Child Bride of Short Creek is a 1981 American made-for-television drama film written by Joyce Eliason, starring Diane Lane, Helen Hunt, Christopher Atkins, Conrad Bain and Dee Wallace. The film is a dramatization of the lives of the people of Colorado City and Hildale, United States, collectively known as "Short Creek," a community of members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a group that practices child marriage and polygamy. In 1953 Arizona, teenagers Jessica Rae "Jessie" Jacobs and her friend Naomi have grown up in Short Creek as members of an isolated patriarchal polygamist religious community, led by President Frank King; the members of the small group dress in old-fashioned clothing and spend many hours a day doing domestic and agricultural chores with traditional equipment and few modern conveniences. The women are trained to be subservient to their husbands, they travel away from the community and are kept away from outside influences such as magazines and radio.
Jessie's father Jay Jacobs has three wives, including Jessie's mother Mary, who only sees her husband on certain days when he is not with his other wives, has mixed feelings about the arrangement. State authorities are investigating the group due to its unlawful customs of polygamy and child marriage of young girls to older men. President King's 19-year-old son Isaac returns home safely from serving in the Korean War, having gained knowledge of the outside world through his travels. At his homecoming party, he and Jessie become attracted to each other, over time they fall in love. To his father's chagrin, Isaac begins to reject the group's lifestyle, including the polygamy which allows the older men of the group to take new young women as wives. Isaac further questions the group's beliefs when his younger sisters accidentally drown because they were not allowed to learn how to swim. Meanwhile, President King has confided to the men of the group that God has told him to take Jessie as his wife, in addition to the three wives he has.
Despite Jessie's youth, her father Jay accepts this as God's will. Jessie's friend Naomi attempts to run away from Short Creek, planning to go to Las Vegas and become an actress, she naively accepts a ride from two young men who get her to drink alcohol for the first time and try to rape her. She is rescued just in time by President King and driven back to Short Creek, where she is married off to an old man to settle her down. Isaac learns that his father is planning to marry Jessie and is furious, not only because of his own feelings for Jessie but because an additional wife will cause his mother to be further neglected by his father. President King tells Jessie of his plan to marry her. A reluctant Jessie goes along with his plan because she wants to please her parents and do the will of God, but she is unhappy. Jessie and Isaac secretly plan to run away together. However, after going a short distance they see many armed police preparing to launch a raid on the group. Fearing for the lives of her mother and family, Jessie decides she must go back to warn them, says an emotional goodbye to Isaac, who boards a bus alone as Jessie rushes back to warn the community just ahead of the police.
The police arrive and separate the families, sending the women and children to barracks where they will be re-educated in a modern lifestyle, while the men are sent to jail. Two years Jessie and her mother Mary, along with the other community women, are being transferred once again from one barracks to another and are in line to board the bus when Jessie sees Isaac, who has just arrived in a car. Mary, seeing that Isaac and Jessie still love each other, tells her daughter to "run, while you still have a chance". Jessie hugs Mary goodbye, goes to join Isaac. Diane Lane: Jessica Jacobs Helen Hunt: Naomi Christopher Atkins: Isaac King Conrad Bain: Frank King Kiel Martin: Bob Kalish Dee Wallace: Mary Jacobs Julianne Slocum: Jacobs Daughter Jake Johnston: Garth Jacobs Karyn Christensen: Ada King Sharyn Christensen: Alma King Parts of the film were shot in Grafton, Rockville Road, Rockville Bridge in Utah. Child Bride of Short Creek on IMDb
A sacred text of Jeungism, the original Dojeon was published in Korean on October 25, 1992. The Dojeon has been translated into eight languages, including Korean, Japanese, Spanish, French and Chinese. Over one hundred years ago, Sangjenim was the first in all of Eastern and Western history to proclaim and describe the Later Heaven Gaebyeok; the precept of Gaebyeok applies to heaven and earth and to the realms of humanity and spirits, it answers the mysteries of nature, explains the secrets of civilization, resolves the limitations of Eastern and Western religions and philosophies. After Sangjenim’s ascension to heaven, the truth of gaebyeok was disseminated by the successor of His Dao lineage and authority, Taemonim; the original Dojeon was published in Korean on October 25, 1992 for the 122nd commemoration of Sangjenim’s birth, it entailed twenty years of extensive research and fieldwork by Jeung San Do practitioners as they compiled the written and oral testimonies of Sangjenim’s and Taemonim’s disciples, the disciples’ descendants, the disciples’ students.
The publication of the 2003 revised edition took an additional eleven years of effort involving further research and extensive review of old and new testimonials to verify and discover dates, sites and people related to Sangjenim’s and Taemonim’s works of renewing heaven and earth. The foreign-language translations of the Dojeon are based on the 1992 Korean edition. Thus, the Dojeon represents thirty years of dedication by many people; those aware of the flow of the world have the qi of life. Those ignorant of the flow of the world have the qi of death. Dojeon 5:259:20Arranged in eleven chapters, the Dojeon spans Sangjenim’s and Taemonim’s lives, their work, their disciples, the principle upon which the universe evolves, the ultimate destiny of humanity, the existence of spirits, the times we live in, the coming civilization, much more. Through the Dojeon, the reader can begin the process of understanding Jeung San Do’s Eight Teachings: Sangjenim Cosmology Humanity Spirits and Meditation The work of renewing heaven and earth 天地公事 Autumn Gaebyeok and Salvation The Subu The Ilggun of work under heavenThe Dojeon records the true path that will allow the people of the world to survive the Later Heaven Gaebyeok and enter the new civilization of immortality.
This makes the Dojeon history’s greatest gift-a sacred text of life, not filled with words of despair and tears, but with a radiant and vivid vision of joy and hope for a future that transcends the limitations of modern civilization. But to appreciate the Dojeon's sacred truth, one must first understand Taemonim. Boeun 報恩 Cosmic Year Shao Yung Dojang Dao center 道場 Gaebyeok Haewun 解怨 Jeung San Do Sangjenim 上帝 Sangsaeng 相生 Tae Eul Ju mantra 太乙呪 Taemonim 太母 Wunshibanbon 原始反本 Dojeon Online Dojeon Online