Family, Colorado City church feud over property

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AP, Apr. 21, 2003

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) – A Colorado City family claims they are being evicted from their home for refusing to allow their teenage daughter to enter a polygamist marriage.

Milton and Lenore Holm live in a house built on land owned by the United Effort Plan, a trust controlled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, an offshoot of the Mormon church that practices polygamy.

Lenore Holm said a church leader told her husband that he could build a house on land owned by UEP in 1976 and stay there forever. No lease was ever signed.

In 2000, Lenore Holm said the church wanted her to allow her 16-year-old daughter to marry a 39-year-old church member who already had a wife and children.

Lenore Holm said she reluctantly agreed at first but then changed her mind. UEP served the Holms with an eviction notice last year.

Her daughter, now 19, lives in Idaho with the man the church wanted her to marry.

UEP denies Holm’s objection to the arranged marriage had anything to do with the trust’s eviction notice, said Salt Lake City attorney Rodney Parker, who represents the church and UEP.

Parker said use of the trust’s real estate is for church members only, and the Holms are no longer members of the church.

A trial on the eviction is scheduled for May 15 in Mohave County Superior Court in Kingman

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