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April 6, 2016 – Former FLDS members speaking out against the sect include former cooks and drivers for the Jeffs family, as well as ex-wives and others close to the church’s leadership, according to FOX News. Their words are included in hundreds of pages of new court documents, shedding light on the secret world of the FLDS like never before.
According to the apostates, the structure of the FLDS now consists of elite church leaders and their chosen disciples at the top, followed by everyone else.
“There was so much class distinction and shunning of people,” said Allene Jeffs Steed, a former cook for the family of Bishop Lyle Jeffs, Warren’s brother and closest confidant. She described seeing shopping carts full of meat and turkeys designated for the bishop’s family while others were made to survive on rice and beans alone.
The church’s new structure was conceived of in a revelation Jeffs had in December 2011, about 4 months after he started serving a life sentence plus 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting underage girls he considered his wives.
He told his flock that God ordered him to create a United Order of members who were most worthy of gaining entrance to heaven. Shortly after this proclamation, Lyle Jeffs gathered FLDS members at the elementary school and questioned them about their lives and faith to determine who was worthy of the order. They were instructed to hand over everything they owned and told the church would provide all their earthly needs.
Warren Jeffs has supreme authority over who will be included in the United order, while his brothers Lyle and Seth serve as “bishops” to carry out his wishes at FLDS communities along the Utah-Arizona border, and in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Steed told the FBI that while she prepared lobster and shrimp banquets for the bishop, her own children lived off toast. Prosecutors allege that food for the families of FLDS leaders was ordered separately from stores like Costco, while lower church members were left to shop at a warehouse of pooled resources called “the bishop’s storehouse.” In many cases, there wasn’t enough in the storehouse for everyone, and those at the bottom of the pecking order had to subsist on whatever was left over.
Fear of being harassed and cut off from their families have long silenced the FLDS apostates. Now, many church members are seizing their opportunity and leaving the sect in droves. In many cases, entire families are leaving the fold.
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