Sunday, July 15, 2012

Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall

Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall is what the front cover says: her story of growing up in a polygamous sect (of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints church), becoming a teenage bride and breaking free of Warren Jeffs (the prophet that made her get married at age 14).

Ms. Wall has incredible courage to come forth and leave her religion, her family, and press charges against Warren Jeffs (who was convicted). Now she lives a free life. I am in awe of her. The things she went through as a child (rape, multiple miscarriages, hunger, abuse, no access to medicine) are unbelievable. What's also incredible about this story is that happened to her in the late 90s, early 2000s. It's hard to believe in a time of such technology, advancement, etc., people can still be living this way (the FLDS way) and that those want to get out, can't. They are children and often live in remote areas and have had NO access to the outside world. I learned a lot about why is it so hard to leave. Ms. Wall had to leave the only family she knew. She was not allowed to have a proper education, so she did not have a solid means of employing herself. And maybe most importantly, she was taught to believe that she wouldn't go to heaven unless she stayed married to her husband and bore him children. So by leaving, she was taught that she was putting her eternal salvation at risk. This is something I had never considered when hearing about cases like this. Stolen Innocence is definitely a good read, especially if you want to understand what goes on when a cult brainwashes its victims.

Fourth of July Fireworks

Our new neighborhood and the surrounding areas really know how to set their money on fire!

I was able to get all these shots from the comfort of my front yard.

 I used my tripod, a remote control release, and I underexposed a lot of these shots, otherwise my longer shutter speed was letting in too much of a light blue sky.

I would like to personally thank my neighbors three doors down who provided lots of fireworks for me to take pictures of! Happy Fourth!