As The Tribune reported online Thursday and in Friday’s newspaper, James Dee Harmston, leader of The True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of The Last Days, died of a heart attack in Sanpete County.
Harmston, who was 72, was a polygamist who made headlines over the years for questionable business dealings, provoking officials in the town of Manti and doomsday predictions. But I’ll point out a search of Utah court records reveals no criminal prosecutions against Harmston.
We’ve reposted some old stories about Harmston and his group on our website. Here’s a collection.
• A 1998 profile of Harmston
• Harmston’s predictions of demise as Y2K approached
• A lawsuit saying Harmston didn’t deliver on a meeting with Jesus Christ
• Question about whether Harmston should have been prosecuted and if the state was properly addressing polygamy
— Nate Carlisle