Lyle Jeffs

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Lyle Steed Jeffs
Born (1960-01-17) January 17, 1960 (age 57)
Nationality American
Known for FLDS involvement
Parent(s) Rulon Jeffs and Marilyn Steed
Relatives Brothers Warren, Seth, Nephi;
nephew Brent W. Jeffs

Lyle Jeffs is the brother of Warren Jeffs and a bishop in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly referred to as the FLDS Church.[1] He has been referred to as his brother's "special counselor" in some church documents.[2]

Jeffs was the FLDS bishop for both Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona.[3] According to The Salt Lake Tribune, he was removed from office in 2012.[4]

Jeffs is also the uncle of author and ex-FLDS member Brent W. Jeffs and son of Rulon Jeffs.[5]

Legal issues[edit]

On April 9, 2015, U.S. District Judge David Sam held Lyle Jeffs in contempt of court.[6] In 2012 the United States Department of Labor began an investigation into the role of the FLDS Church and Jeffs in suspected child labor violations.[7][6] A CNN report claimed that children were used to harvest nuts at the Southern Utah Pecan Ranch in 2012.[7][6] Judge Sam ruled that Lyle Jeffs disobeyed subpoenas requiring them to answer questions from Labor Department investigators.[6]

On April 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor assessed fines totaling $1.96 million against a group of FLDS church members, including Lyle Jeffs, for alleged labor violations during the church's 2012 pecan harvest at an orchard near Hurricane, Utah. [8]

Jeffs allegedly escaped house arrest in June 2016 by slipping out of an FBI ankle bracelet.[9] He is currently a wanted fugitive.


  1. ^ "Jeffs' brother will take over: Ex-FLDS member". CBS News. August 5, 2011. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ Dobner, Jennifer (April 22, 2011). "New FLDS commerce filings support Warren Jeffs presidency". The Deseret News. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ "FLDS bishops take appeal to Utah Supreme Court". The Deseret News. Associated Press. November 30, 2010. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ Whitehurst, Lindsay (April 27, 2012). "Reports: Warren Jeffs boots brother from polygamous sect's pulpit". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ Jeffs, Brent W. (2009). Lost Boy. New York: Broadway Books. ISBN 0767931777. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Judge finds Warren Jeffs' brothers in contempt". The Associated Press. Salt Lake Tribune. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Carlisle, Nate (17 September 2014). "Here's more on federal investigation into FLDS child labor". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "FLDS Church Members Fined $2 Million for Alleged Child Labor Violations". ABC News. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  9. ^
Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints titles
Preceded by
Rulon T. Jeffs
President in Charge
Warren Jeffs

2002 – present
With: Disputed interruptions by:
Lyle Jeffs (designated acting president)
William E. Jessop (once momentarily successor)
Merril Jessop (once de facto head)
Wendell L. Nielsen (one time head of temporal affairs)
Succeeded by
Warren Jeffs