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Mother & Father being led like a sheep to slaughter

                                                                                                            Author: Adam Schellenberg-Grandson

It all started when Mother and Father (Betty & Harold Tippetts) met some French missionaries from the Church of the Firstborn. It was shortly after that we packed all of our necessities in a small trailer; Mother and Father sold most of it, and with undo farewell we were moving to Mexico. I was about as shocked as an eleven-year-old could be!  However, the idea of moving to a place similar to the photos I had seen of Guadalajara and Mexico City made me excited. “What an adventure!” I thought.

I could never have known it at the time, but I was being led away from everything I truly believed to live in adobe huts and watch the world around me fall apart. What I knew and how I dreamed I’d grow up could not have been more different from the reality I lived.

But, still, I knew, and I know, God is watching.

Nevertheless, I discovered first-hand that miracles abound in the darkest of situations, on my journey home.

To learn more about what havoc this Cult has done and to see what MarJean will be up against

  • Read: 4 O’clock murders by Scott Anderson.  In this book  MarJeans father, Harold Tippetts, offers many of his thoughts and insights into this cult
  • Movie:  The Prophet of Evil on Amazon

Setting MarJeans voice free… and so it begins, life after Polygamy!

                                                                                                         Author: Karie Babbitt; Daughter-in-law

With a New Year comes new beginnings, and nothing is better than starting it off by facing one’s fears head-on. Important factors in overcoming fears are,

  • learning who you are,
  • embracing those experiences that made you who you are,
  • forgiving others and
  • setting your voice free by sharing personal challenges.

For twenty-five years MarJean had been forced to suppress her thoughts and feelings or suffer the damning consequences.  Now it’s time for her to face her fears and share her story.

This horrific journey began when she was eleven years old when her parents dragged her to Mexico to join a polygamous group and to live in mud huts without the modern conveniences of plumbing and electricity. Her parents and other cult members quickly shut down any of her questions. It was made clear to her that she didn’t have a voice. She was to be seen and not heard. She was to blindly obey and not question. Her opinions and feelings were not validated. She was to be nothing more than an instrument in their furthering the kingdom of the cult.

Her story is filled with danger! For over twenty-five years, she lived with a polygamist group, often changing her name in order to receive the necessities of life. After years, she was miraculously able to escape both the evil and deadly polygamist cult which promised to murder anyone who left. Once she escaped, she was put on a hit list of those who would be murdered for choosing to withdraw from the cult.

After escaping the cult and attempting to start a new life, she still must keep quiet regarding her previous whereabouts and feelings. Remaining tight-lipped was not easy as she was a single mother and her six young children were both white and primarily Spanish-speaking. This could arouse many questions. She musn’t draw attention to attract those still out searching for those that left.

Sharing her story would also force her to be vulnerable in a painful and dangerous way to not only to herself but her family members who wanted to abandon their past. Embarrassment and shame would surely follow any divulgence of her previous life.

Fifty years later, the danger has faded and with much encouragement, she has decided, to find her voice and share her story.

Four years ago, MarJean started sorting through the horrific details of how her life had taken a drastic turn. With the equivalent of her fifth-grade education she had received prior to the cult, she jotted down her thoughts to the best of her ability. Often writing late into the night, only to set the few lines of text aside, as she cried her heart out trying to muster the courage to visit that pain again and write more. At last, she handed it over to her family to start the steps of putting her words into a book.

Some of her children and grandchildren took her words and designed a binder with her jotted down elementary stories in an effort to create the first rough draft of her book.

At the 2015 family annual Christmas Eve party, Santa Claus came and presented the binder to MarJean as well as the idea of a monthly date night with Nana so she could further elaborate on her rudimentary stories. This gift of the binder and designated time to share thoughts made the dream of publishing her story become more of a reality.

With support from her family, she is now set to enter into this courageous journey of sifting through her life story.

Come follow us through this process of hope and healing as we help MarJean find her voice!