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.

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