Who is Warren Jeffs?
Warren Jeffs changed the fabric of the Short Creek Community when he rose to power. A self-proclaimed prophet to the people of the FLDS he caused an immeasurable amount of pain for the people. In 2002, Warren gained control of the FLDS, transforming the town and taking 80 wives for himself. In 2007, he was sentenced to life plus twenty years in prison for taking child brides and sexual abuse with girls as young as 12. Briell Decker, who had been given to Jeff’s as a teen bride, was eventually awarded his old compound which she had hopes of transforming into a place of healing and refuge for people in the community as they healed from Warren Jeff’s tyrannical rule. Today, that dream has become a reality. What once was a place that carried many traumatic memories has become a place of restoration and recovery. The old compound has been repurposed into the Short Creek Dream Center and provides education opportunities, skills training, crisis housing, trauma counseling, and much more to the people here.