Owen A. Allred
|Owen A. Allred|
|President of the Priesthood of
the Apostolic United Brethren
|May 10, 1977– February 14, 2005|
|Predecessor||Rulon C. Allred|
|Successor||J. LaMoine Jenson|
|Born||Owen Arthur Allred
January 14, 1914
Blackfoot, Idaho, United States
|Died||February 14, 2005
|Resting place||Taylorsville Memorial Park Cemetery
Owen Arthur Allred (January 14, 1914 – February 14, 2005) was the leader of the Apostolic United Brethren, a Mormon fundamentalist polygamist group centered in Bluffdale, Utah. He came to this position following the murder of his brother Rulon Allred on orders of rival polygamist leader Ervil LeBaron, in 1977. Allred was born in Blackfoot, Idaho. He had eight wives, twenty-three children and over two hundred grandchildren. In 1942, he was excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) when he married his second wife. After his death, he was succeeded by J. LaMoine Jensen.
Shortly after Allred became head of the AUB, Spencer W. Kimball, the then-president of the LDS Church announced that all worthy males would be able to hold the priesthood without regard to race or color. This effectively ended a century-long prohibition preventing black men from holding priesthood office in the LDS Church. Owen Allred stridently opposed this new practice. He immediately declared that the temples of the LDS Church had been desecrated by the presence of black Latter-day Saints. In response, the AUB built its own Endowment House in Bluffdale and began performing ordinances.
Owen Allred is perhaps best known for his outspoken criticism of child abuse and marriages of girls under the age of 18. He publicly denounced the child abuse that occurred in many polygamist groups and encouraged members of the AUB to report such activities to law enforcement officials. Additionally, he campaigned for the legal marriage age in Utah to be raised from 14 to 16, noting that AUB members are forbidden to engage in any courtship before the age of 17.
In 2003, a federal judge ordered Owen Allred to return money that the AUB had received from Virginia Hill. Hill had accused the group of misrepresentation in a business transaction.
Approximately 1300 people attended his funeral.
- "Owen Allred, 91, Leader of Polygamous Sect, Dies". The New York Times. February 17, 2005.
- Leigh Dethman and Lucinda Dillon-Kinkead, "Polygamist Owen Allred dies", Deseret Morning News, 2005-02-17
- Charlie LeDuff, "A Holdout Polygamist, 88, Defies the Mormons", New York Times, 2002-03-23 p. A12
- Mark Steyn, "The Marrying Kind: Owen Allred (1914–2005)" Atlantic Monthly, May 2005, p. 142
- Owen A. Allred at Find a Grave
|Apostolic United Brethren titles|
Rulon C. Allred
|President of the Priesthood
May 10, 1977 –February 14, 2005
J. LaMoine Jenson