Warren Steed Jeffs is the president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
In August, 2011, a Texas jury convicted polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs of child sexual assault Thursday in a case stemming from two young followers he took as brides in what his church calls "spiritual marriages."
Though Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years, most of his followers continue to view him as God's prophet -- and he continues to rule his sect with an iron fist.
The United Effort Plan property trust was created by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1942 on the concept of a "united order," allowing followers to share in its assets.
With the trial of Warren Jeffs, the ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) in full swing, countless media outlets are again paying attention to the plight of woman caught up in the polygamous cult.
Research resources on the Bountiful, Canada polygamous cult -- part of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) cult.
New York Times bestselling author and Edgar Award nominee Stephen Singular discusses his new book When Men Become Gods: Mormon Polygamist Warren Jeffs, His Cult of Fear, and the Women Who Fought Back
Research resources on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), a polygamous sect of the Mormon Church
Information about the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a polygamous sect of the Mormon Church
Tucked away in the shadow of fortress-like mountains of southeast British Columbia, the town of Bountiful is home to a branch of the polygamous, US-based Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) cult.
Winston Blackmore was bishop of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Canada until Warren Jeffs muscled him and others out of the way to become prophet in September 2002. Jeffs then excommunicated Blackmore, splitting the community of Bountiful nearly in half -- about 700 people continue to follow Blackmore, while about 500 follow Jeffs.
The Bountiful case has wide ramifications for Canadian law: If British Columbia charges either or both of Bountiful's leaders, Winston Blackmore and Jim Oler, with the criminal offence of practising polygamy and loses, it opens the door for the free practise of plural marriage in the guise of religion. If B.C. loses, it could even open the door to other repugnant practices, such as female genital mutilation. Certainly, Muslim groups are anxiously watching to see what happens.
Wearing heavy pastel-colored dresses buttoned up to the neck and reaching down to the ground, their hair pinned up into tight, tall waves, the women of the FLDS sect look as if they had stepped out of another century. What are the reasons behind their odd style of dress?
"Damned to Heaven" is the story of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a polygamist religious sect of the Mormon Church.