Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
|Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints|
|Orientation||Based on Latter Day Saint movement|
|Theology||Based on Mormon fundamentalism|
|Prophet and President||Warren S. Jeffs|
|Headquarters||Hildale, Utah, United States|
|Founder||Lorin C. Woolley (1929)|
|Separated from||Short Creek Community|
|Separations||Centennial Park group, Church of Jesus Christ Inc.|
|Other name(s)||First Ward|
|Mormonism and polygamy|
Portrait of Ira Eldredge with his three wives: Nancy Black Eldredge, Hannah Mariah Savage Eldredge, and Helvig Marie Andersen Eldredge.
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) is one of the largest of the fundamentalist Mormon denominations and one of the largest organizations in the United States whose members practice polygamy. The fundamentalist Mormon movement emerged in the early 20th century when its founding members were excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), largely because of their refusal to abandon the practice of plural marriage after it was renounced in the "Second Manifesto" (1904).
- 1 Locations
- 2 Membership
- 3 History
- 4 Distinctive doctrines
- 5 Criticism
- 6 In popular culture
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes
- 9 Further reading
- 10 External links
The FLDS Church headquarters were originally located in what was then known as Short Creek in Arizona, on the southern border of Utah. The settlement eventually expanded into Utah and became incorporated as the twin municipalities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona. The historic location of the church was in Hildale and Colorado City, but the church also has a long-standing colony in Bountiful, British Columbia. In 2004, news reports suggested a possible shift of the church's headquarters to Eldorado, Texas, where a temple had been built by FLDS Church members. Since the purchase of land located 6 miles (9.7 km) northeast of Eldorado, then called the Yearning for Zion Ranch, there appeared to be a shift in the headquarters of the church, along with a large exodus of the "most faithful" church members. Other newer church settlements are 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Pringle, South Dakota and Mancos, Colorado with a presence in Minot, North Dakota and Grand Marais, Minnesota.
The exact number of members of the FLDS Church is not known, due to the relatively closed cultish nature of the organization. It is estimated to have 6,000 to 10,000 members residing in the sister cities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona; Eldorado, Texas; Westcliffe, Colorado; Mancos, Colorado; Creston and Bountiful, British Columbia; and Pringle, South Dakota. There are also developing communities near Benjamín Hill, Sonora (south of Nogales in the state of Sonora);:219 Ensenada, Baja California (south of Tijuana);[irrelevant citation] and Boise City, Oklahoma. Members of the FLDS Church have owned machine shops that have sold airplane components to the United States Air Force and the Defense Logistics Agency; from 1998 to 2007 the receipts from these components totaled more than US$1.7 million.
The residents in the area of Hildale and Colorado City have a long history of practising plural marriage, dating to the mid-19th century. It is taught in the community that Brigham Young, then President of the LDS Church, once visited the area and said "This will someday be the head and not the tail of the church. This will be the granaries of the saints. This land will produce in abundance sufficient wheat to feed the people." The twin cities were once known as Short Creek, officially founded in 1913 as a ranching community.
The FLDS traces its claim to spiritual authority to accounts, starting with a statement published in 1912 by Lorin C. Woolley, of a purported 1886 divine revelation to then-LDS Church President John Taylor. They see this 1886 revelation as precluding validity of the 1890 Manifesto against new plural marriages by church members, issued by Wilford Woodruff, whom the LDS Church recognizes as Taylor's successor. After the formal abandonment of plural marriage by the LDS Church, many members around Short Creek and elsewhere continued, and even solemnized, plural marriages. In 1904 the LDS Church issued the Second Manifesto, and eventually excommunicated those who continued to solemnize or enter into new plural marriages.
Short Creek soon became a gathering place for polygamist former members of the LDS Church. In 1935, the LDS Church excommunicated the Mormon residents of Short Creek who refused to sign an oath renouncing polygamy. Following this, John Y. Barlow began to lead a group of Mormon fundamentalists who were dedicated to preserving the practice of plural marriage. The location on the Utah–Arizona border was thought to be ideal for the group because it allowed them to avoid state raids by moving across the state line.
Some of the locally prominent men in Short Creek, after being excommunicated by the LDS Church, later became leaders of the Mormon fundamentalist movement, including Lorin C. Woolley, J. Leslie Broadbent, John Y. Barlow, Charles Zitting, Joseph White Musser, LeGrand Wooley, and Louis A. Kelsch. In 1932, these men created the organization known as the Council of Friends, a group of seven high priests that was said to be the governing priesthood body on Earth. The Council of Friends became the governing ecclesiastical body over the Mormon fundamentalists at Short Creek.
The early years of the movement were contentious and saw many differing interpretations and opinions among leaders as to how plural marriage should be practised. These contentions eventually led to the subsequent schisms that created the multiple Mormon fundamentalist organizations that now exist, including the FLDS Church, the Apostolic United Brethren, and the Latter-day Church of Christ or Kingston group. It is commonly believed by all of these sects that the early leaders of the fundamentalist movement claimed to receive revelations from God commanding that plural marriage should not cease.
One researcher has suggested that the concept of the FLDS as a separate church entity did not fully arise until a 1987 lawsuit, when the full name of the church first appears. According to this interpretation, the original authority conferred by Lorin C. Wooley was only for the purpose of initiating plural marriages, not for the establishing of a new church, and many early Short Creek polygamists continued to regard the LDS Church as authoritative but "out of order" on the matter of polygamy. Such members held hope that the LDS Church would one day come back "into order" and re-establish the practice of polygamy.
FLDS splinter groups
In 1984, a schism formed within the FLDS Church just before the death of Leroy S. Johnson. A small group of FLDS (known as the Centennial Park group) took issue with the "one-man rule" doctrine that altered the leadership structure of the church and that was implemented fully when Rulon Jeffs assumed his position as sole leader of the organization. These followers took up residence just south of Colorado City, in Centennial Park, Arizona, calling themselves "The Work of Jesus Christ," or "The Work" for short.
Also in 2002, after Warren Jeffs assumed leadership, Winston Blackmore, who had been serving in Canada as the Bishop of Bountiful for the FLDS Church, was excommunicated by Jeffs in an apparent power struggle. This led to a split within the community in Bountiful, British Columbia, with an estimated 700 FLDS members leaving the church to follow Blackmore.
The FLDS Church has been led by a succession of men regarded as prophets, who are believed to have been called by God to lead. The first leader of the FLDS Church was John Y. Barlow, who led the community of Short Creek until his death on December 29, 1949. He was succeeded by Joseph White Musser, who was the church's leader during a government crackdown on polygamy known as the Short Creek raid, in 1953, in which all the FLDS Church members of Short Creek were arrested, including 236 children.
Musser led the community until a contentious appointment of Rulon Allred to a high position of authority in 1951 angered some members of the Short Creek community. Musser had appointed Allred to be his successor, but Allred was not accepted as his successor by the Short Creek community. This led to a schism, with many followers breaking off and joining Allred; this offshoot became known as the Apostolic United Brethren. The core group in the Short Creek area instead followed Charles Zitting as its leader.
Zitting died in 1954 and Leroy S. Johnson was chosen to lead the church in Short Creek. Johnson led the FLDS Church until his death in 1986. He was succeeded by Rulon Jeffs, who assumed the position of prophet, a title his predecessor refused to use. In Jeffs' later years, his poor health led to his son Warren Jeffs serving as leader of the church in his stead, and upon Rulon's death in September 2002, Warren Jeffs became leader of the FLDS Church. However, immediately after the state of Utah convicted him of being an accomplice to rape, it was widely reported in the press that Warren Jeffs resigned his leadership of the FLDS Church, though the statement made by his attorneys only addresses Jeffs' resignation from his fiduciary post as "President of the Corporation of the President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Inc."
In early 2011, Jeffs reasserted his leadership of the church. Since no public statements had been made by church officials indicating Jeff's successor, it is not known who led the FLDS Church in the interim, although it is possible that Warren Jeffs continued to be leader during this period.
- Previous heads
- Current head
The following individuals held (or claimed) high leadership positions as of late 2011.
- Warren Jeffs, as living incumbent (disputed), 2002 – c. 2007?; since February 2011 (jailed in 2007) (with Lyle Jeffs as the designated, future successor)
- Lyle Jeffs, brother of Warren Jeffs and former head and bishop of the church until his brother removed him from these posts in 2012 as reported by the Salt Lake Tribune
- Bishops as of 2018[update]
- James Oler - Canada
Legal trouble and leadership struggles
Polygamy is illegal in all 50 states of the United States as well as Canada and Mexico. Attempts to overturn the illegality based on right of religious freedom have been ignored as the polygamist practices of the FLDS church are harmful to women. In 2003, the church received increased attention from the state of Utah when police officer Rodney Holm, a member of the church, was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old and one count of bigamy for his marriage to and impregnation of plural wife Ruth Stubbs. The conviction was the first legal action against a member of the FLDS Church since the Short Creek raid.
In November 2003, church member David Allred purchased "as a hunting retreat" the 1,371-acre (5.55 km2) Isaacs Ranch 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Eldorado, Texas, on Schleicher County Road 300 and sent 30 to 40 construction workers from Colorado City–Hildale to begin work on the property. Improvements soon included three 3-story houses, each 8,000 to 10,000 square feet (930 m2), a concrete plant, and a plowed field. After seeing high-profile FLDS Church critic Flora Jessop on the ABC television program Primetime Live on March 4, 2004, concerned Eldorado residents contacted Jessop. She investigated, and on March 25, 2004, Jessop held a press conference in Eldorado confirming that the new neighbors were FLDS Church adherents. On May 18, 2004, Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran and his Chief Deputy visited Colorado City, and the FLDS Church officially acknowledged that the Schleicher County property would be a new base for the church. It was reported in the news media that the church had built a temple at the YFZ Ranch; this is supported by evidence, including aerial photographs of a large stone structure (approximately 88 feet (27 m) wide) in a state of relative completion. A local newspaper, the Eldorado Success, reported that the temple foundation was dedicated January 1, 2005 by Warren Jeffs.
On January 10, 2004, Dan Barlow (the mayor of Colorado City) and about 20 other men were excommunicated from the church and stripped of their wives and children (who would be reassigned to other men), and the right to live in the town. The same day two teenage girls reportedly fled the towns with the aid of activist Flora Jessop, who advocates plural wives' escape from polygamy. The two girls, Fawn Broadbent and Fawn Holm, soon found themselves in a highly publicized dispute over their freedom and custody. After the allegations against their parents were proven false, Flora helped them flee state custody together on February 15, and they ended up in Salt Lake City at Fawn Holm's brother Carl's house.
In October 2004, Flora Jessop reported that David Allred purchased a 60-acre (240,000 m2) parcel of land near Mancos, Colorado, (midway between Cortez and Durango) about the same time he bought the Schleicher County property. Allred told authorities the parcel was to be used as a hunting retreat.
On July 29, 2005, Brent W. Jeffs filed suit accusing three of his uncles, including Warren Jeffs, of sexually assaulting him when he was a child. The suit also named the FLDS Church as a defendant. On August 10, former FLDS Church member Shem Fischer, Dan Fischer's brother, added the church and Warren Jeffs as defendants to a 2002 lawsuit claiming he was illegally fired because he no longer adhered to the faith. Fischer, who was a salesman for a wooden cabinetry business in Hildale, claimed church officials interfered with his relationship with his employer and blacklisted him. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of the company and found that Fischer was not fired from his job, but quit instead. The district court ruling was overturned in part on the basis that Fischer was discriminated against on the basis of religion when he reapplied for his position and was denied employment because he had left the FLDS church. The parties eventually settled the case for an agreed payment of damages to Shem Fischer.
In July 2005, six young adult "Lost Boys" who claimed they were cast out of their homes on the Utah–Arizona border to reduce competition for wives, filed suit against the FLDS Church. "The [boys] have been excommunicated pursuant to that policy and practice and have been cut off from family, friends, benefits, business and employment relationships, and purportedly condemned to eternal damnation", their suit says. "They have become 'lost boys' in the world outside the FLDS community."
On August 28, 2006, Warren Jeffs was captured on Interstate 15 just north of Las Vegas, Nevada, after a routine traffic stop. Jeffs was tried in St. George, Utah, and a jury found him guilty of two counts of being an accomplice to rape.
The mayor of Colorado City, Terrill C. Johnson, was arrested on May 26, 2006, for eight fraudulent vehicle registration charges for registering his vehicles in a different state than he lived, which is a felony. He was booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane, Utah, and was released after paying the $5,000 bail in cash.
From 2007 to 2011, the leadership of the FLDS Church was unclear. On November 20, 2007, after the conviction of then leader Warren Jeffs, attorneys for Jeffs released the following statement: "Mr. Jeffs resigned as President of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Inc." This statement does not address his position as prophet of the church, but merely addressed his resignation from his fiduciary post as president of the corporation belonging to the FLDS Church. According to a Salt Lake Tribune telephone transcript, there is evidence that, when incarcerated, Warren Jeffs made statements naming William E. Jessop, a former first counselor, as his successor or, alternatively, that Jeffs had told Jessop on January 24, 2007 that he (Jeffs) had never been the rightful leader of the FLDS. Many press accounts have suggested that Merril Jessop, who has been leading the Eldorado compound, is the de facto leader of the church. Additionally, on January 9, 2010 documents filed with the Utah Department of Commerce name Wendell L. Nielsen as the president of the sect. The FLDS incorporation charter does not require the church president to be its prophet. However, traditionally the President of the FLDS church was also the religious head. FLDS leaders have refused to clarify who is considered the prophet of the FLDS church. To add additional confusion to the issue of succession, a 2012 CNN documentary said that Jeffs still led the church from prison.
Prior to November 20, 2007, the church was being led by Jeffs, who succeeded his father, Rulon Jeffs, in 2002. For nearly two years, Warren Jeffs had been wanted on sex-crimes charges. From May 2006 until his arrest in August 2006, he was on the FBI's Ten Most-Wanted List. On September 25, 2007, Jeffs was found guilty of two counts of being an accomplice to rape and was sentenced to ten years to life in prison. This conviction was later overturned. On January 28, 2011, Jeffs again asserted his leadership of the denomination. Warren Jeffs was later sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years and fined $10,000 after being convicted on charges of aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault.
Short Creek raid
In the morning of July 26, 1953, 102 Arizona state police officers and National Guard soldiers invaded the fundamentalist Mormon community of Short Creek, Arizona. They arrested the entire populace, including 236 children. Of those 236 children, 150 were not allowed to return to their parents for more than two years. Other parents never regained custody of their children.
The Short Creek raid was the largest mass arrest of polygamists in American history, and it received a great deal of press coverage. After the raid, polygamists continued to live there; in 1960, Short Creek was renamed Colorado City.
April 2008 raid
In April 2008, acting on the outcry of an alleged teen victim of physical and sexual abuse at the FLDS compound in Schleicher County, Texas, Texas Child Protective Services and Department of Public Safety officers entered the compound to serve search and arrest warrants and carry out court orders designed to protect children. Over the course of several days, from April 3 through April 10, Texas CPS removed 439 children under age 18 from the church's YFZ Ranch, while law enforcement, including Texas Rangers, executed their search and arrest warrants on the premises. The April 2008 events at the YFZ Ranch generated intense press coverage in the U.S., especially in the Southwest, and also garnered international attention.
On April 18, 2008, following a two-day hearing, Judge Barbara Walther of the 51st Judicial District Court ordered all of the FLDS children to remain in the temporary custody of Child Protective Services. Judge Walther's ruling was subsequently reversed by the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas in a ruling that Texas CPS was not justified in removing every child from the ranch. The 3rd Court of Appeals granted mandamus relief and ordered the trial court to vacate the portion of its order giving CPS temporary custody of the FLDS children. CPS petitioned the Texas Supreme Court requesting that the 3rd Court of Appeals' ruling be overturned, but the Texas Supreme Court, in a written opinion issued May 29, 2008, declined to overturn the ruling of the 3rd Court of Appeals.
The abuse hotline calls that prompted the raid are now believed to have been made by Rozita Swinton, a non-FLDS woman with no known connection to the FLDS community in Texas. Nevertheless, the search warrants executed at the YFZ compound were determined by the court to have been legally issued and executed, and the evidence seized cannot be excluded on the basis that the initial outcry may have been a hoax.
In November 2008, 12 FLDS men were charged with offenses related to alleged underage marriages conducted during the years since the sect built the YFZ Ranch. As of June 2010, six FLDS members had been convicted of felonies and received sentences ranging from seven to 75 years' imprisonment.
Prosecutions in Texas
On November 5, 2009, a Schleicher County, Texas jury found Raymond Merril Jessop, 38, guilty of sexual assault of a child. According to evidence admitted at trial, Raymond Merril Jessop sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl to whom he had been "spiritually married" when the girl was 15 years old. The same jury sentenced Raymond Jessop to 10 years in prison and assessed a fine of $8,000.
On December 18, 2009, a Schleicher County, Texas jury found Allan Keate guilty of sexual assault of a child. Allan Keate fathered a child with a 15-year-old girl. According to documents admitted at trial, Keate had also given three of his own daughters away in “spiritual” or “celestial” marriage, two of them at 15 and one at 14, to older men. The youngest of the three went to Warren Jeffs. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison. The conviction and sentence was later upheld on appeal.
On January 22, 2010, Michael George Emack pleaded no contest to sexual assault charges and was sentenced to seven years in prison. He married a 16-year-old girl at YFZ Ranch on August 5, 2004. She gave birth to a son less than a year later.
On March 17, 2010, a Tom Green County, Texas jury found Merril Leroy Jessop guilty of sexual assault of a child after deliberating only one hour. Evidence admitted at the criminal trial proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Merril Leroy Jessop, 35, sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl while living at the FLDS Ranch in Schleicher County, Texas. The jury sentenced Jessop to 75 years in prison and assessed a $10,000 fine.
April 2010 raid
On April 6, 2010, Arizona officials executed search warrants at governmental offices of the towns of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah. According to one report, the warrants involved the misuse of funds and caused the Hildale Public Safety Department to be shut down. According to another report, city personnel and volunteers were ordered out of the buildings while the search was being conducted, prompting protests from Colorado City Fire Chief Jake Barlow. Despite these protests, public safety did not appear to be affected, as the county law enforcement agencies involved routed calls for emergency service through the county offices. A search warrant was also executed at Jake Barlow's residence.
The search warrant affidavit states that the Mohave County District Attorney sought records relating to personal charges on an agency credit card from the Colorado City Fire Department under the open records laws. Chief Barlow indicated that there were no personal charges, therefore there were no records to disclose. Records obtained by subpoena from the banks involved showed a series of purchases made by Chief Barlow and Darger that are questionable, including diapers, child's clothing, and food, although the firefighters are not fed by the department.
After the raid
This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (July 2014)
In November 2012, the Texas Attorney General’s Office instituted legal proceedings to seize the FLDS ranch property in Eldorado, Texas. The basis for the forfeiture and seizure proceeding was cited as the use of FLDS property as "...a rural location where the systemic sexual assault of children would be tolerated without interference from law enforcement authorities", therefore, the property is contraband and subject to seizure. On April 17, 2014, Texas officials took physical possession of the property.
In June 2014, the Arizona Office of the Attorney General filed a motion  in U.S. District Court seeking to dissolve the local police forces and "the disbandment of the Colorado City, Arizona/Hildale, Utah Marshal's Office and the appointment of a federal monitor over municipal functions and services." As the basis for the legal proceeding, the Arizona Attorney General stated that “[t]he disbandment of the Colorado City/Hildale Marshal’s Office is necessary and appropriate because this police department has operated for decades, and continues to operate, as the de facto law enforcement arm of the FLDS Church."
Plural marriage and placement marriage
The FLDS Church teaches the doctrine of plural marriage, which states that a man having multiple wives is ordained of and a commandment by God; the doctrine requires it in order for a man to receive the highest form of salvation. It is generally believed in the church that a man should have a minimum of three wives to fulfill this requirement. Connected with this doctrine is patriarchal doctrine, the belief that wives are required to be subordinate to their husbands.
The church currently practices placement marriage, whereby a young woman of marriageable age is assigned a husband by revelation from God to the leader of the church, who is regarded as a prophet. The prophet elects to take and give wives to and from men according to their worthiness. This is also called the law of placing.
In general, women do not cut their hair short or wear makeup, trousers, or any skirt above the knees. Men wear plain clothing, usually a long-sleeved collared shirt and full-length trousers. Men and women are forbidden to have any tattoos or body piercings. Women and girls usually wear pastel-coloured homemade long-sleeved "prairie dresses", with hems between ankle and mid-calf, along with long stockings or trousers underneath, usually keeping their hair coiffed.[unreliable source?]
Brooke Adams of The Salt Lake Tribune said "Photographs from the 1953 raid on Short Creek, now the twin towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., show men, women and children dressed like anyone else of that era." FLDS dress for members evolved as time passed. Early Short Creek community leaders taught that members should dress in the style of long, Mormon "priesthood" religious undergarments worn by mainstream LDS denominations up until the 1920s. By the later part of the twentieth century, this more conservative style of modesty became increasingly common, through custom and eventually through official edicts by the denomination's leadership.
The land and houses occupied by the FLDS Church on the Utah/Arizona border are owned by the United Effort Plan (UEP), which was once a subsidiary organization of the church. The UEP also owns most of the property of the businesses that are controlled by FLDS Church members in that area. The church views this "United Order" as a means of living the traditional Latter Day Saint doctrine of the "Law of Consecration". The Attorney General of Utah filed a lawsuit and seized the holdings of the UEP for the current residents of Colorado City and Hildale. The Attorney General is seeking to distribute the assets of the UEP to the FLDS Church members and ex-members who contributed to the UEP. In 2005, a court order froze the UEP pending a resolution of the lawsuit. At the time of the court order, the UEP was worth $100 million.
In 2000, the Colorado City Unified School District had more than 1,200 students. When FLDS Prophet Warren Jeffs ordered that FLDS Church members remove their children from public schools, the number declined to around 250.
At the time of his death, church leader Rulon Jeffs was confirmed to have married 22 women and fathered more than 60 children. It was estimated in 2018 that Warren Jeffs might have over 79 wives. As the type of polygamy practiced is polygyny, critics of this lifestyle claim that its practice inevitably leads to bride shortages and likely to child marriages, incest, and child abuse.
Critics point out that members of the church are violating laws when they participate in polygamy. Critics claim that incest and sexual abuse of children are prevalent among church members.
In 2015, Lyle Jeffs' estranged wife Charlene Jeffs claimed in a custody dispute that the group currently enforces a doctrine allowing sex with women only by men of the group appointed as "seed bearers", defined as "elect" men of a "worthy blood line chosen by the Priesthood to impregnate" women. Under this doctrine, men no longer are allowed to have children with their wives. Charlene Jeffs wrote in her custody petition: "It is the husband's responsibility to hold the hands of their wives while the seed bearer 'spreads his seed'. In layman terms, the husband is required to sit in the room while the chosen seed bearer, or a couple of them, rape his wife or wives." She also described the "Law of Sarah", in which FLDS women perform sex acts on each other to prepare for a sexual encounter with a man in the FLDS leadership. Lorin Holm, who claimed to have been part of Jeffs' "inner circle" before he was excommunicated from the group in 2011, later described the "Law of Sarah" practice in Jeffs' community as akin to a lesbian sex show with Jeffs participating and sermonizing. Holm also said that mothers who would not take part were sent away to "redeem themselves", and their children given to other women. This interpretation of the "Law of Sarah" differs from the description given in the 1843 polygamy revelation of Joseph Smith, which refers to it only as a basis of consent from a wife for polygamous marriage.
The church has been suspected of trafficking underage women across state lines, as well as across the US borders with Canada and Mexico, for the purpose of sometimes involuntary plural marriage and sexual abuse. The FLDS is suspected by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police of having trafficked more than 30 under-age girls from Canada to the United States between the late 1990s and 2006 to be entered into polygamous marriages. RCMP spokesman Dan Moskaluk said of the FLDS's activities: "In essence, it's human trafficking in connection with illicit sexual activity." According to the Vancouver Sun, it is unclear whether Canada's anti-human trafficking statute can be effectively applied against the FLDS's pre-2005 activities, as it may not apply retroactively. An earlier three-year-long investigation by local authorities in British Columbia into allegations of sexual abuse, human trafficking, and forced marriages by the FLDS resulted in no charges, but did result in legislative change.
Church leaders have encouraged their flock to take advantage of government assistance in the form of welfare and the WIC (woman-infant-child) programs. Since the government recognizes only one woman as the legal wife of a man, the rest of his wives are considered single mothers and are eligible to receive government assistance. The more wives and children one has, the more welfare checks and food stamps one can receive. By 2003, for example, more than $6 million in public funds were being channeled into the community of Colorado City, Arizona. In his book Under the Banner of Heaven (p. 15), Jon Krakauer writes that, "Fundamentalists call defrauding the government 'bleeding the beast' and regard it as a virtuous act." Carolyn Campbell ("Inside Polygamy in the '90s", 102) adds, "The attitude of some polygamists is 'the government is untrustworthy and corrupt, and I'm above it, but give me those food stamps and free medical care.'"
It has been reported by former members that the FLDS Church has excommunicated more than 400 teenage boys for offenses such as dating or listening to rock music. Some former members claim that the real reason for these excommunications is that there are not enough women for each male to receive three or more wives. Six men, aged 18 to 22, filed a conspiracy lawsuit against Jeffs and Sam Barlow, a former Mohave County deputy sheriff and close associate of Jeffs, for the "systematic excommunication" of young men to reduce competition for wives.
In its Spring 2005 Intelligence Report, the Southern Poverty Law Center added the FLDS Church to its hate group listing because of the church's racist doctrines, which include a fierce condemnation of interracial relationships. Warren Jeffs has said, "the black race is the people through which the devil has always been able to bring evil unto the earth".
Former FLDS Church member Robert Richter reported to the Phoenix New Times that Warren Jeffs has repeatedly alluded to the 19th-century teaching of "blood atonement" in church sermons. Under the doctrine of blood atonement, certain serious sins, such as murder, can only be atoned for by the sinner's death. There was concern that one of the sins requiring blood atonement is apostasy.
The Colorado City/Hildale area has the world's highest incidence of fumarase deficiency, an extremely rare genetic condition. Geneticists attribute this to the prevalence of cousin marriage between descendants of two of the town's founders, Joseph Smith Jessop and John Yeates Barlow. It causes encephalopathy, severe intellectual disability, unusual facial features, brain malformation, and epileptic seizures.
Child labor abuses
On April 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor assessed fines totaling US$1.96 million against a group of FLDS church members, including Lyle Jeffs, a brother of the church's controversial leader, Warren Jeffs, for alleged child labor violations during the church's 2012 pecan harvest at an orchard near Hurricane, Utah.
In April 2017 filings in U.S. District Court stated that Paragon Contractors, a company with ties to the Fundamentalist LDS Church, and Brian Jessop agreed to pay $200,000 over the following year for federal fines levied against it over child labor. This settled a dispute with the U.S. Department of Labor hours before they were due to face a potential contempt of court citation before a federal judge. The company had faced sanctions over hundreds of children from the Hildale-based Fundamentalist LDS Church being put to work in 2012 on a southern Utah farm harvesting pecans under orders from FLDS leaders.
LDS Church attitude
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has said that "the polygamists and polygamist organizations in parts of the western United States and Canada have no affiliation whatsoever with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" and that polygamy is strictly prohibited by the LDS. Additionally, the church stated that the term "Mormon" is incorrectly applied to the FLDS while encouraging its own membership to not use the term "Mormon" when describing the LDS church.
In popular culture
Popular media, including books and television programs, have focused on the FLDS Church.
- In 2013,[needs update] the TV Channel TLC planned to air two reality television series named Breaking the Faith and Escaping the Prophet. Both center on members of the FLDS leaving the group and adjusting to the outside world.
- On June 28, 2014, Lifetime premiered a new movie called Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs which stars Tony Goldwyn as Warren Jeffs. Lifetime has also made an original movie inspired by the FLDS called Escape from Polygamy (2013).
- In 2011, the history of the FLDS Church was featured in Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult on the Crime & Investigation Network cable channel.
- On August 29, 2018, Great Big Story uploaded a short documentary-styled cinematic storytelling video titled "She Escaped a Cult and Now Helps Others" as part of its documentary series "Defenders" and follows Briell Decker, one of Warren Jeffs' 79 former wives, in her journey to help others walk out of the terrors that she experienced when she was a member of the church. She started the Short Creek Dream Center with Director Jena Jones to help other ex-FLDS members embrace freedom in one of Warren Jeffs' former homes through giving them a place of refuge and rehabilitation and providing residents with counselling therapy sessions, meals, temporary lodging as well as future job preparations and arrangements.
- Hamer, John (8 February 2010). "New FLDS President Called". By Common Consent. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
- "LDS Church wins, Canadian polygamist loses in fight for 'Mormon' name". The Salt Lake Tribune. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
Finally giving up the fight, Blackmore has agreed to change his group's corporate name to 'the Church of Jesus Christ (Original Doctrine) Inc.'
- "Polygamous church dispute may head to Utah court". Associated Press. 1 May 2011. Archived from the original on 6 May 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
- Walters, Joanna (16 March 2015). "Fleeing the FLDS: Followers are abandoning the notorious sect in droves". Al Jazeera America. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
There are no official statistics, but Sam Brower, a Utah-based private investigator who has worked on local and federal probes into the FLDS, says that more are leaving 'than we have seen for many years'. He believes that 500 to 1,000 members have left in the last one to two years and about 10,000 remain, mostly in Short Creek, with others scattered in small groups elsewhere.
- Hales, Brian C. "Centennial Park and the Second Ward". MormonFundamentalism.com. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
- Krakauer, Jon (2004) . Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith. New York: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. p. [page needed]. ISBN 9781400078998.
- Winslow, Ben (11 August 2007). "37,000 'fundamentalists' counted in and near Utah". Deseret News. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
The FLDS are now believed to have only 8,000 members.
- Adams, Brooke (9 August 2005). "LDS splinter groups growing". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
- "Mormon polygyny in Canada among the FLDS". ReligiousTolerance.org. Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
- "YFZ Ranch: A trip through time". The Eldorado Success. Archived from the original on 27 January 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
- "Temple construction begins at YFZ Ranch". The Eldorado Success. 13 January 2005. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011.
- Winslow, Ben (17 April 2008). "Other FLDS enclaves are feeling scrutiny". Deseret News. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
- Kociela, Ed (14 August 2018). "On the EDge: Change in Short Creek does not mean change in FLDS culture". St. George News. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
- Weill, Kelly (3 June 2019). "Warren Jeffs Is in Prison, but His Polygamist Leader Brother Is Back". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
- "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Utah". Census.gov. 1 July 2006. Archived from the original on 5 November 2007.
- Brown, Andrea (9 January 2009). "Westcliffe & the FLDS". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
- Peters, Bonnie L.; Shurtleff, Mark; Horne, Tom (August 2009). "The Primer: A Guidebook for Law Enforcement and Human Services Agencies Who Offer Assistance to Fundamentalist Mormon Families". Utah Government Digital Library. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
A joint report from the offices of the Family Support Center, the Utah Attorney General's Office, and the Arizona Attorney General's Office
- Bistline, Benjamin G. (2004). Colorado City Polygamists: An Inside Look for the Outsider. Agreka Books. ISBN 9781888106855.
- Bistline, Benjamin G. (2004). The Polygamists: A History of Colorado City, Arizona. Agreka Books. ISBN 9781888106749.
- Scheeres, Julia. "Killing for God". Crime Library. Archived from the original on 3 August 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
- Alewel, Madison (2 July 2014). "New fundamentalist Mormon neighbors cause concern for some residents in area town". KFDA-TV. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
- Kaye, Randi (18 April 2008). "Pentagon paid $1.7 million to firms of polygamy bosses". CNN. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
- Driggs, Ken. "'This Will Someday Be the Head and Not the Tail of the Church': A History of the Mormon Fundamentalists at Short Creek." Journal of Church and State 43 (Winter 2001): 49–80. Baylor University.
- Anderson, J. Max (1979). "The Polygamy Story: Fiction and Fact". SHIELDS (Scholarly & Historical Information Exchange for Latter-Day Saints).
- Dougherty, John (March 13, 2003). "Polygamy's Odyssey: A brief history of the Mormon tenet". Phoenix New Times.
- Hales, Brian C., "The Council of Friends", MormonFundamentalism.com, archived from the original on December 26, 2013, retrieved January 10, 2014
- Jarvik, Elaine; Moore, Carrie (September 9, 2006). "Most polygamists trace lineage to 1929 group". Deseret News. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
- Adams, Brooke. "Polygamy leadership tree: Religious ideal grows, branches out" (PDF). The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 21, 2013.
- Bistline, Benjamin G. (2004), The Polygamists: A History of Colorado City, Arizona, Scottsdale, Arizona: Agreka Publishing, ISBN 1888106743, OCLC 55115169
- Bramham, Daphne (May 12, 2006). "Polygamist group's leader expects to be charged soon". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on April 23, 2014.
- "Timeline: History of Polygamy". CBC News. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 April 2008. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013.
- "Polygamist 'prophet' to serve at least 10 years in prison". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. 20 November 2007.
- Perkins, Nancy (December 5, 2007). "Warren Jeffs resigns as leader of the FLDS Church". Deseret News.
- Wagner, Dennis (February 24, 2011). "Jailed sect leader retakes legal control of church". USA Today.
Utah records show Nielson formally quit that post Jan. 28.
- Hylton, Hilary (July 18, 2008), "A New Prophet for the Polygamists?", Time
- Jeffs' brother will take over: Ex-FLDS member, CBS News, August 5, 2011
- McKinley, Carol (March 5, 2011), Inside a troubled fundamentalist Mormon sect, Salon, retrieved March 11, 2011,
In just a few weeks, Jeffs has gone on a rampage, kicking out at least 40 of his most pious men. One of those faithful is Merril Jessop, a 70year-old FLDS bishop.
- "FLDS church names new president". KSL-TV. Associated Press. February 15, 2010. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
- "Polygamy, Freedom of Religion, and Equality: What Happens When Rights Collide?". LAWNOW.
- "Jeffs dedicates FLDS temple site at YFZ Ranch". The Eldorado Success. January 11, 2005. Archived from the original on January 22, 2009. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
- "From Hunting Ground To Polygamist Ranch". CBS News. Associated Press. April 18, 2008. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
- "Polygamous Community Members Indicted". The New York Times. July 13, 2005. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
- Adams, Brooke (May 27, 2006). "FLDS town's mayor arrested". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
- Adams, Brooke (November 30, 2007). "What Warren said to William". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on October 1, 2011.
- Adams, Brooke; Havnes, Mark (November 7, 2007). "Records say FLDS boss tried suicide". The Salt Lake Tribune.
- Grace, Nancy (April 23, 2008). "Judge Orders FLDS Nursing Mothers to Foster Care With Infants". Nancy Grace. CNN.
- "Raid shines light on secretive polygamous sect". CNN. April 8, 2008. Archived from the original on September 23, 2008.
- Wojtecki, Katherine (April 15, 2008). "At the green gate, and then a glimpse of the polygamist's life". CNN.
- Winslow, Ben (August 29, 2007). "Honors for ex-polygamous wife". Deseret Morning News.
- Jennifer, Dobner (February 15, 2010). "Polygamous church in Utah names new president". The Gaea Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
- Hamer, John (February 8, 2010), "New FLDS President Called", By Common Consent (group blog), retrieved 2014-01-10. Certificate (image), published by same source.
- Winslow, Ben (March 27, 2007). "A prophet no more? Jeffs called himself a 'sinner' in jailhouse conversation". Deseret News. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
- Adams, Brooke (February 2, 2010). "Polygamous sect has new president, but is Jeffs still FLDS prophet?". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
- Tuchman, Gary (February 8, 2012). "Warren Jeffs' hold on community". CNN. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
- "HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN? FBI Announces New Top Tenner, FBI Headline Archives" (Press release). FBI. May 6, 2006. Archived from the original on April 9, 2010. Retrieved 2008-04-09.
- Adams, Brooke (September 25, 2007). "Jeffs guilty on both counts". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
- Dougherty, John; Johnson, Kirk (September 25, 2007). "Leader of Polygamist Sect Guilty in Rape Case". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
- "Polygamist 'prophet' to serve at least 10 years in prison". CNN. November 20, 2007.
- Driggs, Ken (Winter 1992), "Who Shall Raise the Children? Vera Black and the Rights of Polygamous Utah Parents", Utah Historical Quarterly, 60 (1): 27–46
- Anthony, Paul (April 5, 2008). "Authorities Enter Elodrado-area Temple". San Angelo Standard-Times. Archived from the original on December 16, 2009.
- Winslow, Ben (April 5, 2008). "167 kids taken in Texas". Deseret News.
- Winslow, Ben (April 13, 2008). "FLDS-raid timeline". Deseret News. Archived from the original on April 15, 2008.
- Sandberg, Lisa; Elliott, Janet (April 8, 2008). "Affidavit: Girl reports beatings, rape at polygamist ranch". Houston Chronicle.
- "Texas Polygamy Case: Based on a Hoax?". On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren. Fox News Channel. April 18, 2008. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
- Anthony, Paul (November 12, 2008). "Nine more indictments issued against FLDS members". San Angelo Standard-Times. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012.
- Waller, Matthew (June 22, 2010). "FLDS member found guilty of child sexual assault". San Angelo Standard-Times. Archived from the original on June 25, 2010.
- Roberts, Michelle (November 5, 2009). "Jessop Convicted of Sexual Assault". Deseret News. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- Matthew Waller (November 10, 2009). "FLDS man sentenced to 10 years for sex assault". Deseret News. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- Waller, Matthew (December 15, 2009), "Schleicher jury finds Allan Keate guilty", Abilene Reporter-News, archived from the original on January 8, 2014
- Waller, Matthew (December 17, 2009), "UPDATE: Jury gives FLDS man 33 years", San Angelo Standard-Times, archived from the original on January 1, 2010
- Smith, Sonia (March 20, 2012), "FLDS Church Dealt Another Blow", Texas Monthly
- Waller, Matthew (January 22, 2010), "FLDS: 7 years handed down in plea deal", San Angelo Standard-Times, archived from the original on January 25, 2010
- Waller, Matthew (March 17, 2010). "Texas jury finds FLDS man guilty in sexual assault case". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- Waller, Matthew (March 19, 2010). "Jessop sentenced to 75 years". San Angelo Standard-Times. Archived from the original on March 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
- DeMasters, Tiffany (April 6, 2010). "BREAKING NEWS: Officials shut down Hildale public safety department". St. George Daily Spectrum. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- Adams, Brooke; Havnes, Mark (April 6, 2010). "Utah, Arizona law officers descend upon polygamous community". The Salt Lake City Tribune. Retrieved 2010-04-06.
- Richardson, Kent S. (November 28, 2012). "The State of Texas v. 2420 County Road 300, Eldorado, Schleicher, County, Texas 76936: Plaintiff's Original Notice of Seizure and Intended Forfeiture" (PDF). Cause No.: 3164. The State of Texas Attorney General. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
- Reavy, Pat (November 28, 2012). "Texas seeks to seize YFZ Ranch from FLDS Church". Deseret News. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
- Dalrymple II, Jim (November 18, 2013). "Texas inches closer to seizing massive polygamous ranch". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on February 28, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
- Martinez, Sergeant Marcos. "Affidavit for Search and Seizure Warrant" (PDF). Cause No.: 3164. The State of Texas Attorney General. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
- Martinez, Michael (April 17, 2014), "Polygamist Warren Jeffs' Texas ranch being seized by state officials", CNN.com
- "Cooke, et al. v. Town of Colorado City, et al" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 17, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- Hull, T.M. (June 18, 2014). "New Evidence Links Cops to Church, Arizona Says". Retrieved June 25, 2014.
- Coman, Julian (October 19, 2003). "Three wives will guarantee you a place in paradise. The Taliban? No: welcome to the rebel Mormons". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2010-05-03.
- Bonnie Ricks. "Review: The Sixth of Seven Wives: Escape from Modern Day Polygamy". The Institute for Religious Research (irr.org). Archived from the original on May 16, 2008.
- House, Dawn (June 28, 1998), "Polygamist matriarch knows her place in Colorado City society", The Salt Lake Tribune, Archive Article ID: 100F3981B9AED0AD (NewsBank), archived from the original on March 6, 2000
- "Carolyn Jessop on FLDS dresses, women's 'little girl' voices and hair". politicsrusprinciple.tumblr.com.
- "The Polygamy Files: The Tribune's blog on the plural life", The Salt Lake Tribune, August 14, 2007, archived from the original on March 21, 2012
- Jessop, Carolyn; Palmer, Laura (2010). Triumph: Life After the Cult: A Survivor's Lessons. Random House. p. 40. ISBN 978-0-307-59070-1.
- Bennion, Janet (2011). "Chapter 4: History, Culture, and Variability of Mormon Schismatic Groups". In Jacobson, Cardell K.; Burton, Lara (eds.). Modern Polygamy in the United States: Historical, Cultural, and Legal Issues. Oxford University Press. p. 116. ISBN 9780199746385. OCLC 466084007.
- Shaffer, Mark (June 23, 2005). "Polygamist sect loses grip on towns". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2008-06-13.
- "Bust-up in Bountiful: Timeline: History of Polygamy". CBC News. April 12, 2008. Archived from the original on June 15, 2013. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
- Howard Fischer (August 11, 2005). "State officials prepare to seize control of Colorado City school district". Arizona Daily Star. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007.
- The other six are the Church of Christ, the LDS Church, the Community of Christ, the Apostolic United Brethren, the Church of Christ (Wightite), and the Righteous Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Goodwyn, Wade; Berkes, Howard; Walters, Amy (May 3, 2005). "Warren Jeffs and the FLDS". NPR. Retrieved 2007-04-24.
- D’Onofrio, Eve (2005). "Child Brides, Inegalitarianism, and the Fundamentalist Polygamous Family in the United States". International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family. 19 (3): 373–394. doi:10.1093/lawfam/ebi028.
- Tracy, Kathleen (2001). The Secret Story of Polygamy. Naperville, Illinois: Sourcebooks. ISBN 1-57071-723-0. OCLC 46858494.
- Llewellyn, John R. (2006). Polygamy's Rape of Rachael Strong: Protected Environment for Predators. Scottsdale, Arizona: Agreka Books. ISBN 0-9777072-1-0. OCLC 70110104.
- Daniels, April (1993). Paperdolls: A True Story of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Mormon Neighborhoods. San Diego, California: Recovery Publications. ISBN 0-941405-27-3. OCLC 27975575.
- Moore-Emmett, Andrea (2004). God's Brothel. San Francisco, California: Pince-Nez Press. ISBN 1-930074-13-1. OCLC 261561122.
- "Polygamist sect 'demands husbands watch while seed bearers impregnate their wives'". The Independent. October 1, 2015.
- "Utah polygamous leader gives wife custody of children". Salt Lake Tribune. July 7, 2015.
- "No Refuge". The Texas Observer. August 1, 2012.
- "Joseph Smith/Polygamy/Works of Abraham". FairMormon.
- "Dozens of girls may have been trafficked to U.S. to marry". CTV News. August 11, 2011.
- Moore-Emmett, Andrea (July 27, 2010). "Polygamist Warren Jeffs Can Now Marry Off Underaged Girls With Impunity". Ms. blog. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
- Robert Matas (March 30, 2009). "Where 'the handsome ones go to the leaders'". The Globe and Mail.
- Matthew Waller (November 25, 2011). "FLDS may see more charges: International sex trafficking suspected". San Angelo Standard-Times.
- D Bramham (February 19, 2011). "Bountiful parents delivered 12-year-old girls to arranged weddings". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on December 26, 2015.
- Martha Mendoza (May 15, 2008). "FLDS in Canada may face arrests soon". Deseret News. Archived from the original on May 8, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
- Hales, Brian C., "The FLDS Church (Fundamentalist LDS Church)", MormonFundamentalism.com, archived from the original on January 12, 2014, retrieved January 10, 2014
- Borger, Julian (June 14, 2005). "The lost boys, thrown out of US sect so that older men can marry more wives". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-02-14.
- Pike, John (August 27, 2008). "Halfway Home: FLDS Lost Boys Find Life Begins at The House Just Off Bluff". Salt Lake City Weekly.
- Perkins, Nancy (August 28, 2004). "FLDS Church, leaders sued by 6 'lost boys'". Deseret Morning News.
- David Kelly (Los Angeles Times) (June 19, 2005). "Polygamy's 'Lost Boys' expelled from only life they knew". The Boston Globe.
- "Hate Groups Map: Utah". Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLCenter.org). Archived from the original on December 8, 2007.
- "In His Own Words". Intelligence Report. Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLCenter.org). Spring 2005.
- Szep, Jason (June 14, 2007). "Polygamist community faces rare genetic disorder". Reuters.
- Dougherty, John (December 29, 2005). "Forbidden Fruit". Phoenix New Times.
- Hollenhorst, John (February 8, 2006). "Birth defect is plaguing children in FLDS towns". Deseret News.
- "Doctor: Birth defects increase in inbred polygamy community". Provo Daily Herald. February 9, 2006. Archived from the original on June 3, 2008.
- Bayley JP; Launonen V; Tomlinson IP (2008). "The FH mutation database: an online database of fumarate hydratase mutations involved in the MCUL (HLRCC) tumor syndrome and congenital fumarase deficiency". BMC Med. Genet. 9 (1): 20. doi:10.1186/1471-2350-9-20. PMC 2322961. PMID 18366737.
- Kerrigan JF; Aleck KA; Tarby TJ; Bird CR; Heidenreich RA (2000). "Fumaric aciduria: clinical and imaging features". Ann. Neurol. 47 (5): 583–588. doi:10.1002/1531-8249(200005)47:5<583::AID-ANA5>3.0.CO;2-Y. PMID 10805328.
- "FLDS Church Members Fined $2 Million for Alleged Child Labor Violations". ABC News. May 8, 2015. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
- "FLDS-linked company reaches settlement in child labor case". Fox13. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
- "Polygamy". Mormon Newsroom. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (September 25, 2013), TLC to Premiere Two Groundbreaking New Series About the FLDS Church: ‘Breaking the Faith’ & ‘Escaping the Prophet’ (Press release), TV by the Numbers, Zap2it, retrieved 2014-01-08
- "First photos from Lifetime movie Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs". starcasm.net. June 2, 2014.
- ""Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs" on Lifetime". denverpost.com.
- "Lifetime offers melodrama with 'Escape From Polygamy'". Salt Lake Tribune.
- Whitehurst, Lindsay (August 9, 2011), "Warren Jeffs gets life in prison for sex with underage girls", The Salt Lake Tribune
- Bradley, Martha Sontag (1993), Kidnapped from That Land: The Government Raids on the Short Creek Polygamists, Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, ISBN 0874804159, OCLC 28183503.
- Hales, Brian C. (2006). Modern Polygamy and Mormon Fundamentalism: The Generations After the Manifesto. Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books. ISBN 1-58958-035-4. OCLC 64510545.
- "Polygamy". Mormon Newsroom. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
- Hoffman, Claire (June 2008). "Satan's Accountant". Condé Nast Portfolio. American City Business Journals. — An article about Bruce Wisan, who was brought in to try to return property to the members of the FLDS group at Short Creek, and was met with great resistance. As featured on This American Life.
- Quinn, D. Michael (Summer 1998). "Plural marriage and Mormon fundamentalism". Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. 31 (2): 1–68. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013.
- Van Wagoner, Richard S. (1989) , Mormon Polygamy: A History (2nd ed.), Salt Lake City: Signature Books, ISBN 0941214796, OCLC 19515803.
- Wall, Elissa (2008). Stolen Innocence. New York: William Morrow. ISBN 978-0-06-162801-6. OCLC 223505308.
- Watson, Marianne T. (Spring 2007), "The 1948 Secret Marriage of Louis J. Barlow: Origins of FLDS Placement Marriage", Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 40 (1): 83–136, archived from the original on October 21, 2015.
- Wright, Stuart A. (Editor) and James T. Richardson (Editor) (2011). Saints Under Siege: The Texas State Raid on the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints. New and Alternative Religions. NYU Press. ISBN 0814795293.
|Wikinews has related news: 401 children from Texas sect compound taken into custody|
- Official sites
- "Polygamy and Me: Seven months have passed since the polygamist raid in Eldorado, but for one mainstream Mormon, the effects linger," by the Dallas Observer's Jesse Hyde
- The Polygamy Blog, by Lindsay Whitehurst, The Salt Lake Tribune
- In The Matter of The United Effort Plan Trust: Information on Utah Attorney General's lawsuit against the United Effort Plan
- Banking on Heaven (2006)—A documentary film with accusations against the FLDS, by Over the Moon Productions.
- Damned to Heaven (2007)—A documentary film about Colorado City and FLDS Church, by Fresh Produce Media.
- Lifting the Veil of Polygamy (2007)—A documentary film critical of the history and modern-day expressions of Mormon polygamy, including numerous testimonials, by the Main Street Church of Brigham City.