‘It’s all fear based’: Arizona woman opens up about FLDS community

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PHOENIX — Going through old photos, Flora Jessop remembers what it was like growing up in a polygamist cult.

“I have 28 brothers and sisters,” Jessop said. “My dad was married to my mom and her little sister.”

From 1969 to 1986, she and her family lived in Colorado City, Arizona. A small town on the border of Utah. The so-called promise land of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints. A radical religious group that separated from the modern-day LDS church.

She talked about how the community was closed off to outside members and children going through strict teachings. “It’s not brainwashing. It’s indoctrination,” Jessop says. From a young age, she said, “My sisters would sit around and talk about how they wanted to have 30 kids because that was your only worth as a female.”

Jessop recalls living in fear, “There is no compassion, no empathy; it’s all fear based.” She was constantly being told that if she and others did not obey their elders, they would be damned to hell.

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