BiV at Wheat and Tares has an amazing 4 minute video of Warren Jeffs in prison stating that he “never was a prophet.” I decided to make a transcript of the video. He speaks in a slow, deliberate fashion, indicating he is receiving and dictating the revelation during the filming of the prison video. Here’s the video and transcript. (I don’t know who he is talking to–obviously a devoted follower.)
Jeffs, “To Nephi, You can tell anybody who wants to read this message [garbled] that they can see it even apostates and gentiles that they may know that I have been a liar and the truth is not in me. I am not the prophet. I never was the prophet.”
Visitor interrupts: “You are the prophet.”
Jeffs, “Just a minute–the Lord is still dictating. This is not a test. This is a revelation from the Lord God of Heaven to his former servant who was never his servant who is dictating these words at this time that you may know this is not a test. I say farewell again, to all who qualify for Zion. Farewell.”
Visitor, ” We love you. We love you! We love you!”
The video has a graphic that indicates that many FLDS still believe Jeffs is a prophet, and that many FLDS believe the video was doctored. It also indicates that 3 days after the video was made, Jeffs tried a suicide attempt. (His lawyers chalked the video up to a bout with depression–the suicide attempt seems to confirm he was depressed.) In recent newspaper reports, Jeffs seems to have re-asserted his leadership and has called for the excommunication of some members. See the video yourself.
What do you make of this?