Abrupt Closure of Businesses Blamed on Doomsday Prophecy

Published 11/19 2012 12:32PM

Updated 11/19 2012 12:43PM

There's mystery, worry, and new indications of turmoil among followers of imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.

 At least three of his followers' most prominent businesses were suddenly closed in the Fundamentalist LDS Church's twin towns of Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah.

The closures involved the community's only grocery store, the hardware store and a Radio Shack. "Warren would have told them to do that," said former FLDS follower Isaac Wyler. "They wouldn't do that on their own. They wouldn't dare."

It's not known if the closures are related to a doomsday prophecy Jeffs reportedly issued last weekend.

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