The Latter-day Saints have come marching into Denver, but some are hipper than others

The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has gotten off to a rousing start in 2012 — the year of the alleged Apocalypse. County officials across Colorado report receiving numerous mailings from the FLDS, otherwise known as that crazy Mormon sect led by super-creepy imprisoned polygamist Warren Jeffs. The mailings — sent priority mail, United States Postal Service, for about $6 each — come from Vaughan Taylor, who's with Jeffs's FLDS Church in Colorado City, Arizona; within each mailer are individual envelopes addressed to each county commissioner, the county attorney and the sheriff. Most are a couple of pages of "revelation" given to Jeffs; "Thus Saith Jesus Christ to the Leaders in Governing Powers, Also to All Peoples of the Nation of United States of America, My Own Word of Full Power Soon to Take Full Way of Cleansing Power Upon All in This Nation if You Repent Not" was one recent title. Some have a theme — abortion; don't ask, don't tell — while others are just general calls to awakening. But the last was a book that's 149 pages long, one county manager reports. And the mailers conveniently include a price list if a county wants to order reprints.

Still, the FLDS would have to sell a lot of reprints to cover the cost of the large advertisements that appeared in the Denver Post and half a dozen other major newspapers around the country this past weekend, warning that the Lord is coming very soon. In those ads, the FLDS appears to report that Christ revealed his impending arrival to Jeffs on December 27 in Palestine, Texas, where Jeffs is serving a life sentence for sexually assaulting two of his underage brides.

It reads, in part: "I, who am of the full Godhood power over world, even of my Father, Elohim, who is my Eternal Father, saith Jesus Christ, your Lord and Holy Savior, Son Ahman; who redeemed all mankind from the grave, to lift each up by my power over death unto life in the holy resurrection; I say to all nations...Repent ye; now be of full humbling; all peoples shall be humbled in full way; as I send full judgments."

Joan Marcus

Which doesn't make a lot of sense, but it still made more sense than the overkill of another Mormon-related ad that appeared in the Post on Friday: a two full page-plus wrap-around billboard for The Book of Mormon. The musical, penned by Colorado boys and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, opens in Denver on August 14, the first stop on a much-anticipated road tour. So anticipated that no advertising may have been necessary: Tickets for the two-and-a-half-week run sold out within hours. In fact, many would-be theater-goers were left feeling a little apocalyptically despondent themselves since the Denver Center's online ticketing system essentially shut down due to demand — returning to functionality only after the performances were all sold out. Salvation, it seems, will have to come in the form of ticket gouging on Stub Hub. And yes, just a day later, there were already dozens of Mormon tickets for sale online, ranging in price from $500 to $600 apiece. (While scalping is illegal in Denver, cyberspace extends well beyond city limits. Thanks, Denver Attractions, for handling that so well.)

It will be interesting to see whether there is the same amount of interest in another Mormon, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, when Colorado's Republican caucuses roll around on February 7. Romney lost South Carolina to Newt Gingrich, despite the fact that Gingrich has had more wives than Romney (yes, we know, aside from Jeffs, the LDS church gave up polygamy a century ago). But Colorado has a significant LDS population because of its proximity to Utah.

Scene and heard: Will Rick Santorum stay in the race long enough to see Colorado? The New Yorker just ran a piece on how Dan Savage saved the then-senator with his campaign to come up with a sex act named "santorum." Butt, seriously, folks...

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Denise Beavers
Denise Beavers

Two weeks ago on Friday, January 13, 2012, the $1 billion lawsuit filed against Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Governor John Hicklenlooper, former Governor Bill Ritter and 15 other government-associated defendants was disclosed to every member of the Colorado General Assembly (with a public email address), every U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative Doug Lamborn, and to media outlets across this nation, yet no news of the lawsuit. Since that time, another 300 plus messages were sent to newspaper, television, and radio news outlets. If there is nothing to it, why has the media across this nation been silenced? What is it that President Obama, Attorney General Holder and Congress don't want you to know? Is it the truth reported in the 154-page lawsuit, or the end-time message sent with their personal copies?

Please understand that “God” is a label that humans use to identify the supreme ruler of the universe. And God continues to be identified by various names, but God is still God. God does not sit on a throne in a mystical place twiddling thumbs and watch us fail to meet the standards that have been passed along to us through our religious traditions, and then sentence us to everlasting punishment for our failure to live up to them. Why would God who is omnipotent and omnipresent not destroy the force that leads to our destruction instead of destroying those who fall victim to it when God knew from the beginning we were weak and would fail?

Consider the universe to understand what science already accepts – we are not the only intelligent life form in the universe. What religion and science have done is prepare us to accept the reality of life elsewhere in this universe. We are about to come face-to-face with this reality. It is better for us to come to terms with what we are about to witness than to try to oppose God upon “this” visit to our world. It is important for all of us to know that God is not to be feared. God is love.

Where does the earth fit in the cosmos? What are humans doing to change the laws of the universe? Has our so-called advancement threatened life elsewhere? We’re going to know the answers to these questions soon and time as we know it shall end - whatever that means.

Now to look at the facts from a more comfortable position, the $1 billion lawsuit arose from Colorado Springs, Colorado, in El Paso County. The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners, the El Paso County attorney, and the director of the El Paso County DHS are named as defendants. Yet, the Colorado Springs Gazette and Independent newspapers have not published a single article pertaining to the lawsuit that involves its government, the El Paso County District and County Courts, and its former and current child support enforcement contractors who operate(d) in the most populated city in Colorado, a largely militarized state. And Colorado Springs-based KRDO-TV has yet to run a single story concerning the lawsuit when it, too, has been kept informed as the events underlying the lawsuit unfolded.

In contrast, the musings of a man who preyed upon the victims of his conditioning using a religion to fulfill his sexual desires and fantasies offers the world nothing to bring it closer to the reality of God's existence or God's promised return.


Your headline is TOTALLY INCORRECT. The Mormon Church is NOT the Fundamentalist church. Get your story right and QUIT trying to get us to read your articles with incorrect information. This article will not affect Mr. Romney at all if only you put out the correct information.

I'm not Mormon and I'm still enraged by your incorrect article.

Teddy Bear
Teddy Bear

Your verbose statement doesn't help either.

Your a pompous ass!
Your a pompous ass!

The FLDS believe they are the true Latter- day Aints, I just have an issue regarding the hyphen in the phrase Latter-day Saints can you trust a church with a hyphen in its name?