A: I am writing our love story in one of my upcoming books. To make a long story short, I knew him because he and my late husband, Verlan LeBaron, grew up together. He had been an LDS Mormon, who later gave up Mormonism and moved to the states.
My late husband was dead and I was lonelier than ever. I hadn't seen Hector in SIX years. Believe it or not, I cried out to God, "Who is there in life for me? I don't want to be alone."
An audible voice told me, "His name begins with an 'H', but it's not a common name."
I went crazy for about six months, doodling every name I could think of that started with an H on napkins when I was eating at restaraunts, etc. However, I NEVER thought of HECTOR.
I finally went to England with a girlfriend. We were listening to a Richard Clayterman tape. The music depressed me, reminding me of the good times with my late husband. I went to bed crying my eyes out. I prayed to God, "Who is there in life for me. I have thought of everyone!" And on that note I fell to sleep.
In my dreams, Hector J. Spencer appeared to me with the biggest smile from ear to ear. He winked and said, "You haven't thought of me!"
I woke up elated. It starts with "H" and it's Hector! I called my best friend to share the news and she informed me that his daughter had just won Miss Pre-teen Utah. She also told me that he had been divorced for two years. I called to congratulate him and the rest is history!
He made me the one and only favorite for which that I am thankful!
Q: Is your current husband Hector J. Spencer related to your first love, Glen Spencer?
A: No, Hector is not related to Glen, but "Spencer" is a really common last name.
Q: What ever happened to your first love, Glen?
A: After Verlan's death, I wrote to Glen at the old homestead in Trout Creek. He did answer back in a letter, stating how sad it was that when I finally contacted him, he was married. We ended up talking on the phone and he informed me that his wife knew all about me. He invited me to come to Salt Lake, saying he would pick me up at the airport. By then I had married Hector, and Glen was married, so there was no point in visiting him . . . I didnt want to stir the ashes and ignite a fire! That's the last we talked. After writing my book, I dreamed of appearing on Oprah and having her surprise me. I pictured Glen walking on stage with a bouquet of golden yellow daffodils. Unfortunately, after a friend of mine did some researching, I learned that Glen passed away in 2005. I still wish I could contact his family so they could read about him, but have failed to do so.
Q: Is Hector J. Spencer related to Lucy Spencer from Spencerville?
A: No, Hector is not related to Lucy (Verlan's 3rd wife) and he is not from Spencerville.
Q: Irene, how many of your children are still living in polygamy?
A: At one time, 6 of my children were living polygamy, however, today only two are still entangled. It's challenging because their lifestyle is so different from mine. They don't live in the poverty that I had, nor are they competing with nine other wives. Their plural families are much smaller. However, the jealousy, unmet needs, and isolation almost are the same. I could go into great detail, but I would rather not discuss their personal lives. Let's just say I'm working on them and my book has had a huge impact . . . been quite the eye opener for them.
Q: Irene, do you still talk to your sister-wives? Did any of them leave the polygamous life style?
A: Yes, we are all civil to each other. I see most of them at weddings and funerals and I'm very close with all of their children. Four of my sister-wives did remarry into polygamy and one became a Christian.
Q:Does Irene plan to write any more books?
A:Yes, Irene plans to write several more books. You can now order her third book, the sequel to Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife, Shattered Dreams Restored: My Life After Polygamy.Click Here To Order. She has several more memoirs in the works!