Apostolic United Brethren (1954 - Present) - Religious GroupReligious Family: Latter-day Saints (Mormonism)
Religious Tradition: Other
Description: The origins of the Apostolic United Brethren date back to a split in the United Order Effort, which was the largest of the polygamy-practicing groups in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1951, Joseph White Musser became the group's leader upon the death of John Y. Barlow, and he quickly experienced doubts over his leadership and authority from elected elders in the group. Most of the elders of the group resided in Short Creek, Arizona, though Musser ran the group's publishing company in Salt Lake City, Utah. After Musser had a stoke in 1953, he appointed two new members to the church leadership, but internal resistance only increased. At that point, Musser appointed an entire new set of leaders, consisting only of his supporters. This caused a break in the church, with most members resisting and remaining with the church in Short Creek, Arizona. Musser's Chief Assistant, Rulon C. Allred, became the presiding elder of Musser's following in 1954, though it was not until 1975 that the group formally incorporated as "the Corporation of the Presiding Elder of the Apostolic United Brethren."
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Connections: Apostolic United Brethren
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