Warren Jeffs: Jesus Christ, Message to All Nations

Say the name “Warren Jeffs” out loud in a public place in Utah and you will get raised eyebrows. Latter-day Saints are very sensitive about having their religion tied to polygamous groups, which many ignorant bystanders have done over the years. Today, Jeffs—who is serving a life sentence behind federal prison bars in Texas—remains the official “prophet” of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is still based in two bordering towns, Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ. Although he was characterized in his free days as being shy in public and even a recluse, Jeffs was known for ruling the world’s largest polygamous group with an iron fist. This lenghty review considers the series of “revelations” compiled by Warren Jeffs that he titled Jesus Christ, Message to All Nations. What “Jesus” writes may…or may not…surprise you. 

 

Another Joseph Smith Offshoot: The New Organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

By Eric Johnson

In recent times, dozens of new splinter groups claiming to be the true followers of Joseph Smith have cropped up, including a number who practice polygamy. There have also been many factions from the former RLDS Church. One such group formed in 2005 is called The New Organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (shortened to “New Organization” in the rest of this article). On May 17, 2011, two members of the church’s Seventy—Bob Moore and Patrick McKay (and we’ll identify for the rest of the article by their first names)—met at a public venue in South Jordan, UT with several people who were interested in learning more about their church.

Christopher Nemelka – The Reincarnated Hyrum Smith?

Christopher NemelkaBy Bill McKeever

He is the head of the Wordwide United Foundation, an organization that claims it alone has the solution to worldwide poverty and inequality. But this claim pales in comparison to Christopher Marc Nemelka’s belief that he is the reincarnated Hyrum Smith, the brother of Mormonism’s founder, Joseph Smith. 

Nemelka insists that while working as a security guard in the Salt Lake temple on June 16, 1987, he was personally visited by Joseph Smith and told he was Smith’s reincarnated brother. Joseph and Hyrum met their demise while incarcerated at the Carthage Jail in June 1844. Nemelka claims that Smith told him that he was to finish the job Hyrum was unable to complete.

A Look at Fundamentalist Mormonism

By Bill McKeever

The practice of plural marriage had been the center of controversy for Joseph Smith and his fledgling church ever since rumors began circulating about an extra marital affair he had while living in Kirtland, Ohio. According to George D. Smith:

Apostles from Manti Predict End: Part 2

By Eric Johnson

It was an event that was supposed to forever change the world. According to leaders of the 350-member Utah-based True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of The Last Days (TLC)—a church we extensively covered in the Fall 1999 issue of Mormonism Researched—Jesus Christ was supposed to have returned last winter to begin a millennial reign that would have been marked by swift destruction of the world’s wicked.

Under the Banner of Heaven

 By Jon Krakauer
Reviewed by Eric Johnson

Well-known author Jon Krakauer (Into Thin Air, Into the Wild) originally wanted to write a book titled History and Belief that would focus “on the uneasy, highly charged relationship between the LDS Church and its past.” In this not-yet-written book, he planned to see “how does a critical mind reconcile scientific and historical truth with religious doctrine? How does one sustain belief when confronted with facts that appear to refute it?”