As of April 2014, the State of Texas took physical and legal possession of the property. Under Texas law, authorities yearning for the living god pdf seize property that was used to commit or facilitate certain criminal conduct.
Following the sermon, Jeffs suspended all further religious meetings but continued to allow his followers to pay their tithes and offerings to him. He then turned his focus to what he called “lands of refuge”: secret communities that he had started to build up. Jeffs referred to Yearning for Zion Ranch, one of the lands of refuge, by the code name R17. The YFZ Land LLC, through its president, David S. When he purchased the property, he declared that the buildings would be a corporate hunting retreat. Allred stuck with that story even after William Benjamin Johnson, a Hildale man, was alleged to be shooting all the white-tail deer on the ranch and, after an investigation, fined for hunting without a license.
The ranch was home to approximately 500 people who relocated from Arizona and Utah communities. There were generators, gardens, a grain silo, and a large stone quarry that was cut for the temple. 3 million worth of buildings had been built. 34,000 for environmental violations in connection with buildings on the ranch, mainly due to its failure to obtain the required permits for its cement-mixing operations. The temple foundation was dedicated January 1, 2005, by Warren Jeffs. Portrait of Ira Eldredge with his three wives: Nancy Black Eldredge, Hannah Mariah Savage Eldredge, and Helvig Marie Andersen Eldredge.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints v. Rozita Swinton, who had been arrested for previous hoax calls posing as abused and victimized girls. The call triggered a large-scale operation at YFZ Ranch by Texas law enforcement and child welfare officials, beginning with cordoning off of the ranch on April 3. Authorities believed the children “had been abused or were at immediate risk of future abuse,” a state spokesman said. They found evidence leading them to believe that the beds were “in a part of the temple where ‘males over the age of 17 engage in sexual activity’ with underage girls.
A religious scholar later testified in court that he does not think sexual activity occurs in the temples of FLDS sects, and that temple service “lasts a couple of hours, so all the temples will have a place where someone can lie down. CPS spokesman Darrell Azar stated, “There was a systematic process going on to groom these young girls to become brides”, and that the children could not be protected from possible future abuse on the ranch. Interviews with the children “revealed that several underage girls were forced into ‘spiritual marriage’ with much older men as soon as they reached puberty and were then made pregnant. Over a hundred adult women chose to leave the ranch to accompany the children. DNA testing was completed, only children under 18 months were allowed to stay with their mothers indefinitely. April 6 in hopes of reuniting two of her daughters with their half siblings. Jessop had been in Texas the prior month at a speaking engagement, where she said, “n Eldorado, the crimes went to a whole new level.
They thought they could get away with more” but “Texas is not going to be a state that’s as tolerant of these crimes as Arizona and Utah have been. By April 8, authorities had removed as many as 533 women and children from the ranch. On April 10, law enforcement completed their search of the ranch, returning control of the property to the FLDS Church. Judge Walther for her rulings because parents in Texas cannot simply appeal an emergency removal.