Polygamous Sect Survivor

This man escaped the polygamous sect he grew up in, and started life from scratch.

Surviving a Polygamous Sect

What is the FLDS?

There are between 40,000 and 50,000 extreme Mormon polygamous sects in the United States. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or the FLDS Church, is one of the largest fundamentalist Mormon groups that practices polygamy. There are a few locations in Arizona, Utah, and South Dakota; however, the headquarters is in Hildale, Utah. First founded in 1929 by Lorin Woolley, the FLDS president is currently convicted child abuser Warren Jeffs. Those who have escaped the FLDS accuse the group of systematic child abuse, rape, and incest.

“I have 29 siblings. My mom is my world. But, Dad will not allow them to talk to me because I’m an apostate. When I left the FLDS I was 17 years old. I couldn’t completely agree with everything they were teaching. If you were caught talking to the neighborhood girl or if you were caught looking at her for too long, then you were in trouble. Say I get a call from — or my dad gets a call— from Warren Jeffs, he’s the only one that could ever do marriages there.. I didn’t want that lifestyle for myself and so I walked out the door at 17. I couldn’t really say goodbye to anyone or things like that because if I did, I knew I wouldn’t be able to walk out the door on my family, -Howard Holm, a former FLDS member, shares with Brut.

Helpful Haircuts

Luckily, Holm has received some help since escaping the cult. Holding Out HELP (helping, encouraging, and loving polygamists) is a program that provides haircuts and connects foster families to hundreds of children adjusting to the culture shock of the outside world. The salon that provides the haircuts, Kelly Cardenas Salon in Salt Lake City, prides themselves on the liberation a new hairstyle provides for these victims.


02/28/2020 9:55 PM


  • Albert T.
    05/15/2020 16:24

    All Religions are a mental disease to control sheep,some of us wake up , but most just OBAY blindly!!!

  • Christie K.
    04/26/2020 17:04

    Good for you young man!!! Admire your strength.

  • Konrad I.
    02/26/2020 17:40

    Crazy ..breeding like rabbits in these days with overpopulation!!!

  • LB E.
    02/24/2020 04:26

    Best of luck to this courageous young man!

  • Vishali S.
    02/23/2020 17:16

    Good u left darkness

  • Mickha B.
    02/23/2020 14:54

    Khai Dela Torre

  • Danielle R.
    02/23/2020 14:04

    Omg! Will u marry me! U are a brave soul! I love that!

  • Nana K.
    02/23/2020 13:42

    The white people came to Africa and told us polygamy is evil and turned around to tell us gay marriage is better. Same people who sold human beings in churches

  • Jan d.
    02/23/2020 09:37

    Wtf sounds like a ultra orthodoxe society Stop Mormons beeing morons...

  • Karl L.
    02/23/2020 06:15

    29 Siblings?! Did anyone notice him missing?

  • ConTee C.
    02/23/2020 00:26

    Im happy he was out and lots of them. This is sick practuie of religion using Christ for their sick intentions.

  • Michelle H.
    02/22/2020 22:54

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does not practice polygamy. This is a fundamentalist church, separate from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

  • Patricia M.
    02/22/2020 22:44

    Kingston friends or relative .

  • Ingela B.
    02/22/2020 20:57

    You go boy stay strong an choose what you want with r life ☀️ 🤗 🥰

  • Sherry A.
    02/22/2020 20:07

    Everyone deserves to choose freedom to choose which faith is right for them and pray for those who dont

  • Sandra T.
    02/22/2020 19:21

    Never give up on what you believe

  • James P.
    02/22/2020 18:24

    LOL, these articles always seem to show clips of adults dancing hand in hand in ring around the rosie and acting like children, though I’ve know it to happen in religious communal situations. Perhaps from the scripture about “becoming as little children”.

  • E.J. M.
    02/22/2020 17:52

    You are brave to up and leave the family and make a life of your own. Good luck with your life and live it to the fullest.

  • Ogbe A.
    02/22/2020 17:48


  • Candace L.
    02/22/2020 17:46

    These communities are a burden to the social welfare system in Utah. Most of these families are on welfare, medicare or Medicaid and food stamps!! Glad to hear when members of this cult leave to avoid the oppression of their community.

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