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Lost Boy

Brent W. Jeffs

In the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), girls can become valuable property as plural wives, but boys are expendable, even a liability. In this powerful and heartbreaking account, former FLDS member Brent Jeffs reveals both the terror and the love he experienced growing up on his prophet's compound-and the harsh exile existence that so many boys face once they have been expelled by the sect. Brent Jeffs is the nephew of Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the FLDS. The son of a prominent family in the church, Brent could have grown up to have multiple wives of his own and significant power in the 10,000-strong community. But he knew that behind the group's pious public image-women in chaste dresses carrying babies on their hips-lay a much darker reality. So he walked away, and was the first to file a sexual-abuse lawsuit against his uncle. Now Brent shares his courageous story and that of many other young men who have become "lost boys" when they leave the FLDS, either by choice or by expulsion. Brent experienced firsthand the absolute power that church leaders wield-the kind of power that corrupts and perverts those who will do anything to maintain it. Once young men no longer belong to the church, they are cast out into a world for which they are utterly unprepared. More often than not, they succumb to the temptations of alcohol and other drugs. Tragically, Brent lost two of his brothers in this struggle, one to suicide, the other to overdose. In this book he shows that lost boys can triumph and that abuse and trauma can be overcome, and he hopes that readers will be inspired to help former FLDS members find their way in the world.

In the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), girls can become valuable property as plural wives, but boys are expendable, even a liability. In this powerful and heartbreaking account, former FLDS member Brent Jeffs reveals both the terror and the love he experienced growing up on his prophet's compound-and the harsh exile existence that so many boys face once they have been expelled by the sect. Brent Jeffs is the nephew of Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the FLDS. The son of a prominent family in the church, Brent could have grown up to have multiple wives of his own and significant power in the 10,000-strong community. But he knew that behind the group's pious public image-women in chaste dresses carrying babies on their hips-lay a much darker reality. So he walked away, and was the first to file a sexual-abuse lawsuit against his uncle. Now Brent shares his courageous story and that of many other young men who have become "lost boys" when they leave the FLDS, either by choice or by expulsion. Brent experienced firsthand the absolute power that church leaders wield-the kind of power that corrupts and perverts those who will do anything to maintain it. Once young men no longer belong to the church, they are cast out into a world for which they are utterly unprepared. More often than not, they succumb to the temptations of alcohol and other drugs. Tragically, Brent lost two of his brothers in this struggle, one to suicide, the other to overdose. In this book he shows that lost boys can triumph and that abuse and trauma can be overcome, and he hopes that readers will be inspired to help former FLDS members find their way in the world.
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In the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), girls can become valuable property as plural wives, but boys are expendable, even a liability. In this powerful and heartbreaking account, former FLDS member Brent Jeffs reveals both the terror and the love he experienced growing up on his prophet's compound-and the harsh exile existence that so many boys face once they have been expelled by the sect. Brent Jeffs is the nephew of Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the FLDS. The son of a prominent family in the church, Brent could have grown up to have multiple wives of his own and significant power in the 10,000-strong community. But he knew that behind the group's pious public image-women in chaste dresses carrying babies on their hips-lay a much darker reality. So he walked away, and was the first to file a sexual-abuse lawsuit against his uncle. Now Brent shares his courageous story and that of many other young men who have become "lost boys" when they leave the FLDS, either by choice or by expulsion. Brent experienced firsthand the absolute power that church leaders wield-the kind of power that corrupts and perverts those who will do anything to maintain it. Once young men no longer belong to the church, they are cast out into a world for which they are utterly unprepared. More often than not, they succumb to the temptations of alcohol and other drugs. Tragically, Brent lost two of his brothers in this struggle, one to suicide, the other to overdose. In this book he shows that lost boys can triumph and that abuse and trauma can be overcome, and he hopes that readers will be inspired to help former FLDS members find their way in the world.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Maia Szalavitz, Mike Chamberlain

Length:

8h 33m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:24


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:27


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:25


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:31


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:55


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:07


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:18


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:36


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:36


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:02


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:32


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:07


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:06


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:48


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:59


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:14


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:58


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:30


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:32


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:29


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:54


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:18


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:10


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:33


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:30


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:53


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:20


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:34


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:51


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:41


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:38


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:11


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:40


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:59


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:21


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:03


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:53


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:04


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:39


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:13


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:23


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:48


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:51


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:12


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:08


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:52


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:53


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:51


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:30


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:31


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:38


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:23


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:20


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:45


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:33


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:24


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:36


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:49


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:25


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:24


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:58


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:16


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:20


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:41


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:02


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:22


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:03


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:09


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:40


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:12


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

00:35