The men left to repent, but Barlow was clearly upset.
"It wasn't really clear what was going on," he testified. "It broke our hearts as a community. It was very real."
Barlow himself has since left the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but his difficulty in recounting this and other stories seemed to indicate the deep and complex emotional wounds members of the community have experienced.
The definition of a religion • Barlow also was asked what his religion was Thursday. He responded that today he is a "conservative Christian" with "a Mormon heritage." Moreover, his father was a "Seventies apostle" — a position that sounds similar at least in name to roles in the mainstream The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
And perhaps most interestingly of all, Barlow said that before the FLDS Church became what it is today — something that happened in the 1980s and 1990s — it was known simply as the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." So, at least in Barlow's mind, the name of the polygamous church and the mainstream church were the same.
This won't come as a surprise to close observers of polygamy, but it does emphasize the often surprisingly complex tension over the definition of the term "Mormon."
— Jim Dalrymple II