Once one of the FLDS bishop’s wives, Charlene Jeffs has found her freedom

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SALT LAKE CITY — Charlene Jeffs smiles as she talks about finding her personal freedom since leaving the Fundamentalist LDS Church.

“I’ve been free,” she said in an interview Friday with FOX 13 News. “I don’t have to ask permission to drive a car. I don’t have to ask permission to do anything. I can come and go as I please and it’s great.”

She has now published a memoir of her life growing up in the Utah-based polygamous church. “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again,” describes her life within the faith and how things took a dark turn under the leadership of Warren Jeffs.

“Growing up, I had a fairly normal childhood other than having another mother,” Charlene said.

She became the first of Lyle Jeffs’ wives at age 18. He became a bishop in the FLDS Church.

“Warren started taking control and started controlling our Sunday schools and our churches and started implementing different revelations in how to dress, how to eat, how to pretty much walk, talk, how to do your hair,” Charlene said. “That’s when things started changing and more abuse started happening.”

In her book, Charlene describes how it didn’t happen overnight.

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