Your heart breaks for the people featured on A&E’s Escaping Polygamy. One woman, Lizzy hasn’t seen her daughter in three years because the young girl is pure and Lizzy is not.
That is, according to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Us Weekly featured a clip from the August 14th episode, in which Lizzy explained that her daughter, Julie was selected to be part of the United Order, a special group made up of only the church’s purest members.
Because of this, Lizzy is prohibited from seeing Julie, who is now 13.
"My oldest daughter, Julie, is the good girl — she’s very beautiful, inside and out," Lizzy said quietly during an interview.
"She’s always been my right-hand girl — she’s a hard worker, she’s sweet," Lizzy continued as photos of her beautiful daughter flashed across the screen.
"Of course, I haven’t seen her for three years, so she’s perfect."
What’s that, now?
It turns out that Lizzy has a whole list of sins for which she must repent, so until she is perfect, she is not allowed to see Julie.
Lizzy is not part of the United Order "because I’m not perfect — there’s things in my life that I need to repent of."
"Like, I have a hard time waking up by 5 a.m., but I’m working on it."
Lizzy talked about losing her mother at 13, something that still stings to this day, and how she knows that Julie needs her very badly.
But, Lizzy admits, she has a lot of work to do in order to become perfect.
"My mother used to read a lot, and I inherited that weakness," Lizzy admitted.
"Sometimes, I’ll find a novel, read it — I’ve been trying to overcome that."
"And my boy sometimes listens to country music," she added.
Watch Escaping Polygamy every Sunday at 10 p.m. on A&E.