Aug 5, 2011
Since 416 children were removed from the YFZ Ranch, also known as the Yearning for Zion Ranch in 2008 by Texas authorities the FLDS and Warren Jeffs have been making headlines. The FLDS teaches plural marriages are essential to salvation but how does this church ensure that there are enough women to go around?
The church systematically expels adolescent boys around the age of 14 thus trimming down the eligible population of males. The church has thrown out between 400 and 1,400 male members in the last 10 years.
Boys as young as 14 have been thrown out on the street for "BAD" behavior; like flirting with girls, listening to rock music, playing sports, drinking alcohol and even wearing short sleeved shirts. The boys that are kicked out are often referred to as the "Lost Boys". Once thrown out, they are considered apostates and are cut off from their families. If a family member disagrees with this choice they are told to pack a bag and leave as well.
If a married man violates a religious regulation they are told they must leave the church and his wife and kids are given to another man in the church.
The FLDS broke away from the mainstream Mormon Church in the 1930s mainly because they wanted to encourage plural marriage. The FLDS believes that polygamy will result in more children being born therefore increasing the "righteous" population.
Warren Jeffs is the president of the priesthood and the prophet of the group. He has more than 50 children and at least 40 wives and was recently found guilty of sexually assaulting two girls (ages 11 & 14) and will most likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.