Oh, The Fabulous Irony

Have you all been following this story in the SL Trib?


Apparently Warren Jeffs, prophet of the FLDS church has purchased a large ranch in West Texas, hoping to create an isolated compound for him and his closest followers. It’s scaring the stuffing out of the local Texas residents, a situation not helped by the fact that the FLDS buyer lied about the purpose of the purchase to the previous owner. Now the FLDS hierarchy is trying to do damage control with the local residents and authorities.

And here is the titular fabulous irony: According to the caption in the picture accompanying the article, apparently the Steed family is among the upper echelons of FLDS culture. Now, although I’m sure you’re all too sophisticated to be familiar with a certain blockbuster Mormon fiction publication–perhaps the name “Work and the Glory” rings a bell? For the uninitiated, the series follows the fictional, and amazingly righteous yet syrupy, Steed family through the restoration to the trek West in 1847. The story ends there.

Or does it? Perhaps the intrepid author needs to write a follow up, a sequel detailing the fall of the Steeds and their affiliation with apostate polygamous groups. Here, I’ll get him started. “Able to weather the scandal of the fall of the Kirtland Safety Society, but unable to accept the manifesto…..”


  1. Aaron Brown says:

    A month or so ago, I decided to do some exploring of internet sites created by schismatic “Mormon” groups. Fascinating stuff. Has anyone ever visited any of these out-of-the-way communities? I’ve never even met a real “polygamist” before.

    Aaron B

  2. I grew up in southern Utah, and we’d see the polygamists all the time, mostly at Wal-Mart and the public library. My mom has a couple of polygamist coworkers; she even goes to lunch with them on occasion.

    When I was a teenager a polygamist family bought the house next to my Grandpa’s, near Cedar City. One time we were all there for a birthday party and the polygamist kids came out and stared at us; they were lined up in a row, smallest to tallest, clutching the chain link fence. Finally, one of them piped up and asked if they could have a balloon. Someone tossed one over the fence, and these kids took to it like ants on a wet lifesaver. It was clear they didn’t have much in the line of toys or games.

    This image still haunts me.

  3. I lived in West Texas for over four years; my youngest was born there. There’s not a friendlier bunch of people on earth. Total strangers will smile and say “How y’all doin’?” in the Kmart parking lot. The polygs are not going to know what hit them.

  4. I’ve met one–at a family reunion.

  5. I’ve never met one either, but I hear they are seven feet tall, with strange, hypnotic eyes.

  6. IÂ’ve met some. My wifeÂ’s parents both come from polygamist families. Her one grandmother is currently married to the prophet for one of the groups in Bluffdale. Weird stuff.

  7. Well, if polygamy is not illegal there (I didn’t know that) then that will be one less huge hassle.

  8. Yeah, I’ve met some polygamists. And also seen them visiting St. George. Frankly, although I’m a steadfast believer in religious freedom, the situation scares me as a feminist because they are such small insular communities without the oversight of a larger community monitoring system, added to the fact that the entire polygamous system can easily turn to the exploitation of women and children. I understand the dilemma of the law enforcement officials in Utah who never quite know how to handle them.

    I think it will be really interesting to see how the situation unfolds in west Texas. I think that the open friendly Texans will be very suspicious of such a self contained group, and that isn’t helped much by the dishonesty that has already happened. If Jeff’s group thinks they will be able to get away from the prying eyes of Utah and Arizona law enforcement, I don’t know why he thinks the Texans will be any more accepting.

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