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Escaping Polygamy’s Ariel: My ‘Prophet’ Does Not Allow Married Couples to Have Sex

Honeymoons aren’t going to be quite the same. Raising Polygamy‘s Ariel reveals in the Sunday, July 17, episode that the religious sect her family belongs to has become much more restrictive in recent years, as seen in Us Weekly‘s exclusive sneak peek.

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In the A&E unscripted series’ preview clip, Ariel, 18, tells the camera that it was “fun” growing up in the polygamist Salt Lake City–based Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS). 

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She says that things changed after the group’s former president Warren Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison following a 2011 conviction on two felony counts of child sexual assault. Jeffs continues to communicate from prison with members of the church.


“The reason why I want to leave is because it’s not the same — it’s not like it used to be,” Ariel says. “Warren Jeffs to me is my prophet, but there are some things that I wish that didn’t happen that he had happen.”

“The things that have changed: Children are not allowed to have toys,” she continues. “There’s no marriages. There’s no intimate relationship with the man and wife that are married. You’re not allowed to give hugs — you can only shake hands. One of the big things that’s happened — splitting up families.”

A previously released clip from this season showed former FLDS member Jennifer, 18, defending having fallen in love with her cousin, 30.

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Watch the clip in the video above. Escaping Polygamy airs on A&E Sundays at 10 p.m. ET.

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