Tonia says after hosting a family who was transitioning out of polygamy, she couldn’t “turn a blind eye” to what was occurring in Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Outrageous news story in your town?
“I was shocked, number one, that polygamy was happening in the United States of America. And then, number two, what was happening, how they were using this platform, this so-called religion, the polygamy, to abuse men, women and children in the name of God,” Tonia tells Dr. Phil on Tuesday’s episode.
After that experience, she founded Holding Out HELP,
and organization that helps former FLDS members transition back into society. WATCH: ‘I Thought That The Physical Abuse Was Normal,’ Says Former Member Of FLDS
“My goal is that we can get these clients self-sufficient, productive citizens here and just free of their past lives,” she says.
Marrilynn and Ian are two former FLDS members whom Tonia helped. Hear their stories here
. And in the video above, Dr. Phil surprises Marrilynn with a special message from her host family – and Tonia by offering all her clients the use of Doctor on Demand
, a telemedicine company he founded with his son Jay. This episode
airs Tuesday. Check here
to see where you can watch.TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Is Dr. Phil your only hope?
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