Colorado City woman to shed light on polygamist sect

A public meeting about the controversial Northern Arizona polygamist sect will be presented in Kingman on Wednesday night.

Lenore Holm, whose civil trial begins in Mohave County Superior Court on Thursday, will conduct a meeting at the Powerhouse Visitor Center about polygamy and the practice of under-age marriage.

Holm and Flora Jessup will be on hand at 5 p.m.

to conduct a question and answer period and show a Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

documentary called "You Can Never Leave."

The documentary focuses on Holm's story as well as polygamy in Colorado City and neighboring Hildale, Utah.

The civil trial involves the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints, which is evicting Holm and her husband despite a former leader's promise in 1976 that allowed the Holms to build and live on church property in Colorado City.

The church practices polygamy mostly in Colorado City and Hildale, which straddle the Arizona-Utah border.

Holm claims United Effort Plan, a business arm of the church, is forcing them out of their home because she refused to allow her then 16-year-old daughter, Nicole, to marry 39-year-old church member Wynn Jessop, who already had a wife and children.

Now 19, Nicole Holm, is living with Jessop and has a child of her own.

She and Jessop live in Idaho and are no longer members of the church.

The Holms have since built a six-bedroom, 3,600-square foot home that, when finished, is expected to be 5,000 square feet.

Mohave County Superior Court Judge James Chavez will determine whether the Holms must leave their home or be compensated for it.

Salt Lake City attorney Rodney Parker, representing United Effort Plan, previously stated the Holms were ex-communicated because they left the church.

The property in question is for use by church members only.

United Effort Plan denies that the Holms' objections to the arranged marriage of her daughter had anything to do with the trust's eviction of the Holms.