Ally & Brig are two special people God has placed in mine and Brad's lives by way of knowing some dear friends of ours: Barry and Jennifer Smith. Ally and Brig were both born and raised in Warren Jeff's FLDS cult compound and by the grace of God were able to get out and be placed in loving homes that helped foster them with a healthy and affectionate relationship between family and faith.
When Brig was just 15 years old, he was told he had to get his CDL license and drive for the cult leaders. Fearing a life inside a truck forever, he gathered his few things in the middle of the night and left. When he was 11, Brig had appendicitis that went untreated for such a long period of time, it left him with lifelong medical problems. An organization dedicated to helping boys and girls out of the FLDS cult called Holding Out Help was instrumental in helping Brigham find a foster family and provide love and support for such a young boy with no one in the outside world.
Ally grew up being locked away in a room with some of her siblings without contacts of the outside world for years. She wasn't taught basic educational skills past a middle school level, was expected to sit in darkness and sew, and only had a few other siblings with her to talk to at all times. She also was saved by the same organization and placed in Jennifer and Barry's home. After some time that included much love, therapy, and prayer, Ally was able to trust and love the Smith's as her family.
Today, they are married and have the sweetest little boy, Liam, who loves and adores his parents. Only a few short weeks ago, Brig pronounced faith in Jesus Christ to his father in law Barry and received the gift of eternal life. But because of the complications with his appendix at age 11, Brig has some major medical issues that has not only caused him to stop working for awhile and then find other things with his boss he can do because of the labor aspect, it has racked up tens of thousands of dollars in medical debt. Friends, please hear me when I say, this precious couple desperately needs to see the love of Christ in a practical way. Jesus constantly taught his disciples to care for the sick, hurting, and those who need help. Paul exhorted whole churches to support one another. Brigham is a fellow believer in Christ and it is imperative we show him that practicality. Though through their families they have seen many glimpses of this love, Ally and Brig need us to come around them as the Body and help them financially. Brig does not have formal education to go out and get a computer or desk job that might be better suited for someone with his situation. He did not grow up in a normal environment like most of us did with the many privileges and blessings most of us in America have had. He does hard manual labor that he was taught to do at a very young age. He is hardworking and wants to provide for his family, but because of medical restrictions he has been unable to take on work he would otherwise have jumped at, and under the crushing weight of so much debt, it is near impossible to get on top of it.
Many of us know how this feels, many of us have been in this type of situation. Now they need our help. I know that if they can see us come around them with support, Ally will be forced to confront the belief that God cares for her, something she is at odds with at the moment. Please consider giving to help support them as they need to not only get rid of this medical debt, this mother needs to be able to buy groceries for her family and make ends meet.
(The pictures posted are photos I provided free of charge. I say this not brag, but to put to rest that they may have any additional funds lying around to help. Their elopement was done on public property with friends and family and donated time and portraits so that they could be obedient to God in a marriage covenant.)