This led to a split within the community in Bountiful, British Columbia, with an estimated 700 FLDS members leaving the church to follow Blackmore.
The FLDS Church has been led by a succession of men regarded as prophets, who are believed to have been called by God to lead. Barlow, who led the community of Short Creek until his death on December 29, 1949.
According to this interpretation, the original authority conferred by Lorin C.
Wooley was only for the purpose of initiating plural marriages, not for the establishing of a new church, and many early Short Creek polygamists continued to regard the LDS Church as authoritative but "out of order" on the matter of polygamy.
For nearly two years, Warren Jeffs had been wanted on sex-crimes charges.
From May 2006 until his arrest in August 2006, he was on the FBI's Ten Most-Wanted List.
Warren Jeffs has since been sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years along with a ,000 fine after his conviction on aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault charges.
It is taught in the community that Brigham Young, then President of the LDS Church, once visited the area stating, "This will someday be the head and not the tail of the church. This land will produce in abundance sufficient wheat to feed the people." The twin cities were once known as Short Creek, officially founded in 1913 as a ranching community.
The FLDS traces its claim to spiritual authority to accounts, starting with a statement published in 1912 by Lorin C.