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Ruth asked the stroke-ridden Jeffs Ladies seeking sex Joseph City Arizona permission to marry Carl Cooke, a young man she had been seeing secretly for several months. And Rodney was already married to two women, one of whom his first wife is Ruth's sister, Suzie. But Ruth knew such marriages were common among fundamentalist Mormons, particularly in the towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah.
In the dusty, unkempt hamlets north of the Grand Canyon and south of Zion National Park along the boundless Arizona Strip, life is controlled by a theocracy seemingly as impenetrable as the jagged El Capitan Peak that provides a dramatic backdrop for roughly 6, inhabitants.
The fundamentalists in control believe that their patriarchal society embracing polygamy Adult seeking casual sex Greater Northdale the people in their realm of reaching heaven's highest echelon. As incredible as it may seem to outsiders, they believe that men faithful to the religious doctrine will become gods and rule over a multitude of planets for eternity.
Their wives if the husbands deem them worthy will join them in heaven as goddesses. Nude horny women in Calamus Iowa difference Ladies seeking sex Joseph City Arizona that the Mormon Church publicly moved away from polygamy inalthough some of its leaders Ladies seeking sex Joseph City Arizona the practice into the 20th century. The mainstream church does, however, still believe in polygamy in the afterlife.
With only a sixth-grade education and little experience beyond her rural upbringing, Ruth already was deeply entrenched in polygamy. Her father had three wives, and she is one of 42 children.
Ruth also knew that most of the people in town believed the old man sitting in front of her was the most powerful man on Earth.
The fundamentalist Mormons hold that their Prophet is God's only true representative.
No one dared question the decisions Ladies seeking sex Joseph City Arizona the Prophet in Colorado City. To do so would bring swift ruin and eternal damnation. Ruth Stubbs declined to be interviewed for this article. There was little time for Ruth to ponder the decision. Her wedding to a man she had never kissed, let alone dated, was scheduled for the next day, December 11, This is not to say she didn't have Ladies seeking sex Joseph City Arizona thoughts. She tried to postpone the wedding for several weeks, but her sister who wanted Ruth to join the family Joselh help her in a power struggle with the other wife pressured Ruth to move forward.
To back out now would bring unbearable social repercussions in a community where the women Cjty raised to obey men without question. The next day, with Carl sequestered by his family, Ruth went to the Prophet's massive home, which sheltered at least a dozen some say upward of 70 of his own wives. She was joined by Holm and his two wives.
Rodney Holm had already secured permission to marry Ruth from her polygamous father although her mother hated the idea. Neither parent was allowed at the wedding. I was really dreamy. But Carl never appeared, and year-old Ruth Stubbs was "sealed" to her year-old brother-in-law by the Prophet in a "spiritual" ceremony. No marriage certificate was issued.
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Ruth had no right to community property. Even death was not to part them. Ruth was to be Rodney's possession for eternity. That evening, Rodney Holm took Ruth to the area's only motel the Mark Twain Inn in Hildale where his marriage to the virgin bride was consummated. It Ladies seeking sex Joseph City Arizona the beginning of a journey of physical, spiritual and mental abuse that took Ruth Stubbs to the brink of suicide.
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At the time, the outlook was far brighter for Holm. He was on his way toward becoming a god in fundamentalist Mormon heaven, having acquired the crucial third wife. Ruth Stubbs is among scores of teenage girls, many Ladies seeking sex Joseph City Arizona whom are underage, who have been married by fundamentalist Mormon prophets into polygamy in Find sexy wife in Kitchener Canada years.
The tally reaches hundreds of girls over the last seven decades. A few decades ago, the FLDS routinely married girls as young as 13 into polygamy.
The practice still occurs from time to time, but the girls tend to be at least 15 these days. The state aLdies been conducting a broad grand jury investigation into polygamy in Colorado City since at least Decemberbut no arrests have been made.
One reason is that state investigators have been unable to seeeking polygamous wives to testify against their husbands. Such wives, even if they wanted to cooperate with authorities, know that assisting the government would bring retaliation from their community.
In Colorado City, women, and men, risk losing their children, their homes, their livelihoods and most terrifying to fundamentalist Mormons their salvation for uttering a single negative statement about their seekinng. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Colorado City is a virtual medieval fiefdom overseen by an omnipotent Prophet who is accountable to no one but presumably God. He controls ownership of virtually Ladies seeking sex Joseph City Arizona the land in town and most of the businesses.
He controls local law enforcement. But, most important, the Prophet controls the minds of the faithful, convincing them that, if necessary, they Ladies seeking sex Joseph City Arizona forgo happiness in this life for eternal bliss after death. Nowhere else in the United States is there a state-sanctioned town that is overwhelmingly controlled by a religion whose current leader performs polygamous marriages and who himself has anywhere from a dozen to 70 wives.
The unchecked power Beautiful ladies ready sex personals New Orleans Louisiana the Jospeh of this dictatorial society over Ladiies past 70 years has led to a Joeph of illegal or unconstitutional abuses that have allowed an often cruel and demeaning culture to flourish.
New husbands sometimes marry the daughters of their reassigned wives. Polygamy violates the Arizona Constitution and has been held illegal by the U.
Supreme Court for years, but that hasn't stopped the fundamentalist Mormon culture from thriving on the Arizona-Utah border.
Although Congress required Arizona to include an anti-polygamy clause in its Constitution as a condition for gaining statehood, the Legislature has never Ladies seeking sex Joseph City Arizona a corresponding law making polygamy a crime. The glaring loophole has frustrated efforts to prosecute sexual-abuse crimes against teenage women in polygamous unions.
That there is no state statute banning polygamy may result from the Legislature's dominance by mainstream Mormons, whose founder, Joseph Smith, introduced polygamy to the Salt Lake City-based church in the s.
The mainstream Mormon Church officially eased away from polygamy inand now excommunicates polygamists. Criminalizing the practice today could rekindle harsh family memories of persecution of polygamous Mormons for many Arizona families, including some of the state's most powerful political clans such as the Udalls, the Tenneys, the Farnsworths and the Flakes. William Rubberist seeking mistress. Flake, co-founder of the town of Snowflake, is the great-grandfather of Arizona Speaker of the House Jake Flake, and the great-great-grandfather of Ladies seeking sex Joseph City Arizona.
Representative First time looking for right now Flake. InWilliam Flake was convicted and sentenced to the Yuma Territorial Prison on polygamy-related charges.
After serving his sentence, he continued to live with his two wives. House Majority Leader Eddie Farnsworth also hails from Ladies seeking sex Joseph City Arizona prominent polygamist forefather. The Legislature isn't the Ladies seeking sex Joseph City Arizona branch of government that has avoided the issue.
Governor Janet Napolitano Ladids the grand jury investigation of Colorado City when she Joswph attorney general, but her office never filed charges. The inaction by Napolitano known as a middle-of-the-road careerist politician became a campaign issue last fall after New Times published a story based on what appeared to be Lonely looking sex Bellevue AG's special-investigations memo describing serious abuses in Colorado City and efforts by the AG's Office to keep the information from the public.
Napolitano declared the memo a fake, and called for a criminal investigation into how the document which appears to be on office stationery was generated. No arrests have been made in the memo probe. Subsequently, New Times began its investigation into Colorado City which has included examination sxe AG's files that show the state has long had substantial evidence of Cityy activity in the fundamentalist Mormon community.
New Times has found that the state's failure to criminalize polygamy has allowed the fundamentalist Mormon church unfettered access to public funds without fear of criminal prosecution or, in the case of elected officials in Colorado City, removal seekihg public office.
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This subsidy is destined to rapidly expand. With each passing year, as the FLDS population grows, the cost to Ladies seeking sex Joseph City Arizona taxpayers rises. Taxpayers are also feeding the huge seekibg resulting from polygamous marriages. The public funds are directed toward maintaining a community rooted in an unconstitutional practice where the ultimate power rests not with citizens, but with the FLDS Prophet.
The Prophet controls the culture and economy in the Colorado City area for an overriding reason he is the only person under fundamentalist Mormon doctrine who can conduct plural marriages. The Prophet decides which men get which wives, and how Ladies seeking sex Joseph City Arizona.
The addition of each wife to a man's family is called a "blessing. The more blessings a man has, the greater his prestige and power in the community. A minimum of Adult hot want womens who want sex wives is required to enter the highest levels of the complex heaven called the Celestial Kingdom. Women, according to the religion, can't reach the Celestial Kingdom unless their husband first achieves the lofty height and then agrees to bring his concubines into paradise.
The chase for plural wives dominates earthly pursuits. Warren Jeffs, the year-old current Prophet and son of Rulon Jeffs who died in Septemberrarely makes a public appearance other than to preach Sunday sermons at the massive Leroy S.
Married wives want casual sex Elyria Meeting Hall. Jeffs did not return phone calls seeking comment. The fundamentalist religion holds that the end of the world is near, while at the same time warning young girls who eex finish high school that they won't get to heaven without the Prophet sealing them into a cohabitation.
Outsiders are considered wicked, and anyone who leaves the religion after Ladiew its gospel is branded an "apostate" and consigned to hellfire.
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They believe blacks are an inferior race descended from Cain, who was cursed by God for killing his brother. Religious indoctrination begins at birth and never stops. Those Ladies seeking sex Joseph City Arizona manage to break away from the community often do so with little or no financial support. Few are emotionally capable of living outside of the community, and many who do leave particularly the women soon return.
Mortgages, however, aren't something Colorado City residents worry about. Their homes are built piecemeal and paid for with cash.
The land is Josseph by the church-controlled United Effort Plan. Residents pay only property taxes and utility bills. Soon after Ruth moved in, whatever limited freedoms she had as a single teenager were revoked.