The TRUTH about 8 Passengers….(Shari Franke exposes EVERYTHING)Apr 27, 2023
We've been saying for four years that one day a kid on Family Channel would end up talking about his experience growing up in front of a camera. Family channels have been popular for almost 10 years and many of these kids are coming of age. where they are entering high school or college and are finally going out on their own and away from the family bubble channel, that's exactly what happened with the daughter of eight
passengers, Sherry, and now she talks about her decision to leave the eight
passengers. family it's a mess so let's get down to business whenever we talk about family channels we always talk about the most obvious things like the total lack of privacy these kids have but when it comes to eight passengers there is another level of concern for his family.
Eight Passengers has always been a very religious family in Utah and while it may not be everyone's cup of tea, that wasn't the worrying part, Ruby ended up joining a life coach program called Connections and completely destroyed her family, the girls. teachings were extremely harsh and critical to the point that it actually felt like a cult. Ruby's whole family started to distance themselves from her and instead of being that, you know, a wake up call. Ruby became even more involved, partnering with Jody and they created an online self-help platform called Moms.
truthat this point Sherry was the eldest daughter of eight passengers and she was ready to go off to college she ended up going to BYU and even though BYU is extremely religious people were hopeful that getting away from her family bubble would help her to realize that there is life outside of eight passengers and connections and that is exactly what ended up happening last year.
Sherry confirmed with an Instagram post that she no longer spoke to her family. It's been over six months and Sherry finally talks about her experience growing up. on a Family Channel and the negative impact the connections had on her Sherry was on a podcast last week called the light and the episode is titled Breaking Free from the learn firm Sherry Frankie's personal empowerment story of finding a relationship with Jesús Sherry began by Speaking of their upbringing, which he described as a typical Mormon upbringing, they moved into the beginning stages of their teens and Sherry said that's when they started their family channel.
At first, it seemed quite strange to her that they carry a camera everywhere and record
everything. but she quickly realized that this was her job and that they had to do this to pay for things. This is where the connections come into play. Sherry said that in 10th grade her family joined a mental health training group and apparently she was great at first as the years went by. the teachings became more and more extreme and the lines began to blur as the life coach was connecting his personal teachings with the gospel and led Sherry to believe that the two went hand in hand when what do you feel what did he do to you you become more aware that they equated it um i think when they started talking about god while also talking about their same curriculum and self help stuff yeah yeah i got it so i thought ok the gospel in this goes hand in hand like if i live this curriculum well then i will be a better member of the church and vice versa so sherry brought up the dangers of life training and said there really is no accountability when it comes to what they are posting and i think we should throwing in a disclaimer that life coaching is a very controversial space right now in the mental health field yes because there is little accountability there is very little accountability you don't need a license to become like there is no state certification for life coaching and so you have to be very, very careful and do your research very deeply if you use life coaching in any sense because literally anyone and their dog could become a life coach and say Yes they are a coach certificate of life, in quotes, versus therapy, which is not me.
I don't know like therapy counselors you need a license you need a degree a couple different degrees Yeah a very intense licensing exam and tons and then you're also under the board like Utah like Doppel where it's like you can file A complaint about having his license taken away, he recalled a time when this life coach actually told him that he had no empathy or compassion for others and now he looks back and feels so sad for his younger self that he believed what he said. was being fed. to her, I remember going into it and one of the people had told me that I don't think you have as much empathy for other people and compassion for other people as you do individually, so I was kind of like I'm going to work on that, i'm going to work on it then i say my prayers at night and i'm like heavenly father like why don't i have empathy like please help me like having it and then i look back like a lot of the things i prayed to that age and i like to feel bad for myself so i was so worried about like help me get clean help me be empathetic like i dont know what to do and then i feel like i would work on it and then i would go and talk to these people and they would say that You still don't get it and that I'd like to lose my mind thinking what else I'm supposed to do.
Sherry said every week that they were being forced to track her actions and it made her notice all these negative things that she was doing and also made her view others in a negative light. It wasn't until she left for college that she finally began to break. her to get out of her bubble and see things differently, now she was interacting with roommates and having new experiences and it made her feel as conflicted as I said. I joined when I was in tenth grade. I got more involved in high school, so I graduated. I really liked
everythingand then I got to college and I started to like interacting with roommates and people I didn't know.
She is using that God is so mad at her or that I was still very judgmental of people like that and I was taking religion classes and they were talking about you know that God is so merciful and kind and I say they are wrong and so I was very critical of him. world, like there were some things going on within my family that I started to wonder, like I don't know if this is okay, if God would really support this, if he really is. the gospel and so for a long time, like seven months of my freshman year in college, I was debating, I don't know what to believe, I think the gospel is true, but I don't know exactly what that gospel is. is yes, as if she did not know where to draw the line between life coach, yes, as a life coach in the gospel, but breaking free from that was not easy for her, she felt that she had to honor her family and she was afraid if she did .
It would not be a sin, she said that she went on as normal for a while, but she would admit that every time she went back to school after visiting her family, she would feel extremely exhausted and she knew that she would not I could keep faking everything. it was okay uh say it struck me that he said he basically said you should worship God in spirit and in
truthand I was like Wow and like I didn't think much of it at first but it stuck with me for days and I I looked at that as if we should worship in spirit and in truth and I had just done one of those things at the time.
I was very convinced that this is too extreme. I need to do something to change something but I wasn't sure how um because you know I want to honor my family we are supposed to honor our parents and I felt that disagreeing with them was sinful and God would be mad at me too if did that Sherry revealed that she goes to therapy and she explained how beneficial it has been for her to have a stranger actually tell her no this is not okay what was happening to you was not okay and you are right to feel that way yeah , yes, and I had friends who would. tell me when i got home from my family they're like you're different like you're going back to how you were in high school you know when a couple months ago a few months ago you started going to therapy and that definitely helped to have an outside person tell me how to think, but to be like this is wrong or like you're totally okay with feeling that way, um, and that was more like validating how I was thinking because a lot of times I would want you to know that I love myself and I want to , but then I would always say no, I'm lying to myself.
I need to be hard on myself and therefore have someone else tell me no. it's okay to like to love yourself and i was like oh those thoughts had been there the whole time i just never liked them i took them to heart. Sherry said it took her a while to break free because she didn't have the larger support group that she believes God placed. a lot of good people and mentors in her life that were able to get her through it and she was even able to reconnect with some of her family for me um looking back God placed some people in my life as really good mentors that were able to get me through it um really good bishops they've been amazing um I've been able to reconnect as a family that I was friends with in high school and they've taken me as their own daughter and like I have them go um go to it was hard to like not having my own family yeah um and then hearing other people talk about their trials and say well my parents were my rock like they were there for me and i was like man um would wouldn't it be nice yeah to end things on a happier note ?
Sherry talked about her new life and how she carries herself every day. She talked about how Utah was a bubble and from now on, she wants to start her new life by doing something new. every day and having all these new experiences moving into a new phase of my life. I want to be able to start my own life one way and be able to overcome everything and just like I took to yoga like I never did. I was like this is really a lot of fun like this St. Patrick's Day week I went and got Irish food like really stupid things like that, honestly it's like that, I'm experiencing life in a new way that I haven't experienced before.
I just think it's so sad what these kids have been through. I mean not only did they have to live years of their childhood online, but they added connections on top of all of that. I just can't believe Ruby didn't wake up and hang up. her family her family has talked about Connections her daughter has even talked now it's so sad that this group has really torn this family apart at least Sherry seems to have found a lot of clarity and as sad as it is to not have her immediate family it's a good thing she has been able to find that close family within her aunts, uncles, mentors, and friends, and it sounds like she really is on the right track.
Ruby hasn't responded to the podcast, but she and Jody posted a The Next Day Truth Moms video titled blaming a cheating tactic and yes, it's as bad as you can probably imagine. This distortion is always easier, you know, going down the slide versus going up the slide. Going down the slide is easier, it's easier to lie, it's easier. to hide that it is easier to be deceived, it is easier. I really don't think Ruby is going to show up anytime soon and I just hope the rest of the kids are okay. see you next time thanks
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