|Little Parker with his clothes on. I love his little paws sticking out!|
The first book, Stolen Innocence concerns Warren Jeff's group. This story starts out in the metropolitan SLC area. This story is about manipulation, control, broken families and lies. You can find it on CD and in hard cover complete with pictures. This poor girl was forced to marry someone who had been mean to her all growing up. Her father, mother and brother were often taken away from the family, brought back, changed, you name it. It's shocking.
Verlan had been a temple endowed Latter-day Saint. He ends up becoming the president of this church his brother started. He often works in the states, and tries to find converts as far as Canada. Verlan ends up with a total of 10 wives and 58 children. These people believed in the Adam-God theory, the "purity" principle, which means only sex for pro-creation, and glory and own worlds in the next life. Irene can't stand the lack of sex and finally finds a text by Parley P. Pratt (I think) for 5 reasons for sex. The Doctrine and Covenants is quoted as well as Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball. Irene lives having to be obedient to requests that go against what her heart is telling her is wrong and there for feels TERRIBLE about herself and so unloved. All she wanted was love and someone to be there for her.
Once Irene leaves he becomes a Born Again Christian. After reading her story, hearing how she felt and then her experience in this kind of a congregation, I believe that God is giving her a gift to live out the rest of her life, responsibility free. She paid a great price while being a 2nd wife and this is her break. In the next life, she will know the truth, except it and be OK. That is my hope for her anyway.
Why do I read this you ask? Being single so long and in the single adult program that is 31 to dead, I've often thought if there was polygamy I would be a wife and a mother and there would be no need for the SA program. I would always say I don't need a man 100% of the time, 50% or less would be fine. Another phrase I'd say is "I'll be wife number 2, there isn't going to be no number 3" meaning of course, a second wife after a death or a divorce. I was a 5th wife to Jason!
Of course I would never leave the Church for such a thing. I KNOW it is wrong, unless commanded by God. In reading Jacob, I believe polygamy is about children. Abraham needed to have seed to fulfill the promise. The Mormon Pioneers needed to have children to grow the church, the gospel. In Jacob chapter 2 he tells the Nephities that they cannot excuse by using the scriptures (David and Salomon) to have more than one wife. The Lord tells us there, He Ok'd it for Abraham and for this purpose as described in verse 30:
For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up aseed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things.The Lord’s law of marriage is monogamy unless he commands otherwise to help establish the House of Israel (see Encyclopedia of Mormonism Vol. 3, pp. 1091-1095).
You know my little rescue dog Polly, well her name is now Pearl. I got an email and a picture from the family that adopted her. The mom even knitted her a little dress. Here she is all clean and cute. I love her and still want to hug her! She's such a cute sweet dog, but I'm happy to know she has a good home. I just hope they don't smoke around her!
here to see the campus. It's beautiful!
It also shows me how terrible this whole ordeal (mainly the marriage and moves) has been for me. In my pattern changing class the teacher said she had worked with abused women who didn't even know what their favorite color was and other such simple things. Any ideas of what I should think about?