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The exact number of members of the FLDS Church is unknown due to the relatively closed nature of the organization; however, its population has been estimated at between 6,000 to 10,000 in the twin communities of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah.

The historic location of the church was in the twin communities of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah. The church also has a long-standing colony in Bountiful, British Columbia.

Since the purchase of land now called the Yearning for Zion Ranch 6 miles (9.7 km) northeast of Eldorado, Texas, there appears to be a shift in the headquarters of the church, along with a large exodus of the “most faithful” church members. Other newer church settlements are 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Pringle, South Dakota and 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Mancos, Colorado.

Members of the FLDS Church have owned machine shops that have sold airplane components to the United States government. From 1998 to 2007, the receipts of these airplane components totaled more than .7 million.



See also: Mormon fundamentalism

The residents in the area of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, have a long history of practicing plural marriage, dating to the mid-19th century. 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.” 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. Woolley, of a purported 1886 divine revelation to thenDS Church President John Taylor. They see this 1886 revelation as precluding validity of the 1890 Manifesto against new plural marriages by church members, issued by Wilford Woodruff, whom the LDS Church recognizes as Taylor’s successor. After the formal abandonment of plural marriage by the LDS Church, many members around Short Creek and elsewhere continued, and even solemnized, plural marriages. In 1904, the LDS Church issued the Second Manifesto and eventually excommunicated those who continued to solemnize or enter into new plural marriages.

Short Creek soon became a gathering place for polygamist members of the LDS Church. In 1935, the LDS Church excommunicated the Mormon residents of Short Creek who refused to sign an oath renouncing polygamy. Following this event, John Y. Barlow began to lead a group of Mormon fundamentalists who were dedicated to preserving the practice of plural marriage.[citation needed] The location on the Utahrizona border was thought to be ideal for the group because it allowed them to avoid state raids by moving across the state line.

Some of the locally prominent men in Short Creek, after being excommunicated by the LDS Church, later became leaders of the Mormon fundamentalist movement, including Lorin C. Woolley, J. Leslie Broadbent, John Y. Barlow, Charles Zitting, Joseph White Musser, LeGrand Wooley, and Louis A. Kelsch. In 1932, these leaders created the organization known as the Council of Friends, a group of seven high priests that was said to be the governing priesthood body on Earth. The Council of Friends became the governing ecclesiastical body over the Mormon fundamentalists at Short Creek.

The early years of the movement were contentious and saw many differing interpretations and opinions among leaders as to how plural marriage should be practiced. These contentions eventually led to the subsequent schisms that created the multiple Mormon fundamentalist organizations that now exist, including the FLDS Church, the Apostolic United Brethren, and the Latter-day Church of Christ or Kingston group. It is commonly believed by all of these sects that the early leaders of the fundamentalist movement received revelations from God commanding that plural marriage should not cease.

FLDS splinter groups

In 1984, a schism formed within the FLDS Church just before the death of Leroy S. Johnson. A small group of FLDS took issue with the “one-man rule” doctrine that altered the leadership structure of the church and that was implemented fully when Rulon Jeffs assumed his position as sole leader of the organization. These followers took up residence just south of Colorado City, in Centennial Park, Arizona, calling themselves “The Work of Jesus Christ,” or “The Work” for short.

Also in 2002, after Warren Jeffs assumed leadership, Winston Blackmore, who had been serving in Canada as the Bishop of Bountiful for the FLDS Church, was excommunicated by Jeffs in an apparent power struggle. 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 prophets, who believe themselves to have been called by God to lead. The first leader of the FLDS Church was John Y. Barlow, who led the community of Short Creek until his death on December 29, 1949. He was succeeded by Joseph White Musser, who was the church’s leader during a government crackdown on polygamy known as the Short Creek raid, in 1953, in which all the FLDS Church members of Short Creek were arrested, including 236 children.

Musser led the community until a contentious appointment of Rulon Allred to a high position of authority in 1951 angered some members of the Short Creek community. Musser had appointed Allred to be his successor, but Allred was not accepted as his successor by the Short Creek community. This led to a schism, with many followers breaking off and joining Allred; this offshoot became known as the Apostolic United Brethren. The core group in the Short Creek area instead followed Charles Zitting as its leader.

Zitting died in 1954 and Leroy S. Johnson was chosen to lead the church in Short Creek. Johnson led the FLDS Church until his death in 1986. He was succeeded by Rulon Jeffs, who assumed the position of prophet, a title his predecessor refused to use. In Jeffs’ later years, his poor health led to his son Warren serving as leader of the church in his stead, and upon Rulon’s death in September 2002, Warren Jeffs became leader of the FLDS Church. However, immediately after the state of Utah convicted him of being an accomplice to rape, it was widely reported in the press that Warren Jeffs resigned his leadership of the FLDS Church, though the statement made by his attorneys only addresses Jeffs’ resignation from his fiduciary post as “President of the Corporation of the President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Inc.”

Since no public statements have been made by officials of the church indicating a successor to Jeffs, it is not known who may be leading the FLDS Church, though it is quite probable that Warren Jeffs remains at the church’s helm.

Leroy S. Johnson (died aged 98), 19541986

Rulon T. Jeffs (died aged 93), 19862002

Warren S. Jeffs (living), 2002resent? (jailed in 2007)

William E. Jessop, 20072010 (suspected leader)

Merril Jessop, 20072010 (de-facto leader)

Wendell L. Nielsen, 2010resent (President of the church’s corporate entity)

Legal trouble and leadership struggles

The home of former FLDS leader Warren Jeffs in Colorado City

In 2003, the church received increased attention from the state of Utah when police officer Rodney Holm, a member of the church, was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old and one count of bigamy for his marriage to and impregnation of plural wife Ruth Stubbs. The conviction was the first legal action against a member of the FLDS Church since the Short Creek raid.

In November 2003, church member David Allred purchased “as a hunting retreat” the 1,371-acre (5.55 km2) Isaacs Ranch 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Eldorado, Texas, on Schleicher County Road 300 and sent 30 to 40 construction workers from Colorado Cityildale to begin work on the property. Improvements soon included three 3-story houses, each 8,000 to 10,000 square feet (930 m2), a concrete plant, and a plowed field. After seeing high-profile FLDS Church critic Flora Jessop on the ABC television program Primetime Live on March 4, 2004, concerned Eldorado residents contacted Jessop. She investigated, and on March 25, 2004, Jessop held a press conference in Eldorado confirming that the new neighbors were FLDS Church adherents. On May 18, 2004, Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran and his Chief Deputy visited Colorado City, and the FLDS Church officially acknowledged that the Schleicher County property would be a new base for the church. It has been reported in the media that the church has built a temple at the YFZ Ranch, which is supported by evidence, including aerial photographs of a large stone structure (approximately 88 feet (27 m) wide) in a state of relative completion. A local newspaper, the Eldorado Success, reported that the temple foundation was dedicated January 1, 2005 by Warren Jeffs.

On January 10, 2004, Dan Barlow (the mayor of Colorado City) and about 20 other men were excommunicated from the church and stripped of their wives and children (who would be reassigned to other men), and the right to live in the town. The same day two teenage girls reportedly fled the towns with the aid of activist Flora Jessop, who advocates plural wives’ escape from polygamy. The two girls, Fawn Broadbent and Fawn Holm, soon found themselves in a highly publicized dispute over their freedom and custody. After the allegations against their parents were proven false, Flora helped them flee state custody together on February 15, and they ended up in Salt Lake City at Fawn Holm’s brother Carl’s house.

In October 2004, Flora Jessop reported that David Allred purchased a 60-acre parcel of land near Mancos, Colorado, (midway between Cortez and Durango) about the same time he bought the Schleicher County property.[citation needed] Allred told authorities the parcel is to be used as a hunting retreat.[citation needed]

In July 2005, eight men of the church were indicted for sexual contact with minors.[citation needed] All of them turned themselves in to police in Kingman, Arizona, within days.[citation needed]

On July 29, 2005, Brent Jeffs filed suit accusing three of his uncles, including Warren Jeffs, of sexually assaulting him when he was a child. The suit also named the FLDS Church as a defendant. On August 10, former FLDS Church member Shem Fischer, Dan Fischer’s brother, added the church and Warren Jeffs as defendants to a 2002 lawsuit claiming he was illegally fired because he no longer adhered to the faith. Fischer, who was a salesman for a wooden cabinetry business in Hildale, claimed church officials interfered with his relationship with his employer and blacklisted him. The claim against the company was thrown out because he was not fired from his job, but quit instead.[citation needed]

In July 2005, six young adult lost boys who claimed they were cast out of their homes on the Utahrizona border to reduce competition for wives, filed suit against the FLDS Church. “The [boys] have been excommunicated pursuant to that policy and practice and have been cut off from family, friends, benefits, business and employment relationships, and purportedly condemned to eternal damnation,” their suit says. “They have become ‘lost boys’ in the world outside the FLDS community.”[citation needed]

On May 7, 2006, the FBI named Warren Jeffs to its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

On August 28, 2006, Warren Jeffs was captured on Interstate 15 just north of Las Vegas, Nevada, after a routine traffic stop. Jeffs was tried in St. George, Utah, and a jury found him guilty of two counts of being an accomplice to rape.

The mayor of Colorado City, Terrill C. Johnson, was arrested on May 26, 2006, for eight fraudulent vehicle registration charges for registering his vehicles in a different state than he lived, which is a felony. He was booked in to Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane, Utah, and was released after paying the ,000 bail in cash.

Short Creek raid

Main article: Short Creek raid

In the morning of July 26, 1953, 102 Arizona state police officers and National Guard soldiers invaded the fundamentalist Mormon community of Short Creek, Arizona. They arrested the entire populace, including 236 children. Of those 236 children, 150 were not allowed to return to their parents for more than two years. Other parents never regained custody of their children.

The Short Creek raid was the largest mass arrest of polygamists in American history, and it received a great deal of press coverage. After the raid, polygamists continued to live there; in 1960, Short Creek was renamed Colorado City.

April 2008 raid

Main article: YFZ Ranch

In April, 2008, Texas Child Protective Services, acting on what would later turn out to be a questionable tip from a person alleging systematic child abuse on the FLDS Church’s Texas compound, took custody of all 439 children under age 18 from the church’s YFZ Ranch, assisted by a large force of Texas Rangers who took control of the compound from April 3 to April 10. The raid generated intense press coverage in the U.S., especially in the Southwest, and also garnered international attention. On May 29, the Texas Supreme Court affirmed an appeals court ruling that Texas CPS was not justified in removing every child from the ranch and ordered the children to be returned to their parents.

The tip that prompted the raid is now believed to be a false report, instigated by Rozita Swinton. Rozita Swinton was later to face criminal charges based upon this false report and is believed to have filed similar false reports in the past.

Birth defects

The Colorado City/Hildale area has the world’s highest incidence of fumarase deficiency, an extremely rare genetic condition. Geneticists attribute this to the prevalence of cousin marriage between descendants of two of the town’s founders, Joseph Smith Jessop and John Yeates Barlow. It causes encephalopathy, severe mental retardation, unusual facial features, brain malformation, and epileptic seizures.

Distinctive doctrines

Plural marriage and placement marriage

See also: Exchange of women

The FLDS Church teaches the doctrine of plural marriage, which states that a man having multiple wives is ordained by God; the doctrine requires it in order for a man to receive the highest form of salvation. It is generally believed in the church that a man should have a minimum of three wives to fulfill this requirement. Connected with this doctrine is patriarchal doctrine, the belief that wives are required to be subordinate to their husbands.

The church currently practices placement marriage, whereby a young woman of marriageable age is assigned a husband by revelation from God to the leader of the church, who is regarded as a prophet. The prophet elects to take and give wives to and from men according to their worthiness. This is also called the law of placing.


In general, women do not cut their hair short or wear makeup, pants, or any skirt above the knees. Men wear plain clothing, usually a long-sleeved collared shirt and full-length pants. Men and women are forbidden to have any tattoos or body piercings. Women and girls usually wear monochromatic homemade long-sleeved “prairie dresses,” with hems between ankle and mid-calf, along with long stockings or trousers underneath, usually keeping their hair coiffed.

Property ownership

The land and houses occupied by the FLDS Church on the Utah/Arizona border are owned by the United Effort Plan (UEP), which was once a subsidiary organization of the church. The UEP also owns most of the property of the businesses that are controlled by FLDS Church members in that area. The church views this “United Order” as a means of living the traditional Latter Day Saint doctrine of the “Law of Consecration.” The Attorney General of Utah filed a lawsuit and seized the holdings of the UEP for the current residents of Colorado City and Hildale. The Attorney General is seeking to distribute the assets of the UEP to the FLDS Church members and ex-members who contributed to the UEP. In 2005, a court order froze the UEP pending a resolution of the lawsuit. At the time of the court order, the UEP was worth 0 million.

Home schooling

In 2000, the Colorado City Unified School District had more than 1200 students. When Jeffs ordered FLDS Church members to pull their children out of public schools, the number declined to around 250.

Temple worship

The FLDS Church is the sixth Latter Day Saint denomination to have built a temple.

Criticisms of the church

See also: Criticism of Mormonism and Criticism of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Plural marriage

A view of the FLDS ranch in Eldorado, Texas

At the time of his death, church leader Rulon Jeffs was confirmed to have married 22 women and fathered more than 60 children. Current estimates state that Warren Jeffs may have upwards of 60 wives. As the type of polygamy practiced is polygyny, critics of this lifestyle claim that its practice inevitably leads to bride shortages and likely to child marriages, incest, and child abuse.

Critics assert that members of the church are violating laws when they participate in polygamy. Critics claim that incest and sexual abuse of children are prevalent among church members.

Lost Boys

Main article: Lost boys (polygamy)

It has been reported by former members that the FLDS Church has excommunicated more than 400 teenage boys for offenses such as dating or listening to rock music. Antagonistic former members claim that the real reason for these excommunications is that there are not enough women for each male to receive three or more wives. Six young adult men, ages 18 to 22, filed a conspiracy lawsuit against Jeffs and Sam Barlow, a former Mohave County deputy sheriff and close associate of Jeffs, for a “systematic excommunication” of young men to reduce competition for wives.


In its Spring 2005 “Intelligence Report,” the Southern Poverty Law Center named the FLDS Church to its “hate group” listing because of the church’s teachings on race, which include a fierce condemnation of interracial relationships. Warren Jeffs has said, “the black race is the people through which the devil has always been able to bring evil unto the earth.”

Blood atonement

Former FLDS Church member Robert Richter reported to the Phoenix New Times that Warren Jeffs has repeatedly alluded to the 19th-century teaching of “blood atonement” in church sermons. Under the doctrine of blood atonement, certain serious sins, such as murder, can only be atoned for by the sinner’s death.

See also

Caliente, Nevada: FLDS controversy

Escape (Carolyn Jessop and Laura Palmer book)

Former FLDS members

Lost boys (polygamy)

Under the Banner of Heaven

Polygamy: What Love Is This?


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^ Ben Winslow (2007-08-29). “Honors for ex-polygamous wife”. Deseret Morning News (reprinted at 

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^ Certificate

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^ “Polygyny in Bountiful, British Columbia, Canada”. Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance ( 

^ “The Black Hills of South Dakota”. The HOPE Organization ( 

^ Jon Krakauer (2004-10-28). “New FLDS Compound Discovered in Colorado”. The Eldorado Success (reprinted at 

^ Randi Kaye (2008-04-18). “Pentagon paid .7 million to firms of polygamy bosses”. CNN. 

^ Driggs, Ken. “‘This Will Someday Be the Head and Not the Tail of the Church’: A History of the Mormon Fundamentalists at Short Creek.” Journal of Church and State 43 (Winter 2001): 49-80. Baylor University.

^ J. Max Anderson. “The Polygamy Story: Fiction and Fact, (c) 1979″. SHIELDS (Scholarly & Historical Information Exchange for Latter-Day Saints). 

^ a b c John Dougherty (2003-03-13). “Polygamy’s Odyssey: A brief history of the Mormon tenet”. Phoenix New Times (reprinted at 

^ “The Council of Friends”. 

^ a b Elaine Jarvik and Carrie Moore (2006-09-09). “Most polygamists trace lineage to 1929 group”. Deseret Morning News (reprinted at 

^ Text by Brooke Adams, graphic by Todd Adams. “Polygamy leadership tree: Religious ideal grows, branches out” (PDF). The Salt Lake Tribune (reprinted by 

^ “Centennial Park Action Committee”. The HOPE Organization ( 

^ “Centennial Park”. Life After Ministries, “Leading Mormons to the REAL Jesus” ( 

^ Daphne Bramham (2006-05-12). “Winston Blackmore: Polygamist group leader expects to be charged soon”. The Vancouver Sun (reprinted at 

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^ “FLDS church names new president”. KSL-TV. February 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 

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^ “FLDS town’s mayor arrested”. The Salt Lake Tribune. 2006-05-27. Retrieved 2007-04-24. [dead link]

^ Ken Driggs, “Who Shall Raise the Children? Vera Black and the Rights of Polygamous Utah Parents”, Utah Historical Quarterly 60:27 (1992).

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^ Hollenhorst, John (2006-02-08). “Birth defect is plaguing children in FLDS towns”. Deseret Morning News.,1249,635182923,00.html. 

^ “Doctor: Birth defects increase in inbred polygamy community”. Daily Herald. 2006-02-09. 

^ Szep, Jason (2007-06-14). “Polygamist community faces rare genetic disorder”. Reuters. 

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^ The other five are the Church of Christ, the LDS Church, the Community of Christ, the Apostolic United Brethren and the Righteous Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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^ Tracy, Kathleen (2001). The Secret Story of Polygamy. Sourcebooks. ISBN 1570717230. 

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^ Moore-Emmett, Andrea (2004). God’s Brothel: The Extortion of Sex for Salvation in Contemporary Mormon and Christian Fundamentalist Polygamy and the Stories of 18. Pince-Nez Press. ISBN 1930074131. 

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Further reading/viewing

Bistline, Ben The Polygamists: A History of Colorado City, Arizona

Bradley, Martha Sontag Kidnapped from That Land: The Government Raids on the Short Creek Polygamists

Watson, Marianne T., “FLDS Placement Marriages”

Hales, Brian C. (2007). Modern Polygamy and Mormon Fundamentalism: The Generations After the Manifesto. Greg Kofford Books. ISBN 1-58958-035-4. .

Quinn, D. Michael (1998), “Plural marriage and Mormon fundamentalism”, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 31 (2): 168, .

Krakauer, Jon: Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith (July 15, 2003)

Carolyn Jessop and Laura Palmer. Escape. Broadway Books, October 16, 2007

Van Wagoner, Richard S. Mormon Polygamy: A History

“The Primer” – Helping Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse in Polygamous Communities. A joint report from the offices of the Attorney Generals of Arizona and Utah.

Van Wagoner, Richard S. (1999). Mormon Polygamy: A History. UK: Prometheus Books. ISBN -10: 0941214796. 

Wall, Elissa (2008). Stolen Innocence. New York: Harper Collins. 

Main Street Church. Lifting the Veil of Polygamy (2007). A documentary film on the history and modern-day expressions of Mormon polygamy, including numerous testimonials.

Hoffman, Claire (June 2008). “Satan’s Accountant”. Cond Nast Portfolio Magazine. - An article about Bruce Wisan who was brought in to try and return property to the members of the FLDS group at Short Creek, and was met with great resistance. As featured on This American Life.

External links

Wikinews has related news: 401 children from Texas sect compound taken into custody

Official sites

Information about the FLDS Faith


“Audio clips reveal FLDS leader’s teachings”, The Eldorado Success (text and audio)

Damned to heaven : A critical documentary about Colorado City and FLDS Church

FLDS El Dorado, Texas Current and archived aerial photographs of the community and new temple

Banking on Heaven Has accusations against the FLDS

Lifting the Veil of Polygamy Includes interviews and testimonials of former FLDS members

“FLDS 101″


and : Information on Utah Attorney General’s Lawsuit against the United Effort Plan


“Polygamy and Me: Seven months have passed since the polygamist raid in Eldorado, but for one mainstream Mormon, the effects linger,”

by the Dallas Observer’s Jesse Hyde

The main branches of the Latter Day Saint movement

William Bickerton: The Church of Jesus Christ

Sidney Rigdon: “Rigdonites”

Granville Hedrick: Church of Christ (Temple Lot)

Joseph Smith III: Community of Christ

James Strang:

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Fundamental ideas

Mormonism  Latter Day Saint  Mormonism and Christianity  Mormon Fundamentalism  Latter Day Saint denominations


Church of Christ  Succession crisis  History of the LDS Church  Community of Christ history  History of The Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonite)

Sacred texts

Bible  Book of Mormon  Doctrine & Covenants (Book of Commandments)  Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible  Pearl of Great Price

Founders & leaders

Joseph Smith, Jr.  Oliver Cowdery  Sidney Rigdon  Brigham Young  Joseph Smith III  James Strang  William Bickerton  Granville Hedrick

Doctrines & practices

Views on Godhead  Views on Jesus  Priesthood  Articles of Faith  Restoration  Mormonism and Judaism  Temples


Criticism  Joseph Smith, Jr. and polygamy  Blacks and the Latter Day Saint movement  Oath of vengeance  Mountain Meadows massacre  Historicity of the Book of Mormon

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Should the government intervene in polygamist communities like the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS)? What if the polygamy involves under-aged girls? This week Warren Jeffs, the FLDS leader found guilty of facilitating the rape of one of his 14-year-old followers, was granted a new trial by the Utah Supreme Court. (09:01)

Visit the Trinity Church in Boston, United States

Take a tour of Trinity Church in Boston, United States – part of the World’s Greatest Attractions series by GeoBeats. Boston’s Trinity Church is one of the most famous and historic churches in America. This beautiful and singular building dates back to 1873, although the congregation was founded in 1733.
The unique style of the church is known as Richardsonian Romanesque, after Henry Richardson. This architect created such a great work that the style has been imitated across the country. (01:05)

Tim Keller on Churches and Race

Tim Keller, pastor, redeemer at the Presbyterian Church and author, talks about African-American churches and desegregation. (03:30)

Visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, Germany

Take a tour of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, Germany – part of the World’s Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats. WWII took a heavy toll on Berlin, and that war is central to its identity. Though the city was quite damaged in the fighting, it has rebuilt into a thriving metropolis. Both the past and the present are captured by the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The original church was finished in 1906, but was mostly destroyed in a raid in 1943. (00:57)

Church Blessed Animals

If you want to know how you could have your dog blessed in a church, find out in this video. Many churches have ceremonies in spring and early summer to celebrate all creation and include animals. (10:02)

Looking For Used Engraving Machine In Simple Ways

If you are going to start engraving business or you just want to make your own engraving for crafts or hobbies, the cost of a new engraving machine may become a problem since it is out of your price range. For that reason, it is good for you to search for used engraving machine in a way to save your money. However, it may become a difficult task to find used machine which is still in good condition.

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Home Businessl
Jan 21, 2011

Organizing your SMC Business Finances to make it a more effective Force to Reckon with

The SMC Corp. system is in a way, like getting a franchise. Because there is a ready system to work with you may be tempted to let the business run its own course. This is one of the biggest mistakes business starters often make. Like any business, you have to establish and play with a system that works for you too, incorporating SMC’s system along with it.


Home Businessl
Jan 20, 2011

Buying Tech Gadgets: How To Get The Ideal Photo Scanner

Looking to sell photo scanners? Here’s what you should be looking out for in order to get the best stock for your store

Kate Liul

Home Businessl
Jan 20, 2011

Starting Home Based Business-A How To Guide

When starting home based business remember that it can be as easy or as hard as YOU make it based upon the choices you make. Your choices are; copy what’s already working or figure it out for yourself.

Gerardo Floresl

Home Businessl
Jan 20, 2011

Network Marketing Truth

The Network Marketing industry is a great industry, but most people don’t know the sad reality before joining. Most people will never be able to make millions in Network Marketing. There is just so much hype out there right now and companies who claim you can make millions without working at all.

David Woodl

Home Businessl
Jan 20, 2011

Network Marketing Duplication Secrets

So, you have come to this article because your looking to grow your Network Marketing business. You want to learn the secrets of duplication. We all know, the real money is in duplication, not recruiting.

David Woodl

Home Businessl
Jan 20, 2011

Network Marketing Help, How To Grow A Billion Dollar Team|Network Marketing Help|Online Network Marketing Help

The Network Marketing industry can be a very lucrative industry for those who know what they are doing. The trouble is that most Networkers have no idea how to recruit, no idea how to train their team and no idea how to build a business. To be honest, its not their fault, its their company’s fault.

David Woodl

Home Businessl
Jan 20, 2011

Don’t Leave Your Craft Sales Profits on the Table

It’s necessary to remind yourself that even though you are doing something you love, you still want to be making a profit from your craft sales so you need to treat this as a business. By keeping an eye on three key areas, you’ll avoid losing your profits

Karen S Musselmanl

Home Businessl
Jan 20, 2011

Understand The True Value Of The Show Exhibitors Do Mature

Electrical Industry Exhibition is the exhibition industry heavyweight, from the exhibition industry in China’s history, mechanical and electrical manufacturing exhibition is the first steps


Oct 26, 2010

Giant International Construction Machinery Plant In China Overcapacity Highlight

Volvo Construction equipment in China and set up the first technical and customer center Reporter recently held in Beijing from the Tenth Beijing International Construction Machinery


Non Profit Organizationsl
Oct 26, 2010

Concern: The Real Estate Market Driving The Development Of Stainless Steel Security Doors

As China’s economic development, whether Project Decoration or family Decoration All in the pursuit of high quality and high grade Building Materials Products, and have distinct characteristics


Oct 26, 2010

Expert Analysis Of The Traditional Function Of Stock Cardboard

Traditional view that small plants and corrugated cardboard manufacturer functional significantly different is that the former will provide the smaller amount of orders


Human Resourcesl
Oct 26, 2010

Summer Beauty Whitening Mm Chronicle

“One-third of white beauty” is a traditional Chinese aesthetic standards, the summer is a woman with the sun and stain fighting season, but everyone is doing skin care


Oct 26, 2010

Community Car Wash Car Wash Industry, Quite A Mixed Bag Shop Mostly Black Shops

Roadside Car wash Sharing can be seen everywhere Core tips Fuzhou, Chen recently discovered that they only bought half of the car lost its luster, look for reason


Business Opportunitiesl
Oct 25, 2010

Information Tea: January 5 News Easy To See Machinery Industry

Mechanical information easy to see, Welcome to IT afternoon tea time. When the clock struck three, the machinery industry all instant suspended for the afternoon tea every day at 3 pm


Oct 25, 2010

Liu Yunjie: Internet Of Things Present And Future Industry Outlook

Ladies and Gentlemen, Good Morning! I am very pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this meeting


International Businessl
Oct 25, 2010

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