Polygamy City
 
 
THE END IS NEAR.   AS THE MILLENNIUM APPROACHES... PROPHETS OF DOOM ARE A DIME A DOZEN.   AMONG THEM... RULON JEFFS... THE AILING LEADER OF COLORADO CITY... AND HILLDALE IN SOUTHERN UTAH.

NEWS 4 UTAH'S BRENT HUNSAKER RECENTLY RETURNED FROM THERE...AND JOINS US NOW.

THE FOLLOWERS OF RULON JEFFS BELIEVE THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK WILL STRIKE MIDNIGHT WITHIN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS.

AND WAIT UNTIL YOU HEAR WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THEIR POLYGAMY CITY THEN

COLORADO CITY... ROUGHLY 6-THOUSAND PEOPLE LIVING JUST OFF HIGHWAY 59 -- STRADDLING THE UTAH - ARIZONA BORDER.

-- A PEOPLE SEPARATED BY A STATELINE... UNITED IN THE BELIEF THAT THEY ARE GOD'S CHOOSEN FEW.

Jason Williams, Former Resident of Colorado City, "We were told in meetings that the year 2000... it's been prophised that's when the destruction will come."

JASON WILLIAMS WAS RECENTLY RUN OUT OF TOWN BY POLYGAMOUS PROPHET RULON JEFFS.

JEFFS... HE SAYS... PREDICTS HE'S THE LAST PROPHET...AND WILL NOT DIE... BUT WILL BE LIFTED INTO HEAVEN WITH HIS PEOPLE.

Jason Williams, COLORADO CITY "he got up and said, I'm not going to name another... because it ends with me."

Brent Hunsaker: HERE'S WHAT WE'RE TOLD IS GOING TO HAPPEN. AT SOME POINT IN THE NEAR FUTURE THE CHILDREN OF ZION ARE GOING TO CIRCLE AROUND THIS CITY AND REBUKE THE OUTSIDE WORLD. THE LORD THEN WILL TAKE THE CITY AND LIFT IT UP INTO THE SKY. AT THAT POINT, THE REST OF US ARE IN A WORLD OF TROUBLE.

THE REST OF US WILL BE LEFT TO FIGHT OUT THE GREAT WAR: ARMAGEDDON.

BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE MILLENNIUM COMES AND GOES...AND COLORADO CITY REMAINS?

WORSE YET... WHAT HAPPENS IF RULON JEFFS DIES?

Jason Williams, Former Colorado City Resident, "I believe it will turn violent. I honestly do."

Dan Barlow, Colorado City Mayor, "I think it's foolishness."

COLORADO CITY MAYOR DAN BARLOW IS THE ONLY POLYGAMIST WHO WOULD TALK TO US --

Dan Barlow, Colorado City Mayor, "The media and the apostates have made a big issue of that... and have tried to paint us as a cult or something like the Heaven's Gate or something like that.   It's just not true."

Benjamin Bistline, "Religion here is tyrany".

BENJAMIN BISTLINE IS ON OPPOSITE SIDES FROM BARLOW... BUT AGREES WITH HIM ON THIS ONE POINT.

Benjamin Bistline, Colorado City Dissident, "I don't expect to see any mass suicides or anything of that nature."

BISTLINE SAYS IT'S ALL HAPPENED BEFORE.

THE LAST PROPHET -- LEROY S. JOHNSON WAS BURIED BACK IN THE 80'S.

UNCLE ROY ALSO PREDICTED THAT HE'D LIVE TO SEE THE END OF THE WORLD... AND WOULD ALSO BE CAUGHT UP INTO HEAVEN WITH HIS FOLLOWERS...

BUT IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.

Benjamin Bistline, Colorado City Dissident, "It will pass. It'll just pass and the next leaders will have an explanation for it."

BUT JASON AND OTHERS SAY THE EXCUSES ARE WEARING THIN...AND WORRY WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO THE LITTLE ONES, IF THIS SOCIETY BEGINS TO FALL APART.

BUT MOST IN COLORADO CITY BELIEVE UNCLE RULON'S WORDS WILL BE FULFILLED.

ONE PROOF: WOMEN ARE BEING GIVEN IN POLYGAMOUS MARRIAGES IN RECORD NUMBERS.

-- THEY BELIEVE ANY WOMAN NOT MARRIED WHEN THE END COMES CAN'T BE A GODDESS IN HEAVEN.

SO WE'RE TOLD GIRLS IN THEIR EARLY TEENS ARE ASKING TO BE PLACED WITH A HUSBAND.

-- EARLY TEENS... THAT DOESN'T GIVE MUCH TIME FOR COURTSHIP.

NO COURTSHIP. NO DATING IS ALLOWED.

POLYGAMIST LEADERS PLAY MATCHMAKER... MOST GIRLS DON'T EVEN KNOW THE NAME OF THEIR HUSBAND UNTIL THE WEDDING.

AND WHEN YOU SAY THEY'LL BE LIFTED UP... ARE YOU TALKING CITY AND ALL?

YES -- JUST AS MORMONS BELIEVE THE CITY OF ENOCH WAS TAKEN INTO THE SKY... HOMES... GARDENS... STREETS... THE WHOLE THING.
 
KTVX - ABC 4
Originally broadcast May 26, 1999
 
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