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


  • Auderyia T.
    08/24/2018 19:51

    I had a neighbor who was in the same situation. The husband had multiple wives (I live in AZ where its not allowed) so he would have to leave for days at a time to be with his other wives. I went to school with 4 of the children, and I honestly believe the father was doing something to the oldest daughter and son because they wouldnt make eye contact when he was around

  • Christian A.
    08/24/2018 09:13

    This is why religion should be eradicated

  • Shelby R.
    08/24/2018 08:05

    he talks like Gabe from breaking Amish

  • Hannah W.
    08/24/2018 03:25

    Oh my goodness ❤️😔

  • Caroline K.
    08/24/2018 03:18

    Omg who does this remind u of?

  • Keith G.
    08/23/2018 23:11

    If anyone has any idea how to get in touch with Howard let me know!

  • Hannah M.
    08/23/2018 17:43

    this is it

  • James P.
    08/23/2018 03:24

    A lot of the teen boys get kicked out of the FDLS community because the dirty old elders want the young girls to themselves.

  • Rebecca K.
    08/22/2018 21:13

    , your people 😂😭

  • Ian H.
    08/22/2018 19:47

    Handmaidens Tale

  • Rachael N.
    08/22/2018 16:43

    James McLeod

  • Jess D.
    08/21/2018 10:22

    So he escaped a religion, a cult, that also happens to practise polygamy. It's not the polygamy he was trying to escape from

  • Brittany S.
    08/21/2018 05:27

    escaping polygamy.

  • Nathan A.
    08/21/2018 04:53

    So sad

  • Maria C.
    08/21/2018 03:42

  • Janie E.
    08/21/2018 01:37

    That is so wrong. Feel so sorry for all the children and their brain washed mothers.

  • Israel L.
    08/21/2018 01:05

    benny ...

  • Barbara A.
    08/21/2018 00:55

    I no how how u r feeling I was Mormon not FLDS but a lot of the way they carry on is the same it’s rubbish

  • Loy L.
    08/20/2018 23:26

    These are not Mormons. They have no affiliation with the Mormon church. They are a break-off.

  • Abi B.
    08/20/2018 23:09

    why does this all sound so familiar?

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