Jailed cult leader Warren Jeffs issues new ‘revelation’; gets phone privileges restored

Religion News Blog — Cult leader Warren Jeffs, imprisoned for life plus 20 years, has issued a new ‘revelation.’

Utah TV station KSTU reports that the missive — dated March 17 and mass mailed to politicians by Jeffs’ Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — promised floods, winds, earthquakes, disease and other destruction if people refused to repent.


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Lindsay Whitehurts, who writes The Polygamy Blog for the Salt Lake Tribune, maintains a Google map on which she keeps track of Jeffs’ assortment of prophesied disasters — none of which have come to pass.

Whitehurst also catalogs the cult leader’s revelations in a publicly accessible Google Calendar. (Click ‘More Details’ on each entry for links to PDF files of the ‘revelations.’)

Jeffs also called for “all peoples” to celebrate Jesus Christ’s birthday, by bowing and praying on April 6 at 7:18 a.m. “Let all peoples bow the knee, confessing Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, Jehovah Christ Ahman Holy Lord over all peoples. Amen,” he wrote, using Mormon terminology.

KSTU notes that April 6 is a significant date in the history of Mormonism: it is the date that Joseph Smith founded the Mormon faith.


The FLDS is one of many fundamentalist sects of Mormonism.

Jeffs has been sharpening his creative writing skills ever since receiving his life sentence for sexually assaulting two underage followers he took as brides in what his church deemed “spiritual marriages.”

His barrage of ‘prophecies’ — sent to government officials and organizations around the world — are part of his efforts to maintain his iron-fisted rule over the FLDS.

Jeffs exercises command of the sect through his brothers, who are desperate trying to keep up the appearance that he is a ‘prophet from God.’

PHONE PRIVILEGES RESTORED

The San Angelo Standard-Times says

Phone privileges for imprisoned Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints leader Warren Jeffs were restored on Good Friday after a 90-day revocation instituted by prison authorities, who concluded Jeffs broke rules concerning prison phone use.

An investigation by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice determined that Jeffs participated in a telephone conference directed at multiple people on Christmas Day. Prison rules dictate that inmate calls are allowed only to one person at a time, TDCJ spokeswoman Michelle Lyons has said. […]

Two people were stricken from the list of people Jeffs was allowed to call, Lyons said. Their identities are not public record, she said.

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This post was last updated: May. 9, 2014