Shattered Dreams by Irene Spencer

  • August 13, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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For our next meeting, let's meet and discuss:

Shattered Dreams by Irene Spencer (click name to go to Amazon link)

Throughout her childhood, Irene Spencer was repeatedly told that polygamy was not only expected, but required in order to receive the rewards of heaven.  She was also taught that she should never question the leaders of her church and community.

Irene wanted to marry a non-believer, but the guilt of denying "God's call" troubled her.  She felt she couldn't let Him down.  She believed God told her she must marry her brother-in-law Verlan LeBaron, and become his second wife--- so, Irene did as she felt God commanded.  Then July 1953, the government raided the fundamentalist polygamous Mormon village of Short Creek, Arizona, where many of Irene's friends and family had found a haven.  Fearful of additional crackdowns Verlan fled Utah with his two young wives and moved them to the LeBaron family ranch in Mexico.

Their years in the Mexican desert with Verlan's four brothers, his mentally ill sister, as well as his numerous wives and children were inconceivably hard.  Irene lived in broken-down adobe buildings with no electricity or running water.  An outdoor toilet, old tire treads for door hinges, dim oil lamps, and recycled old clothes, served as her only "creature comforts."  Little had Irene expected that this required path to Heaven would involve a detour through Hell.

Irene's escape from the clutches of this aberrant lifestyle is a monumental achievement.  With the obstacles of multiple children to support, impoverished living conditions, and lack of skills and education to equip her for independence, Irene's story becomes truly compelling and inspirational.


We want to start the meeting at promptly 7:30pm, so be sure you account for enough time to park and buy yourself any food/beverages from Wegmans that you may want to enjoy during the meeting!! We will meet in the center room - it can be difficult to find the group since so many other groups also meet in this location, so if you have the book please bring it with you and have it visible on the table so other members can see it and know it's the correct group. You can text me at[masked] (texts only please, no phone calls) but I usually don't arrive until exactly 7:30pm so I may not be able to help you find the group.

The forum for this meeting is an open forum style, so please come prepared with questions and discussion points and be an active participant!! Everyone is welcome to speak freely about the book!

Hope to meet you all soon!!


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  • Shauna

    I think it was unanimous that we are glad we weren't born into a cult or extreme Mormon family...

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry folks, just couldn't get thru this one...Hope to see you soon!

    August 12, 2013

  • Michelle

    Won't be able to make this one. See everyone in September!

    August 5, 2013

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