Short Creek Community
|Short Creek Community|
Schoolhouse of the Community and site of the 1953 Short Creek Raid
|Orientation||Latter Day Saint movement|
|Headquarters||Short Creek, Arizona, U.S.|
|Founder||Lorin C. Woolley|
|Origin||March 6, 1929|
|Separated from||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|Separations||Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Apostolic United Brethren|
The Short Creek Community (known as the Woolley Group before 1935) was one of the original expressions of Mormon fundamentalism, having its origins in the teachings of Lorin C. Woolley, a dairy farmer excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in 1924. Woolley taught that, shortly after having received the 1886 Revelation on plural marriage, LDS Church President John Taylor had set apart five men, including himself and his father John W. Woolley, to ensure that the practice of polygamy would continue into perpetuity even if abandoned by the Church. To that end, Woolley extended the same apostolic authority to a seven-man "Council of Friends" between 1929 and 1933.
Following the death of Woolley in September 1934 and of his Second Elder J. Leslie Broadbent six months later, the leadership of the Group fell to John Y. Barlow. In May 1935, Barlow and his fellow Friends sent a handful of followers to the small ranching town of Short Creek in the Arizona Strip (now Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah), with the express purpose of building "a branch of the Kingdom of God." Barlow believed that the isolated Creek could provide a place of refuge for those engaging in the covert practice of polygamy, a felony; within a month, the town's population more than doubled.
The group was notorious for the practice of polygamy due to media coverage during the "Short Creek raids" of 1945 and 1953. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) later developed in the same geographical region and changed the name to Colorado City and Hildale to eliminate any ties to the Short Creek raids.
After the death of Joseph W. Musser, the community split into two groups. Those were the FLDS Church, which stayed in Short Creek, and the Apostolic United Brethren which relocated to Bluffdale, Utah.
Short Creek leaders
- John W. Woolley (1918–1928)
- Lorin C. Woolley (1928–1934)
- J. Leslie Broadbent (1934–1935)
- John Y. Barlow (1935–1949)
- Joseph W. Musser (1949–1954)
- Factional breakdown: Mormon fundamentalist sects
- List of Mormon fundamentalist churches
- Mormon fundamentalism
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