Dec. 6, 1909 Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA
Sep. 8, 2002 Saint George Washington County Utah, USA
Rulon T. Jeffs was born in Salt Lake City at a time when the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was beginning to crack down on plural marriage. The son of David William Ward and Nettie Lenora Timpson Jeffs he was a graduate of the LDS Business College. After graduating he went to work as an accountant for the Utah State Tax Commission.
On June 1, 1934 he married Zola Grace Brown, daughter of later LDS Apostle Hugh B. Brown.
Soon after a reconciliation with his father he became captivated with his father's teachings on polygamy. Later court records record how the young Mormon couple had fought over his desire to marry another wife and join the ranks of polygamy. Jeffs told her of a trip he had taken to the mountains where he had a vision of the Provo woman God desired him to marry. On April 14, 1941, just two weeks after Zola divorced him, Rulon was excommunicated from the LDS Church. He moved into a house on Lincoln Street in Salt Lake City, which, at the time, was a center for polygamist activity. Zola took the couple's two young sons and moved to Pasadena, California.
In the course of his long and extraordinary life, Rulon Jeffs would go on to marry not just the new girl but a reported 19 additional women, including a later marriage in which the bride is some 70 years his junior.
He first became affiliated with the Fundamentalist Church in the late 1930s, when the religious association was known as the Priesthood Work. He became a leader of the Priesthood Work in the 1940s, when he was appointed a member of its priesthood council. In 1942, he was instrumental in the formation of the United Effort Plan, which is the longest running United Order effort in modern history. President Jeffs served on the priesthood council continuously until November of 1986, when he assumed the leadership of the Church following the death of his predecessor, Leroy S. Johnson .
He retired from his accounting practice in 1984, and moved to Hildale, Utah in September of 1998 in order to better serve the members of the faith of which he was leader.
He also sat on the boards of multimillion-dollar corporations, including one that made gaskets for the ill-fated Challenger space shuttle in 1986.
Jeffs in the latter part of his life lived in a massive compound with 23 bedrooms at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon outside of Salt Lake City and commuted regularly by chartered jet to Colorado City.
He fathered more than 60 children and was the president and prophet of the largest polygamist church in North America with more than 5,000 devoted followers who treated his words as divinely inspired.
We shall see you soon, my dear Prophet. Nobody ever had a better friend, or a lovlier family. Families are forever. The Universal Family: Youtube: Great Sloan Wall -
Sherrell (Shirl) Zitting Added: Apr. 25, 2013