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Polygamous prophet Warren Jeffs may be locked up, but he certainly has not shut up.
From behind bars in a Texas penitentiary, the 56-year-old leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints allegedly delivered two 15-minute sermons over the telephone to his legions of faithful along the Utah/Arizona border on Christmas Day.
Over speakerphone, Jeffs apparently laid out some serious fire and brimstone -- once again predicting (as he has many times before) the end of the world with the coming new year, forbidding sex, forbidding children's play and recreation, demanding an additional $5,000 from each household -- all this while also telling his faithful followers that they all had to submit to a new "worthiness" test. If they passed and their allegiance to Jeffs was absolute, they would be "rebaptized." Those who did not pass were banished from their homes and their families. The upheaval and damage in such torn-apart families has been well documented.
But Jeffs' Christmas Day calls have not been the incarcerated prophet's only communications with the outside world. An onslaught of letters, proclamations and books has been sent to Arizona State Rep. Debbie McCune-Davis' office in recent weeks by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on behalf of its leader, President Warren S. Jeffs.
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