We have often struggled as Warren Jeffs and his followers have defined our religion. We abhor abuse of any kind, are against force and disagree with marriages under the age of 18. As much damage as their leader has caused us in publicity, the damage wrought upon the communities of once devout and sincere people is incalculable.
These people have been subjected to immense hardship for several years. Not only is the leader they put trust into imprisoned for sexual abuse, their UEP Trust, which contains most of their homes and businesses, has been seized by the state. They have endured state and federal raids. Families have been broken up and many are homeless. Women and children have been displaced. Businesses and livelihoods have been destroyed. Several factions are in conflict. Most news from the community is at best distressing.
While our family is not involved with the details of the religious, political or legal controversies to directly know the best solution, we do understand the human toll is immeasurable and seems to be worsening. Some of us have loved ones and distant relatives in the twin towns and would like to offer more assistance. We feel helpless but on this day, we ask for help knowing that only our Heavenly Father can provide needed comfort and strength and heal the wounds of the last several years. In this holiday season, let us unite our prayers in behalf of these brothers and sisters on Sunday, December 23, 2012.
Similarly, we have been touched by the recent tragedy in Connecticut regarding the many children who were killed, injured and otherwise traumatized by what seems to be unexplained violence and evil. Many have sought the occasion to politicize and pontificate on what can be done to stop such harm. Such a discussion is worth public debate. As a public we tend to want easy and quick solutions to complex problems. Like those in FLDS we do know there are innocent victims who are in need of love, support and assistance. Our prayers this Sunday, December 23, 2012 also go out to these people that healing will mend broken hearts, that children will laugh, play and learn again, and that forgiveness and love will reign in the hearts of the children of mankind.
It is in our faith to take the food, or money for such, we would have spent while fasting and give it to those in need. We invite you to only open your hearts but means in reaching out to these two suffering communities.