Imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs calls himself LDS Church president

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 10 2012 6:52 p.m. MST

Warren Jeffs

Trent Nelson

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SALT LAKE CITY — Imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs gave himself a new title on one of his latest pronouncements.

At the end of a one-paragraph, handwritten revelation he writes "President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" under his signature. Jeffs is not president of the LDS Church.

His church is formally known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly referred to as FLDS. It is based in the twin towns of Colorado City, Ariz., and Hilldale, Utah. It is not affiliated with the LDS Church, based in Salt Lake City.

Over the past few months, Jeffs has mailed dozens of revelations from his prison cell in Palestine, Texas, to public agencies, schools and libraries throughout the country. In the latest round, he predicts the downfall of the president of the United States.

Jeffs, 56, is serving a life sentence plus 20 years for sexually assaulting two of his underage brides. The charges followed a 2008 raid on a West Texas ranch where some of his followers live. Former church members have said since his conviction last year that Jeffs would continue to try to lead his Utah-based church from prison.

— Email: Dennis Romboy Twitter: dennisromboy

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