Since Betty has lived both inside and outside the ranch, she has a unique perspective on the outside world's perception of her faith. Betty says she knows her mother thinks she's been brainwashed, but she says it couldn't be further from the truth. "We got in arguments over this comment of being brainwashed," she says. "I finally figured out that every time that I differed in opinion, that was a brainwash."
Many observers from the outside of FLDS view it as a cult, but Betty says the ranch feels nothing like a cult. "I come here and I love it. I don't want to leave," she says. "Other people might feel trapped in, or confined ... but I don't feel trapped at all."
Published on March 30, 2009