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Keep Sweet meets woman who married 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs aged 19

Rulon Jeffs was the previous "Prophet" of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Rebecca Wilson/Wall in Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey
Courtesy of Netflix
Published: Thursday, 9th June 2022 at 7:18 pm
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Shocking four-part documentary series Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey was released on Netflix this week, and it gives an in-depth look at the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, as well as the crimes of its leader Warren Jeffs.

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The documentary explores the polygamous practices of the group, with episode 1 introducing us to Rebecca Wall, a woman who married the church's previous leader and "Prophet" Rulon Jeffs, who at the time was 85 while she was 19.

The revelation comes in the first episode, when it is claimed that only Rulon Jeffs at that time could decide the marriage partners of the women who were a part of the church. They would be "turned in" to Rulon AKA The Prophet, by their fathers and he would then make his decision.

In the episode, Wall explains: "It had become known that there was a specific handshake that he would give to girls that would then later become his wife. And that day he shook my hand and he squeezed it three times and it meant I was supposed to marry him.

"But I was just like 'ew'. Rulon Jeffs was 85 when I married him and I was 19."

Rulon Jeffs in Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey.
Rulon Jeffs in Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey. Courtesy of Netflix

Rebecca had been born into the church to a father, Lloyd Wall, who had two wives. Her mother was the second he had married, named Sharon.

In the episode, Rebecca talks of how her father had been "so excited" that she would be marrying Rulon Jeffs as he felt he was "getting the respect that he was entitled to and that he deserved".

Lloyd Wall has since left the FLDS Church, and has given interviews to explain why he allowed his daughter to be married to Rulon.

Speaking on Dr Phil in 2014, he said: "You've got to realise that fathers in this cult were programmed for the very same issue that Rebecca brought up – we thought it was a privilege and an honour to have your daughter married to the Prophet."

The Netflix series uses unseen archive footage and interviews with survivors, in order to show what life was like inside the group, and the rise and fall of Rulon's son Warren, who in 2011 was sentenced for child sex abuse.

You can read more about where Warren Jeffs is now here.

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