Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs

Synopsis: Aged Rulon Jeffs is the leader - the prophet - of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) centered in Colorado City, Arizona. His followers believe the prophet is the voice of God. The church espouses polygamy - most specifically men married to several women - as a means of eternal salvation of the highest order. The prophet places the females into marriages, often as soon as they are of child bearing age, which in the eyes of the law is considered child abuse if the female is a minor. Following Rulon's death, his son Warren Jeffs assumes the FLDS leadership as prophet, somewhat against the wants of FLDS council who believed they should vote on who should become leader. Regardless, many of the congregation do follow his word as gospel as their new prophet. But Warren is more reckless in his decisions than his father, with some, including some of the young minor women, questioning his unbending decisions, excommunication often the price for crossing those d
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Gabriel Range
Production: Sony Pictures Television
120 min

Hello? What?

What is it?


- What's going on?

- Katie, wake up.

- Yes, Uncle Warren?

- Get dressed. You're coming with me.

Get dressed.

Janine? Janine!

Get Isaac up right now.

I have to leave in two minutes.

We're leaving the Crick?

I'll pack a bag.

To hell with the bag,

tell Isaac to get the truck, now.

I'm taking Katie with me.

I want you to stay here.

But I'm your first wife. I have to come.

What's happening?

Where's Uncle Warren going?

- What do we tell the cops?

- Isaac, now. Go.

You can't leave me here, Warren.

I need you to stay and mind things here,

and, Janine, keep sweet for the Lord.


- Uncle Warren?

- Just drive. Drive normal.

- We thank thee, oh, God for a prophet

- We thank thee, oh, God for a prophet

- To guide us in these latter days

- To guide us in these latter days

- We thank thee for sending the gospel

- We thank thee for sending the gospel

- To lighten our minds with its rays

- To lighten our minds with its rays

- We thank thee for every blessing

- We thank thee for every blessing

- Bestowed by thy bounteous hand

- Bestowed by thy bounteous hand

- We feel it a pleasure to serve thee

- We feel it a pleasure to serve thee

- And love to obey thy command

- And love to obey thy command

- Hello, Warren.

- Oh, thanks.

- Is he in there?

- Yes, Uncle Warren, with Richard Alvey.

And now, Richard, you know

what we have to do with your boy.

Jesse was such a good kid

up until last year.

Obedience to God through his prophets

is first and most important.

Yes, sir. That's all

I've ever taught him,

but then he got obsessed

with that girl.

Richard, let's pray together

for his swift return to your house.

We'll give him one more chance.


Thank you for your kindness, sir.

- What do you want?

- Is everything okay?

If I needed you, Warren,

I would have called.

Now, why don't you go and entertain

the guests with your little guitar?

Sorry to interrupt, Uncle Rulon.

They're waiting to cut the cake.

Well, come.

Help this old man to his feet.

- Congratulations.

- Thank you, everyone.

God bless you.

- How many wives is this, now?

- Fifty-six, I believe.

All the wives smile, please.

Eyes open. Right here.

God told Joseph Smith:

"If he have 10 virgins given unto him

by this law, he cannot commit adultery."

Thank you, Margaret.

And what is the highest honor

for a woman?

- Are we boring you, Elissa?

- No, Uncle Warren.

Let's see.

Why don't you tell the class

what the highest honor is for a woman?

- To be a mother?

- That's right! To be a heavenly mother.

Too bad she doesn't have a father.

Mind your tongue, Margaret.

- Sorry, Elissa.

- Okay.

Now, tonight,

I want you all to write an essay...

about the importance of putting

ourselves in each other's shoes.

Three pages, single-spaced.

- Are we understood?

- Yes, Uncle Warren.

Class dismissed.

Hey, Lamont.

- Let me walk you home?

- Yes, sure.

- Elissa?

- Hey, let's go!

- I need to see you a minute.

- See you, Emily.

How long has this been going on?

I'm sorry. What, Uncle Warren?

The other kids. How long

have they been treating you like that?

Well, your dad runs off,

you're not much around here after that.

How are things in your new home?

Honestly? Not great.

Doesn't feel like we're

part of his family.

I had 25 brothers and sisters

when I was your age.

It took me a long while

to figure out my place in this world.

Any of those kids give you trouble again,

you let me know. All right?

- Thanks, Uncle Warren.

- Okay.

And, Elissa,

mind the company you keep.

- Yes, Uncle Warren.

- That's all.

There's a he, there's a she

The moon is right above

Here am I, the reason why

They should fall in love

- Hello, ladies.

- Hello, Uncle Warren.

Mother Janet, Mother Carol.

Gentlemen, I hope you don't mind

but I need a word with my boy here.

- That's fine.

- Thank you.

- Hello, Warren.

- Hey.

Hi, George.

Sit down.

I had another dream last night.

We were raided.

The police came

and dragged me out of bed.

Dad, the raid was a long time ago.

You know, Warren,

you've never lived anywhere else.

You've never lived anywhere

but this community.

You don't see it. They hate us.

They think we're freaks and perverts.

- They want us gone.

- I'll talk to the marshals...

- see if Bill Brady's heard anything.

- Forget Bill Brady.

God spoke to me. He will save us.

He will lift us up to heaven

before they destroy us.

The end is almost here, Warren.

Dad, this isn't the first time

you've seen the end in a dream.

- What?

- I'm just trying to be practical.

I just...

Do you dare question

what God has said to me?

No, Father.

- Do I need to doubt your faith?

- No, Father.

When is the day of reckoning?

Gather everyone in the field, June 12th.

Yes, sir.

It's past midnight, Dad.

It's not the 12th anymore.

I don't feel well.

Here. Talk to them.

What do I say?

- Go.

- Dad. Dad!

Good people?

Good people.

The Lord has spoken.

Just a moment ago, he told his servant,

our Prophet Rulon...

that he has granted us a reprieve...

so that we may pray

that we'll be ready when he next calls.

This is God's word given to me

by our prophet, and you're not listening?

Obedience to him is as to God...

and only those pure in heart

with absolute faith will be lifted up.

We know that the end

is almost upon us...

and this may be our last chance

to show we're worthy.

All of the signs are out there,

just beyond the gates of this town...

wickedness and evil, the forces

of Satan that want to destroy us...

but God is coming for us,

and not for anybody else.

I know that...

and I feel intense joy and pride

to be among the chosen...

and that's what you all

should feel tonight.

Oh, Lord, how we should praise him.

- Praise to you, Warren.

- Amen.



Save your strength, Father.


I need you to do something for me.

- Anything.

- Go see Noah Fielding.

I want him ordained an apostle now.

When I pass...

Noah Fielding...

will be the next prophet.

I don't understand.

- Mother always said that...

- Go tell Noah Fielding.

That's who God has chosen.

Have you told the priesthood council?



Take a seat, Warren. We're just dividing

areas of responsibility for the council.

Father's asked me to handle all his

day-to-day decisions for the time being.

We've all agreed

we should go see him together...

to discuss the appointment

of his successor.

You all agreed?

When, exactly, did you have time

to agree on anything?

Look, we're just trying

to be practical here.

Of course.

You all just wanna relieve...

a little of my family's burden

in our time of need.

That is exactly right, Warren.

Well, then, how could I be anything

but grateful?

- When dark uprisings threaten...

- Excuse me?

I have to tell our prophet

you've been convening in secret...

to make decisions without him.

That is what you just

told me, isn't it?

Oh, come on, Warren.

You're overreacting.

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