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July 26th, 2011
03:07 PM ET

Warren Jeffs seeks to control polygamist sect from jail

Editor’s Note: CNN’s Gary Tuchman explores the latest developments in the saga of polygamist Warren Jeffs, the jailed leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a special report on tonight’s “AC 360” and for CNN Presents, airing Sunday, July 31, at 10 p.m. ET.

By David Fitzpatrick, CNN

El Dorado, Texas (CNN) - Fundamentalist Mormon leader Warren Jeffs has been held in a tiny jail in this west Texas town for roughly three years. According to his jailers, he has spent his time doing one thing above all else: talking on the phone..

Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran told CNN that in one month, Jeffs has spent roughly $3,000 on phone cards.

And while Jeffs was recently held in another Texas jail roughly 50 miles away, he spent close to $10,000 in phone cards in three months.

Reagan County Sheriff James Garner, who oversees that jail, told CNN that no inmate there has ever spent that much money on phone cards.

Authorities say Jeffs has received money from loyal followers and that he uses much of it to buy phone time to deliver lengthy sermons to acolytes in Texas, Utah and Arizona.

Some Jeffs experts say the calls are proof that he’s running his church from behind bars.

And officially, Jeffs still leads the breakaway sect called the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), which firmly believes in polygamy.

Leaders of the mainstream Mormon church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have repeatedly disavowed Jeffs and say his group of roughly 10,000 followers in no way represents their religion.

The official LDS church banned polygamy more than a century ago.

Jury selection for Jeff’s sexual assault trial began in Texas on Monday. He is charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child and one count of bigamy.

Jeffs has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Texas accusations arise mainly from a raid conducted by the Texas Rangers on an FLDS ranch a few miles from El Dorado. Authorities took hundreds of children away from the ranch for over two months before allowing them to return.

Jeffs’ lawyer, Jeff Kearney, declined to answer any of CNN’s questions about his client.

Jeffs was tried in St. George, Utah, after his arrest in 2006.

He was found guilty on two charges of being an accomplice to rape, but the conviction was overturned by an appellate court on a technicality. Jury instructions were found to have been faulty.

Utah prosecutors elected not to re-try the case but Jeffs was arrested by Texas authorities.

In all, he has been in four different jails - in Nevada, Utah and Texas - for more than five years.

Now, even some once-trusted aides of Warren Jeffs say he has betrayed his church’s principles by openly boasting of relations with girls as young as 12 or 13.

“He’s said he is a very wicked man and he’s confessed to doing some very terrible things, including molesting his daughter and sister and others,” said Willie E. Jessop, a former Jeffs associate, referring to Jeffs diaries that were admitted as evidence in his Utah trial. “I think his own words describe himself more than I would care to characterize it.”

In 2008, when the Texas Rangers raided the FLDS ranch, called the Yearning for Zion Ranch, Jessop was close to Jeffs. Jessop even opened the gates of the ranch to journalists, giving them tours to show that nothing “bad” was happening there, as he put it.

But after seeing Jeffs' diaries, Jessop tells CNN's Gary Tuchman that “his conduct will never be sanctioned by me.” Jessop showed CNN two still photographs of Jeffs kissing very young girls.

“I don’t think there’s anyone in my church that will ever sanction what he has done,” Jessop says. “It’s just a matter of time until they come to terms and figure out how to cope with what he has done.”

But in Colorado City, Arizona, an FLDS stronghold, support for Jeffs still seems strong. A few residents told CNN they had become fed up with Jeffs, but many others voiced full-throated support.

Especially striking were remarks made by an 18-year-old woman who refused to give her name but who told CNN that Jeffs meant “everything” to her.

She said she wasn’t married yet but hoped to be in the near future. And when asked if she wanted to have so-called sister wives - the term used to describe women in polygamous marriages - she said yes.

“How many sister wives would be perfect?” CNN’s Tuchman asked.

“As many as I get,” she replied.

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soundoff (359 Responses)
  1. Jay Beswick (fincenMIB)

    Interesting video with Canada! I have recorded calls from 2001 with the RCMP up there and they weren't so interested then in the trafficking issue. I also have emails and calls in to the FBI in Sandpoint, also in 2001 offering them lists of underage girls, but they stiffed not only me, but an AP reporter and a New York journalist. I hope some one is researching the reasons this was not of interest to the RCMP & FBI 10 years a go, when less children had been abused!

    August 3, 2011 at 12:40 am |
  2. Jay Beswick (fincenMIB)

    Ah a subject that is still censored! Deseret News just blocked my comments. The Trib erased my life time ban on their blog, placed on me by B.A. I want to talk of dates and names, but that is not allowed. I was the FOR KIDS SAKE rep. in 2000/2001 in Utah & Arizona, living in Hurricane UT 26 miles from Warren's home. This articles journalist D.K. was introduced to me by Mr. Krakauer. I have been threatened by FLDS attorneys, I made Warren's death list and my audios made it to Warren's 2007 Utah trial. His audios are on YouTube under fincenMIB and those I discard are listed on ebay.

    I to much want to address who knew what and when, but certain Utah newspapers have rules against it. On YouTube you can her recorded dialog with the Attorney Generals Office and the FBI, but having proof and getting it heard are sepate issues.

    Banning or censoring won't stop the past from leaking out and WHO KNEW of JEFFS WHAT & WHEN!!

    Thanks David!

    August 2, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
  3. Real Polygamist

    Warren Jeff and his Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do not practice polygamy. See the definitions from Onelook, http://www.onelook.com/?w=polygamy&ls=a In polygamy both men and women can have more than one spouse. The FLDS, and Muslims, practice Polygyny, http://www.onelook.com/?w=polygyny&ls=a which is where a man can have more than one wife. Neither one allows a woman to have multiple husbands.

    July 31, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  4. FaithScent

    Mormons should read the Bible proactively instead of being indocrinated by the false human authorities. Confirming to cults willingly has price to pay. It's all the more tragic because Mormons carry the Bible, just not reading the whole.

    July 30, 2011 at 4:52 am |
    • Buni ni Adelina

      I think there's nothing could be more tragic than carrying your head throughout your miserable life but you never use it.

      July 30, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • FaithScent

      @Buni: Stop stalking, you evil atheist. You know nothing about the Bible or Christianity. You only know how to bully Christians and destroy the good things they have made.

      July 31, 2011 at 7:43 am |
    • Buni ni Adelina

      What made you think that I'm an atheist and an evil one? Ah, you're thinking but not using your head, now I know.

      July 31, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • Fact-telling

      @Buni, what are you, then? Stop stalking Christians anyway.

      August 1, 2011 at 12:24 am |
    • Alex

      @faithsent Actually athiest are more informed about the contents of the Bible then religious people... According to statistics..

      August 4, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • Alex

      @faithsent Here is proof of what i was talking about...
      http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/09/28/130191248/atheists-and-agnostics-know-more-about-bible-than-religious

      See we athiests know the evilness and illogical nonsence in the bible.. We inform ourselves..

      August 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  5. AvdBerg

    By reading the comments on this Blog it seems very obvious to us that all the foundations of the earth out of course . For a better understanding of this scriptural verse we invite you to visit our website http://www.gaychristian101.com

    July 29, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  6. Debra Zwier

    I hope this trail will bring a voice to the poor abused woman that don't know any other way of life. The media needs to keep covering this subject until the FBI gets more involved. Maybe with enough attention the system will see that the financial aid needs to be cut off. As long as they can continue to collect welfare, food stamps and medical care the cult will continue to thrive off of our tax dollars. This is my first comment on the subject.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • Jay Beswick (fincenMIB)

      Trusting CNN will allow my comments, there are over 30 schisms worth watching a long with Jeffs and the FLDS. Other teens forced in to unwanted unions with in the independent fundamentalist. Invisible children, not making the news! Groups like the Kingstons exist through INCEST, by marrying their own, from with in. Kingstons have 60 corporations that exist in the open in Northern Utah, but no serious investigations are focused on them, WHY?

      The Fred Collier Group, Jim Harmston's group, the Gerald Peterson Group, LeBaron's in Mexico, to Ross LeBaron who married his own daughter in Cane Beds AZ. The moderate Centennial Park group, Allreds in Northern Utah, Pinesdale Montana! Thomas Sliwinski who fled to Mexico with fleeing felon William Black? The Missouri Groups? Joseph Zitting, Charles eldest son, Charles was arrested in the 1953 SHORT CREEK raid.

      There are more independents than FLDS who follow Jeffs, but other than the FLDS what other groups are being tracked and by whom?

      Naming names usually gets me banned! I like talking about who ran interference for the FLDS, but talking of O.H. and his attorney can get a blogger banned for life. Keep asking questions and use GOOGLE to verify any thing I state.

      August 3, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  7. Debra Zwier

    I hope this trail will bring a voice to the poor abused woman that don't know any other way of life. The media needs to keep covering this subject until the FBI gets more involved. Maybe with enough attention the system will see that the financial aid needs to be cut off. As long as they can continue to collect welfare, food stamps and medical care the cult will continue to thrive off of our tax dollars.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  8. .....

    AvdBerg is a troll on this site trying to promote their cult and website, click the report abuse link to get rid of this troll where ever you see them posting..

    July 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  9. Bonnie

    Mormons should stop playing around and read the whole Bible. Quest for the truth is much more important than blind faith in a denomination. The Bible says Jesus is God and the exclusive trust in His atonement alone saves a human soul, nothing else.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:44 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      They DO read the bible and they DO worship Jesus.
      They just have a 3rd holy book.
      Given that Christianity is essentially a sequel to the Tanakh, I don't see what the big fuss is about.
      It's like saying Back To The Future III isn't a REAL chronicle of Marty McFly.

      July 28, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • Bonnie

      @Doc-, you're an atheist. You never read/understood the Bible and know nothing about Christianity. People should talk about subjests they know. Mormons don't believe Jesus is God therefore it's not Christianity.

      July 28, 2011 at 8:31 am |
    • MykC

      @Adelina, I mean...Bonnie

      You said: "People should talk about subjests they know."

      I'm a Mormon and I believe in our Lord Jesus Christ as the only begotten son of God and the redeemer. How about you? Do you know about the "subjest" I mean the subject better than on how you spell it?

      July 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

      Bonnie,

      Does god talk to you? Does he touch you in your life the way you like?

      July 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Bonita

      @MykC, you use the same vocab to deceive others. You need to trust in the atonement of Jesus alone for your salvation and none of your "good" works, since those are not good anyway. And Jesus is the exclusive, ONLY Son of God in the entire universe and beyond. Jesis is God Himself, according to the Word of God.

      July 31, 2011 at 7:50 am |
    • Buni ni Adelina, Bonita and others

      Is that the reason why you're not doing "good" works? Otherwise, acting like those hypocrites standing in synagogues and shouting that they love God but do evil deeds?

      July 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • Fact-telling

      @Buni, Christians do good works solely out of gra-ti-tu-de to Jesus the Savior, never to gain me-rit or because feeling like it or hoping it'll get them a good after-life. That sets apart Christians from all other humans. The holy God sees the faith in Jesus alone as right-eous-ness, nothing else, because humans are not good in reality. Everyone needs Jesus. Evangelism is the best good work a redeemed Christian can do to please God and save others.

      August 1, 2011 at 12:32 am |
  10. Susan

    "Fundamentalist Mormon leader Warren Jeffs has been held in a tiny jail in this west Texas town for roughly three years."

    Note to journalist – Do your research. Jeffs was in a Utah jail and went to court there around July 28, 2010 for a Texas extradition hearing. Until he was extradited, he remained in Utah. He's been in Texas for less than one year.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:24 am |
    • Jay Beswick (fincenMIB)

      Warren was in the Purgatory Jail in Hurricane Utah. I lived in Hurricane until 2001. I'd rather state HE WAS IN PURGATORY, but I am not catholic! The jail had camera's, how Warren spent his time was interesting, but most of these details will not get published. Blisters on his knee's from earnest prayers, fasting and other things! If he believed in God and understands he was watched on camera, he might use more humility.

      Where ever he was, is less important than where he will be, if convicted. He was in Matt Smith's jail in Arizona awaiting trial in Arizona too, until charges were dropped there. Smith as Mohave County Prosecutor, Sheenan the county sheriff, but that trivia and fifty cents will still only buy a 50 cent cup of coffee.

      August 3, 2011 at 12:25 am |
  11. Bonnie

    If you choose to be a victim of mind-control when you can break free, you are guilty, too. Laziness and cowardice are sins.

    July 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  12. AvdBerg

    For a better understanding I invite you to visit our website http://www.gaychristian101.com

    July 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • jarla

      HELLO F.B.I !!!!!! LETS SEEE....ACCORDING TO HLN NEWS THIS AM,THESE CHILDREN ARE GETTING STATE MONIES?? STATE MEDICAL??SINGLE MOMS GETTING ALL BENEFITS AS WELL. WHY? WHERES THE F.B.I.?? THATS WELFARE FRAUD! THEY CAN PROVE (DNA) RIGHT THERE,THEN THESE PERVERTS NEED TO PAY FOR ALL THEIR CHILDREN AND THE WOMEN THEY INPREGNATE!! THERE IS LAWS TO HAVE PARENTS CARE FOR THEIR CHILDREN! PAY FOR THEM AND NOT GIVING THEM TO A CREEPY PERVERTS! LAWS ! LAWS! WHY DO THEY GET TO BREAK THEM ALL OVER THE LAW BOOKS??? HEY ! its against MY beliefs to pay my speeding ticket! so let the law egnor that lil breaking the law too!?? STOP THESE BIG ISSUES,OF PEOPLES LIVES,STEALING STATES MONEY,MEDICAL BENEFITS! ATTACKING,PIMPING LIL CHILDREN!? ABANDONING THE LIL BOYS IN THIS SICK ,LAW BREAKING COMMUNITY! WHAT IS THE WORLD GONNA DO ABOUT IT? HOPEFULLY SOMETHING! I PRAY FOR THE INNOCENT! & THAT F.B.I. STEPS IN!

      July 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  13. Name*adam

    Am not a mormon but if. This people are taking care of there kids and are enyoing,leave them alone.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • hmm

      That's the thing. The children are being raised in this environment, isolated and sometimes don't get the chance to make choices for themselves. How can they make a choice as a consenting adult, if they don't know they even have a choice. The children are brainwashed from day one.

      July 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  14. Think

    Honestly, I don't care if a person has more than one wife, as long as they are CONSENTING ADULTS. It is none of my, nor anyone else's business. The thing that is disgusting is that many of these girls were minors!! I don't care what you want to do in bed, but don't do it with children!

    July 27, 2011 at 10:20 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      You seem to think s.e.x. is dirty. God designed it. In the 1950's girls were encouraged to "find a man" when they graduated from H.S. and often laughed that they went to college to get an M.R.S. degree. Right or wrong it was a survival issue. There were not a lot of vocational choices other than wife. Women were expected to "know their place" and not speak unless addressed. A woman's "place" was in the home. Women often described their occupation as "house wife." Women were not accepted (at all) in medical school, law school and other professional schools.

      July 27, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • Frogist

      @RightTurnClyde: I fail to see how saying 'having se-x with children is wrong' makes you into a prude.
      Even though women were encouraged to marry young in the 50s it's no more right than it is today to encourage men to marry children. Also it was less a matter of survival than it was a matter of repression. Women were allowed into colleges and medical schools etc etc, but they were discouraged from doing so, so that they would not compete with men for those positions. And for other insidious reasons. There were choices to which the previous generation of women had forged a path. But women were told that the choices of their predecessors were incorrect, unladylike, and a threat to family life while getting a husband was the opposite. There were choices, but they were manipulated into choosing poorly.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      Jerry Lee Lewis (whom many of us admire) married a teenager and was forbidden from entering England. Nobody claimed he was NOT married or that she was not married. It was not at all unusual to see very young couples (teenagers) at the Grand Old Opry (Wyman Auditorium days– 70's) with kids and happy and well married. It was not unusual (well into the 70's) to see very young people (teens) married and parents all across Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Pennsylvania .. so are they ALL wrong (like Arizona)? How is it then that A is wrong and B is right? Who decides? We were (all) able to join the U.S. military at 17 (and if we were k.i.c.k.e.d out of the house as I was it was a good place to be)(and there were kids there 15 and 16 some of whom died for you).. we did not foresee Vietnam but it's the luck of the draw. Who writes the f.a.i.r.y t.a.l.e.s you are believe about life? It's the liberal r.o.s.i.e gl.a.s.s.e.s thing.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      Today American people (especially eastern liberals) live in affluence and privilege. As late as 1950 there was no electricity in rural America. If you had an ice box you might not have ice. People had coal or wood fired stoves, pumped water by hand, had out-houses, canned home grown food in Mason jars, washed clothes by hand and hung them on a line, chopped their own fire wood, had no heat at night. (went to church and thanks God for what they had).

      July 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      If you were a father of children then (and hopefully now) you made sure the boys had a way to make a living (a trade or skill or specialty) and you found a good man for your daughters. It was not cruel and the girls were used to doing housework and supervising kids (their trade) and it was GOOD for them to have a stable marriage and a good family. Both of my daughters have MBA;'s - and that is good in the ways of today. Still we are not good parents if we do not teach our children to make it on their own two feet. (in which case we would not need welfare .. but you do need God)

      July 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  15. William Demuth

    Polygamy?

    Sick deviant behavior, it belongs in the trash bin of history.

    July 27, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      One could argue that polygamy is more natrual than monogamy, from a biological standpoint.
      A woman can fulfill her reproductive role approximately once a year with a single mate.
      A man can impregnate multiple women on a daily basis.
      If the goal is to be fruitful and multiply, then one man with many women is the way to go!

      July 27, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      Yes it was practiced over the years .. in J.e.w.i.s.h law if a man died his wife went to his brother (he had two wives). Well she was not going to be al.l.o.wed to starve (that WOULD be cr.u.el). Ruth and Naomi examples. In h.u.n.ting and w.a.r.ring culture when the man was k.i.l.l.e.d where was the woman to go? And kids. The community would not allow her to be de.s.t.i.t.u.te or to starve. When we were younger I a.s.ked my brother in law to take my kids if we died and he promised he would. I made the same promise. I knew he would send them to college.

      July 27, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  16. Doc Vestibule

    God has NO problems with polygamy.
    Some of His favourites, including King David, had multiple wives.
    GENESIS 4:19
    "Then Lamech took for himself two wives : the name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah."
    Deuteronomy 21:15
    "If a man have two wives, one beloved and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated:"
    Exodus 21:10
    "If he takes another wife, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marriage rights."
    King David is called "a man after God's own heart" and he had multiple wives.
    1 Samuel 25:43 states:
    "David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel, and so both of them were his wives."
    2 Samuel 5:13:
    "And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he had come from Hebron. Also more sons and daughters were born to David."
    2 Samuel 12:8
    "Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel : 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. ' I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more!"
    GENESIS 32:32
    "And he [Jacob] arose that night and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven sons, and crossed over the ford of Jabbok."
    2 CHRONICLES 11:21
    "Now Rehoboam loved Maachah the granddaughter of Absalom more than all his wives and his concubines; for he took eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and begot twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters."

    July 27, 2011 at 9:33 am |
    • William Demuth

      You sir are an idiot, and your God is a lie.

      July 27, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @William Demuth
      And you sir, obviously are not familiar with this good Doctor.
      I'm trying to show that the bible is such a mass of contradictions that one can use it to justify almost anything.

      July 27, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      One of the big problems with ideologues on this BLOG and in general is they are not open to learning. Many of them are very young and need to LEARN how to learn. You examples of David and Salomon were true of Alexander .. they made alliances and built empires by marrying into the culture. Alexander and his generals had many wives from all over the empire. (i imagine some were pretty homely . ha-ha - but duty prevails).

      July 27, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • MykC

      @William

      Your arrogance had just overwhelmed your level of intelligence and had tremendously dropped it to Zero.

      July 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Donna

      You can list all those Bible versus on polygamy, but you will never find God commanding polygamy!

      July 29, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  17. Doc Vestibule

    1. "The Juvenile Instructor" is an LDS tome used to indoctrinate children.
    Here is an excerpt from an early edition:
    "We will first inquire into the results of the approbation or displeasure of God upon a people, starting with the belief that a black skin is a mark of the curse of Heaven placed upon some portions of mankind. Some, however, will argue that a black skin is not a curse, nor a white skin a blessing. In fact, some have been so foolish as to believe and say that a black skin is a blessing, and that the ne.gro is the finest type of a perfect man that exists on the earth; but to us such teachings are foolishness.
    We understand that when God made man in his own image and pronounced him very good, that he made him white. We have no record of any of God's favored servants being of a black race...every angel who ever brought a message of God's mercy to man was beautiful to look upon, clad in the purest white and with a countenance bright as the noonday sun. (Juvenile Instructor, Vol. 3, page 157)
    100 years later, LDS followers became more "tolerant" and published statements like this:
    "I would not want you to believe that we bear any animosity toward the Neg.ro. Dar.kies are wonderful people, and they have their place in our church."
    – Joseph Fielding Smith, Look magazine, October 22, 1963, page 79
    In 1947, Dr. Lowry Nelson – a Mormon himself – sent a letter to the Mormon First Presidency questioning the official racist doctrines.
    The reply he received said, in part:
    "From the days of the Prophet Joseph Smith even until now, it is has been the doctrine of the Church, never questioned by any of the Church leaders, that the Neg.roes are not ent.itled to the full blessings of the Gospel.
    "Furthermore your ideas, as we understand them, appear to contemplate the intermarriage of the Neg.ro and White races, a concept which has heretofore been most repugnant to most normal-minded people from the ancient partiarchs till now. God's rule for Israel, His Chosen People, has been endogamous."
    – George Albert Smith J. Reuben Clark, Jr. David O. McKay
    Finally, in 1978 the Mormons had a revelation allowing blacks into the priesthood – conveniently at the exact time that they were expanding beyond the U.S. into countries full of "cursed" people, like Brazil.
    Today, while there is no official policy of segregation, the old prejudices still exist.
    Black LDS church member Darron Smith wrote in 2003:
    "Even though the priesthood ban was repealed in 1978, the discourse that constructs what blackness means is still very much intact today. Under the direction of President Spencer W. Kimball, the First Presidency and the Twelve removed the policy that denied black people the priesthood but did very little to disrupt the multiple discourses that had fostered the policy in the first place. Hence there are Church members today who continue to summon and teach at every level of Church education the racial discourse that black people are descendants of Cain, that they merited lesser earthly privilege because they were "fence-sitters" in the War in Heaven, and that, science and climatic factors aside, there is a link between skin color and righteousness"
    Mormon scripture specifically referencing race includes (from the Book of Mormon):
    1 Nephi 11:8
    1 Nephi 11:13
    1 Nephi 12:23
    1 Nephi 13:15
    2 Nephi 5:21
    2 Nephi 30:6 (1830 edition)
    Jacob 3:8
    Alma 3:6
    3 Nephi 2:15
    Mormon 5:15

    July 27, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  18. Bonnie

    Villains seeks mind-control from anywhere. Past and Present. East and West.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:19 am |
    • WesH

      What does this have to do with anything?

      July 27, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
    • hmm

      If you don't know now, you probably don't want to.

      July 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  19. Bonnie

    Mankind is evil. We should not blame anyone but ourselves for our own evil doings. There is Judgment for all at the end. Those who trust Jesus as Savior and renounce sinful life will find grace.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:18 am |
    • William Demuth

      What part of Jesus was a fable don't you get?

      Rational people do not believe Barney the Purple Dinosaur is real once they get past a certain age.

      Seriously, it is all a lie, and I don't understand how you haven't realized that yet!

      Do you still believe in the Tooth Fairy?

      July 27, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • Bonnie

      William, you're a fairy tale. Don't speak to me since you don't exist.

      July 28, 2011 at 2:41 am |
  20. James collie

    Since Abrahams time the spliting of religions Diversify is to cause aggression that is you and many other problems with thoughts

    July 27, 2011 at 2:21 am |
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