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Memories of a happy community before Warren Jeffs used children to lead religious sect astray

Memories of a happy community before Warren Jeffs used children to lead religious sect astray

Best anyone can remember, it began the day the children stopped saying "Dad."

Uncle Warren — every elder in this polygamist sect is addressed as "Uncle" — announced to his flock one day in the early 1990s that sons and daughters were no longer to call their parents "Mom" and "Dad." These were people to be respected, Warren Jeffs said, and would henceforth would be referred to as "Mother" and "Father."

To Nolan Barlow, then a middle-schooler with a sharply shaped nose and an abiding faith in his prophet, Jeffs, that edict didn't sound too bad. Parents were accorded respect in the Holy Scriptures.

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