I just finished watching the, Keep Sweet: Pray and obey? Then you are no doubt familiar with Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You will also be aware of the horrific crimes committed by the main actors of the series.
Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey is a brutal and revealing documentary about the effects of absolute power when placed in the hands of horrible men drunk on the worst aspects of fundamentalist religion. If you just watched the documentary and have questions, we have answers.
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Where is Warren Jeffs now?
Warren Jeffs was convicted of two counts of child molestation in 2011. At that time, Jeffs was already behind bars for being an accomplice to rape, a crime he was convicted of in 2007 after spending a year on the FBI’s most wanted list.
Jeffs is serving time in the Louis C. Powledge Unit, a prison in Palestine, Texas. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years in 2011. He will not be eligible for parole until July 2038.
In 2007, while in prison, Jeffs attempted to hang himself. He also participated in long hunger strikes. In 2009, a judge ordered that he be force-fed as a result. In 2011, he was put into an artificial coma after excessive fasting. In 2019, his own attorneys said Jeffs had “suffered from a nervous breakdown” and was unfit to provide admissible testimony in a supplemental deposition for the alleged abuse of a minor child.
What happened to the FLDS?
The FLDS is still operational, and according to a documentary released in 2018, Warren Jeffs is allowed family visits in prison and still leads the cult to this day.
Current members still treat Warren Jeffs as their prophet and believe he was wrongfully convicted. According to reports, church membership hovers between 6,000 and 10,000.
According to some members of the group, members need to take time to pray for Jeffs’ release.
What happened to “Zion”?
The Yearning for Zion Ranch, AKA the YFZ Ranch was seized by the State of Texas in 2014. It was a 1,700 acre ranch and housed over 700 FLDS members. After several raids on the ranch, Texas finally took physical possession of the ranch on April 17, 2014.
Where is the FLDS based now?
If you’ve watched the show, you’ll know that FLDS was originally headquartered in Short Creek, Arizona. Since the YFZ Ranch takeover, new church settlements have been built in Pringle, South Dakota, Mancos, Colorado, Minot, North Dakota, and Grand Marais, Minnesota.
What did the Mormon Church say about Warren Jeffs and the FLDS?
In 2006, the Mormon Church sent out a statement saying it was “misleading and inaccurate” to call Warren Jeffs a Mormon. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ended the practice of polygamy in 1890 via a “Manifesto”. In 1904, a second “Manifesto” established excommunication as a punishment for those who refused to stop the practice of polygamy.