172 episodes

Sam sharing what it was like growing up in the polygamous FLDS group, his experiences leaving the group when he was 18 and his journey to where he is now. His wife Melissa is his co-host, asking the questions that everyone from the outside is thinking. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/growingupinpolygamy/support

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Sam sharing what it was like growing up in the polygamous FLDS group, his experiences leaving the group when he was 18 and his journey to where he is now. His wife Melissa is his co-host, asking the questions that everyone from the outside is thinking. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/growingupinpolygamy/support

    Unveiling Fundamental Mormon Beliefs: Is God a Polygamist? | Reaction to Polygamy USA Episode #2

    Unveiling Fundamental Mormon Beliefs: Is God a Polygamist? | Reaction to Polygamy USA Episode #2

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    Join us as we delve into the fundamental beliefs of Mormonism, particularly the intriguing concept of God being a polygamist. In this reaction video, we discuss and analyze the key points from Episode #2 of Polygamy USA, shedding light on the historical and theological perspectives that shape this belief. Don't miss our in-depth exploration and commentary on this fascinating topic!



    Chapters:

    00:00:00 - Polygamy and the Importance of Marriage

    00:02:53 - The Emphasis on Marriage in Mormonism

    00:05:46 - Age difference in polygamous relationships

    00:08:27 - The Norms of Marriage and Age Gap

    00:11:11 - Polygamy and Deep Doctrine

    00:14:14 - Doctrine of Becoming Like God and Polygamy

    00:17:13 - Polygamy in the Early Church

    00:19:49 - The Distinction in Christian Beliefs

    00:22:36 - Understanding Different Beliefs and Cultures



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    If you or someone you love has left polygamy and needs assistance, please reach out to "Holding Out HELP" at 801-548-3492 or visit their website at www.holdingouthelp.org



    At Growing Up In Polygamy our mission is to "Create compassion for communities that have been misunderstood, marginalized and/or abused by their leaders, and to empower those who have left by giving them a platform to share their stories with the world."



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    • 25 min
    Jim Jones vs. Warren Jeffs: The Dark Parallels of Jonestown and Zion Ranch -Manipulation and Control

    Jim Jones vs. Warren Jeffs: The Dark Parallels of Jonestown and Zion Ranch -Manipulation and Control

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    In this compelling video, we delve into the chilling parallels between two notorious leaders: Jim Jones of Jonestown and Warren Jeffs of Zion Ranch. We explore how both men used fear, manipulation, and control to dominate their followers, ultimately leading to tragic consequences. By comparing their leadership styles and the devastating impact on their communities, we uncover the dark tactics that can bring about the downfall of devoted followers. Join us as we unravel the disturbing similarities between these two infamous figures and their cult-like empires.



    Chapters:

    00:00:00 - Warren Jeffs' Absence from the Texas Ranch Raid

    00:02:58 - Warren Jeffs and Jim Jones: A comparison

    00:05:59 - The Switch to Violence

    00:09:23 - Control Tactics and Manipulation

    00:12:28 - Similarities between Cults: Building Utopia

    00:15:26 - Loyalty Tests and Fear-Mongering

    00:18:30 - Coercion and Distress: The Mass Murder of Jim Jones

    00:21:40 - The Scary Revelation of Translation

    00:24:49 - Jonestown: Tragic Events and Warning Signs



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    If you or someone you love has left polygamy and needs assistance, please reach out to "Holding Out HELP" at 801-548-3492 or visit their website at www.holdingouthelp.org



    At Growing Up In Polygamy our mission is to "Create compassion for communities that have been misunderstood, marginalized and/or abused by their leaders, and to empower those who have left by giving them a platform to share their stories with the world."



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    • 29 min
    FLDS vs. LDS Perspectives on "Polygamy USA" Ep. 1: Meet the Polygamists

    FLDS vs. LDS Perspectives on "Polygamy USA" Ep. 1: Meet the Polygamists

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    Join Sam, who grew up in the polygamous FLDS community, and Melissa, raised in the mainstream LDS church, as they react to the first episode of National Geographic's hit show "Polygamy USA." In this episode, titled "Meet the Polygamists," the show explores the lives of the Centennial Park fundamentalist Mormon group. Sam and Melissa share their unique perspectives and insights on the portrayal of polygamy and the Centennial Park community. Don't miss their honest reactions and thought-provoking discussions!

    Chapters:

    00:00:00 - Fear and Control in Religious Communities

    00:03:48 - The Missionary Program and Polygamy Practices

    00:07:38 - Unmarried young men and the rules they face

    00:11:26 - Leaving the Community

    00:15:10 - Differences in church structure between LDS and FLDS

    00:19:07 - Church Behavior and the Council of Priesthood

    00:22:32 - Observing the "Turkey Bowl" game

    00:26:22 - The Burial and Resurrection Ceremony

    00:30:01 - Funerals and Religion in Mormonism

    00:33:51 - Coming Soon

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    If you or someone you love has left polygamy and needs assistance, please reach out to "Holding Out HELP" at 801-548-3492 or visit their website at www.holdingouthelp.org

    At Growing Up In Polygamy our mission is to "Create compassion for communities that have been misunderstood, marginalized and/or abused by their leaders, and to empower those who have left by giving them a platform to share their stories with the world."

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    growingupinpolygamy@gmail.com
    Las Vegas, NV
    89136




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    • 34 min
    Escaping Church Leaders: Richard's Harrowing Tale of Being Hunted by the Exclusive Brethren/ PBCC

    Escaping Church Leaders: Richard's Harrowing Tale of Being Hunted by the Exclusive Brethren/ PBCC

    In this episode we delve into the chilling story of Richard  @getalifepodcast  , a former member of the Exclusive Brethren/ Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC). After bravely breaking free from the church's oppressive grip, Richard found himself relentlessly stalked by church leaders desperate to silence him and prevent him from speaking out.

    In this gripping and unsettling account, Richard shares the harrowing details of his escape and the lengths the church went to hunt him down. His story sheds light on the darker side of the Exclusive Brethren and the extreme measures taken to maintain control over its members.

    Join us for this intense and eye-opening episode as we uncover the truth behind Richard's journey. Don't miss his powerful testimony of courage and survival against all odds.

    🔔 Subscribe and hit the notification bell to stay updated on the next part of this revealing series.

    #ExclusiveBrethren #RichardStory #ReligiousControl #EscapingOppression #Courage #Survival #BreakingFree #Part2 #mustwatch

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    If you or someone you love has left polygamy and needs assistance, please reach out to "Holding Out HELP" at 801-548-3492 or visit their website at www.holdingouthelp.org

    Chapters:
    00:00:00 - Followed Home by a Cult Member
    00:08:14 - Illegal Activities and Intimidation Tactics
    00:24:39 - Destructive Cults: The Danger of Manipulation
    00:32:48 - Fraudulent transactions and the Kingston group
    00:40:54 - The Ruthlessness of the Exclusive Brethren
    00:49:06 - The Suppression of Female Voices in the Group
    00:57:46 - Alcohol Abuse and Trauma Bonding in the Church
    01:06:29 - The Importance of Therapy and Self-Care
    01:15:04 - Signing Off and Thank You to the Guests

    At Growing Up In Polygamy our mission is to "Create compassion for communities that have been misunderstood, marginalized and/or abused by their leaders, and to empower those who have left by giving them a platform to share their stories with the world."

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Exposing the Exclusive Brethren/PBCC: Two Stories of Trauma and Escape from Religious Control

    Exposing the Exclusive Brethren/PBCC: Two Stories of Trauma and Escape from Religious Control

    In this eye-opening video, we sit down with two courageous individuals who share their deeply personal experiences growing up within the Exclusive Brethren/ Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC). They reveal the intense strictness and dominance exerted by the church and its leaders, shedding light on the emotional and psychological trauma they endured. Through their heartfelt stories, they offer a powerful testimony of resilience and hope, illustrating the strength it takes to break free from oppressive environments. Join us for an honest and moving conversation about life, faith, and the journey to reclaiming their freedom.

    Check out Cheryl and Richard on  @getalifepodcast 

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    Chapters:00:00:00 - Similarities between FLDS and the Exclusive Brethren

    00:05:37 - Rebranding and the Exclusion of Nonprofit Status

    00:11:30 - The Dark Side of the Church00:17:14 - Growing up in a Different World

    00:22:59 - Doubts and Outspoken Criticism of the Brethren

    00:28:44 - The Cult of the Leader

    00:34:38 - Control and Surveillance in the Church

    00:40:24 - Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up in Religious Groups

    00:45:41 - A Sting Operation

    00:51:36 - Being Stalked by the Church


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    If you or someone you love has left polygamy and needs assistance, please reach out to "Holding Out HELP" at 801-548-3492 or visit their website at www.holdingouthelp.org

    At Growing Up In Polygamy our mission is to "Create compassion for communities that have been misunderstood, marginalized and/or abused by their leaders, and to empower those who have left by giving them a platform to share their stories with the world."

    If you would like to DONATE to this cause you can do so here: https://donorbox.org/growing-up-in-polygamy

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    • 51 min
    Interview with Brady Williams: Life with 5 Wives and 25 Kids | Sam & Melissa React

    Interview with Brady Williams: Life with 5 Wives and 25 Kids | Sam & Melissa React

    Join us as we react to an exclusive interview with Brady Williams, the star of TLC's hit show "My 5 Wives." Brady opens up about his unique life as a polygamist with five wives and 25 children, sharing the joys and challenges of his extraordinary family dynamic. From managing daily routines to navigating relationships, Brady gives us an inside look at what it's like to live a life many of us can't even imagine.

    In this interview, Brady also reveals insider information about the behind-the-scenes workings of "My 5 Wives" and offers insights into the AUB polygamous group. Sam and Melissa share their candid reactions and thoughts on Brady's incredible story.

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    #BradyWilliams #My5Wives #Polygamy #Interview #SamAndMelissaReact #FamilyLife #TLC #RealityTV #aubameyang

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    If you or someone you love has left polygamy and needs assistance, please reach out to "Holding Out HELP" at 801-548-3492 or visit their website at www.holdingouthelp.orgChapters:00:00:00 - From Extreme Fundamentalism to the Opposite00:08:38 - Transition to Fundamentalist Polygamy00:17:29 - A Journey of Questioning and Doubt00:27:20 - The Humbling Aha Moment00:36:42 - The Williams Wives Bonding00:45:06 - The Challenges of Polygamy00:54:15 - The Decision to Leave the Fundamentalist Church01:03:26 - The Power of Editing in Reality TV01:12:37 - The Importance of Education and Tolerance01:21:10 - Like and Subscribe

    At Growing Up In Polygamy our mission is to "Create compassion for communities that have been misunderstood, marginalized and/or abused by their leaders, and to empower those who have left by giving them a platform to share their stories with the world."

    If you would like to DONATE to this cause you can do so here: https://donorbox.org/growing-up-in-polygamy

    Insta: @growingupinpolygamy
    New website is now up! www.growingupinpolygamy.com
    Theme Song created by @artcowles

    Please feel free to reach out to us!
    growingupinpolygamy@gmail.com
    PO BOX 753072
    Las Vegas, NV
    89136

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    ➡️ Checkout our other Videos:
    🔷Ex-Polygamist Reacts to Sister Wives: Season 18 Ep. 1-2
    ✅https://youtu.be/R9u4wAzUjK0

    🔷Exclusive Interview with an Insider: Exposing FLDS Secrets
    ✅https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIjlLejkETU

    🔷Breaking Free: One Girl's Journey from Warren Jeffs' Control
    ✅ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-bH4fLMZX0

    🔷Behind FLDS Doors: The Tragic Tale of a Family Torn Apart by Warren Jeffs
    ✅https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFFQ_j_RJCo

    🔷Tour Of The Dream Center, A Refuge Home For Ex-Polygamous Families
    ✅https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbqR1UJFJBY

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    • 1 hr 21 min

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