This pristine 140-acre property located in the Black Hills of western South Dakota, formerly owned by an infamous polygamist cult, can be yours for a steal of a price-- only $6.9 million.
The FLDS compound is back in the local papers again. The property recently foreclosed on, and was sold at an auction for 750k to three former members last year, who are flipping the estate with a 6.9 million dollar price tag. Local State Representative, and moral pillar of the community, Tim Goodwin (R-D30) said that the FLDS compound with its polygamy and child marriage was one of the reasons why he first ran for office in 2016. He once described them as a "black cloud" looming over his district. "Young girls 12-15 years old were forced to marry elders aged 50 years and older. They believe in polygamy, so as many as 14 wives isn’t all that uncommon." Rep. Goodwin prime sponsored HB 1110, which established a penalty for failing to file birth and death certificates. It was signed into law by Gov. Noem after passing the House 67-1 and in the Senate 33-0.
The FLDS were described by Rep. Goodwin in a recent Keloland report as “an absolute cult. It was kind of like an organized crime with sex and religion — it was absolutely evil is I guess the word you would say. It was the farthest thing from religion that there could be.”
Dakota Free Press, the spin-blog of the SD Democrats, humorously advertised the property in District 30 as "11584 Farmer Road, about 30 minutes southwest of Pringle, has everything: six log structures with 77 bedrooms and 74 baths, a meeting hall with fifteen offices and ten restrooms, a 14,300-square foot storehouse, a 17,500-square-foot equipment shed, greenhouse, three generators, two wellhouses, shop, rock quarry, watchtower--and a history of weird Mormon sex and oppression!"
Mormons started trending on Twitter last week as the Momtok gossip made the rounds on social media. Allegedly, a Salt Lake City based group of Mormon "mom-fluencers" on TikTok have been swept up in a "soft swinging" scandal. The gist of the situation is that upper-middle class Mormon influencer couples were spinning-the-Sodalicious-cup, making out and doing stuff; but then one of the mom's cheated and, in the midst of her public and messy divorce, proceeded to spill the tea on the whole thing. The 2019 South Jordan home of Taylor Frankie Paul, the woman at the center of it all, is now for sale. Complete with a huge kitchen island, and spacious master bedroom with "built in fireplace and a great master bath." It's the perfect home for weird Mormon sex, and being less than an hour out of the Mormon Temple in downtown SLC, it can be yours for only 930k!
There has been speculation on whether or not the drama is actually real, or if the entire thing is scripted for views with a Mormon mom reality television show on the way. There are shows such as Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, or Sister Wives which followed the life of a polygamist family in Utah, but the people demand their bread and circus!
Salt Lake City, Utah, is a booming metropolis nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains with many secrets hiding beneath a suburban façade.
The Latter-Day Saints are known around the world for their works of charity, they are always willing to lend a helping hand anytime someone is in need, but they are also extremely wary of outsiders. There is a LDS family ideal, with an enormous amount of pressure to fulfill it, but hidden behind the thin superficial veneer of suburban Americana perfection; Mormon women are popping opioids like candy and Mormon men are addicted to pornography. The Mormon Words of Wisdom teach abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, and hot beverages like tea and coffee; but whenever Mormons finally get out on their own, it's like the kids just crack open a can of Dr. Pepper and start falling off the rails.
The Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter-Day Saints, commonly referred to as the LDS or Mormon Church, controls every lever of power in the state of Utah. The presence and influence of the Mormon Church casts a shadow which looms over the entire state. The LDS Church was founded by Joseph Smith during the mid-1800's. It was a time of religious revivalism in nineteenth century America called the Second Great Awakening.
Joseph Smith claimed to have received a revelation from God about plural marriage and introduced Church leaders to the practice of polygyny, the most common type of polygamy, where one man is married to multiple women. Due to the illegality of polygamy in the United States, what modern day historians do know today about the early Mormon practitioners of plural marriage is limited largely to whatever the LDS Church has begrudgingly decided to make public.
The paper was founded by ex-communicated and non-Mormons. The Expositor began with a preamble, taking note of the potential consequences of speaking out against the prophet and presidential candidate Joseph Smith,
We have dared to gird on the armor, and with God at our head, we most solemnly and sincerely declare that the sword of truth shall not depart from the thigh, nor the buckler from the arm, until we can enjoy those glorious privileges which nature's God and our country's laws have guaranteed to us-- freedom of speech, the liberty of the press, and the right to worship God as seemeth us good. We are aware, however, that we are hazarding every earthly blessing, particularly property, and probably life itself, in striking this blow at tyranny and oppression.
The Expositor explained that a schism had formed in the early LDS church over Joseph Smith's revelation regarding the doctrine of polygamy,
It is absurd for men to assert that all is well, while wicked and corrupt men are seeking our destruction, by a perversion of sacred things; for all is not well, while whoredoms and all manner of abominations are practiced under the cloak of religion. Lo! The wolf is in the fold, arrayed in sheep's clothing, and is spreading death and devastation among the saints.
The newspaper claimed that, under the pretense of religion and God, impressionable young women were lured into leaving their friends and family to join Joseph Smith's sex cult and that the participants of these marriages were made to keep it a secret.
It is a notorious fact, that many females in foreign climates, and in countries to us unknown, even in the most distant regions of the Eastern hemisphere, have been induced, by the sound of the gospel, to forsake friends, and embark upon a voyage across waters that lie stretched over the greater portion of the globe, as they supposed, to glorify God, that they might thereby stand acquitted in the great day of God Almighty. But what is taught them on their arrival at this place?
The harmless, inoffensive, and unsuspecting creatures, are so devoted to the Prophet, and the cause of Jesus Christ, that they do not dream of the deep laid and fatal scheme which prostrates happiness, and renders death itself desirable; but they meet him, expecting to receive through him a blessing, and learn the will of the Lord concerning them, and what awaits the faithful follower of Joseph, the Apostle and Prophet of God,
The Nauvoo Expositor took aim at Joseph Smith's presidential aspirations, in his attempts to unite church and state,
We do not believe that God ever raised up a Prophet to Christianize a world by political schemes and intrigue.
A June 11th edition of the neighboring Warsaw Signal cried out, "War and extermination is inevitable! Citizens ARISE, ONE AND ALL!!!" The Signal said, recapping the events explaining that Mayor Joseph Smith and the Nauvoo city council,
...had enacted an ordinance in relation to libels, providing that anything that had been published, or anything that might be published tending to disparage the character of the officers of the city should be regarded as LAWLESS. They also declared the "Nauvoo Expositor" a "nuisance," and directed the police of the city to proceed immediately to the office of the Expositor and DESTROY THE PRESS and also the MATERIALS, by THROWING them into the STREET!!!!
Smith's destruction of the Expositor's press stoked the already existing undercurrents of Anti-Mormonism. Tensions between locals and Mormons would once again erupt into violence. After a warrant was issued for Joseph Smith's arrest, Smith penned a letter to the Illinois governor defending the destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor's printing press,
In the investigation it appeared evident to the council that the proprietors were a set of unprincipled men, lawless, debauchees, counterfeiters, Bogus Makers, gamblers, peace disturbers, and that the grand object of said proprietors was to destroy our constitutional rights and chartered privileges.
Joseph Smith declared martial law, and activated the Nauvoo Legion. The Illinois governor responded to Smith's letter,
There are many newspapers in this state which have been wrongfully abusing me for more than a year, and yet such is my regard for the liberty of the press and the rights of a free people in a republican government that I would shed the last drop of my blood to protect those presses from any illegal violence.
Joseph Smith, already having acquired a lengthy rap sheet from encounters with the criminal justice system, fled Nauvoo to avoid arrest but surrendered to the authorities.
The LDS Church maintains to this day that the Nauvoo Expositor conjured inflammatory and "vicious lies" about Joseph Smith, even though the paper's accusations about Mormon polygamy ended up being true. A high ranking Church member named John C. Bennett was excommunicated by the Church for adultery after claiming that the prophet authorized his plural marriages, and in 1842, he published History of the Saints: Or, an Exposé of Joe Smith and Mormonism. Bennett's exposé included the testimonies of Sarah Pratt, Nancy Rigdon, and Martha Brotherton. These women claimed that Smith propositioned them in secret with marriage proposals. Joseph Smith wielded his influence in the community to destroy the reputations of these women, formerly in good standing, who rejected and publicly disclosed his proposals for plural marriage.
Joseph Smith made a pass at Jane Law as well, the wife of high ranking Church leader William Law. The Laws would later become founding members of the Nauvoo Expositor.
The Anti-Masonic movement was anti-elitist, as many prominent political and business figures were Freemasons. The Anti-Masons argued that men who make oaths and handshakes were a secret aristocracy and a threat to republicanism. The Anti-Masons migrated into the Whig party, and became a powerful faction within the party. When the Whigs later collapsed over the issue of slavery, the Anti-Mason faction of the former Whig Party linked arms with anti-slavery Democrats to found the Republican party in 1854. The Anti-Masons probably assassinated Joseph Smith fearing his rise to power and, all things considered, the Masons were probably not pleased with Smith either; as he revealed the secrets of Freemasonry, and even initiated women into the brotherhood, under the guise of his new religious movement called Mormonism.
Master Mason Joseph Smith was gunning for the presidency in the 1844 election before he was gunned down by a mob of angry citizens consisting of Anti-Masons, Masons, and non-Mormons.
The Prophet of the United States can't just go around activating the Nauvoo Legion every time someone writes or says something about him that he doesn't like. Utah's taxpayer-funded public schools teach that the prophet Joseph Smith's death at the hand's of his assassins was an act of religious martyrdom, but surprisingly little is known by the general public about Utah folk hero Joe Smith's presidential ambitions or how he made national history as the first presidential candidate to ever be assassinated.
The assassination of LDS prophet Joseph Smith sparked another Mormon War, leading to Mormon expulsion from Illinois, and the beginning the exodus of the Mormon pioneers. In 1848, the Latter-Day Saint Temple in Nauvoo was set ablaze by an unknown arsonist.
The Mormon settlers practiced polygamy openly once in the Utah Territory, and in response the United States Congress passed the 1862 Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act and 1887 Edmunds-Tucker Act. The legislation was passed with the intention to stop the spread of polygamy into the western territories.
Culturally, and genetically speaking, the descendants of the Mormon pioneers are a distinct people who trace their lineage back to the early Latter-Day Saint patriarchs. The contributions of the Latter-Day Saint Church, who believe its part of their religious duty to record genealogy, has resulted in the University of Utah gaining world renown for its research in genetics. The Latter-Day Saints have a Family History Library, located at Temple Square in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, which houses one of the largest collections of genealogical records in the world.
Despite the LDS Church's history of interbreeding and polygamy, Utah just doesn't have the same "inbred hicks" stereotype some other states have. Utah's stereotype gives off an eerie Stepford Wives vibe. The rest of America sees it as a cult of super nice and attractive people, who all look a little related, are about as white as mayonnaise, oddly happy, and extremely persistent about recruiting you into the Church. So persistent, in fact, that not even death itself will save you from those nice Mormon boys standing on your doorstep. The LDS Church will just wait to baptize you after your already dead.
Until 1990, the temple endowment ceremony included the recitation of a blood-oath. This blood-oath, called a Penalty, is said with accompanying gestures such as symbolizing ones own throat being slit. The recitation of a Penalty for revealing the secrets of Mormon temple worship is, once again, stolen from Freemasonry.
My throat be cut from ear to ear, and my tongue torn out by its roots; our breasts be torn open, our hearts and vitals torn out and given to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field; our body be cut asunder and all your bowels gush out.
Following the death of the prophet Joseph Smith, and until the 1930's, Mormons took an Oath of Vengeance against the United States as part of the temple endowment ceremony.
You and each of you do covenant and promise that you will pray and never cease to pray to Almighty God to avenge the blood of the prophets upon this nation, and that you will teach the same to your children and to your children's children unto the third and fourth generation.
In the Holy Bible, it was likewise said that generational curses are passed down onto the third and fourth generations,
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.
This is juxtaposed to Christianity in which Adam and Eve caused the fall of man from the Garden of Eden, the original sin, after having disobeyed God by biting into the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil to become gods. Masonic iconography decorates the famous LDS temple in downtown SLC, and even the Utah state flag bears an emblem of Freemasonry, the beehive. The history of the Latter-Day Saints is complex and full of mysteries, the surface of which, this introductory article only scratched.
If that God who gave bounds to the mighty deep, and bade the ocean cease--if that God who organized the physical world, and gave infinity to space, be our front guard and our rear ward, it is futile and vain for man to raise his puny arm against us. God will inspire his ministers with courage and with understanding to consummate his purposes; and, if it is necessary, he can snatch them from the fiery furnace, or the Lion's den.