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FLDS Anonymous Witness#8(Female,18+), Describes Childhood

FLDS Anonymous Witness#8(Female,18+), Describes Childhood

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Affidavit of an FLDS Unmarried Woman from Utah > Age 18, speaking of her childhood and her desire to enter plural marriage one day
Affidavit of an FLDS Unmarried Woman from Utah > Age 18, speaking of her childhood and her desire to enter plural marriage one day

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AffidavitNo.1ofWitnessNo.8SwornOctober14,2010No.S-097767VancouverRegistry
INTHESUPREMECOURTOFBRITISHCOLUMBIA
INTHEMATTEROF:THE
CONSTITUTIONALQUESTIONACT,
R.S.B.C.1986,C.68ANDINTHEMATTEROFTHE
CANADIANCHARTEROFRIGHTSANDFREEDOMS
ANDINTHEMATTEROF:AREFERENCEBYTHELIEUTENANTGOVERNORINCOUNCILSETOUTINORDERINCOUNCILNO.533DATEDOCTOBER22,2009CONCERNINGTHECONSTITUTIONALITYOFS.293OFTHE
CRIMINALCODEOFCANADA,
RS.C.1985,C.C-46
AFFIDAVIT
I,WitnessNo.8,MAKEOATHANDSAYASFOLLOW:1.IhavepersonalknowledgeofthefactsandmattershereinafterdeposedtosaveandexceptwherethesamearestatedtobemadeuponinformationandbeliefandwheresostatedIverilybelievethemtobetrue.2.IamawareoftheorderoftheChiefJusticemadeSeptember24,20I0andIelecttoavailmyselfoftheprotectionsauthorizedbythatorder.3.IamaresidentoftheStateofArizona,UnitedStatesofAmerica.Iamovertheageof18.4.ThefirsttimeIrememberwantingtowriteaboutmyfamilyIamprobablyten.Iamoutintheplayyardwithmysisters,engagedinanelaborategameofmakebelieve.Iclearlyrememberthinking,"Iwanttowritethis-thisperfectmixofdreams,mischiefandtogetherness."Thenextthing,thewordsareonmylipsandmysistersgetintothespiritofhowwewillwriteit.Welookatthelargenessofourlives-themultiplemothersandmanysiblingsandknowthatsomehowthestorywillhavetobefictionalized,putintoacontextthatourreaderswillget.HowaboutaCatholicorphanage?Eachmothercouldbeanun-thennoonewouldbeleftout-intuitivelyweknowthatnooneshouldbeleftout-thatwhatwearecomesfromtheallofustogether.
 
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5.WhatwealsoknowattenisthatpolygamyCaIIDotshowitsfaceonthepage-thatachronicleofourversionoffamilywithitsrich,boldtextureswillendangertheveryfoundationthatmakesourlivesbeautiful.6.So,fromthebeginning,fearandanxietyhaveshadowedthestory...7.Igrewupinalargepluralfamily.Ihavemanymothers,amyriadofbrothersandsisters,andonefather.AndwhileitwouldbeyearsbeforeIwouldheartermslike"traditionalfamily"andthe"nuclearfamily,"IgrewupinwhatIwouldtermthe"perfectfamily."Isthattosaywewereperfect?No,justthattogetherwehadsomething,thatasachild,Iinstinctivelyknewwasspecial-acamaraderieandbond,arichnessofpeople,an"unloneliness"thatwhenIbecameanadultandmadeforaysintothebroadersocietyIsawwasmissinginsomanyofthelivesofthosethatIgottoknow.8.Asachild,myfriendssleptinthesameroomsIdid.Wedidn'tneedtoplansleepoversandplaydates.Thatwasmyeverydaylife.Paperdolls,dressup,andbooksmixedwithcowboysandIndians(IalwaysgottobewiththeIndians),wildhorses,andsandboxmagic.Hotsummerdays,afterthework,wewouldcooloffwithwaterfights,sprinklers,orcolddrinks.Warmsummernightswerefilledwithchildren'svoicesplayingHideandSeek,RedLight,GreenLight,andMotherMay
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Onspecialoccasionsorholidays,wewouldputupabigscreenandwatchreel-to-reelwesternsandmusicals.Winternights,infromthecoldandsnow,wegatheredaroundthekitchentabletodohomeworkoraroundthefireplacestoshineapples,toastpecans,andtalk.Popcornwasthesnackofchoiceforanyoralloftheseevents,andwepoppeditbybigbowlsful.AndonThursdayandSaturdayeveningswewouldstackonandaroundeachothertowatchtheWaltonsandLawrenceWelk.TVwaslimitedtomostlythosetwoprogramsunlessyouwerecrazyenoughtotradeSaturdaymorningsleepforcartoons.9.Theplayofmychildhoodwaslargeandsowasthework.Dishesrequiredtwosinksandalotofhands.IlearnedmaI1Yhandsmakelightwork.Canningfreshfoodsforwinterusewasadauntingtaskwithoutthosesamehandsreachingintoworktogether.Ilearnedhowimportantitisputasideyourself,tocenterontheneedsofthewhole.Gardening,soapmaking,laundry,cooking,cleaning-italldisappearedinthetogethernessoffamily.Lookingback,Idon'trememberthephysicaltasksthemselvesasthelargepartofthememory.WhatIseeinsteadissatisfactionthatsangthroughtiredbones,laughingfromthattiredsilly,orthecompanionshipofasharedtask.Thepurposeofsomejobs,ofcourse,wassimplytoteachthatwearenottheworkwearedoing,buthowwedoit.Othertaskstaughtsimplelittleaxiomslike"Beingagirlisn'tforsissies."Asafamilyweworked,andinthework,Ilearnedanappreciationforthosewhosharethetasksaswellasthevalueforpullingyourshare.10.Attheheartofourfamilywasmyfather.Hewaslargerthanlife-bold,courageous,withawrysenseofhumor.Heapproachedlivingpassionately.Ididn'tseehimgiveahalf-heartedattemptatanything.Hislife---centeredonservicetohisgod-hadthewholeofhim.Helivedgenerously,gavefreely.Heservedanopentablewithunexpectedgueststhenorm.Idon'tremembermymotherscomplaining,andIdon'teverremembergoingwithout.Whenwecelebrated,wegatheredinlargecrowds,notIthink,becausehecravedbeingaroundpeople,butmorebecausethelookingafterpeopleandseeingthemhaveagoodtimegavehimadeepjoy.
 
-3-Oftentimes,onthoseoccasions,hisbaritonevoicecouldbeheardinthemixofIrish,western,oroldiesbeingsungaroundthepiano.11.Myfathervaluedwomen.Hespokeoftenofthebeautytheybroughttohislife.Helovedmothers.Hisownmotherdiedwhenhewaslessthanayearold,andhewasfosteredbyaharshwoman.Hespokeofhercontributionstohislifewithappreciation,yetthewomenwhogatheredhimupandnurturedhimhadatenderplaceinhisheart,andwereveredwithhimGrandmotherWatson,PersisGibson,andhissister-in-lawClaraMarie.12.Daddyinstilledinhisdaughtersadeepsenseoffemaleequality.Heexpectedhiswivesanddaughterstoknowandthinkforthemselves.HetaughtthattheGospel,andlifeingeneral,requiredthesamefrommenandwomen---everything.HespokeofGodbeingbothmaleandfemale,ourpotentialaskingsandqueensandpriestandpriestesses.Hedidn'tholdbackthegiftsoftheGospelfromitsfemaleparticipants.Yet,thesedeep-rootedfemalelearningsalsotestifyofhischivalry,hisappreciationofthatwhichennobleswomen.Ihadnowanttobeaboywhenbeingawomanmeanttappingintothisdeepwellofpurposeandpower.13.Mymothersarestrongwomenwhoshowedmeinthewalkoftheirdailylivesthepowerofunconditionalloveandthepotentialofcharacterinthechangewroughtfromintentionalliving.WhileIoccasionallyheardasharpword,Irarelysawmymothershavedifferencesofopinioninpublic,yetasanadulttoday,Iknowthattheyhadtohavehadthem.Theirexampleshaveshownmethatcharactercantriumphoverhumanity-thattheSavior'steachingshaverealapplicationbeyondalovelySundaySchoollesson.Ontheotherhand,asIwritethis,IrealizeIdon'twanttospeakforthem,layeringovertheirlives,withassumptionofhowitmusthavebeenforthem,myownshortcomings.InsteadIwouldratherspeaktowhatasachildIexperienced.14.Iwatchedmymotherslearntoloveeverychild,notjusttheonestheyhadgivenbirthto.Forsomethatjourneydidn'ttakelong,theylovedandservedeffortlessly.MyfavoritememorygrowingupiscominghomeafterschooltomyAuntShari.Shewouldmeetusatthedoorwithahugandanafterschoolsnack.Icanstillseeherbeautifulhands,workworn,cuttingaloafoffreshbread.WhenIexpressedaninterestinlearningtomakebread,itwasshewhoputmyhandsinthedoughandwalkedmethroughthatlearning.Forothersofmymothers,whileserviceandcarewereneverwithheld,theystruggledwithfavoritism.IlearnedequallywellfrombothofthoselessonswhatIdidanddidn'twanttodoonceIwasgrownup.15.Eachwomantookapartinthelessonsofmylife,fromeverythinginvolvingthehowtodosomethingtothelarger,moreimportantaspectsofliving.Onelessonthathasstayedwithmewaswatchingoneofmymothersdisciplineanothermother'schild(notthatIcategorizedthechildthatwayasIwatchedher,butinthepassingyears,thatelementhasbecomeanimportantpartofthestoryforme.)Whenshewasfinished,shewrappedherarmsaroundthislittlegirl,kissedher,andtoldhershelovedher.Shelookedupandsawmewatchingher."Remember,"shesaid,"TheSaviortaughttoshowforthgreaterloveafterwards."ThatlessonhaswalkedwithmethroughmyowneffortstolearntoloveastheMasterloved.16.Isawmymothersspecialize.Eachwomantookareasofinterestorfamilyneedandbecameverygoodatwhatshedidwhetherthatwasinthehomeoronthecareerfront.Thedutiesofworkingoutsidethehome,sewing,shopping,housework,gardening,cooking,andchildcare-

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