So excited to share my first piece in Rolling Stone! Last month, I spent four days in the red desert town of Short Creek, where prophet Warren Jeffs ruled over the FLDS--a polygamist offshoot of Mormonism. Jeffs' rule was draconian and his control of the town was total: he directed the police, the local government, the church, and every detail of marriage and family life. Jeffs was convicted for sex crimes several years ago, and now hundreds of ex-FLDS are flocking back to the community they once called home, trying to reconnect with their families and heal from the past. They've also staged the first election in town history. While there, I was struck by how an easily-sensationalized, cultic group was facing so many problems that were similar to those faced by Americans more broadly: fake news, authoritarianism, growing polarization, and the fusion of church and state. Check out my full article here.