Jeffs delivers prophecies from jail, scaring locals

Jeffs FLDS doomsday prophecy and business closures cause concern | Deseret News.

There’s mystery, worry, and new indications of turmoil among followers of imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.

At least three of his followers’ most prominent businesses were suddenly closed in the Fundamentalist LDS Church’s twin towns of Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah. The closures involved the community’s only grocery store, the hardware store and a Radio Shack.

“Warren would have told them to do that,” said former FLDS follower Isaac Wyler. “They wouldn’t do that on their own. They wouldn’t dare.”

It’s not known if the closures are related to a doomsday prophecy Jeffs reportedly issued last weekend.

“It’s scaring the hell out of people in the United Order,” said private investigator Sam Brower, referring to the most loyal members of Jeffs’ church.

Jeffs has been making pronouncements like this for a while, telling his followers to prepare and that the “lifting up” would occur before the end of the year. Is it a way to keep people’s attention? To keep them scared? What happens when inevitably, nothing happens?

UPDATE: They have now reopened. Whaaaatever…

  4 comments for “Jeffs delivers prophecies from jail, scaring locals

  1. Bob
    November 18, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    It is very difficult to prophesy. Especially about the future.

  2. One Eyed Jack
    November 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    “What happens when inevitably, nothing happens?”

    What will happen is what always happens. Believers will make excuses and become even more devout. It’s a well documented phenomenon.

  3. November 18, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    That is so bizarre. Completely incomprehensible.

    People still shop at Radio Shack?

  4. Rand
    November 19, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    When your local “Radio Shack” is one of the three most prominent businesses in your town, its time to stop lying to yourself and just admit your town is now just a washed up ghost town. The most likely reason they closed is that without their beloved [cult] leader, there just isn’t enough business around to sustain them.

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