Monday, July 03, 2006

Court-Appointed Trustee For FLDS Properties Makes Progress

Today's Arizona Republic chronicles the progress that has been made by Bruce Wisan who was appointed by a Utah judge last summer to oversee the $120 million in assets of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He has begun to privatize the land that had long been controlled communally by FLDS leaders. The land had been held by the United Effort Plan, a communal trust based on the frontier Mormon concept of an order in which workers donate their labor to a common fund to benefit all living in the community. Wisan also has sued the FLDS church for losses to the trust. Meanwhile a large FLDS temple has been built by the polygamous sect near Eldorado, Texas, and many from the twin cities of Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah are apparently moving there.