle” of attaining plural wives, coercing young girls into polygamous marriages with older men, to the letter. Also, he shunned television, radio and newspapers to be more obedient to the teachings of the “principle” of polygamy. 2007 marks the year when Jeffs was arrested. (macmillan.com)
The movie includes the hymn “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet”, also found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hymn book. “Outlaw Prophet” might not be an exact depiction, but it´s interesting to peek into FLDS life now longer an active worshipper of the LDS faith. Discover some similar teachings. Keep sweet in the FLDS could be linked to obedience in LDS teachings. Based on the idea of being submissive to any teaching the leaders introduces. Quoting LDS President Uchtdorf “please, first doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.” (lds.org), a quote that could teach obedience to church approved literature. Although the LDS church officially does not practice polygamy, traces of the “principle” is in the Doctrine & Covenants chapter 132.
Personally, I would rather investigate my doubts in any material available, “Outlaw Prophet:Warren Jeffs” depicts when keeping sweet does harm to people. Feel free to ask questions about LDS, I´ll answer them respectfully. Or about FLDS, answering to my best ability.
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