Thursday, July 7, 2011


Letters to Merrianne While in Captivity

Bill Medvecky
Aug 25, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

This little note is to tell you that there are so many people who very much love you and care what
happens to you.
You are always in our prays, and we know that Heavenly Father looks after you, one of His children.
He will keep you safe and well and the happy times will return to you we pray.
Thinking of you every single day,
Bill Medvecky

Thomas Forguson
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Aug 25, 2008

It is difficult to know what would be comforting not having been in your situation. I Will try. Please
remember there are on the outside who care about you. We want you to return home. Justice moves
slowly. It arrives in due time. Don’t ever give up! Don’t ever give up!

Aug 25, 2008

Keep thinking good thoughts, I'll add a few for you!


Lily J. Barlow
Aug 25, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
Heaven bless you in this experience. You are a shining example to all of us. We are praying for

your quick return to the arms of those that love you. Take courage, Heavenly Father loves you!

Gail Steed
Colorado City, Az
Aug 25, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
Heavenly Father loves you very much. He saw that you could be an example to the world along with
our Prophet. What a blessing.
We love you and pray for you along with our Prophet.
Keep your prayers up as we unite our prayers with yours to Heaven for your deliverance.
God hears and answers prayers. You will be delivered in His time and way.
Smile and keep encouraged...We love you.

Miriam Jessop
Colorado City
Aug 25, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
Keep Smiling, my heart goes out to you in this time of trial.

Aug 25, 2008

My Dearest Friend Marrianne,
Though I am a few years older than you I can only imagine what a test this would be.Your a very
strong girl.
Though this time is hard for you to bear,
and the people around you seem like they don't care,
Heavenly Father is near to watch from above.
He will help you and send his perfect love
To keep you safe and guide you aright
and watch over you both day and night.
He will always be there to see you through, take courage my friend We all love you!

Val Jessop
Aug 25, 2008

Dearest and most precious Merrianne:

Heavenly Father chose YOU to walk this lonely and rough path because HE knows your strength and
devotion, and HE knows You will reflect the teachings of your loving parents and most importantly,
the training and example of our Holy Prophet.
We watched you cry and we cried. We know how hard it was for your Mother to let you go into the
hands of insesitive people who don't even know what they're doing. We know your Father's heart
aches for your release from prison, but know this, thousands upon thousands of your friends are
sending up constant prayers in your behalf. We love You.

Al Holm
Somewhere in Tennesee
Aug 25, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

I sure hope and pray that our Father in Heaven will strengthen you under your great load. It is a
GREAT BIG LOAD, so my prayers are GREAT BIG!

Dear sister, you are capable of whatever He wants you to go through, but you cannot do it without
Him. O stay strong! Stay Strong! Pray with All the energy of your heart, and CRY to heavenly

Show those people that you are a light, a candle light, you are like Joseph who was sold into Egypt.
Show them what a pure and lovely lady is like. Be an example of Zion to all who are around you!
You will be home again, you will be in Zion, but take the good lessons from whatever you are
required to do, and leave all the bad alone. Take these rotten lemons, and make up some yummy
lemonade! You are loved! SMILE ANYWAY!

A friend,
Al Holm
aka "Pliggy"

Natalia, Kristopher and Kate
Aug 26, 2008

You don't know us, but we want you to know even strangers are praying for you. How brave you
have been even though grown up judges and social workers have behaved like shameful bullies. Our
mother has read us so many articles about this situation, and we think everyone ought to know. Don't
let them get to you. We have a different religion but we support you in your own faith. Be strong.
We hope you will be home with your mother and brothers very soon!

Chai Tea
Aug 26, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

Thinking of you and praying for you many times throughout the day. So many people care about

I don't know if you know the song "Trust His Heart" but it's been running through my mind about
your situation. Here's just a bit of it:

"All things work for our good
though sometimes we can’t see how they could.
Struggles that break our hearts in two
sometimes blind us to the truth.

God is too wise to be mistaken.
God is too good to be unkind.
So when you don’t understand,
when you don’t see His plan,
When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart."

from "Trust His Heart" Written by: Babbie Mason and Eddie Carswell

With loving, prayerful thoughts for you and your family....


Aug 26, 2008

Dear Merrianne.
You are very brave and amired by many people. You don't deserve to be there, its very unfair. Hold
on cause justice he to come. We all wish you could be near your loved ones but we all know where
your heart is right? You don't know me but still I will pray for you every day.
With love

Hyrum Richter
Short Creek
Aug 26, 2008

There are many troubles that will burst like bubbles,
There are many shadows that will disappear;
When you learn to meet them, with a smile to greet them,
For a smile is better than a frown or tear.

Tho' the world forsake you, joy will overtake you,
Hope will soon awake you, if you smile today;
Don't parade your sorrow, wait until tomorrow,
For your joy and hope will drive the clouds away.

When the clouds are raining, don't begin complaining,
What the earth is gaining should not make you sad;
Do not be a fretter, smiling is much better,
And a smile will help to make the whole world glad.

You can smile when you can't say a word,
You can smile when you cannot be heard;
You can smile when it's cloudy or fair,
You can smile anytime, anywhere.

Our prayers are with you, and we know that Heavenly Father will send angels to comfort and protect

Dorothy Holm
Colorado City
Aug 26, 2008

How blessed we are to experience such love from our Heavenly Father and our Earthly Parents.
Heavenly Father had such trust in you, he chose you to be an example, a light upon a hill for the
whole world to see. I am so grateful to know your wonderful parents, I know their heart bleeds
without you. Our Prayers are for your protection. We know Heavenly Father sees and knows all
things and will reward to all accordingly.
Heaven bless you. Love always, Dorothy

Teresa Jeffs
San Antonio, TX
Aug 26, 2008


I just thought I would tell you that we all think about you so much and look forward to the day
when we can see you again!

Be strong through it all... and remember that Heavenly Father is seeing what we are all made of.
If I could I would come stay there with you until you can get out because I know just a little of how

you feel! When I was at High Sky my sweet attorney was looking into making me have to stay in
state custody alone for a little longer. The thought made me sick and almost made me go out of my

I want you to know that we all love you and are missing you so very much!
Heaven bless you! Be determind in the right!

Thank you...

~ Your friend,
Teresa Jeffs

Josephine Jeffs
San Antonio, Texas
Aug 26, 2008


We are all missing you very much and are doing what we can to get you out of there. We are
always thinking of you and praying the Lord to give you the strength to stand through this
experience. I hope to see you soon in a better place. Stay encouraged and know you are never

Love ya!

Your Friend,

Diana Steed 14yrs old
Colorado City, Az
Aug 26, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

You are a perfect example of our Prophet. Keep saying your prayers.
Heavenly Father hears and answers the prayers of His children.
We all love you and pray for your deliverance.
You will be delivered in His time and way.


Diana Steed

Marjie Jessop
Short Creek,AZ
Aug 26, 2008

Dear Marrianne,

We would just like to say God Bless you and thank you for showing us that we can be strong even
when in the darkest hours. You are strong and your family and many others love you and are praying
for you.

Stay prayerful the best is yet to be. There is always a light at the end of the tunnal.

Our four children say "we love you and God loves you too." May God bless you.
Keep Smiling, Keep Shining
Knowing you can always count on
HIM for sure. That's what God is for.

He's the BEST Friend you can ever have.

Love the Jessop's

Aug 26, 2008

Dearest Merrianne

You my dear are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Have faith that you will soon be with your loved
ones and this will all be behind you. You appear to be a very strong girl and are to be admired by

Lots of Love to you any many (((HUGS))).

May God Bless You

Rozina M. Chatwin
Short Creek
Aug 26, 2008

Courage sister, do not stumble;
Though thy path seems dark as night.
There's a star to guide the humble.
Trust in Heavenly Father and [pray that our enemies will] do what's right!

Thank you for showing the world what true courage is. We all think more than the world of you and
know that legions of angels surround you no matter where you are. Nothing on earth can stop them
from visiting with you. Just know that thousands upon thousands of prayers are reaching our Father
Above in your behalf.

Michelle L. Chatwin
Short Creek
Aug 26, 2008

I thought I would like to share a song with you that I wrote for my mother. I know you must feel
the same way about yours. Here it is:

Mother What I've Seen in You

Father sent me here to earth to live a clean life.
He knew that I would need a guide to plant my foot steps through the years, so he sent me to you.
Mother, what I’ve seen in you is what I yearn to be with Fathers help, and living His ways.
You have shown me through the years the way that I should be,
Turning me to my Father and living for the prophet and Zion.
Mother, how can I express my gratitude for you?
Father in the Heavens has blessed you with all that you could need to teach and train me.

Mother, what I’ve seen in you:
Loving, and giving,
Showing me daily the way I should live to be worthy of the blessings of our Savior.
Living dutiful and selfless through love,
You’ve shown me the way I must be to live in Zion on earth.

Father in Heaven,
Thank you for this mother!
Thank you for guiding her.

Oh, Mother what I’ve seen in you is what I yearn to be,
Living for the prophet,
Turning me to him,
Abiding the Celestial law,
Living as a Sarah.

Mother, what I’ve seen in you...

Merrianne, we realize what you are going through. We think of you often. Take courage. Don't give
up. We are doing all we can to help you get back to your mother. Prayer works. We look forward to
seeing you back in the arms of your mother. Stay encouraged. Smile! :)

Michelle L. Chatwin

Jay Litehiser
Munich, Germany
Aug 26, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

How dark these days must be for you! How I hope and pray that soon the sun will break through and
shine upon you radiantly.
It is through trials and tribulations that our faith is strengthened and purified, being more precious

than gold. Heavenly Father knows best, and He does love us.
Be strong and let your light shine for all to see.
You are in my prayers.
In Christ,

Jay Litehiser

Naomi Allred
Short Creek
Aug 26, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
Our Father in heaven has promised we will not be tested bound our strength to endure. Our fervent
prayers are with you. He will send His angels to guide and guard you through prayer.
May heaven bless you.

Al Holm
Somewhere in Virginia
Aug 27, 2008

Hey sis,
Just thinking about you again, and hoping you are keeping cheered!
Well I want to say I know how you feel, but I DON'T! Cry as hard as you want, as long as you want,

but when you are done, SMILE BIGGER!
Bless you Josephanne in Egypt!

Aug 27, 2008

Dearest Merrianne,

Another new day is dawning and you are one day closer to being returned home.

I see Al has mentioned Joseph in Egypt a couple times and that is a good comparison. Remember
that others (his brothers) meant selling him to Egypt for harm, but God meant it for good and it did
turn out for good for ALL His people.

Along with that was a little girl who was renamed Esther in her captivity -God placed her as queen
to a king 'for such a time as this.' Your people are in as dire straits as were the people of Israel...and
God had years before placed a young girl in a position of 'training' so she would be able to help when
the need arose.

Not everyone is trusted with such a hard and deep testing of their faith -God knows the gems that
will shine from the polishing -and He knows the purpose He has for them who endure. Remember
Revelation and the things that are promised to those who 'endure to the end.'

Keep your faith; focus on His love for you and His people

Remember especially that you are NEVER forgotten and ALWAYS loved

God bless you dear little sister in Christ.


Emily Black

C. C. Arizona
Aug 27, 2008
I cried along with you. I have been there when I was just eight years old.
I was with all my brothers and sisters though.
I feel to encourage you with the fact that you have a good mother 'like I had' that is

obedient to the right people and because of this you will return in due time 'we did'.
We never ever doubted our mother's words, we
knew she was right.
Blessings to you,and I will continue to pray for you.

Shelley Barlow
Aug 27, 2008

I would just like to let you know that we are thinking about you and praying for you. You are a
courageous young lady, and must have been blessed with a very strong spirit and testimony, for the
Lord does not ask us to do anything save He prepares the way. I know He is watching over you, and
He will answer our Prophet's prayers for you, and ours in connection. Hold on to your faith, you are
very loved, I know your dear Father and Mothers quite well, and I know they will be doing all they
can for you. I would like to meet you someday, and give you a big hug in person, but until then
consider yourself hugged from a mother who is yearning for your freedom. Remember you are very
loved and prayed for.

ReNae Jeffs
San Antonio
Aug 27, 2008

Howdy Merr!
Oh, how greatly you are missed! I think about you all the time and pray that you will be kept clean
and pure. I yearn for the time you will be reunited with your parents. I know it will be soon! Merr,
I have come to know you quite well, and you are a really sweet girl. You sure seemed to put up
under all the pressure alot better than I did. I just don't know if I could handle being taken again, let
alone all by myself. Thank you for your marvelous example. Did you know the letter you wrote to
your mother was put on our website? I dare say it brought alot of tears.
Shaun always talks about you. He asks where you are and wonders if you are still sad.(He watched
the video of when you were taken.) He wants to see you so much.
We all miss you so very much and look forward to seeing you again--with your loving mother!

of the girls that lived with you during our captive months of April and May.

Provo, Utah
Aug 27, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

I pray that you may be comforted and encircled in the arms of your Heavenly Father's love. He
knows you and your needs, He loves you, and He will be with you and strengthen you if you ask
Him. May your burdens be made light and easy to bear until you are with those you love again. Trust
in the Lord with all your heart. He understands.

You are in my prayers every morning and every night.

Kathy Gifford

Yaroslav A. Kazmin
Voronezh-city, central Russia
Aug 27, 2008

May the Lord GOD Almighty keep and protect You in HIS divine grace. May HIS everlasting
blessings be with You forever. The great Day of Deliverance is very very soon and the great miracles
of the genuine Freedom will come from the Heavens. The GOD will help You in Your current
troubles and will exalt You for Your sincere faith and loyalty.
Yours respectfully,

Rebecca B Allred
Hildale, Utah
Aug 28, 2008

Heaven Bless you Merrianne, we know you will be strong in the face of opposition. You are not
alone in spirit although you have to be physically away from everyone for a time. Our prayers are
for your speedy return to your loving parents and brothers and sisters and we will stay at it, stay at
it until the blessing is received.

Duane Crawford
Ausin, TX
Aug 28, 2008


Lovely name by the way. Hang in there and keep your faith! They can take you away from your
family but they cannot take your spirit!

Bill Medvecky
Sanibel Island, Florida
Aug 28, 2008

Dearest Merrianne,

For you the time goes so very slowly, but for those working to see you home once again, there are

not enough hours in the day to do the task.

Be strong in the knowledge that not one minute of the day goes by without so many people, from one
end of this world to the other, who are working to return you to the family fold.
Heavenly Father brought his 465 lost lambs back home, and he will once again return you back

home, this we know and pray.
Be strong, be brave and turn your tears into a smile knowing how much you are loved and blessed.
"Grandpa" Bill

Robin Emond
Aug 28, 2008

Please stay strong little girl, your family loves you and you will be back with them soon.

Sometimes, in life, we have to face challenges, but, we all have the inner strength to overcome
them. I know you will.

Pamela Jeffs
San Antonio
Aug 28, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

My heart goes out to you as I think of you alone in a foster home and unable to have any contact with
anyone that you love so much. It tears a healing sore wide open again. I was sent to a foster home
just 24 hours after the delivery of my little Johnathan, as I am sure you well remember. Oh, I just
know what you feel like--hungry, but only hungry for those you love! Alone, with altogether to much
time to ponder on the aweful reality of your situation! Yes, wonderful foster parents, but oh, the
heartache that just won't go away! Remember that this is a wonderful time to get close to your loving
Heavenly Father. He is a Friend that nobody, ABSOLUTELY NOBODY can take away from you.
He was my only comfort and strength during those hard days of recovery without any loved ones that
I needed so desperately. He will see you through. We know this for a fact. You are earning a great
reward that will make up for all the horrible experiences you are having now.

Thank you for your sweet example. I tried to get over to see you before you left, but did
not make it. I wanted to let you give the little boys a hug. But we just know that it won't be long.

WE send you our love. You are in our prayers. Remember that everyone is doing everything in their
power that they possibly can do to see you free again! May heaven bless you with the strength to

endure to the end.

With much heart felt love and yearning,
Pam & co.

Aug 28, 2008

Sweet Merrianne,

I just wanted to pop in and tell you that I am still thinking about you and praying for you. I look for
updates usually all day long on 'Grandpa' Bill's site and the FLDS site. I was so relieved to see that
you got to write your mother -you describe her beautifully. Keep all the memories close to you and
it will make your time there easier and you will soon be home with her and your father and siblings.
I so wish that I could give you a great big hug and tell you everything will be okay, so here it goes
((((everything will work out and be okay)))).

Lots of Love to You and Your Family

Elnora Johnson
San Antonio
Aug 28, 2008

Hi Merrianne!
We are thinkning about you and praying for you continually. I hope to see you soon. Please eat and
take care of yourself even in this time of extreme trial. This is your long lost school mate since
fourth grade. I sure think a lot of you and admire the sweetness of your character.

Mother feels very tender to you and is praying for you. We love you and miss you. Is there
aanything we can send to you? Would you like a loaf of homemade bread or anything we can make
for you? We would love to do anything for you at this very tender and intense time.

Please email us back to let us know what sounds good to eat and we will do all we can to get it to


Short Creek, AZ
Aug 28, 2008


Our prayers and love are with you! Take courage and keep on keeping on..(being your sweet self!)
Thank you for your sweet example to us all! You are love more than you know! We hope and pray
for your speedy return to your loving family!

New York
Aug 29, 2008

Dear little sister in Christ,

God bless you this day in a special way. May you know that you are loved, loved, loved by Him and
by your family.
You are in the thoughts of others and that we are holding you up DAILY, sometimes HOURLY,

before the throne of God, seeking His special blessing upon you, your mother and father, and your
brothers, sisters, and extended family.

May these trials turn you to the Word of God, our source of comfort in times of trail.
God gave me Psalm 18:30 at the time of my husband's death in a car accident -"As for God, His way
is perfect..."

Even in the hard times, God's way is perfect. You are the gold in His refiner's fire -I know He
already sees His face in you -and now others are seeing Him, too.
God bless you moment by moment.

Bill Medvecky
Sanibel Island, FL
Aug 29, 2008

All of the messages here are being mailed in hard copy to Merrianne.

If you want to receive an address to mail a card or letter directly, please contact me by e mail @ and I will send you the address by return e mail.

Merrianne is aware of this site and of the messages, but she has not seen them yet.

She will this week, and we hope to be able to negotiate with CPS to grant her access to a computer
so she can communicate directly.
Thank you for your responses, I KNOW they will brighten her day.
Grandpa Bill :)) to the critters and crickets.

Georgia (USA)
Aug 30, 2008


I am the mother of twins near your age--one daughter, one son. Like you and your mother, my
daughter and I are extremely close, so I understand very much how you miss Mother.

But be heartened and keep praying. Like "Grandpa Bill" and all the others have said
here--everything possible is being done to see to it you are returned home to your loving mother,
brothers and sisters and family.

Don't worry about your trouble making Aunt Carolyn. God is certanly going to have a word with
her and it won't be kind. I sure wouldn't want to be her, would you?? ;)

On the other hand, Heavenly Father is reaching down now and wrapping his loving arms around you
and holding you tight. He wipes away those tears that fall without warning when you feel so sad.
Know that He can fix any problem--no problem is too big for Him.

Trust in the our Heavenly Father and know He loves you. He will never leave you alone to face your
troubles, He will be with you every step of the way.

Think of what a joyous day it will be when you finally go home to your family!!! I am counting on
it and will be celebrating here so many hundreds of miles away with my children when that day

You are loved Merrianne. Isn't it amazing that even strangers you've never met like me and my
family love you and pray for your release every day??

Be strong little one...your homecoming will be soon!

Jeny and family

Jeffery Jessop Sr

Aug 31, 2008

You are Dear;
Dear to the heart of The Shepherd,
Dear are the lambs of His fold
Dear is the love that He gives them
Dearer than silver or gold...

Out in the desert they wander
Hungry and helpless and cold
Off to the rescue He hastens
and soon -Bringing you back to His fold

Our prayers go out for you, and the cuase of Zion.
Aunt Char sends her love.

Debra Sparks
southern Missouri
Aug 31, 2008

Dear sweet Merrianne,
Oh, how I love you dear child and pray for you. Yes I am a total stranger to you but I am a mother
of 6 and I know a mother's love for her children and a child's love for their mother. It is a bond given
to us by our Heavenly Father and can never be broken. Please be strong as this terrible mess is
worked out and you can return to your mother's arms where you so belong. So many prayers rise up
for you every day and mine are among them.Have faith and soon you will be home.

One of the Great Lakes states
Sep 1, 2008

I'm the mother of 7 children-six sweet girls and one dear boy, and I wept when I saw the video of
CPS taking you away.
I am so sorry for all you have been through. I wish life in this world were not so hard sometimes,
and it is always especially hard to see children suffer. I am praying for you to be strong, to be wise,
and to be comforted by the presence of God.
I find the book of Hebrews and the book of Psalms bring much comfort and assurance during
difficult times.

Chai Tea
Sep 1, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

Another day is ending and my thoughts have been on you and your time in captivity. I am praying
that soon this time will be just a bad memory and you will be reunited with those who love you and
miss you so dearly.

May God continue to be your source of strength, encouragement, and comfort. I am praying that
God will put people with love in their hearts in positions of authority and that evil will be removed
from the system that has placed you in this position.

Continue to be strong in your love of God and love of your parents and family. God's love never
falters, and neither does your family's.

There are so many Bible verses that speak of God's watchcare over His children and His people. I
hope they are at least allowing you to have a Bible so that you can read again how much God loves
you. is a good online source.

Here's a couple favorite verses of mine:

Isaiah 26:3-4 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts
in You. Trust in the Lord forever,
For in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength.

Zephaniah 3:17 -The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over
you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."

WE rejoice over what a beautiful young woman you are and we continue to pray daily for your

God bless you and give you peace.

Lovingly, Chai

Sep 1, 2008

I have a daughter your age and oh what I would give to have her married right. There is still a

lot of immorality going on among the young people in Short Creek. And it is quite disturbing to me.
You are like Joseph sold into Egypt. That wicked woman could not even get him to look at her. I
know and believe that you have had that same kind of training and you are a grand example of virtue
and purity. I know cause I know your Father very well. I realize that you already understand way
more than people even writhing you realize. You are a shining light and the young people are
watching you. I know that you will always be a grand example for them. What more could this old
guy say. I went to the army when I was young and believe me it was a moral test to the max. Uncle
Roy said, go and serve your country but don't partake of the sins of the world. I will always
remember those words. Clean every whit is what he always said. You and I know that it can be

With respect and Honor for Who you are. XGI

Thomas Forguson
Sep 2, 2008
You are not alone. Lots of people in and outside your faith support you. If I had been in your

situation, I would know what to say to comfort you. I can only say that I will remember you.

Sep 2, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
I only have happy thoughts for you, you do not know me but I have been close to your story, you
are a strong girl. Your mother is incredible and so are you. I only wish the best for you and pray that
you can soon be toguether.
With love

Sep 2, 2008


Stay strong. Listen to the still small voice inside you telling you what to do. Even though you are
away from your family and loved ones, you still have God and your faith. Cling to that, let the
burning ember of faith grow, and all will be well.

It seems the entire world by now knows that a girl was put back into foster care, and that was you.
I'm sure you will be treated well for that. Hang on. There's a light at the end of the tunnel. Stay close
to God, read your Bible, and anything that makes you feel more at home. God Bless and keep you
safe. -J

Onthe street
Sep 3, 2008

This Gentleman wishes you well and wants you to know that he is praying for you.
:)) GB
(Comment edited for clarity)

Shirley Snow
Woods Cross
Sep 3, 2008

Dearest Merrianne;

Someday everything will make perfect sense, until then, laugh at all the confusion, smile through the
tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.

Heavenly Father will not ask you to do something you cannot do,

-just as Nephi was able to retrieve the Brass plates -The Lord does not ask us to do something we
cannot do lest he provide us a way.

Michaela J. Chatwin
Hildale, Utah
Sep 3, 2008

Dearest Children, God is near you,
watching over you day and night...

Dear Merrianne,
I love you, and pray for you. Keep smiling.
Remember Heavenly Father will not test us more than we can endure.


Lily J. Barlow
Sep 4, 2008

"O that each in the day of His coming may say, 'I have fought my way through, I have finished the
work Thou didst give me to do.' O that each from His Lord may recieve the glad word: "Well and
faithfully done; enter into my joy and sit down on my throne."

You are in our prayers and thoughts continually. Keep your faith alive. Continue being the brave
example of steadfastness.
With love always.

Sep 5, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

Another day dawning...another day to rejoice and be glad in -in spite of circumstances that may
cause the tears to flow and our hearts to ache. It is a day that God has meant for praising Him in
spite of our circumstances, because regardless of what the day holds, God is ALWAYS, ALWAYS

It is easy to sing in the daylight hours, but many of David's Psalms that bring us comfort were written
during the blackest hours of his life -written out of a feeling of abandonment by his friends, his
families, and once, even his God. But God never abandoned him, nor will He abandon You. For
whatever reason, God has chosen you to be a beacon to strangers in a 'strange land.'

May you SHINE as Esther did. (Esther means "Star")

Here's a little quote for you: "The abundant life does not come to those who have had a lot of
obstacles removed from their path by others. It develops from within and is rooted in strong mental
and moral fiber." --William Mather Lewis

I wish we could hear from you to know that you are 'okay.' I wish so many things were different for

With loving, prayerful thoughts,


Thomas Forguson
Sep 6, 2008

I believe it must be hard to do this. Have patience and eventually you will be restored to those you
love and who love you.

Bill Medvecky
Sep 7, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

I wish I knew why you were being tested so sharply, but I'm just not smart enough to have the

I once had a little boy who was put in the same position you are in now and on a field trip, he snuck
away and was lost in a cave for 3 days in pitch blackness.

Like your Mother and your Father, I was forbidden to look for him and take him home, he was in
foster care until I could prove that I was a good caretaker to him.

No one knew where he had gone, and not until one of his teacher's remembered that he had talked
to a friend of his about the cave, did a search team go out and look for him in that cave.

He was saved, and he did come back to my home, and I asked him if he was afraid in the black cave.
"No, I thought about you and I talked to Heavenly Father and I knew I would come back to you
again." He told me with a smile on his face.

You WILL be back home where you belong and you WILL be with your Mother and your Father.
Keep your smile, Heavenly Father is watching over you as He watched over all the children of the
Ranch, and you will be happy once again.

You are deeply loved,

"Grandpa" Bill

Thomas Forguson

Sep 10, 2008

Have courage and please dont give into these people. Stay true to your faith. i strongly admire your
people's feality to their principles. In your captivity, remember the courage and stoicism in the face
of adversity that your people have always shown.

Sep 13, 2008

Dear Merrianne

The Lord has chosen you for this mission, He loves you and knows your are capable of passing this
test. You are an instrument in the Lords hands. Remember that those who live in Christ Jesus must
suffer persecution, great will be you reward. Thank you for your example and your strength, in God.

a fellow friend from short creek

Bill Medvecky
Sep 15, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

I'm told Mother visited you on Saturday and that
you have not lost your beautiful smile and your wonderful sweetness.
Not one person I know of is not thinking about you and working for your swift return not only to

Mother, but back to the Ranch.
You are loved,
"Grandpa" Bill :))

Kathy Gifford
Provo, Utah
Sep 16, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

You are in my prayers and thoughts every day. May God be with you to comfort and give you the
strength to endure. May you be well and safe. I pray your burdens may be made light and easy to
bear. I hope you're able to feel all of the prayers that are sent to heaven in your behalf. You are not

God bless you,


Gail Steed
Short Creek, AZ
Sep 16, 2008


There isn't a day go by that I don't think of you.
I have a daughter your age, and I feel for you, for your mother, father and family.

I know it is Heavenly Fathers will. You are a great example to the world, and they are watching.
You are a great part of this grand missionary work. Heavenly Father loves you and I know he is
watching over you.

Keep your focus on our Prophet. He is a great strength for us all.
Keep your prayers going. I know Heavenly Father hears and He will deliver you.
Keep encouraged, and Smile. Smile our Prophets smile.
We all love you Merrianne,

Boe Flannigan
Sep 16, 2008

You don't know me, but I know you, and want you to know that you are loved and looked up to.
President Jeffs is suffering for us all, and going through more than any of us know. We will keep
our prayers bright for Him, and for you, for you are going through it together. Soon our Father who
dwells in the Heavens will free you both. Keep strong, Look to Him, I'm sure He visits you. God
Bless WSJ and all those who love and live in Him.

Lorraine Steed
Sep 16, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

You don't know me, and I don't know you, but I know your father (a little), and 2 of your sisters
were my teachers when I went to Alta Academy, and if you're anything like them (and I have reasons
to believe you are in some ways at least), then maybe I do know you after all even if it's not
personally. You see, I used to live at the Crick, but because I refused to live the way we've been
taught, I am now somewhere else. I hope though, that I can be worthy to go somewhere besides
where I now am, and perhaps meet you someday, for you are a grand example to me and I thank you
for it. I just want to say keep encouraged, Heavenly Father will see you and all of us through if we
will trust in Him. He will not give us more than we can bear, but only that which will help purify

us and help us appreciate more His goodness. Keep encouraged, girl, and know we are all praying
for you and your family, and everyone (you know who I mean, I'm sure). Thanx again for your good
example. I hope I can be faithful like you.


Lorraine aka Rainy

Boe Flannigan
Out There Somewhere
Sep 17, 2008

My thought for you this day, I pray that you are seeing the sunshine, feeling it's warmth, and I pray
that the warmth of our Heavenly Father is a presence in you, that the love of WSJ shines bright, that
you are remembering how much He loves you. Oh, that we can not complain for what the Lord puts
us through is for our own good, we can't expect the blessings and privileges of the ancients unless
we have the experiences they had. I know WSJ gives you strength and health and determination.
God bless WSJ. Have a wonderful happy day Merrianne.

Ruth E. J. Barlow
Short Creek
Sep 17, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

Mere words can not frame the prayers my soul pours out for you. What a grand mission you have
been called and chosen to! From Isaiah 48:10 "I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction."

Like Job, you have been given a test surpassing ordinary tests. Like Job, you have been trained in
the ways of Heavenly Father. Like Job, you will be blessed greatly for faithfulness to the end. God
keeps his promises to His obedient children. He speaks to us in Isaiah 49:25: "But thus saith the
Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be
delivered; for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children."

Teens everywhere are enjoined to stand for something, already do. Stand strong.
What you are, no one can take from you. No one can lessen or sever your ties to our Eternal Father.
Others from afar will come to recognize that although housed in mortal clay of just fourteen years
earthly experience, your spirit immortal is pure, sweet, strong, and mature. Turn to Heavenly Father,
our Best Friend.

My oldest daughter is about two years younger than you and is such a support and delight. I know
that you are cherished as much in your family and pray your restoration to your parents will be very

God Speed The Right!

Love, Ruth E. Barlow

Boe Flannigan
Out Here Somewhere
Sep 18, 2008

Good Morning Merrianne.
Simply want to say Heaven Bless you this day.
God Bless WSJ.

Noreen J.
Sep 18, 2008

I watched the video of them taking you away and all i can say is you are so strong and i cant help but
pray that you will be strong to the end. I know that Heavenly father has big plans for you and if you
can pass the tests he sends your way i know you will be glorified. Even though you dont know me
i just wanted to say that i and many others pray you can pass this test in flaming calors and we know
you can. Keep encouraged!

Ruth E. J. Barlow
Short Creekr
Sep 18, 2008

Merrianne, sweet Merrianne,

I pray for the strength of Heaven to be with you every minute of your captivity. Much has been
given us and now much is required of us in faith in your and our people's and our dear Prophet's

God Bless You and the other children of YFZ, your parents and our Prophet and Friend with a rich
outpouring of His choice blessings, those that He has promised to the faithful.

Let Us All Press On!

Love, Ruth E. Barlow

Sep 19, 2008

Dear sweet Merrianne
I hope you are doing fine. I pray for you each day. Keep on being strong. Just wanted to wish you
a happy day ;.)
With love

Sep 20, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

I just wanted to send an encouraging word to you today. ..
Thanks for your grand example in loyaty to our Prophet. Be encouraged and know there are many
people hoping and praying for your speedy deliverance.

Raquell Jessop (16)

P.S. This is short but, I hoped it helped :0)
Out Here
Sep 20, 2008

Happy day to you Merrianne. God bless you and keep you safe and sound, I know He will. We are
praying for you, and for WSJ, May his prayers be answered in your behalf.

Marci L jessop
Sep 21, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
I just wanted to write a short letter of encouragment. I think about you alot and I pray for you every
day. You are in my thoughts every day, and I know you will be delivered by Heavenly Father. I am
raquells sister, and my fathers name is Marce Jessop. God bless you!

Marci Jessop :)

Boe Flannigan
Out Here Somewhere
Sep 21, 2008

Happy Sunday to you Sis!! We will live this day in a constant prayer for WSJ and you. God will
bless you and keep you, and the moment is not to far before He will deliver His annointed and all
who have suffered in captivity with Him. Keep a smile on that face, and I pray you will feel the love
being exerted for you.


Marjie Jessop
Short Creek,AZ
Sep 21, 2008

Just a Little note to say HI and we're thinking of you each and every day. We pray you will soon be
home safe and sound were you belong. May God Bless you ever more.

The Jessop Family

Ruth E. J. Barlow
Short Creek
Sep 21, 2008

Extending a thought your's late, but I felt like sending a note of remembrance. I grew up
with Paula (I'm three days younger), knew others of your dearest ones from home quite well,
especially Maggie. She actually was the one who first taught me to sing a part other than the melody
(I LOVE to sing tenor). So if you'll excuse my saying so I feel like I know you somewhat. Keep on
Keeping on. Maintain the power within yourself to encourage yourself. Lots of love and prayers
from us to you and your family. Even the little ones lisp their concerns to Heaven for you.

Though Deepening Trials Throng Your Way, Press On!

Love, Ruth E. Barlow

Boe Flannigan
Out Here Somewhere
Sep 23, 2008

Hello Merrianne,

God bless you this day. And bless WSJ.

Madie Rohbock
Saratoga Springs Utah
Sep 23, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
I just wanted to thank you for being a shining example to all of us. I pray that Heavenly Father will
bless you and return you home to your loving family. I once was apart of the work you are in but was
asked to leave 3 years ago because I made some really bad choices. I hope and pray that someday I
will be able to be apart of our people again and meet you. =) Keep up the good work and remember
our dear prophet loves you and is praying for you!



Boe Flannigan
Out Here
Sep 25, 2008

Hello to you Merrianne, God bless you this day. I pray for you and for President Jeffs.
Have a wonderful day.

Boe Flannigan
Out Here
Sep 26, 2008

Hello today to you Merrianne. Hope your feeling wonderful. Keep your smile on, and the prayers
going up. God bless WSJ and you too.


Debra Sparks
southwest Missouri
Sep 27, 2008

Hello dear Merrianne,
Our Heavenly Father brings you to my mind everyday and every day I pray for your release. I know
each day must seem like a year to you but each day gets you closer to be being back in your mother's

arms in you own home with your family that love and miss you so much.I think of your strenghth
that you have shown and know I would not have done so well. You are a shining star and an
inspiration for us all to allow the strenghth of our Heavenly Father to help us when we need Him.Oh,
how I will rejoice with you when the day arrives and you are home.Remember we all love you very
much!!! Love is one of the strongest forces there is and can break through the walls that keep you
away from family, so know we have all broken through those walls around you and our hearts are
all there with you ,our arms around you with hugs and LOVE.

Chai Tea
Sep 28, 2008

Dearest Merrianne,

I have been reading of the continued injustice against you and it causes such sadness. Yet, I am
reminded of the story of Joseph who was sold into slavery -how his brothers meant it for evil, but
God USED it for GOOD.

I am also reminded of Daniel and his friends who were taken as captive to Babylon -how they must
have wept and longed for their families because they were also young teens, forced away from their
families -chosen, as it were, to suffer for their God.

Even with the governments against them -Joseph, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego -they
could not destroy them. Yes, they tried to hurt them -but lions' mouths were closed, and the fiery
furnace, rather than consuming them, revealed to the rest of the world -the fourth figure -The Savior
walking with them in the midst of the flames.

HOLD FAST to that which you believe. The world will try to strip it from you. The world LIES
(as you well know!) and wants to convert you to its values and morals. Keep pure, Merrianne -don't
listen to their lies. Remember who you are and Trust in the One who walks with you in the flames,
and who shuts the lions' mouths.

God bless you and keep you from all harm. May He put a shield around you.

With loving thoughts and prayers,

Ruth E. J. Barlow
Short Creek
Sep 28, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

To you, our unwitting missionary of peace unto the world, glad greeting! I pray that the strength of

Heaven will be yours every minute to and through your deliverance home to your loving family.
Know that you are loved and prayed for daily, hourly, momently. God Bless WSJ. God Bless You
and may He stop the mouths of the lions again in our day. "Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take, the
clouds ye so much dread/ Are big with mercy and shall break/ With blessings on your head."

Know This, That Every Soul Is Free....

Love To ALL

Regina Ericson
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Sep 29, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
You and I don't know each other, but I have been following this whole "story" and wanted to say
hello to you.
I'm pretty old, so I have had the opportunity to learn many lessons in this life. One that I learned later
than I would have liked, is to look for the "silver lining" in everything.
Perhaps the silver lining for you in all of this is to be able to show outsiders that all the stories about
your church and it's people are so wrong. Let them see what a wonderful, kind, softhearted person
you are. And let them know that the reason you are such a wonderful young woman is the people
who raised you and love you, gave you the tools to be this way.
And another silver lining is the opportunity for you to make some new friends. Everyone in the
outside world isn't bad. And because you are smart and have been given good tools for making sound
judgments, you will be able to tell who good people are. And adding friends to your life is always
I love meeting new people and having new experiences and every once in awhile, one of the people
I meet turn out to be lifelong friends. Because I am old, I now feel so blessed to have had the
opportunity to add some wonderful people into my life, through all sorts of ways of meeting them.
Make the best of every situation. Always look for the silver lining. Stay strong and kind and that will
always shine around you.
You are in our prayers and good wishes as is your family.
I hope you have some wonderful joy each and every day of your life!

Sep 29, 2008
Hello Merrianne!

I just got on the computer and thought of you. I just thought I would send a hello to you from
afar. Stand strong sister, Heavenly Father hears and sees all things and will yet answer the prayers

of the faithful. I love you and you are always in my prayers.
I thought of you when I listened to this song:
Although we are called to pass through things of pain and strife, and the enemy of righteousness

shall see to take our lives. Though all the powers of hell combine to turn us from the truth, we know
the Lord is over all and He will see us though! :)
With all my love, Mandie

Short Creek
Sep 29, 2008

I to have been watching and I have 2 lovely girlw about your age. My love, thoughts and prayers are
for our prophet, Your parents and for you. I know Heavenly Father is with you and them, I have had
expereinces where I did not understand why and after the trial came the wonderful blessings. I owe
far more to my Heavenly Father than I can ever repay. I know that it is that way for all of you as
well. I Love You and the grand example of your wonderful parents. May Heavenly Father hold you
all In The Hollow Of His Hand as you go through these blessed experiences. I pray for you all

All my deep appreciation and sincere Love


Boe Flannigan
An Island Somewhere
Oct 4, 2008

Hello today Merrianne.

It's an honor to continue to pray for WSJ, and in that prayer is a prayer that His prayers will be
answered, and I'm quite sure that He is praying for you!! That's a grand feeling isn't it? Well, have
a wonderful day, keep your chin up and a smile on, and soon it will all be over, and if we can endure
to the end then we will gain our hopes. The Lord has all things in hand, for just a moment evil thinks
it's winning, but a loving and kind Father is watching over us, and soon will intervene the
establishment of His kingdom upon the earth. May He hasten the day according to the Prophets

Rebekah Barlow
San Antonio, TX
Oct 4, 2008

To my dear friend,
Howdy! I sure have been missin' you! I pray for you every day. I surely do look up to you
sis! I hope you know very well that you are missed tonight and every night.
Autty talkes about you all the time and tonight at the blessing she said about 3 times in her
prayer, "Bless Merrianne to get delivered out of captivity." She sure misses you.

Do you remember that beautiful picture you sent to me the night you were taken away? I put it for
my front screen on my phone. Autty saw it and started hugging it. Then she just looked at it and
wouldn't give it back. So...remember dear friend that we love you all.

Did you get that letter that I wrote to you a week or so ago? I sent it with your mother at a visit.
I wanted to hop in her pocket and come see you. Because I couldn't I just sent my love and a great
big hug.

Every day I think about you and wish I could do something for you. Please reply when you have
time and tell me what i can do for you. I remember when I saw you just after we were returned home,
that hug you gave me is still in my heart... but I promise that when I see you again it will be even

Stay encouraged and I pray that our Loving Father will keep you clean and pure, in the hollow of
His hand until you are home again.
Heaven Bless you and in Heavenly Father's time and way may you be delivered, and we know it
will be soon!
EVERYONE sends their love. Thank you for your sweet example, and hold on!
I Love you! Love your 5th grade school mate and friend,

Short Creek
Oct 5, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

Just a word of encouragement.
D & C Section 101

11: Mine indignation is soon to be poured out without measure upon all nations; and this will I do
when the cup of their iniquity is full.
12: And in that day all who are found upon the watch-tower, or in other words, all mine Israel, shall
be saved.
13: And they that have been scattered shall be gathered.
14: And all they who have mourned shall be comforted.
15: And all they who have given their lives for my name shall be crowned.
16: Therefore let your hearts be comforted concerning Zion; for all flesh is in mine hands; be still
and know that I am God.

17: Zion shall not be moved out of her place, not withstanding her children are scattered.
18: They that remain, and are pure in heart, shall return, and come to their inheritances, they and their
children, with songs of everlasting joy, to build up the waste places of Zion-
You are in my prayers.

Kathy Gifford
Oct 6, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

I just want you to know that you are still in my thoughts and prayers every day. You are the same age
as my granddaughter and I try to imagine what she would feel like if she were in your shoes.

I hope and pray that you are well and that Heavenly Father is comforting and strengthening you. I
know he is aware of you and loves you.

I find the words to this hymn very comforting when I feel lost and alone. I hope they will comfort
you as well.

"Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not thee o’erflow,
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply.

May your burdens be light.


Kathy G.

Retta Jo
right here with you in my heart
Oct 6, 2008

May God bless our Prophet your Parents & YOU & keep you all in his care! May the legions around
you each one of you be blessed!

this reminds me of you dear cousin!

As Children of Zion our voices well raise
In songs of rejoicing, thanksgiving and praise;
We're tested and tried,As mortals will be,
And Zion,Zion,Zion is growing

In song shall our Father and God be adored,
For he in his mercy the gospel restored;
And we in our youth can vouch for its truth,
For Zion,Zion,Zion is growing

We hope to prove faithful to God and his laws,
And aid the advancement of
Zions great cause;
For therein is joy,Which none can destroy
Thus Zion,Zion,Zion is growing

All praise to our Father,
his Priesthood and pow'r
And thanks for his blessings
he on us doth show'r
Where by we progress as onward we press,
While Zion,Zion,Zion is growing

keep singing and smiling!
love ya lotts ~LaRetta

Al Holm
Oct 8, 2008

Hey Merrianne,

I know that the days are not any better now than when you were first taken from your mother, and
I know that they will never be right until you are home again. I just want to say, I think you are a
great example for the right, for all the world wants you to deny your heritage and your religion, but
we know better than they do! Yet a good cry is good for you too, just don't let the blues keep you
down, serve God by serving all you can!

A song I learned:

"You're in a better place, I've heard a thousand times
And at least a thousand times I've rejoiced for you
But the reason why I'm broken, the reason why I cry
Is how long must I wait to be with you

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
O Father give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now

Help me Lord cause I don't understand your ways
The reason why I wonder if I'll ever know
But, even if you showed me, the hurt would be the same
Cause I'm still here so far away from home

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
Because I've never been more homesick than now"

Marjie Jessop
Short Creek,AZ
Oct 9, 2008

Hi Merrianne,

I know it's late but when a mother can't sleep she has to find something useful to do, so I thought I'd
send you a BIG hug abd blessing to you. I pray night and day for you and your Dear Mother.

Being a mother helps me to understand better not having your child right beside you at all times. I
know your Mother loves and prays for you to be by her side everyday your away.

May our Dear Heavenly Father bless and keep you safe.

Good night Sleep Tight remember your loved

Canadian FLDS girls
Oct 9, 2008

Hi Merrianne,
We just want to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep encouraged. We're
praying for your deliverance, and we know Heavenly Father will answer our prayers!
Your sweet example gives us strength.

San Antonio
Oct 11, 2008

Hello Sweet Sis,
How is every little thing in your cubicle? I know with your training, you are staying encouraged and
staying at the good work as Father always showed us how to do and with Heavenly Father's sweet
love, you are keeping on!
Sure love you and pray for you always. I am grateful for the good example you are setting for those
who you are with. I know they are being blessed by your being there for a time. Stay at the good
work and just know that thousands of prayers are being offered up in your behalf. Heavenly Father
would not have required this mission of you if He did not have implicit confidence that you could
"go and do the thing which the Lord hath commanded, for the Lord giveth no commandment unto
the children of men, save he prepareth a way for them to accomplish the thing which he commandeth
Thanks for your sweet smiles. They are like a bright ray of sunshine in the darkest of nights. All my
love, ~Nan

San Antonio, TX
Oct 11, 2008

Dear sweet Merrianne,
It is such a joy to be writing to you again. These times are quite amazing aren't they, but they sure
are a good experience for each of us and to help our testimonies grow stronger in the Lord.

I so remember the last time I saw your sparkling bright smile covering your tear filled eyes, as you
went back into the hands of the wolves. You were so strong and full of faith, knowing Heavenly
Father would bring you back home. Our prayers are always exerted for you, that you will soon be
delivered. Heavenly Father is going to work miracles and get us out of this mess. According to our
faith so shall the blessings be. Heavenly Father is blessing us each one so much, and He will fight
our battles as we turn to Him.

I look forward to the time when we can see your bright smiles again. Heaven Bless you. I will
always love you for who you are. Good night!

with love,

Oct 14, 2008
Dear Merrianne,
I did see your tears as you was torn from your Mother. I did cry to see this. How well I know the

sound of a door closing behind you, and other's taking away all your freedoms; trying to force you
to be different than who you are. I pray you hold very tight to the Love you have for your Mother.
How sweet and beautiful that is. what ever the reason, the Lord will give you streanth. Streanth to
smile and when it is over, walk away and go home. how sweet is the sound. Walk away and go
home. They are waiting for you.

Oct 15, 2008

CPS took children from their safe nest,
Terror entered young mimds who lost a home,
Thus evil entered while peace was at rest
And scatterd innocent children to roam.
Mir'cle occured at applellate level,
Children returned to loving Mother's arms.
Judge Walther was the CPS devil,
Who sent poor Merrianne to the cruel arms.
Sad Merrianne Jessop spends nights alone
Held as hostage by souless goons from state
Of CPS, who act as mindless clone,
Only the just are considered as great.
Justice comes slowly to the patient ones,
While FLDS roams under countless suns.

Oct 15, 2008

Dearest Merrianne,
Just thinking about you alot and wondering how your doing, are you in good health and strength?
My thoughts and prayers are with you, i pray you'll be strong and Im sure you sweet Merrianne are

just that, my love to you and your family.
Are you being treated well? Is there anything I can do for you? to cheer you to bless you.
May God bless his servants in Zion and most of all bless our prophet W.S.J.
Keep Encouraged and remember our Prophets smile he is smiling for you too.


Oct 15, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
I send you a big hug. We dont know each other but I think of you and pray for you, your mother, and
your people every day.
I hope you are feeling strong and holding on. I know its difficult, but i also know you have people
who are supporting you and praying for you every day.
With lots of love

Ruth Parkinson
Oct 16, 2008

Dear Marrianne

I am praying for you and weep with you. Please hold close to God and your beliefs. I care so much
for you. God bless you and keep you safe from harm.

Ruth Parkinson

Jeffrey H.
Oct 20, 2008

God bless and keep you comforted. There are more for you than against you. Keep encouraged and
remain faithful to your beliefs and God will deliver you to the ones that love you. May God bless
your parents and family also:)

Thomas Forguson
Oct 20, 2008

The police came in armed to the utmost,
Prepared to quash all threats from those at peace.
No one could say they could not take that post,
They wanted the FLDS to cease.
Good Angie Voss came to save the children,
By destroying the home in which they lived.
She came in behind rifle toting men,
Found love and peace, became very livid.
The pied piper took the children to camp,
With Mothers at the Fort Concho prison.
The shade of hate shattered the brightest lamp

And children were scattered by Texas Sun.
They struggled onward with the heavy strain
Placed on their weary souls by Texas bain.

Kathy Gifford
Provo, Utah
Oct 20, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

My prayer is that you are well and are feeling the strength and comfort sent from your Heavenly
Father, your friends and family, and all of us that you don't even know who are still praying for you.

I hope you have things to do to keep your mind busy when you feel lonely and I hope you are being
treated with respect and kindness.

Here is another hymn that helps me when adversity strikes.

"Lean on my ample arm,
O thou depressed!
And I will bid the storm
Cease in thy breast.
Whate’er thy lot may be
On life’s complaining sea,
If thou wilt come to me,
Thou shalt have rest."

I'll continue to pray that you will soon be free and back with those you love.

God be with you.

Kathy Gifford

kris johnson
Short Creek
Oct 20, 2008

Thanx for the purfect example!

I have faith you will be with your loved ones again soon. Be incouraged, God is mindfull of you,
and our Prophet,and deliverence will come!!!!!! I pray to be with you and him again soon, that we
can live in peace once more. God is at the helm. Truth will prevail. I love you. Kris

Ruth E. J. Barlow
Short Creek
Oct 24, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

We're thinking of you as we so often do,
Remembering your awesome plight.
And we add our prayer to millions up there
That reach Heaven noon, morning, or night.

In his time and way He will usher the day
In which you to your parents return;
May our Father above circle you in His love-We
together while separately YEARN.

Love to all.

Thou Dost Not Weep Alone....

Ruth E. J. Barlow

Lorraine F. Barlow
Short Creek
Oct 24, 2008

Hello Marrianne.
I just wanted to say you are such a good example. I love you. Keep smiling, deliverence is soon to

Oct 28, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
How are you doing? My prayers are with you. You have been so brave through it all. I hope you will
be able to go back to your parents. I know that would be so hard if I had to go through such an
experience that you went through. Remember I love you and look forward seeing you in the future.

Short Creek
Nov 3, 2008


It's so good to be able to write to you. How are you? You're a good example to the whole
world. I look up to you alot! Keep Smiling and remember I love you. I'm praying for your

A Friend,
Jennifer -16

Kent Pettyjohn
Olathe, Kansas
Nov 3, 2008

Hello Merrianne!

There are some of us that have worked daily doing what we know how to, though limited, to prevent
what has gone on in your case. Hoping it will never happen to others or our own families.
You can ask Sam and others about the efforts we've made. The efforts seem like so little when

compared to the battle you stand up against.

Always remember they can't control your thoughts. Keep those thoughts centered on happiness all
the time.
Stay strong, we're all watching those that took you. We will never take our eyes off of them.

Thomas Forguson
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Nov 3, 2008

Always remember that there are people on the outside who care for you and the wrong that has been
done to you.

Mag P Black
Nov 3, 2008

Maintain the power within yourself to encourage yourself.

Pray and Obey.
Heavenly Father will you guide me.Take all the hurting of this world away.May I be so close that
I hear your voice whisper,and dont ever wonder away.
Love conquers all.

Nov 4, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
I just wanted to say hello. Hoping you are fine and feeling stronger every day. We all know your
people are waiting for you. I hope I can get the good news and know that you are free to go with the
ones that love you and the ones you love.
I send you a big hug!!
With love

the Zitting family
Nov 4, 2008

Words can not express our thoughts for you and your family...
But just know that your in our thoughts and prayers !
God bless you in all you do.

much love & prayers,
the Zitting family.

Lily J. Barlow
Nov 4, 2008

Dearest Merrianne,
Just a quick message of love,
encouragement and blessings. We think of you daily, and pray that SOON you will be delivered
from the hands of your oppressors. Know that the prayers of many are with you. You are a beautiful
example of steadfast loyalty.
Love always

Camn Ron
Hildale Ut
Nov 4, 2008

Hello Marrianne, I have Hope, and Pray you will be delivered Soon. It is if we would exert enough
Faith and prayers unto our Lord and Savior you and our Prophet would be released. The reason the
Prophet is in Prison is Because of me, He is buying repentance time for me.
I pray for you ever night i go to sleep, and ever morning I rise. I would for anyone in your position.
You are a Shining Example to me.
Remember our Prophet is Praying for you and many many more People. I don't know how limited
you are in Reading letters but I will sent you a note of encouragement, or some event I think you
would like to hear about. There again I am not sure if you will even read This letter. I believe it will
make it to you some how. :)
You can always smile. I have to say that to myself a little to often. :)
Carry on in the good work. Have A good day, or Night what ever comes next.
Camn Ron Bateman

Nov 4, 2008

Hello Merrianne,
I am so thankful to Heavenly Father for the way He is giving you strenght to pass the tests that he
is taking you through. I know all things will be made right soon. We all want to live so we can be
worthy to be with our Prophet and meet our Savior when He comes in the clouds of Heaven; we
want to be able to be with those we love. As we go through these experiences it isn't hard to see why
we will fall on each other's necks and weep with joy. It is going to be a time of great rejoicing for
all of us when you come out of your captivity. May the Lord keep you safe and in the Hollow of His
Heaven Bless

Nov 4, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
I have worked and spent time with your Father and found him to be a very noble and honorable man.
My prayers are that you will be able to be re united with him and all those you hold dear and love.
Stay strong

M. R. Holm Family
Nov 4, 2008

Dear Merriane,
Our prayers are for you and all who have been called to suffer to bring about our Heavenly Fathers
purposes. We thank you for your courage and pray you will be going home soon.

"Soldiers in the army, there's a bright crown in store; we shall win and wear it by and by"
Love in the Gospel---MRH and all.

Nov 5, 2008


May God Bless His Prophet, and His people as they go through tests of fire. May He bless you.
I rejoice in the example you are setting, and am working to be prepared more quickly so you wont
have to continue suffering because of my slowness.

I Look forward to meeting you. And it will probably be with tears of joy.
Keep encouraged!

Nov 5, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

I want you to know that you are still in my thoughts and prayers every day.

I read something yesterday that I believe and I wanted to share it with you in the hopes that you will
feel comforted and encouraged by it.

"Remember the sublime words of the Savior to the Prophet Joseph Smith when he suffered with his
companions in the smothering darkness of Liberty Jail: 'My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine
adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God
shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.'

With that eternal perspective, Joseph took comfort from these words, and so can we."

I also was thinking about Alma and his people who were forbidden to pray by their captors. They
didn't let that stop them from praying, but continued to pray in their hearts. Their silent prayers were
still heard and I know yours will be too.

God be with you, Merrianne. I pray you will be back with those you love very soon.


Debra Sparks
SW Missouri
Nov 5, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
I just wanted you to know I have not forgotten you, knowing how HARD everyday must be.Oh how
proud our Heavenly Father is of you !!!You are an inspiration for us all, for your faith and strength
in trials.Oh how I pray it will be over soon and you can go home.Think, that every day just brings
you closer to that wonderful moment when you are back with your mother and family!!! I wish I
could be there that day to rejoice with you, but know I will be rejoicing from here. I pray for you
every day.You are loved by so many, even those like me who have never met you in person. Stay
strong little one for the victory will soon be yours!

Larissa P.
Nov 6, 2008

Hello Merrianne!
I hope you are well and feeling alright, We are all praying for you! You are such a wonderful
example of faith and hope. I know, that you know, that it is through that faith and hope that Heavenly
Father will deliver you.
So keep smiling --we are all looking up to you! Thankyou!


Nov 7, 2008

Good Morning Merrianne,

I pray today that you will be blessed with all you need. We sure love you and appreciate your sweet
example. Not a prayer is said with out praying Heavenly Father will protect you and bless you,
Praying that our Prophets prayers will be answered.

Keep Smiling, Heavenly Father knows and sees all!

Nov 8, 2008
Hi Merrianne,

I was just thinking of you and am so thankful to be able to send you "well wishes" and prayers.
Keep hanging in there with your beautiful smile. I rejoice to know that deliverance will come in
Heavenly Fathers time and way.

God Bless you.

Nov 9, 2008

Dearest Merrianne,

If mere words could convey the love and support that people feel for you, that I feel for you, than you
will sleep well tonight knowing that a minute of the day does not go by without people praying for
your speedy return home to mother, father and your entire family.

People from Canada, Mexico, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and from every State in the Union
yearn to know that you are well and that you are safe.

When mother tells you that many people wish nothing but the very best for you, she has the proof
in letters that one day, you will be free to read.

We pray for that day and we know that Heavenly Father will not only release the Prophet, but
Merrianne Jessop Jeff's as well.

Keep well, keep strong, keep sweet.

:)) GB

Sam Fischer
7105 Olton Road Plainview Texas
Nov 9, 2008

Dear Merrianne, Blessings to you in your time of trial. Keep faithful and dilligent in your knowledge
of what is right. There is a God in heaven that loves you and answers prayer. Our family sends their
love and encouragemnt to you. keep on keeping on.

Kathy B. Jessop
Washington, UT
Nov 10, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

I know that Heavenly Father is watching over you ---all of us ---and has our needs in His mind and
in His hands. I pray for you, knowing that He is ever mindful of your safety. You are a strong and
faithful young lady and a strength to us all. May He continue to hold you in the hollow of His hand
and lift you up is my constant prayer.

Apple Valley, UT
Nov 11, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
I have a daughter your age, and we cried together when we watched the video of you being taken into
custody again. You're a special missionary, Merrianne. Heavenly Father hand-picked you to shine
His light in a darkened world. It's a huge responsibility on your young shoulders, but He chose you
because He has confidence in you. Thank-you for your example of sweet submission and trust in
our Father in Heaven. We're praying for you, and for our Prophet. We love you and we love the
values and principles that you've been taught to live. We're proud of you!
Heaven bless you and keep you safe, and bring you back to the loving arms of your family.


Nov 11, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

I thank Heavenly Father for the strength He has given to you, and pray He will continue to give you
strength. Heavenly Father hears our prayers and most of all the prayers of Our Prophet, and He most
assuredly answers them. I know it wont be long. Thank you for your determined faith and sweetness.
May God bless you forever.
I love you,

Kourtney Ray
Misawa, Japan
Nov 11, 2008

Please know that our little family prays for you each day and that this will all be over soon. Know
that our Heavenly Father loves you and that He will never leave you.

Ruth E. J. Barlow
Short Creek
Nov 11, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

Our thoughts and prayers continue with you this and every day, yearning in our weak way to be the
strength and support that our Prophet and our Lord and Savior need in this time. Knowing the
pressures of this day through revelation, Jesus asked would there be any faith left when He would
return. He sees yours and I am sure has already accepted of your offering on the altar of faith in
Christ our Lord and Leader. May Heaven bless you as you continue on in your chosen path in your
heart though your feet have been forced to stray in the wilderness.

Zion's Light Is Shining Bright In You!

Love to All.

Ruth Ellen Jessop Barlow

Rebecca "Elaine" Johnson Rohbock Beagley
colorado city AZ Short Creek
Nov 11, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
I'm a mother of 5 lovely children. And I and my children think of you and pray for you to have the
strength and the faith to endure. I think of the boy that was taken from his loving father and made
a slave, And was faithful to the end.
And I pray that you will be faithful as he was. And I know that you will be blessed as he was.and
your story will be told for all time and eternity. I love you and I pray that you will have the strength
of Zion. And I would love to meet you,and to praise our God and Savior and Prophet together.
may we all be faithful to the end.
love your friend;
Elaine Beagley

Nov 11, 2008

Dearest Merrianne,
Just Thinking of you like all others who love you and the grand example you are.
Our prayer is to be as faithful as you are!

We ever pray for thee
Our sister dear
That God may give to thee

comfort and cheer

Your shining so bright showing us what we need to be in every word and deed.
God Speed the Deliverance of those whom we know are innocent and love so very much.
Oh may WE be worthy of our fathers love as

we know you are.
much love and prayers
The Zitting Family

randall scott beagley
colorado city AZ Short Creek
Nov 11, 2008

dear Merrianne I am 12 years old I am working to go to Zion ,we must do the right ,we must be
faithful to the prophet.
Thank you for your example.
Randall Scott Beagley

sharon lydia beagley
colorado city AZ Short Creek
Nov 11, 2008

My name is Lydia .I have been praying FOR YOU .I love you and i promise you if you stay faithful
the prophet will come and get you . please stay faithful.I am 10 years old.Stay I can
not wait to see your friend Lydia.

warren fredrick bealey
colorado city AZ Short Creek
Nov 11, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
My name is warren fredrick beagley and I am 8 years old.
I smile for you. I love you and the prophet.Pray for the prophet.You keep encourage. You love
Heavenly Father. Smile for Heavenly Father.
warren fredrick beagley

Nov 11, 2008

DEAR Merrianne , My dear family has just written to you & they loved every minute writing to you,
we want to let you know that we pray for you always. You are a grand example to us all & we ask
heavenly father to give you the strength to stay encourage & to be faithful to the end & then God will
bless more than you could ever imagine. May GOD bless you to be able to return to your loving
family . Keep pressing on forward in smiling , keeping sweet & being Prayerful . We love you very
much, from my family & I , may we see you when all this is over.

Verna Barlow
Hildale, UT
Nov 12, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
I want to let you know that my 4 year old son is very concerned about you. You are in his prayers,
asking Heavenly Father to send you back home. Thanks for your strong example.

Lydia and Martha Barlow
Nov 14, 2008

Dear Merriane,
We are Praying for your safe return.

Samantha X. Barlow
Short Creek
Nov 14, 2008


How are you doing? I know you will be with your loving mother and father and sweet brothers and
sisters very soon. Heavenly Father gave us this test for you to stand stong, for me to pray and exert
faith. I know you are praying and I need to pray more. You are very special in Heavenly Father's
eyes. Stand firm. You are helping to roll that stone forth. We are all Heavenly Father's children.
He said he is jealous of His workmanship.
Let's together keep our prayers fervent and exert more faith. I can only guess at your loneliness for
home. Once my parents were gone on a trip for two weeks and that was a long time for me. I missed
them so much.
May God keep you in the hollow of His hand. You will be home again soon I pray.

Love, Samantha Barlow, Age 12

Amelia Williams
Denver, Colorado
Nov 16, 2008

Hi Merrianne!
Just want you to know we are thinking of you and hope all is well with you and yearn very much you
will be delivered soon as well as our beloved prophet and head, Uncle Warren. I know Heavenly
Father sees all and is watching all and every event He has us go through is for our own good and to
see what others will do, to prove the hearts of those in this nation and of the world. The words of the
Prophets will be fulfilled and what the world does or says isn't going to hinder the Lord in His great
work. They have put the best man in jail and are trying to crush us and it may seem they are doing
a good job of it but with Heavenly Fathers help we will stay true to Priesthood and to God and be
worthy to see our Father in Heaven again. Stay encouraged and remember the best man in the world
is praying for you and loves us all. zion will go on and is being redeemed in our hearts first and then
all around. Smile! I look up to you and admire you. Heaven bless you!
Love you!

Dec 15, 2008

Dearest Merrianne,

The thoughts and prayers of my family go out to you in the hope that your return to your parents will
be very soon.
No days go by that people do not ask me how you have been, and I tell them what your fine mother

has told me.

I was once put through the trials you and your parents are now going through. and my way of coping
with time was to pick a subject that I really did not like very well in school and study it very hard.
I was not a better speller when my trial was over, but it sure made time fly a lot faster!
I pray heavenly Father protects and keeps you

strong in your Faith, it's worth can be measured in how hard apostates wish to take it from you.
We all love and pray for you,
"Grandpa" Bill

Ruth E. J. Barlow
Short Creek

Dec 15, 2008

My Dear Merrianne,

I read recently a bit of history written by Grandmother Margaret Jessop concerning her experiences
in the 1953 Raid on Short Creek, and I couldn't help thinking of your present situation in connection
with it. What a great burden our very dear mothers, fathers, and grandparents endured for the sake
of the Gospel of Christ.

A great portion of that burden now rests upon you and me and all those who have chosen to follow
our Savior with our prophet today. I pray that you will be always encouraged. Your experiences are
a foundation of faith for others. Keep your light shining bright!

Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy...

Love, Ruth E. Barlow

Black Creek B.C. Canada
Dec 16, 2008

Merrianne you and I have never met.But I have been thinking of you very often --What can I say that
has not been already said much better than I could write--So I am going to tell you about my dogs
You can look up the breed they are Newfoundlanders--very well known as the hero dogs--they are
big my male is 187 lbs and is still growing--my female in only 162 --We call the female Chum and
the male Champ--registered names Gentle Mountain and Black Mountain--Chum carries her name
very well she is always in /water like a salmon and she is very loyal and more gentle than the
whisper of the wind on a summer morning Champ is a true Champion is all he does he is the
best--digging holes in my flower garden-leaving fur all over my house finding rock and putting them
at the front door so I can fall over them
will continue tomorrow --at least I have something to write and you have something to smile about
and I guarantee you they will be in some mischief that will bring a smile to your pretty face. if you
can google Newfoundland dogs Take very good care of yourself Edith from Canada


Dec 16, 2008
Hope the holidays provide very happy times for you. Bringing you many days full of joyous events,
while helping you to also cherish those of the past.

Happy Holidays!

Dec 16, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

We are blessed with another beautiful day, and I continue to pray for you, That our Prophets
prayers shall be answered, For I know they are. I hope and pray you are staying encouraged. We sure
love you and look up to you.

May God bless you forever, and be with you to comfort you.

You are not forgotten.
Love Brittany

Jay Litehiser
Munich, Germany
Dec 16, 2008

Dear Nerrianne,

I do hope that when this reaches you, you will be back with your family. That is my prayer. Should
that, however, not be the case, then remember that I am praying and hoping that you will be released
from your ordeal very, very soon.

God bless you,

Jay Litehiser

ALma J Steed
Short Creek AZ
Dec 16, 2008

Hi Merrianne,
My Prayers are with you and our Prophet. God will deliver you both in His time and way. For me
and my family we always pray for you. Keep the smile rolling. My daughters talk every day of you.
They pray for you many times a day. Thank you for your pure example.

Alma J Steed

Dec 16, 2008


I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, and hope you are soon back with your
family in your home.

Never lose your faith, Merrianne... You have done no wrong here. Your loving father will keep you
safe until such times as your blessings allow your safe return. You have touched the hearts of many,
and as a result have lots of people in your corner praying for you.

May you truly live up to your name in the near future "Merry-anne".. :)

Dec 16, 2008

Dear Merrianne.
I hope you are doing fine. I just wanted to say hello again, and tell you I have been praying for you.
I know there is justice and I know you will be back with your loved ones too..
I will also tell you something different. I have 3 kids. Yona is 9 years old, she is a girl, Josh is 5 years
old, he is a boy, and Dafna is 2 and a half years old and she is a girl. They go to the hebrew school
here in Monterrey. They had this most beautiful activity at school, you see, we celebrate hanukkah,
and its like our december party!! So we light one candle every night for 8 nights.... so well, my kids
had to do a very special deed for one kid they "adopted" for the holidays at school. and each day they
took different things, they took a new toy, a used one too, a book to read, colors, play dough, a book
to paint, a special note, cookies, and a juice!! and they had to do this one thing per day. And then the
final day was yesterday. They came home so happy, the kids went to their school, they sang and
celebrated together. They where so happy, they said they loved to give and give.... And I love to see
that smile on their face when they do good to others. Life is beautiful............
I will tell you more tomorrow! ;-)

Dec 16, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
Just a little not to let you know your not forgotten, may your heart be cheered and your burden light.
You are a bright example in my life in many ways God Bless you.
It wont be long And the Blessings for you shall be great.


Molly J

Dec 16, 2008

Hi Merri-annie! The children pray for you and the one we love! We love you and pray Heavenly
Father to send His angels to comfort and bless you during this time of trial. We look forward to the
time we can see you home again, with our loved ones! Thank you for your example and for your
courage. We look up to you and think you are like unto Joseph in Egypt. May Heavenly Father send
you dreams and visions of loved ones and continue to hold you in the hollow of His hand! P.S. We
had snow and had such a lovely time playing --we even made a sled run off the deck like last
year...we will have to send you some pictures! We pray for your association and all of our loved ones
in the Lord's time and way! We love you!
Love from your sister!

Ethel Cooke
Short Creek Arizona
Dec 16, 2008

Dear, Dear, Merrianne,
We have never met, but I am a loyal fan of your Father and your Mother. I pray for your speedy
return to them. I know that you are a very special person and that Father in Heaven is watching over
you. Truth WILL Prevail!
Know that you are so very loved and Prayed for.
Merrianne, what you are going though makes each one of us, (your friends) determined to be more
prayerful, more faithful, more obedient and more loyal to the Prophet.
Love Always, Ethel

Short Creek
Dec 17, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

I have been praying and thinking of you very often. When I think of you, I cannot help thinking of
your noble father and you wonderful mother. I grew up watching them both. I am close to your
mother's age and she has been a grand example of sweet perfect obedience all her life. I know that
is the reason our Heavenly Father has chosen you to do this huge job of representing our Prophet and
Father at this time. I dearly Love you, your father and mother for their continued determination to
keep on staying faithful to the end and I know that it will be a grand example to all the world as Your
father and mother and your family are doing a grand work to shine to the entire world in rightousness
and it is to glorify our loving Heavenly Father.
God Bless You All, I love you


Camn Ron
Hildale, Ut
Dec 17, 2008

Hello Merrianne,

I Pray for you deliverance for the powers of evil and to comfort you as much as possible.
I hope we can qualify to Bring you out of Captivity and also Our Dear and Loving Prophet our of
I thank you for you Example to me and this Entire people.
Thank you for everything! :)


Dec 17, 2008

I know how hard it can be where you are and how humilateing it can feel sometimes. I was there
once too. Have faith , God loves you and will deliver you. In time I know its hard , but he is making
you stronger for a reason. Just like he did me.

I know its hard , I wish i could make it better.
I know i don't know you. But I know I do love you.

Your Sister in God

San Antonio, Texas
Dec 17, 2008

Hello, Dear Merriannie,

As I am writing this little note, I am remembering your twinkly blue eyes and your sweet innocent
face and your refreshing red hair! I smile with the faith and expectation that you are doing well and
holding strong. Tests can seem long and severe, can't they? But after the storm, the sun comes out
again, and the air is cleaner and purer because of the rain. When I have had excruciating times, I
have thought of what Father Merril has often said, "Did you ever think that getting depressed and
discouraged would solve the problem? No! Just get up off your duff and go get busy!" That's what
I expect you are doing, and may I do the same.

Just thinking of Father's twinkly eyes and ready wit and his unbeatable, unconquerable Spirit helps

me to face my challenges and just keep on going for the Gold! I thank Heavenly Father for holding
you in the hollow of His hand and providing protection for you during this amazing experience. I
thank Him for your example of sweet endurance and submission to His will, just as our Prophet is
doing. We both know there is a wonderful day coming, not far off, when the Lord will come out of
His hiding place, and all wrongs will be made right.

You know what they say, "Good things cometh to those who waiteth, as long as those who waiteth
worketh like @#%$ while they wait." Happy working!!

With love and blessings,
Your sister, Maggie

Sparks Nevada
Dec 17, 2008

Dear merrianne
think of you a lot and a lot of you
If they would let me I would trade you
places I would bring my tools do some
fixin I would clean up thier yard I
would----sigh----I know its not a
very good trade and besides you
probably already have it all done
just the same I would trade

keep smiling Uncle Marce

Shirley Lowery
Springtown, TX 76082
Dec 18, 2008

Precious Merrianne,
You have come such a long way and the end is in sight. Maybe one day you can write a journal just
for yourself. Writing has always be an outlet for me and whether anyone reads it or not is
I am in TX as well. During this cold weather I tend to hibernate as much as possible.
Many things are changing in the outside world and I hope for something better. there are many things
we could learn from one another. I have no desire to return to the place where everything went
wrong. Let's pray for better times ahead.

Dennis Darger Family
Dec 18, 2008

Dear Merrianne,
We were once neighbors! Our family thinks and prays often for your release from those who have
you in captivity. We pray that Heavenly Father will soften the hearts of those who have you in their
care, and that we can exert the faith through our Prophet to draw forth both you and him from
captivity. I know it will happen! The darkest hour is right before the dawn. The Lord sees the big
picture, and we are mostly privileged to see just a sliver, as though looking through the gaps in a
picket fence. Thank Heavenly Father for a Prophet to show us the way back into His presence. With
love and high regard to you and your loving family. Dennis Darger Family

Dec 18, 2008

Hello Merrianne!!!
Today is a beautiful day, there is snow all over the ground here in Short Creek. I look at it falling

from the sky so white and clean.
We all have so many blessings to live for, for we live in a day of miracles.
Just yesterday, we received a precious gift from Heaven. A new baby brother, just like the snow so

clean and pure.
Keep going onward and upward. We love you and continue to pray for your deliverance. God Bless

Richard H. Cooke
Dec 18, 2008

The end is not yet. the LORD is not asleep & will come out of his hiding place soon keep the faith
& your testimony. may GOD bless you I pray.

Colorado City, AZ
Dec 18, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

I think of you often. Thanks for your valiant courange and sweet example to us all! I pray The Lord
to bless you with deliverance in His own time and way. For now, I pray for you to have the strength
to endure (as you are doing) to the end.

Dec 20, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

Although I do not know you, your plight has touched my heart, and I wanted to let you know that
you have the good wishes and prayers of many different people all around the world.

I have been following your story, and I have seen your mother, doing her best to help you, battling
through her own tears to try to do what needs to be done to help you. I am a mother myself, and I
know that all mothers love their children. Your mothers love and devotion for you, however, shines
out of her eyes and heart. Even through a television or computer screen thousands of miles away I
can see what a special bond you share with her. You may not feel very lucky right now, but you are
so lucky to have a family who are so devoted to you.

Please know that there are thousands of people around the world who are appalled at what is being
done to you. The people doing this to you are the minority -anyone who looks can see that you and
your family are good people.

I think of you and pray for you -and hold my daughter just a little bit tighter when I kiss her

I hope your ordeal is soon over and you are back where you belong, with your family, at the
threshold of your adult life with all things possible spread out before you, your whole life to be lived
in the way YOU choose, not in the way a court or social worker tells you is the approved way.

I know when you are a teenager it is harder to see the big picture -that the next few weeks can seem
like the rest of your life. I am only 27 myself, it wasn't that long ago. But please know that soon you
will be able to look back at this as only a tiny fraction of your life.

I sincerely hope that this will count as all your trials in this life and you move past it to have a calm
life, full of peace and love and happiness.

Stay strong. The world cares, your country cares, the community cares, your church cares, your
family cares, and most of all, your mother cares and is devoted to helping you.

I hope a letter from a stranger can help, or at the very least divert you.


Josephine Jeffs
San Antonio, Texas
Dec 20, 2008

Dearest Merrianne,

I am so grateful for the privilege I have to know you. May the time be soon that we can see each
other again. Know the Lord is watching over you day and night and He hears your prayers and our
prayers in your behalf. Deliverance is soon. Be encouraged and know we never forget about you.
Lovin' you tonz...

Josephine J.

Dec 22, 2008

Hello Merrianne,

I just wanted to tell you good morning, and send you love that is growing greater every moment for
you and your family. As the Birthday of our Dearly Beloved Prophet Joseph Smith draws closer,
thoughts of Him and the experiences in His life make me feel to praise God for Him and for the
blessing of living in this day.

Keep encouraged for Heavenly Father and the prophets are praying for us. They knew you could do
it and would be strong.
Thank you for your shining example.

Dec 22, 2008

Dearest Merrianne,
Just Thinking of you and your great courage for the truth.
May the Lord bless you and keep you safe in his care my prayers are for HIM you and your Family,
keep Encouraged as im sure your doing!
~lots of love and prayers

Teresa Jeffs
Dec 28, 2008

Dear Merrianne,

I think of you so very often! We are looking forward to seeing you again soon. We know that
Heavenly Father can deliver us as He has in the past. Keep it up and remember that great blessings
are in store for you. We are being tested to see what we are all made of and it can be done right or
else we would have not been chosen to go through this kind of experience if we couldn't do it!

Oh' Merrianne, we love you so much and are praying for you all the time. It is hard for me to sit here
and write to you without almost bursting into tears. May the Lord bless and be with you. I feel so
blessed and want to show my gratitude to Heavenly Father.

You are a very special, sweet person and touch all of our lives. We love to hear from you and to hear
about you. I hope those you are with are treating you right.

Thank you . . . I love you tonz and tonz!

Teresa Jeffs

Dec 29, 2008

Good Morning sweet Merrianne,
Just thinkin' bout cha' and hope and pray your doing well and being treated right by those your with

im looking forward to the day when i can give you a big big hug.
Your a strong person and God is watching over you may his Love be with us all.
Blessings to you and your family.

big hugs,RettaJo

Boe Flannigan
Somewhere out there
Jan 2, 2009

Good Morning Merrianne,

The time is shortly to come to pass, and when we look back at all this, it will seem but like a blink
of an eye. You are a shining example to us all, and we think about you every day. May God keep
and protect you and His Holy Prophet Warren S. Jeffs. When my children kneel to pray it would
make you smile to hear their dear little voices say their prayers for you :)

God bless you, and may this be a wonderful year in our Father's work.

Austin Tx
Jan 2, 2009

Hoping the New Year will bring you your freedom. Hang in there, you are simply a political prisoner

of the state of Texas. Many of us on the "outside" are praying for you. Hope you are being treated

Duane C.

Jan 3, 2009

Hello Merrianne,

I find my self thinking of you and others that I hold dear in my thoughts. And ask Heavenly Father
to keep you safe in His care, and that in His time and way you shall be delivered. Do not think you
are forgotten. You are remembered in every prayer. Keep encouraged for Heavenly Father has a
beautiful master plan. Thank you for your sweetness and all you do.

Boe Flannigan
Short Creek
Jan 3, 2009

Hello Merrianne,

It is Saturday, and a wonderful day in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We love to serve Him and
His servant upon the earth President Warren S. Jeffs. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, that

H.F. will touch your heart and that you will know that we are praying for WSJ and you, that your
deliverance will be affected soon as is His will. Keep your smile on, and smile an extra smile for
Him today. God Bless You :)
Lerissa Holm
Beryl Ut
Jan 3, 2009

Dearest Marrianne,

My prayers are with you daily. I look up to you. When I think of myself if I was in that situation
I only pray that I could be as strong as you. I know Heavenly Father and his angels are looking out
for you. All good comes from him. Just know that I love you and I pray I may meet you in the very
near future.

Al Holm
USA, can't get it more accurate, I am all over the place!

Jan 4, 2009

Howdy Marrianne,

You are not forgotten, you will be among those you love so soon today will not even be remembered
except as a learning experience.
Keep cheered! Keep encouraged!
Show those folks who is taking care of who. Father is taking care of them and you!
Keeping Sweet is awesome to those who don't understand, you are the representative that will be
wondered at for years to come.

Heaven bless you sis!

Boe Flannigan
Short Creek USA
Jan 5, 2009

Good Monday Morning Merrianne!!

Heaven bless you this week, and mostly and always may our Beloved Father, Husband, Prophet and
Friend be released from His unjust imprisonment shortly!!
Keep your smile on, and live for Him as I know you are doing. God Bless You

Brigham Darger Family
Short Creek Arizona
Jan 5, 2009

Dear Merrianne,
We just want to let you know that you are in our prayers. You are on a great mission, and Heavenly
Father does not give one a job save He prepares the way before them. We know you are happy and
encouraged because of who you represent, but we pray continually that you will be given the strength
of Heaven to continue to shine bright. God bless His Holy Prophet, Warren Jeffs. And deliver you
both in His time and way. Thank you and Him above for the wonderful example that you are to all
of us.
Love always
~Brigham Darger Family

Ruth E. J. Barlow
Short Creek
Jan 5, 2009

Dear Merrianne,

It's cold where I am today and as I tend the home fire more closely I think of you out in another kind
of cold. Keep your fire burning brightly dear sister! Angels are taking notes for the records to
present to our Maker, who is of course the final judge in all matters of life. I hope one day to have
the chance to see you in person, still glowing with the Light of Christ, as I know you are well trained
in shining brightly. I only wish I was doing as well as you are in this. On these cold nights I don't
go to sleep til very late because it's too hard to keep my little spot on earth sufficiently warm the
night through. That's when I think of you the most. I wrote this thinking of you:

Oh, if I could slip a shoulder 'neath the massive load you bear,
If I could ease the sharpness of the longing you endure....
I know I can't in person, but to offer up a prayer:
The Lord above walks with you, His love and peace is sure.

I contemplate the battles fought eternally though time
In hopes that such as you would yet be free
In a freedom of your choosing, one to fit your paradigm;
For nothing less than this could one consider liberty!

So they've fitted you with shackles and deprived you of your friends;
No chain has been invented to enclose the human heart!
The "free" world soon must recognize what your crisis now portends:
It seems that soon our freedoms will be liberty in part!

Keep Your Light Shining Bright!

Love to you and those you love.

Janell Nielsen
San Antonio, Tx
Jan 6, 2009

Dear Merrianne,
I am missing you so much and I think about you quite often. Thanks for being a wonderful friend!
You are always in our prayers and I know that deliverance WILL come. Thank you for your shining
example to all of us!!!

I was glad to be with you for a little while in state custody, and I only know what 2 months in state

custody is like. I can only imagine what you are going through...

Don't forget how much I love you and I really want to see you soon!!!
Love Ya!!!

Camn Ron
Hildale, Utah
Jan 6, 2009

Hello Again Marrianne,
I hope you to be able to come home soon, and again live with your loving, wonderful, and great
parents. I hope you can be comforted as much as possible while you are in Captivity.
I pray for yours and our Dear Prophet Uncle Warrens Deliverance. Thank you for your example to
me, and for everything you do.
God Bless you.

~Camn Ron Bateman~
From Short Creek

Thomas Forguson
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Jan 6, 2009

You are in the position of being a martyr to your religion. I am not Mormon nor paticurly religious,
but I have developed a strong admiration for the courage that you and the rest of your religion have
demonstrated. Obviously, The video of you being taken captive distresses CPS. The poet Robert
Burns wrote Oh for the gift to see ourselves as others see us. CPS needs to take to heart how many
of us see them.

Jan 7, 2009

Dearest Merrianne,

A light upon a hill cannot be hid.
Your light is shining ever so bright as you are an example before the whole world of purity and
sweetness, love and forgiveness. In my eyes your light is only becoming brighter and brighter against
this world of darkness. I love you and your parents. The Lord is in charge and will claim His own.
God bless you today, know you are loved.

Provo, Utah
Jan 9, 2009

Good Morning,dear Merrianne,

You are in my thoughts and prayers as we begin another day. I wish that there was more that I could
do for you. I pray that it will be a good day for you and that you will feel the hand of the Lord
comforting and strengthening you. I hope you know that you are not forgotten and that many people
are praying for you. May you feel their love and the love of God encircling you.


Thomas Forguson
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Jan 10, 2009

CPS needs to ask themselves whether they could be wrong. CPS needs to ask themselves whether
they are doing more harm than good. Good Luck! I hope you return home soon.

Dr. Matthew Leigh
Stafford, VA
Jan 10, 2009


I am deeply saddened by the religious persecution that has resulted in your incarceration. However,
I find the courage shown by you and your people to be quite inspiring.

There are many in the academic community that support the struggles of you and your people for
freedom from persecution. There are many examples of intellectuals who, like yourself, have been
forcibly removed from family for speaking their beliefs, and have also sacrificed their lives.

Thousands of scholars perished in Communist China during the "Cultural Revolution," and I have
been privileged to know and work with some of their children who survived. Similarly, Nazi
Germany not onlyforced the great physicist Einstein to flee, but evicted or killed many other eminent
scientists and professors. Just as you have become a symbol of the persecution against your religion,
you have also become a symbol of the larger story of persecuted humanity.

There are many of is in the academic community that decry governmental attempts to stifle speech,
belief, and inquiry. Though we intellectuals have a culture very different from yours, we offer our
support and encouragement.

Matthew Leigh
Ph.D. Physics

Jan 11, 2009

Good Morning Merrianne,

Just being a special day of prayer has me thinking of you also, My thoughts and prayers are with
you! May God bless you this day thank you for the fine example you are, of strength and courage
peace and love.

May God bless your family and loved ones in the battle we are all involved in, Oh may i be worthy
to meet you again someday.

Love and prayers

Hyrum Richter
Short Creek
Jan 12, 2009

Dear Merrianne,
I'm sure you feel the thousands and thousands of prayers that are offered up to our Heavenly Father
every day that you will be protected and reunited soon with your family. Be encouraged and know
that Heavenly Father has all things in His hands. No one can stop us from praying for you, and no
one can stop you from feeling our prayers.

Boe Flannigan
Short Creek
Jan 12, 2009

Good Monday Morning Merrianne,

Another week, another opportunity to never weary in well doing. You are a shining light to us all,
we want to go through whatever H.F. wants us to go through in the way He wants us to go through
it. Our Prophet has shown us how to do it and I believe you have followed that perfect example.
Let's make it through another week, live for Him and look to what is just ahead of those who will
sacrifice their all for what we have been taught. I know He loves you, I know He loves me, and I
know He loves all Father's children. I pray H.F. blessings on His servant and upon those His servant
loves. God bless you. And keep your smile on.


Bill Medvecky
Jan 12, 2009

Dear Merrianne,

If thoughts and prayers for you and your family could lift Mountains, you could look out a window
and see Mount Everest.

Those who care for you have sent their thoughts from around the globe, and I am making sure that
a scrap book of them will be kept for you once you return to mother and father.

I'm told you practice your piano lessons. I look forward to hearing you play while your sister Maggie
has the Children's Choir sing.

We love you Merrianne, stay busy and stay strong. Nothing lasts forever and you will be home before
you know it.

:)) GB

Jan 12, 2009

Sweet Merrianne,
Just a little note to tell you that I care your always in my thoughts and always in my prayers!
Keep your light shining bright!

AWArthur AWHu
Seattle, WA
Jan 12, 2009

Merianne, your people are being victimized by an American version of the terror which gripped Nazi
Germany, Communist China and even the USA which interned all Japanese Americans as all the
FLDS children were interned in camps and deprived of freedom. Whatever the state has accused
cannot compare to the obvious misery that you and your family is now suffering when CPS is
incapable of enforcing protecting children from neglect and abuse when they are caring for children
like yourself.

I hope your parents and friends will allow you to read book like the Diary of Anne Frank, Elie
Wiesel's Night, his personal account of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of a 15-year-old boy,
and Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the
World War II Internment. Another good story is China Cry which is also a video. Here is a review
for a movie which is certainly approved by most christians: Nora Lamm, whose childhood was rent

asunder when the Japanese invaded Shanghai at the outset of World War II. Recalling these horrific
times, Nora remembers the cloistered pre-invasion existence she enjoyed thanks to the prominence
of her physician father The deprivations she experienced at the hands of the invaders are
compounded when postwar China is taken over by the Communists. In the early 1960s, Nora escapes
to Hong Kong, where she works tirelessly on behalf of basic human rights (and Christ) for those still
trapped on the Mainland.

I hope that you, or girls like you will write of your terrible experience so that future generations will
learn and remember what happens when people like Gov Perry believe that

"Any action taken to protect children
is never misguided," Krista Piferrer, Perry's deputy press

That is truly a chilling statement, right out of 1984 and Brave New World, also books that you
should read or ask about.

Thomas Forguson
Jan 12, 2009

I have followed your story and care deeply about you. that CPS thinks you are making progress
maybe you will be making progress in going home.

Jan 13, 2009

keep sweet

Jan 14, 2009


I pray you are encouraged and doing well today. I sure love you and think about you often. Writing
to you makes me anxious to meet you. Just thinking about how happy the reunion will be when you
are returned to your family, feels me with such joy and warmth. It wont be long. God bless you.
Love Brittany

Linda Lamb
Thomasville, NC

Jan 15, 2009

Dear Merrianne,

I'm watching the sunrise this morning and enjoying my quiet time. I hope you are well and can find
special times in your day when God is very near. I love to read Psalm 121 and even listen to a
recording of it put to music. I imagine the Hebrew children rejoicing and singing as they look
forward to better days. And that is my prayer for you! Better days and happiness ahead. Today I
am going to fill my house with music as I go about my work. I might sing out loud! Hope you have
a good day today and that your heart is filled with music.

Linda Lamb

Diana Steed (14 yrs old )
Short Creek, AZ
Jan 15, 2009

Dear Merrianne,
Keep your prayers up. Heavenly Father sees and knows all things. He hears your cries. Just know
our Prophet prays for you. Heavenly Father will let you be with your parents and family again. I pray
you will be delivered. I pray for you every day.
You show us the way to keep sweet. Thank you.
Oh dear Merrianne, stay clean and pure. Do what the prophet would be approving of.
Be Happy! The way you encourage yourself is by encouraging others. Stay encouraged. Stay like our
Prophet. Smile and Pray and sweetly obey. Be Zion increasingly today.
Sure love ya Merrianne!

Gail Steed
Short Creek, AZ
Jan 15, 2009

Dearest Merrianne,

My heart aches for you, your mother, your father, your family and friends. Keep your prayers going.
Heavenly Father sees and knows your pain. He hears your prayers and will answer them in His time
and way. Sometimes it may seem forever before they are answered, but He knows what is best for
us all. Keep your testimony burning bright for all the world to see. You are a strong girl and a
wonderful example to all.
Merrianne, I got a text message this morning and thought I would share it with you.

--When it feel like the storm will never end and your burden is hard to bare, remember the prophet
prays for you and his love is always there!-

We love you Merrianne! Hang in there. It will be over soon.

Boe Flannigan
Short Creek
Jan 19, 2009

Good Monday Morning Merrianne!!
I don't have a lot to say, just a lot to pray, and with that said I will be about it.
I hope you have a wonderful week, and that WSJ deliverance will be soon, as well as yours.

Thomas F
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Jan 19, 2009

Alone and scared as you must feel, remenber that are people on the outside who are concerned about
you. CPS can not keep you forever and you will be restored to those you know and love.

Ruth E. J. Barlow
Short Creek
Jan 19, 2009

May you feel the angels near each day,
Ever will the Father hear you pray.
Right will yet prevail for the just.
Render true obedience to the cause of truth;
In smiling sweet perfection live your youth,
All will be made right. In God we trust.
Never is there need for compromise.
Now again to Heaven turn your eyes-
Ever keep His Love bright, Merrianne!

Shine On!
Love to all.

Jan 20, 2009

Dear Merrianne,
I rejoice unto Heavenly Father for the courage he has blessed you with. For Courage is not always

a loud roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of of the day saying..."I will try again tomorrow"
Keep encouraged we love you and are praying Heavenly Father will bless you.

Love Brittany

Tonja Jensen
Modesto, CA
Jan 22, 2009

Hello Merrianne!
I am an LDS mother of 8 children. I coldn't imagine what any of my children would have to go
through if they were taken away from us. You must be terrified and lonley. If I could reach out and
give you a mothers comfort and tender embrace I would. Keep sweet my dear child and be of good
cheer. The Holy Spirit is with you. He is our comforter in times such as these. In D & C section 121
Joseph Smith is praying to the Lord while he was a prisoner in Liberty jail. He and several
companions had been imprisoned for several months without relief from executive officers or
judiciaries. As I read this section I get the feeling that at times Joseph Smith must have felt that
Heavenly Father wasn't hearing his prayers. Merrianne, in my life I too have felt this way many
times. I have cancer right now and have thought why doesn't the Lord just answer my prayers and
take it away right now because I have 8 kids to raise. But I understand that Heavenly Father will
answer our prayers in His time and the way He sees fit. He does hear every one of your prayers. You
can be sure of that. My Bishop had me read D & C section 121. It is very small, but very powerfull.
In part it reads: "Oh God, where art thou? And where is the pavillion that covereth thy hiding place?
How long shall thy hand be stayed, and thine eye, yea thine pure eye, behold from the eternal
heavens the wrongs on thy people and of thy servants, and thine ear be penetrated with their crys?
Yea, Oh Lord, how long shall they suffer these wrongs and unlawful oppressions, before thine heart
shall be softened toward them, and thy bowels be moved with compassion toward them? O lord God
Almighty, maker of heaven, earth, and seas, and of all things that in them are, and who controllest
and subjectest the devil, and the dark and benighted dominion of Sheol-stretch forth thy hand; let
thine eye pierce; let thy pavillion be taken up; let thy hiding place no longer be covered; let thine ear
be inclined; let thine heart be softened, and thy bowels moved with compassion toward us. Let thine
anger be kindled against our enemies; and, in the fury of thine heart, with thy sword avenge us of our
wrongs. Remember thy suffering saints, O our God; and thy servants will rejoice in thy name
forever." I love that passage. And, when you continue to read in 121 God answeres Joseph Smith
and this is some of what God tells him: "My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine
afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on
high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes. Thy friends do stand by thee, and they shall hail thee again
with warm hearts and friendly hands." Later on in the same section you can read God also tells
Joseph Smith: "Cursed are all those that shall lift up the heel against mine anointed, saith the Lord,
and cry they have sinned when they have not sinned before me, saith the Lord, but have done that
which was meet in mine eyes, and which I commanded them. But those who cry transgression do
it because they are the servants of sin, and are the children of disobedience themselves." Later also
you can read God say: "It had been better for them that a millstone had been hanged about their
necks, and drowned in the depth of the sea. Wo unto all those that discomfort my people, and drive,

and murder, and testify against them, saith the Lord of Hosts; a generation of vipers shall not escape
the damnation of hell. Behold, mine eyes see and know all their works, and I have in reserve a swift
judgment in the season thereof, for them all; for there is a time appointed for every man, according
as his works shall be." So Merrianne, take comfort in this passage. Know that those who are doing
these things to you and your family, God's wrath is coming against them. They will be dealt with in
Gods way and His time. For now, he hears you my dear child. He has sent the Holy Spirit to be your
comforter. My prayers are with you and your family. God bless you.

Tonja Jensen
Modesto, CA
Jan 26, 2009

Good afternoon Merrianne!
I know I have written you before, but I just fell as thought I should keep writing to you. I want to
send you my love and encouragement. I just two of my children up from school and I was thinking
about you. I was thinking that you may have been home schooled when you were living with your
family. Or perhaps attending a school within the FLDS community. What a different world it must
be for you to attend a public school. I have home-schooled my kids in the past. But since I have been
fighting cancer I have not been able to. I don't care for the public schools. They teach our children
things that I don't think is right. Other children expose my children to mannerisms that are not in
harmony with the teachings of our Father in heaven. The children in public school can also be cruel
at times. My children must dress modestly. They sometimes get riciculed by other students. It is so
hard being young these days. Children have so many things they are faced with. When I was young
it wasn't this bad. Well, I should get to clothes that need folding. I will be fixing dinner soon and that
needs to be done. I am praying for your return to your family. I am also praying for your family. I
will write you again. May God bless and comfort you.
Love, Tonja

Hildale Ut
Jan 27, 2009

Dear Merrianne,
First I have to say "Thank You" for you shining example in standing up against the powers of evil.
I hope and Pray that you, along with our Prophet will be delivered.
I hope you will continue in the right, and remember who really loves you. Your father is a wonderful
man, And I am sure he is very very proud of you. Not a lot of young woman could go through what
your going through.

Thanks Again,
Camn Ron Bateman

Ruth E. J. Barlow
Short Creek
Jan 31, 2009


We're praying for you and hope all is well with you this beautiful day. Here's a comforting thought
from the Bible for you today. James 3:11 "Behold we count them happy which endure. Ye have
heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of
tender mercy."

Truth will yet prevail, and time is truly a friend to the innocent (even if it seems not so friendly at
the present). It is said that the will of God will not lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you.
We extend our faith and prayer that His grace will be with you throughout your separation from all
you hold dear.

I read Psalm 102 thinking of you and all of our other political prisoners for religion's sake in the last
five to two hundred five years that have been jailed here in the land of the free and the home of the
brave... I never really thought that the bravest would necessarily be incarcerated....

Though smitten, and as a sparrow alone on a house top, you are a shining light of the true peace that
comes from our Lord and Leader Jesus Christ. I noticed also when reading Psalm 102 that
immediately following that prayer of affliction were several rejoicing Psalms of blessing and
thanksgiving. I presume you shall have several you could write for yourself when that day comes that
the Giver, Creator, and Great Ruler intervenes in your behalf! We know it will take His intervention,
as indeed it did in 1776 for this newly-declared-independent-of-unrighteous-dominion republic for
which we stand. God bless you, your friends and family on whom this experience was imposed, and
especially our Prophet and Friend.

Great Is The Lord, Tis Good To Praise.

You are not forgotten.

Tonja Jensen
Modesto, CA
Feb 6, 2009

Hi Merrianne,
I have been trying all day to create a blogspace so that everone I know can see pictures of my family,
and learn about who we are. I am not very computer savey so it is taking me a very long time. Maybe
one day you can find me on the blogspace. I will update you as I learn more and create a desireable
space to look at. My family continues to pray for you several times a day. Thank you for praying for
me as well. I know that Heavenly Father has a purpose for me. So I leave my health in His hands.
I think of you quite often throughout my day. I wonder who you are and why you are not with your

family. My heart goes out to you and those that love you. God is with you. I know that!

Feb 8, 2009


Tonja Jensen
Modesto, CA
Feb 11, 2009

Good Morning Merrianne:

My family and I have been praying for your release daily. I think about you through-out my daily
activities. We hope that you are able to contact your family members by now. I read that they were
keeping you from talking to them. As a mother myself I just couldn't stand being kept away from my
daughter let alone not able to even hear her sweet voice and to tell her myself how much I love and
miss her. My daughter Crystal who is 15 years old told me that she would go crazy if she coudn't talk
to me. We pray several times each day that you will be returned home right away. We are praying
for your peace and comfort as well as for your parents and other family members. Heavenly Father
is with you Merrianne. I know that you know this. He has not forsaken you. In His time you will
return to your family. Know this, YOU WILL RETURN. They can not keep you hostage forever.
God's wrath is coming to them. He will smite those that persecute His chosen ones. That is His
promise. Keep strong. Know you are loved. Not only by your family but by so many others that keep
a special place for you and your family in their hearts.
God bless you.

Ruth E. J. Barlow
Feb 11, 2009

Dear sweet Merrianne,

When I feel a little blue,
I'll just send a smile to you;
I'm astonished when it's sent,
That the smiling isn't spent!

It seems in fact to grow,
And that little smile I sow
Yields up fields and fields of friends
For that smile never ends.
What a harvest we all share
When we lift a load of care.
When we take the time to smile
It makes life for all worth while.

God Be With You Til We Meet Again

Feb 16, 2009

Good Monday Morning Merrianne, I think that there is not much I could say expect to let you know
that we are praying for our Prophet and you in conjunction with Him. Bear your burdens in strength
and God will be the Victor yet and you with Him enduring to the end. We love you and your
example of loyalty. Heaven bless and keep you Merrianne.


Walt Steed
Hildale Ut.
Feb 20, 2009

Good afternoon Merrianne, Heaven bless and protect you. Please know that you are in our thoughts
and prayers. Keep your faith alive and strong. We Love you.


Bill Medvecky
Feb 20, 2009

Dear Merrianne,

The thoughts and prayers of literally thousands of people around the world are with you, and we
know that, like Betty, you too will be reunited with those who love and care for you.

No day goes by that we do not think of you, and pray for your speedy deliverance.

Keep busy in your school work and piano and you will find that time has a way of passing easier
while we work tirelessly to see you back in your mothers arms.
With love and endless admiration for a very brave and sweet young lady,
:)) Grandpa Bill

Feb 24, 2009

Dearest Merrianne,
How often I think of you through each day. Your quiet, dimpled smile shines bright with every
memory. Your sweet cheerfulness, so contagious, lingers near. I know you will come home. When
it happens, we all know is in the Lord's time, but until then I also know that, as WSJ has made a
heaven out of a prison cell, so also will you make a heaven where ever you go, for you carry it with
you in your heart, and no one on earth can take it away from you. God bless you dear sister until we
meet again, for we shall meet again. I love you.~Lu

Tonja Jensen
Modesto, CA
Feb 25, 2009

Hello Merrianne.
I haven't written to you in a little while. We are still praying for you and your family several times
a day. I hope that the people that took you away from your family will see that you are returned home
very soon. I can't imagine what you are going through. You must be so home-sick. You must feel
so lonely for your family. I know that you must feel Heavenly Fathers presence every day. You are
a very good girl and He loves you and would never leave you. Be of good cheer sweet Merrianne.
With Love, Tonja Jensen

Ruth E. J. Barlow
Short Creek
Mar 11, 2009

From this heart comes a prayer
Reaching toward Heaven
Yearning for the safety and well-being
Of our captives in the fight for right:
Oh, Dear Lord,
Give them strength, give us hope,
Make us one,

Through Your strength, and courage from above.
Heavenly Father,
These dear ones held only for their stand with Thee,
We pray Thou wilt hold them in the hollow of Thy hand, in peace, safe enfolded.
May our yearning together ascend unto Thee,
From this soul and theirs to Thy Holy Courts.

God Bless You Each One

Bill Medvecky
Mar 12, 2009

On this day everyone's prayers for you have been answered.

You will be taken out of foster care and placed with Naomi until CPS non suits you sometime before
the Trial your mother and father have demanded for you.

:)) G Pops

the Zitting family
Mar 13, 2009

Dear Merrianne,
Our hearts thrill for you and your sweet example to us all our prayers are with You with our Prophet

and your Family each and every one of them :)
lots of love sent your way
God Speed the Right

Tonja Jensen
Modesto, CA
Mar 13, 2009

Hi Merrianne!
My family and I have been praying for you several times every day. We pray for your quick return
as well as for Heavenly Father to comfort you and help you to be at peace. I know it must be very
difficult for you to be away from those that love you. There are so many who don't even know you
Merrianne yet I am sure like myself, have come to love you through their prayers for you. Every day
I am able to get up with my children, make their meals, do their laundry, play with them, hug them
and kiss them, and teach them many things about life. I can't imagine what your family is going

through having you taken away and not able to see you or speak to you. I think about your poor dear
Mother and what it must be like for her. I am so grateful for being a mother. As I go about my days,
I often think of you and what you are having to endure because your rights as well as the rights of
your family have been taken away from you. Merrianne, as you have so sadly have come to learn,
laws are not always fair. Sometimes laws are not always there to protect us. And sometimes the law
does the opposite of what it should do. When there are corrupt governments or agencies out there
acting like cowards, with nothing better to do than to tear apart loving families such as yours, and
picking on Gods children such as yourself, then these horrible things happen. One day, the ones who
have taken you away and held you captive must face God. And then they will get what they deserve.
We will continue to pray for you. Stay strong dear Merrianne. You are special to our Father in
Heaven. And you have become special to me as well. I send you my love.


Tonja Jensen
3713 Gatesville Avenue
Mar 13, 2009

Hello Merrianne:

I was reading some of the entries here. One of the entries said that you are able to come home to live
with your Auntie. I hope this is true. If it is, I am so happy for you. So very happy!!!! Isn't Heavenly
Father good to us! I wish you well. You have so much to look forward to now. You will have your
life back. It may never be the same, but at least you are home. Heavenly Father loves you so much
Merrianne. You are very special to Him. I send you a big warm hug.

Crystal Feier
Bentonville, Arkansas
Mar 18, 2009


I wish you the best through this time, and I hope that your sister Betty has been a comfort to you.
Better than anyone else, I think she understands what you have gone through.

I'm glad that you will now be around people you love and care about, and who love and care about
you. There's nothing that can replace family, no matter what courts and judges may believe.

I'd also like to share one of my favorite quotes: "Let not the ways of the unenlightened give you
unease, for God is with you always."

God is with you, and I pray He will continue to watch over you.

Porter B
Mar 24, 2009

Hi Merrianne,

I hope you are encouraged. We have so many wonderful blessings to be thanful for. You are a living
example of the faith that our Heavenly Father needs. May He watch over you continually and may
our prayers be for WSJ's deliverance.

Thomas Forguson
Mar 29, 2009

I think of you always. They cannot hold you forever. Someday, your life will be back together.

Timothy Miller
Muncie, IN
Mar 30, 2009

Please hang in there Merrianne...your heavenly Father loves you and will bring you home.

Ruth E. J. Barlow
Short Creek
Apr 2, 2009

A year ago this week I cried myself to sleep for many, many nights over the knowledge that almost
500 people had been so forcefully "rescued" from the heaven on earth they had so patiently and
carefully built. I would hold my 13-month-old knowing that she was the same age as others who did
not have their mothers close by to care for them.

What little I was able to discover of their condition melted my heart over and over.

Dear Merrianne, you are still the hostage of Texas and are in our prayers. I would like to send
encouragement to you to keep on keeping sweet. It's a tender circumstance you're in, but I know that
Heavenly Father prepared your way with every gift you would need to succeed.

Lots of love.

Tonja Jensen
Modesto, CA

Apr 3, 2009

Dearest Merrianne:

I have had you on my mind for several days. I don't know why, but I've just been thinking about you
so much lately. My family and I pray for you and your family daily. I have thought about how the
state of Texas has damaged your life in so many ways. CPS and everyone else involved are doing
the work of Satan. All the while trying to claim they are protecting you! What a load of trash! I
know that your family loves you and have always tried to protect you. That's what parents do! You
have a very good family with the very best spiritual values. It is so horrible when corrupt
governments as that in Texas, invade your homes and your lives. Your sweet parents aren't able to
do anything about it because the evil Texas government can say and do as they please! Sounds to me
like they are no different than the evil German Nazi government under Hitlers control. I have thought
about your emotional pain Merrianne. I can't even imagine what it would be like to be a prisoner of
the American legal system. This is America for goodness sakes! What you have been put through
NEVER should have happened. It makes me angry just thinking about it. Sometimes when I am
reading from the Book of Mormon, thoughts of you come to my mind. You have had far too much
sadness in your young life Merrianne. And the evil Texas government has caused every bit of it! As
you have learned, the only true and righteouss government is the Lords government. All others are
corrupt and evil. I know that Heavenly Father will punish CPS and all of those involved soon
enough. I feel so sorry for you and your family. It is so sad and heart wrenching. If there is anything
at all that I, or my family can do for you and your family, please let us know. I believe that Bill M.
has my email address. I don't know for sure, but are you living with your Auntie? Do you have any
idea when you will be allowed to return home? We will continue to pray for you and your family.
We all send you our love.

Tonja Jensen

Samantha Xjenai Barlow
Short Creek
Apr 3, 2009

Dear Merrianne,

Hi! How are you? I am praying for you. I want you to know your trial is my trial. I know you will
yet be with your loving family. I have a sister with red hair (Julie Lynay, about two years younger
than me.) When I look at her it reminds me of you. In all you do remember you are in our prayers.

Your friend,
Samantha Xjenai Barlow
12 years old

Julie Lynay Barlow
Short Creek

Apr 3, 2009

Dear Merrianne,
Hi! How are you doing? My heart aches inside for you. May Heavenly Father bless you and keep you
in my mind. God be with you. My sister Samantha and I wanted to write to you today. You have
endured many tests and trials. Remember Heavenly Father is at the helm. He can help you in all you
do. You are special to Heavenly Father. He loves you just the same no matter what He allows to
happen. Keep smiling. I know it is hard to be parted from your family who loves you so much,
though Heavenly Father is there to help you. Keep your smile so bright! My middle name stands for
Love Your Neighbor As Yourself. I have thought a lot about you this past year.
Love always,
Julie Lynay Barlow
10 years old

Ruth E. J. Barlow
Short Creek
Apr 3, 2009

Today marks the first year since your intense testing at the hands of a supposedly democratic
government began. This was never completely your, your family's or your community's trial alone,
for as I have seen, it has brought out the gold in some people and the dross in others even at great
distances from you. Even total strangers have asked about you and others who were taken that
anxious prayerful day one year ago.

Our prayers continue to be for your deliverance to your family. Our God will see you through. He
is ever aware of your needs and earnest desires to reutrn home. If words could hold the brightest and
most encouraging thoughts in sweet distillate condition, how I would love to find them to send to
you. (English is so limited!!) Keep Sweet. There's a lifetime of sermon for me in two words. Smile,
smile, and smile again. I take comfort in the knowledge that this too must pass. With a true united
faith it could be sooner rather than later.

Shine on, bright and clear!

Joseph Murphy
Apr 7, 2009

May Jesus Christ Be with you all ways and your family


Please don't give up on Jesus Christ.
All ways try to Believe in him.

And when he is needed prey to him all ways.
Because he is here on earth with you now.
I truely believe that he is walking among us all this very day.
He believes in you and he loves you very much.
And will all ways be there for you.
And your family.
May God Bless you all.

Modesto, CA
Apr 17, 2009

Dear Merrianne:
I pray you are holding on. I pray that the Holy Spirit is with you. I pray for your peace and comfort
during this horrible separation from your family and those who love you. I can't imagine how the
state of Texas can justify what they are doing to you and your family. Supposedly we live in a
country that gives us the freedom to practice our religion without interference from the government.
As I have told you before, I am LDS. However, I believe in polygamy with all of my heart and have
always wanted sister wives. I also wish that our faith would allow us to live again by this sacred
principle. The principle of plural marriage is sacred and holy, ordained by our Father in Heaven. He
wants us to live by this law. You are very fortunate to have been born into your faith. I can only pray
for our church leaders to agree to live by this sacred principle again. I think that the only way this
would ever happen is if the evil government that we live under would make it legal. Otherwise I
don’t think our church will ever allow it again. I have deep respect for your prophet Warren Jeffs.
He stood up to what he believed in, just as the prophet Joseph Smith did. I respect all of your past
prophets for not allowing the state to bully them into abandoning this sacred principle. You are
blessed to be FLDS. I love the Doctrine and Covenants. It is so pure and full of truth. In section 127,
Joseph Smith glories in persecution and tribulation. Word for word in the first few versus it just
reminds me of your prophet Warren Jeffs. If you replace the name of Joseph Smith and read it as if
it was written about your prophet, it makes sense and is sad that your prophet is still in the hands of
his oppressors. But it says in verse 3: Let all the saints rejoice, therefore, and be exceedingly glad;
and he will mete out a just recompense of reward upon the heads of all their oppressors. I pray for
your prophet to be freed from his captors and that you all will have your prophet living in your midst
again. And that your church is free to practice your religion as the Lord desires. It is so sad to see
such sweet and gentle souls such as all of you in the FLDS church being persecuted and falsely
accused of wrongdoings. In D & C 121, verse 16 tells us that “Cursed are all those that shall lift up
the heel against mine anointed, saith the Lord, but have done that which was meet in mine eyes. And
which I commanded them.” Verse 17: “But those who cry transgression do it because they are the
servants of sin, and are the children of disobedience themselves.” Verse 18: “And those who swear
falsely against my servants, that they bring them into bondage and death-” Verse 22: “It had been
better for them that a millstone had been hanged about their necks, and they drowned in the depth
of the sea.” Verse 23: “Wo unto all those that discomfort my people, and drive, and murder, and
testify against them, saith the Lord of Hosts: a generation of vipers shall not escape the damnation

of hell.” Verse 24: “Behold, mine eyes see and know all their works, and I have in reserve a swift
judgment in the season thereof, for them all.”
I think about you often and wonder how you are holding up under such circumstances and having
this last so long. Heavenly Father loves you so much Merrianne. He has great things in store for you.
I would imagine that you are going to be blessed with many wonderful little children to love and
cherish and raise up unto the Lord. I have 8 children and each one is so special to me. Each one is
so unique. I am blessed to have them. We grow so much during our trials. You will become stronger
because of this. Don’t allow these evil doers that hold you prisoner to break your sweet spirit. You
will be free someday Merrianne. They can do so many things to you, but they can’t steal your faith
and love for God. We continue to pray for you and your prophets release. I don’t know how long
your prophet must remain there, but have faith that the Lord will find a way to free him. He loves
your prophet dearly just as he loves you too. I pray that Heavenly Father will continue to bless you
with peace and comfort. Keep Sweet Merrianne. Heavenly Father listens to each of your prayers. I
send you my love and continuous prayers.

Linda Lamb
Thomasville, NC
Apr 17, 2009

Hi Merrianne,

Just thinking about you and hoping you are doing well. Spring is wonderful here and everyday there
is more and more green in our yard and in the trees. Makes me look up and appreciate the beauty
of God's creation. Hope you are busy doing things you enjoy. I dont know if you like to draw or
write songs or poetry. When the seasons change, I always wish I had great artistic talent so that I can
paint or sketch the beauty around me. I have a granddaughter who is almost your age and she enjoys
writing stories and helping plan meals and cooking. Hope you are smiling today.

Linda Lamb

Apr 23, 2009

Merrianne, hang in there, sweetheart. Lots of people out here know what happened and have you and
your loved ones in our prayers. I know it's hard to be away from your family, but you will be reunited
and all will be well, I promise. Pray and be strong, Heavenly Father loves you and is always looking
out for you!

Non-related family
Far of land, close at heart
Apr 24, 2009

Dear Merrianne,
Even though you don't know us, We all love you! we are praying for you.
Heavenly Father will help you be free soon.
Love all of us:
Lita, Richard, Anna, Beth, Price, Lane, Ellie, Rose, Marcus, McAllan, Malcolm, Tasha, Tami, Hon,
Malachi, Ephraim, Kerri & Auntie Rissa.
Thank you for your sweet example of courage!

Bill Lanes Family
Short Creek Az,
Apr 28, 2009

Dear Merriane

Thank you for your example of faith and Courage... I know Heavenly Father is blessing you so
much! I pray to be more like you in all I do! You are such a shining Example!We are praying for
you daily and love you lots Love Us> Bill, Penny, Colby, Daria, Shelton, and Telissia....

Ruth E. J. Barlow
Short Creek
Apr 29, 2009


We pray for you and yearn that the great gift of encouragement will be yours throughout your
detainment at the hands of your oppressors. You have a great and grand mission to fulfill even in
waiting for deliverance.

It is beautiful to think about your sweet sister Betty's example of patient endurance. How I look
forward to the day when you will return, as she did, freely, joyfully. It is truly humbling to think
about the trials you are going through. Sometimes when it seems I've some tough stuff to take it
helps to remember your condition. Wow, I can surely do better. Keep on Keeping On.

God bless you and the families of YFZ and especially our beloved Prophet Warren S. Jeffs.

God Speed the Right!


May 7, 2009

Dearest Merrianne,
The prayers of thousands of people literally around the world have been heard and you will be
emancipated shortly.

As you already know, you were never alone, and people never stopped working to free you and to
return you to your people.
Welcome home,
:)) Grandpa Bill

May 7, 2009

I am so happy to hear Merrianne is to be released from foster care.
We have kept you in our heart and prayers throughout your many trials.
I know you will be healed by being back in the loving arms of your FLDS family.
Thank you Naomi for being so loving and caring to help the children who needed help during the
terrible time of the kidnapping and continuing to help. You must be a very special person.
May God bless you all and keep you safe.
Merrianne, I wish I was there to give you a big hug as you are welcomed home. I am so sorry for the
suffering you and your family have been through.

Marce Jessop
Reno NV
May 7, 2009

Dear Merrianne, When I heard the message of your deliverance, my first reaction was "YES thank
you Heavenly Father" I hope your already packed with Naiomi at the door, Heaven bless you
Merrianne for the courage you have shown, Heavenly Father has truly answered our prayers!

Jeffrey H.
Colorado City, AZ
May 7, 2009

Thank God for your deliverance! Your experience is one of the many miracles we have witnessed

since the day of the raid. Thank you for your example of perfect faith and diligence. Heaven continue
to bless....

Ruth E. J. Barlow
Short Creek
May 7, 2009

There are no words to express the thrill of joy at this your first step toward home and the arms of
your loving family. God is at the helm and though tempests rage even still He is guiding your
pathway surely and is close at hand. Praise be to Him and our thanks flow to Heaven in this His
deliverance for you.

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but only to those who will sweetly endure
to the end. Love from our family to you and yours.

Deb Lee
May 9, 2009

Dear Merrianne:
I am so happy that you will be living with a relative who cares about you and understands you.
I wish you the best of luck.

Deb Lee

Samantha X. Barlow
Short Creek
May 9, 2009

Dear Merrianne,

How are you? I am so happy for you and I know Julie is too. We will keep praying for you. Thank
you for your examples to us.

Love, Samantha

Ruth E. J. Barlow
Short Creek
May 9, 2009


We shall continue to pray for your complete deliverance. In my estimation, you graduate magna cum
laude from the University of Adversity.

Carry On!

Tonja Jenen
Modesto, CA
May 13, 2009

Give praise to our Heavenly Father that you are finally able to go home. I am so thrilled to at last
hear that you can be at home around those that love you so dearly. You have been in our daily
prayers for a very long time. Your suffering is over. Words do not express how happy we are that
you are home. Praise God!

1 comment:


Dispite every effort to the contrary, Merrianne was fully aware of the outpouring of love and support she was getting from the outside world.

I spoke to her at Naomi's shortly after her arrival, and she was well, happy, and had several friends there with her.

Merrianne returned to the Ranch, and shortly thereafter her Mother passed away.

Today, she lives on the Ranch with her family, and is well and happy. CPS and CASA are out of her life for good.