‘Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey‘ is a true crime Netflix documentary directed by Rachel Dretzin and Grace McNally. In four episodes, the show tells the story of a fundamentalist group of Mormons who set up shop in Eldorado, Texas, and were found to be engaging in child marriages.
The story polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was founded by Rulon Jeffs and how he rejected the mainstream church of Mormon’s change of stance on plural marriage. This led to teen girls being given to men and forced to serve the church. After being chased out of two states, they set up in Texas on a compound known as Zion Ranch where their new leader Warren Jeffs was revealed to have committed heinous crimes.
Mormons seem to be the flavor of the year for some reason. We have had several television shows and documentaries come out about the religion and I always wonder why a particular faith community gets targeted while Christians are out of the scope for some reason.
Anyway, the true crime documentary highlights a very serious crime that happened. Growing up in Texas, I remember the raid on the ranch and the press fallout that happened. I find it hilarious that the media basically sided with a radical cult that abused children, but what else is new? One of the victims interviewed during the documentary called this out and I give her credit for bringing to the audience’s attention.
The documentary presents the terrifying story of a religious nut who just wanted to fulfill his lustful desires under the guise of being a “prophet.” It was a disgusting display that Jeff put on and I applaud the courage of the victims in this documentary for speaking out. This miniseries is well done and truly brings out how the victims suffered at the hands of a sinister man who craved power and earthly goods. I applaud the filmmakers for their care in handling the nature of the crime and those involved.
Check out the trailer below:
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Discussion of child abuse, Disturbing topics, Thematic elements
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