What Has the Mormon Church Said About ‘Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey’?

What Has the Mormon Church Said About ‘Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey’?




Netflix’s new documentary series Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey examines the shocking true story of the sexual, physical, and psychological abuse in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS),

The FLDS is a polygamist sect that is often wrongly associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), also known as the Mormon Church, and Warren Jeffs has been its leader since 2002.

Jeffs was put on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list in 2006 for fleeing after being charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor in Arizona.

He was later found guilty of sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual assault against a child in 2011: his two victims were 15-year-old and 12-year-old children he had married.

Given how some incorrectly associate Jeffs and the FLDS sect with the LDS faith, it should come as no surprise that the Mormon Church has made a public statement about him and his crimes.

Main: Warren Jeffs watches the proceedings during his trial on September 19, 2007 in St. George, Utah. Jeffs, former head of the polygamist Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is charged with coercing the marriage and rape of a 14-year-old church-follower to her 19-year-old cousin in 2001. Inset: A nevertheless from Netflix’s documentary “Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey” which examines the case.
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What Has the Mormon Church Said About ‘Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey’?

The LDS church has not made a direct statement about Netflix’s documentary Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey. However, it has issued a statement about Jeffs in the past.

After Jeffs’ crimes became public knowledge in 2006, the LDS church said it was “misleading and inaccurate” to associate him with the Mormon faith.

In an official statement, they said: “Warren Jeffs is not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and never has been.”

The FLDS sect believes in the practice of polygamy and that men must practice the doctrine in order to reach the highest level of salvation from God in the afterlife. Jeffs himself had 78 wives, 24 of whom were under the age of 17 at the time of his arrest in 2011.

In its statement, the LDS church additional: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discontinued the practice of polygamy in 1890.”

It also stated that anyone in the LDS church who practiced polygamy would be excommunicated, which is seen as “the most serious penalty the Church can impose.”

In 1998, the then LDS church President Gordon B. Hinckley said of polygamy: “I wish to state categorically that this Church has nothing in any case to do with those practicing polygamy. They are not members of this Church. Most of them have never been members. They are in violation of the civil law.”

Newsweek has contacted representatives of the LDS church for further comment on Netflix’s documentary about Jeffs and the FLDS sect.

Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey is obtainable to watch on Netflix now.

Specialists from the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) sexual assault hotline are obtainable 24/7 via phone (1 (800) 656-4673) and online chat. Additional sustain from the group is also easy to reach via the mobile app.

A nevertheless from “Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey” which examines the sexual, physical and psychological abuse that occurred within the FLDS sect under Warren Jeffs. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon church, has shared a statement about Jeffs saying he is not associated with the LDS faith and never was.
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