My name is Yoshiyah Jones and I grew up in the Church in Island Pond, Vermont. I was taken in the 1984 Raid by the law enforcement agencies in Vermont that were under the influence of unfounded allegations against us, flared up by the press.
My father, under his convictions of God, wished to train me differently than the way of the majority of this miscreant society, and he had and still has goals set for me.
The state intervened with his convictions to pass on his heart and values to me, not only criticizing his child rearing practices, but even seizing me along with the 112 children I was raised with in an attempt to "SAVE" me from this abuse. Fortunately, for him and mostly for me, the honorable Judge Frank Mahady dismissed the case as unconstitutional and an intrusion on normal family life and parental authority. Now in 2001 the issue of the Twelve Tribes parental care is once again questioned.
So, here I am. I value what is in my father. I want what he has. I care and respect greatly his stand and interest in me working with him as I grew up. That is why I can proudly say that my father is my BEST friend. Because he took the time to be a good father, splitting firewood and working with me in our small industries after class, instead of leaving me to my skateboard and to be degraded by peer pressure. Generation gaps are the source of societies social problems. I plan to do the same with my children as my father did, as a continuation of this "new social order." It’s more than work… It’s more than a religious view… It’s a daily life, an infusion of heart from father to son.