Rulon Jeffs

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Rulon Jeffs
Bust photo of Rulon Jeffs
Jeffs ca. 2002
Prophet and President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
November 25, 1986 (1986-11-25) – September 8, 2002 (2002-09-08)
Predecessor Leroy S. Johnson
Successor Warren Steed Jeffs
Personal details
Born Rulon Timpson Jeffs
(1909-12-06)December 6, 1909
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died September 8, 2002(2002-09-08) (aged 92)
St. George, Utah, United States[1]
Resting place Isaac W. Carling Memorial Park
36°59′26″N 112°58′02″W / 36.9905°N 112.9671°W / 36.9905; -112.9671 (Isaac W. Carling Memorial Park)
Spouse As many as 75[2]
Children As many as 65[2]
Parents David William Ward
Nettie Lenora Timpson

Rulon Timpson Jeffs (December 6, 1909 – September 8, 2002) (known to church members as Uncle Rulon) was the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church), a Mormon fundamentalist organization based in Colorado City, Arizona.

Jeffs was the son of David Ward Jeffs and Nora Lenora Timpson. His father hid the fact that he was a polygamist and Rulon spent the first several years of his life as Rulon Jennings.[3] His father did not introduce him to the teachings of polygamy until 1938.[3] Shortly after he was introduced to the teachings of polygamy his wife divorced him because of it.[3] Jeffs was a follower of FLDS Church leader Leroy S. Johnson, who died in 1986. Jeffs assumed the leadership of the FLDS Church after Johnson's death.

It was reported that at the time of Jeffs' death at age 92 that he may have had as many as 75 wives and 65 children;[2] other sources indicate that Jeffs may have been survived by 19 or 20 wives and "about 60 children," including 33 sons.[4] According to author Jon Krakauer, who chronicles the FLDS and the Jeffs family in "Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith," several of Jeff's wives were underage (as young as 14 and 15) at the time they were married to him.[5] Shortly after his death, one of Rulon's sons, Warren Jeffs, asserted his own leadership of the FLDS Church and subsequently married all but two of his father's widows, figuratively making him the stepfather of many of his siblings and solidifying his political position in the community.

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  1. ^ "FLDS leader Rulon Jeffs dies". Deseret News (Saint George, Utah). 9 August 2002. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Goodwyn, Wade; Berkes, Howard; Walters, Amy (3 May 2005). "Warren Jeffs and the FLDS Church". NPR. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Brower, Sam (2011). Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. p. 47. ISBN 160819325X. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Janofsky, Michael (15 September 2002). "Mormon Leader Is Survived by 33 Sons and a Void". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Krakauer, Jon (2004). Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith. New York: Random House LLC. p. 12. ISBN 1400078997. 

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Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints titles
Preceded by
Leroy S. Johnson
Prophet and President
November 25, 1986 (1986-11-25)–September 8, 2002 (2002-09-08)
Succeeded by
Warren Steed Jeffs