Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Kingdom of God

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Kingdom of God[1] is a fundamentalist church in the Latter-day Saint movement. The sect was founded by Frank Naylor and Ivan Nielsen, who split from the Centennial Park group, another fundamentalist church. The church is estimated to have 200-300 members, most of whom reside in the Salt Lake Valley. The group is also known as the Third Ward or the Naylor group, after Frank Naylor.[2]

Polygamist roots[edit]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Kingdom of God's claims of authority are based around the accounts of John Wickersham Woolley, Lorin Calvin Woolley and others, of a meeting in September 1886 between LDS Church President John Taylor, the Woolleys, and others.[2] Prior to the meeting, Taylor is said to have met with Jesus Christ and the deceased church founder, Joseph Smith Jr., and to have received a revelation commanding that plural marriage should not cease, but be kept alive by a group separate from the LDS Church. The following day, the Woolleys, as well as Taylor's counselor, George Q. Cannon, and others, were said to have been set apart to keep "the principle" alive.

Split from the Centennial Park group[edit]

The Centennial Park group is a polygamist sect based in the Arizona Strip. This group is itself a split from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS). The Centennial Park group refers to itself as the ‘Second Ward’ while it continues to regard the FLDS as the ‘First Ward’. When Alma A. Timpson became leader of the Second Ward in 1988 he appointed Frank Naylor as apostle and Ivan Nielsen as high priest and later as Bishop. Naylor and Nielsen disagreed with Timpson’s leadership and they split from the Second Ward in 1990[3] to form the ‘Third Ward’ with Naylor as leader.

The new church[edit]

Naylor and Nielsen were able to gather a number of followers from both the Centennial Park group and the FLDS.[4] Most of the members of the new group migrated north to the Salt Lake Valley in Utah where they have built a meeting house.[4] They continue to practice polygamy as well as other fundamentalist doctrines such as the Law of Consecration and the Adam-God doctrine.[2] The church has also formed a close relationship with the Bountiful community of polygamists.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Business Entity Search: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Kingdom of God, The, Utah Department of Commerce, August 9, 2008, retrieved June 4, 2010 
  2. ^ a b c Utah Attorney General’s Office and Arizona Attorney General's Office. The Primer, Helping Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse in Polygamous Communities. Updated June 2006. Page 21.
  3. ^ "A Chronology of Modern Polygamy". Polygamy: The Mormon Enigma. WindRiver Publishing, Inc. 2008. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Hales, Brian C (2009). "The Naylor Group (Salt Lake County)". mormonfundamentalism.com. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ Adams, Brooke; Nate Carlisle (January 8, 2009). "Arrested: Leaders of FLDS-linked Canadian polygamous sect". The Salt Lake Tribune (Bountiful, British Columbia: MediaNews Group). Retrieved June 4, 2010. 

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