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Jeffs sends doomsday prophecies to local legislators

By Billy Hesterman - Daily Herald - | Nov 18, 2011

Polygamous leader and convicted child rapist Warren Jeffs is trying to get the attention of Utah’s elected officials — through prophecy.

Throughout the week Gov. Gary Herbert’s office, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff’s office and many in the state Legislature received a package from the leader of the FLDS church that contained his prophecies and proclamations that declare the end of the of the world.

According to Paul Murphy, spokesman for Attorney General’s office, the package from Jeffs included 16 pages of revelations and a 248-page proclamation.

The revelations from Jeffs warn that a cleansing of the earth will soon take place in preparation for the end of the world. Jeffs’s revelations predict an earthquake to take place on the capital city of Arizona and warns of volcanoes and earthquakes to take place in many large populated places in Utah. The revelations go on to predict the rising up of the country of Turkey to be an international power and states that NATO has lost credibility in the world.

It didn’t make much of an impression, given that many of Utah County’s lawmakers opted to discard the package.

“I glanced over it and gave it to the round file,” Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, said.

Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, said she had to sign for the package and once she realized who it was from and what it was, she opted to throw the items away.

“I realized what it was and thought this is not a comfortable thing to have in my home,” Dayton said.

Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, also received the package but never got the chance to go over the material, as his wife threw it away before he could take a look at it.

“I think my wife did exactly protocol for what that kind of mail is,” Bramble said. “I’m barely able to keep up on the stuff that I need to do for my profession and for the Legislature. I would not waste my time on that kind of stuff.”

The governor’s office confirmed that a Jeffs follower sent a package to his office, but his staff had not reviewed the contents of the package yet as the governor’s team is busy crafting their budget proposal for the 2012 legislative session.

It is unclear if Jeffs went as far as sending the packages to Utah’s federal delegation. Staffers within Sen. Mike Lee’s office said they had not seen any packages from Jeffs, but said the screening process for packages being sent to elected officials in D.C. was pretty intense and that they usually get their mail a few days later than everyone else.

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