A town divided

News

A town divided

Long after polygamist leader is imprisoned, loyalists, defectors clash
A girl runs past a street sign in Hildale, Utah. The sister cities of Hildale and Colorado City, Ariz., once run by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, are split between loyalists who believe he is a victim of religious persecution and defectors who are embracing government efforts to pull the town into modern society.
Doran Jessop, a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or FLDS, and the Hildale City Council, says Warren Jeffs is in prison for advocating the principles of Christ. Asked about Jeffs’ sexual assault convictions, he said if Jeffs has “done anything like that, it was directed toward the Lord.” Jessop was recently evicted from his eight-bedroom house where he had lived for 14 years.
A girl swings a chain as she stands with others in a playground in Colorado City, Ariz. The sister cities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, once run by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, are split between loyalists who believe he is a victim of religious persecution and defectors who are embracing government efforts to pull the town into modern society.
A U.S. flag flies at the compound built for polygamist leader Warren Jeffs in Hildale, Utah. Willie Jessop, the former spokesman and bodyguard for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or FLDS, has converted the compound in to a bed and breakfast. In defiance of some of Jeffs’ rules, he now flies the flag, keeps the gate open and has torn down part of the wall.
Brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, Lyle, foreground, and Nephi, leave the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City. Though Warren Jeffs has been in jail in Utah or Texas since 2006, he is believed to rule the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints through letters and phone calls from prison. Lyle Jeffs makes sure Jeffs’ commandments are carried out. To his followers, estimated to be about 6,000, he is a prophet who speaks for God and can do no wrong.
This compound was built for polygamist leader Warren Jeffs in Hildale, Utah. Willie Jessop, the former spokesman and bodyguard for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or FLDS, has converted the compound into a bed and breakfast. In defiance of some of Jeffs’ rules, he now flies the U.S. flag, keeps the gate open and has torn down part of the wall.
Hildale, Utah, sits at the base of Red Rock Cliff Mountains, with its sister city, Colorado City, Ariz., in the foreground. The two towns, separated by the Utah-Arizona border and once run by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, are split between loyalists who believe he is a victim of religious persecution and defectors who are embracing government efforts to pull the town into modern society.

A town divided

A girl runs past a street sign in Hildale, Utah. The sister cities of Hildale and Colorado City, Ariz., once run by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, are split between loyalists who believe he is a victim of religious persecution and defectors who are embracing government efforts to pull the town into modern society.
Doran Jessop, a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or FLDS, and the Hildale City Council, says Warren Jeffs is in prison for advocating the principles of Christ. Asked about Jeffs’ sexual assault convictions, he said if Jeffs has “done anything like that, it was directed toward the Lord.” Jessop was recently evicted from his eight-bedroom house where he had lived for 14 years.
A girl swings a chain as she stands with others in a playground in Colorado City, Ariz. The sister cities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, once run by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, are split between loyalists who believe he is a victim of religious persecution and defectors who are embracing government efforts to pull the town into modern society.
A U.S. flag flies at the compound built for polygamist leader Warren Jeffs in Hildale, Utah. Willie Jessop, the former spokesman and bodyguard for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or FLDS, has converted the compound in to a bed and breakfast. In defiance of some of Jeffs’ rules, he now flies the flag, keeps the gate open and has torn down part of the wall.
Brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, Lyle, foreground, and Nephi, leave the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City. Though Warren Jeffs has been in jail in Utah or Texas since 2006, he is believed to rule the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints through letters and phone calls from prison. Lyle Jeffs makes sure Jeffs’ commandments are carried out. To his followers, estimated to be about 6,000, he is a prophet who speaks for God and can do no wrong.
This compound was built for polygamist leader Warren Jeffs in Hildale, Utah. Willie Jessop, the former spokesman and bodyguard for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or FLDS, has converted the compound into a bed and breakfast. In defiance of some of Jeffs’ rules, he now flies the U.S. flag, keeps the gate open and has torn down part of the wall.
Hildale, Utah, sits at the base of Red Rock Cliff Mountains, with its sister city, Colorado City, Ariz., in the foreground. The two towns, separated by the Utah-Arizona border and once run by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, are split between loyalists who believe he is a victim of religious persecution and defectors who are embracing government efforts to pull the town into modern society.
Reader Comments
click here to add your event
Area Events