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…