Who Is Charlene Jeffs from ‘Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey,’ and Where Is She Now?


Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey is a four-part Netflix docuseries about the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) and its leader Warren Jeffs. Charlene Jeffs, his sister-in-law, was interviewed for the film and gave an account of her time in the religious sect. Is she still alive?

Who is Charlene Jeffs?

Charlene became the first of Lyle Jeffs’ nine wives when she married him in 1983.

Rulon Jeffs, Jeffs’ father, was the first President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, until Rulon’s death in 2002, when his brother Warren took over as Prophet.

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Until her expulsion from the FLDS community in 2012, the couple raised ten children and appeared to live a simple life. Charlene claimed the Priesthood kicked her off the compound for complaining in Netflix’s docuseries Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey, despite the fact that she couldn’t remember protesting anything.

She was confined to a garage and a trailer during her confinement, and she was reportedly unable to communicate with any of her children. For “unrighteous” behavior, Charlene was asked to leave the compound in 2014.

Where is Charlene Jeffs now?

As a result, she sought custody of her two youngest children, who were minors at the time.

Her joint custody was granted by the court in 2015. Her children were forced to live with her, but they were reluctant at first.

Charlene stated shortly after the birth of her children that she still loved her husband and would return to the FLDS community if their lifestyle reverted to what it was before Warren became the Prophet.

A year later, she admitted that the religious sect taught her that loyalty to God and the leader is the “first and foremost thing in your life.” She has since left the religious sect and appears to be focused on raising her children. It is assumed that she is still residing in Hildale, Utah.

Following Warren Jeffs’ conviction, Lyle Jeffs took over the FLDS church.

The authorities raided the temple at Yearning For Zion (YFZ) Ranch after Warren was arrested as a rape accomplice.

They discovered records and recordings proving that he married underage girls and took at least 24 teen brides.

Warren preached that followers should have at least three wives as part of their belief system that taught polygamy, or plural marriages, would provide men with the highest level of afterlife salvation.

He also claimed that the more wives a person had, the closer they were to God, and he was said to have nearly 80 wives. Lyle became the sect’s leader after his 2011 conviction. In 2012, he was removed as the FLDS church’s bishop in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona.

Where is Lyle Jeffs now?

When a report revealed that the church was using children to harvest nuts at a Utah ranch, the US Department of Labor opened an investigation into the church on suspicion of child labor violations.

He was found in contempt of court after refusing to comply with the subpoenas.

The church was fined $1.96 million in 2015 as the result of the investigation. In 2017, he was apprehended by the FBI after allegedly removing his ankle bracelet to avoid house arrest.

Lyle was sentenced to five years in prison and three years of probation after being found guilty of orchestrating a welfare fraud scheme. He was finally set free in March 2021. On Netflix, you can watch Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey.

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Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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