By Martha S Bradley
Within the early morning hours of July 26, 1953, a number of hundred Arizona nation officers and law enforcement officials moved into the polygamist neighborhood of brief Creek, Arizona, to serve warrants on thirty-six males and eighty-six girls. officers staging the raid believed they have been rescuing the community’s 263 little ones from a lifetime of bondage and immorality.Kidnapped from that Land is the 1st ebook to collect the tale of the 1953 raid and earlier raids in 1935 and 1944. Martha Bradley tells the tale with perception and compassion for the households that have been fragmented via the arrests. She additionally bargains with the advanced felony concerns that persist in either Arizona and Utah, the place the perform of polygamy is a criminal that's now not prosecuted.Kidnapped from that Land will attract these attracted to the research of Mormon heritage, of polygamy, and of western nearby and American social heritage.
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Woolley, and Lorin C. 4 Byron Harvey Allred expressed the feeling of many fundamentalists that the leaders of the Mormon Church had begun a dangerous path toward apostasy: Page 20 A careful and prayerful study of the gospel as contained in those sacred documents, when compared with the teachings, practice, and gifts of the Latter Day Saint Church of today, has convinced me beyond the shadow of a doubt that this Church has apostatized, or turned away from many of the saving truths taught in those holy writings, and that the leaders of this Church have perverted the doctrines, changed the ordinances, rejected the fullness of the gospel, and broken the new and everlasting covenant.
Musser's life reveals much about fundamentalist Mormons who did not choose to move with the mainstream Church but instead moved parallel to the Church as both insiders and outsiders. Joseph Musser began a lifetime of Church service with his baptism at the age of eight. Soon after being baptized, Musser served as secretary in his ward Primary presidency. At the age of twelve, Joseph was ordained to the office of a deacon in the Aaronic priesthood by his father, Amos Musser. He then followed the predictable sequence of priesthood ordination: when he was fourteen, his father once again ordained Joseph to the office of a teacher, and two years later, a priest.
Psalm 137 Page v Contents Preface ix 1. Mormon Polygamy: A Historical Overview, 1830-1890 1 2. The Roots of Modern-Day Fundamentalism, 1896-1935 18 3. Short Creek: First Settlements, 1860-1935 40 4. The Search for Refuge and the First Raid, 1935 48 5. The Boyden Raid and Prosecutions, 1944-1950 64 6. The Aftermath of the 1944 Raid 86 7. The Women of Fundamentalism 97 8. Howard Pyle and the Raid of 1953 112 Photograph section following page 126 9. The "Capture" of Short Creek 127 10. The Legal Experience 148 11.