speaks to women's group
Reporter's note: Flora Jessop
spoke to the Lake Havasu Republican Women's group about House Bill 2648, which could ultimately dismantle the Marshal's Office in Colorado City
Former polygamist sect member Flora Jessop, who recently helped her sister and her sister's six children escape the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Colorado City, in January, spoke to Lake Havasu Republican Women's group Monday at Quality Inn.
During the meeting, Jessop
provided an update of her
sister Ruby's progress, and the children's experiences in discovering a new world outside the sect.
To date, the family has been living with Jessop
in the Phoenix area and quickly adapting to school and other new experiences.
"They are excited to come home from school because they got to learn something new today," Jessop
"It's so amazing to watch.
They came out as silent soldiers, and they are now children.
said it was about one year ago an edict was implemented in the polygamist community, by leader Warren Jeffs, that centered on no more sexual conduct between men and women other than a handshake that could last no more than three seconds.
During the press conference, the local county sheriff, whose deputies help extract Jessop
from the cities, also called on lawmakers to strip the Marshal's Office of its powers.