Rulon Jeffs

Rulon Jeffs

Rulon Timpson Jeffs (December 6, 1909 – September 8, 2002) (known to church members as Uncle Rulon) was the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church), a Mormon fundamentalist organization based in Colorado City, Arizona.

Jeffs was the son of David Ward Jeffs and Nora Timpson. His father hid the fact that he was a polygamist and Rulon spent the first several years of his life as Rulon Jennings It was not until 1938 when his father introduced him to the teachings of polygamy . His first wife, Zola Grace Brown, was a great-granddaughter of Brigham Young. Shortly after he was introduced to the teachings of polygamy his wife divorced him because of it. Jeffs was a follower of FLDS Church leader Leroy S. Johnson, who died in 1986. Jeffs assumed the leadership of the FLDS Church after Johnson's death.

It was reported that at the time of Jeffs' death at age 92 that he may have had as many as 75 wives and 65 children; other sources indicate that Jeffs may have been survived by 19 or 20 wives and "about 60 children," including 33 sons. Shortly after his death, one of Rulon's sons, Warren Jeffs, asserted his own leadership of the FLDS Church and subsequently married all but two of his father's widows, figuratively making him the stepfather of many of his siblings and solidifying his political position in the community.

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