Thursday, May 11, 2006

Let's Play Catch the Mormon

The FBI has added polygamous leader Warren Steed Jeffs to the Top Ten Most Wanted list.

Officials at the FBI Salt Lake Field Office announced the development in the case for Warren Jeffs at a press conference Saturday in Salt Lake City. The Top Ten designation comes with a $100,000 reward for information leading to Jeffs' arrest.

Jeffs is the leader of the FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints) church with a following of about 10,000 people who consider the fugitive to be a prophet. The FLDS church is based out of the Utah/Arizona border towns of Hilldale and Colorado City.

Jeffs has been accused of several criminal charges, including sexual conduct with a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor. He has been on the run from authorities for over a year.

Officials said although Jeffs himself might not be dangerous, he could be travelling with several armed men that should be considered dangerous.

4 comments:

Really said...

The name Mormon is used in reference to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jeffs should not be referred to as a Mormon.

Justice said...

Everything, I have read points to him being Mormon. He just considers himself to be an FLDS, which is still LDS.

Nick

Really said...

Jeffs is the leader of a break off of the LDS Church. If you are going to call a member of the LDS Church a Mormon, then it is incorrect to call Jeffs a Mormon because he is not a member of the LDS Church. If that still does not satisfy you, please explain what you consider a Mormon to be.

jumpboot said...

Isn't it interesting/sad/strange/ironic that today's Mormons put so much trust and faith in their founder, Joseph Smith, who, if alive today, would probably be hanging out with folks like Jeffs and other fundies who are just being true to his teachings.
The current LDS church is trying so damn hard to be fit in with mainstream Christian beliefs, they'll alter, modify, or flat out deny important doctrine or other teachings.
One of the many, many reasons I've decided to quit the group. Not because I believe in the fundamental teachings, as Jeffs does, but because they were never correct in the first place!
To quote Dennis Miller: "That's just my opinion. I could be wrong."