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 Marvin Allred 

In 1952 when the Priesthood Council members called by Lorin C. Woolley (Charles Zitting, Legrand Woolley, and Louis Kelsch) along with the seven men called by John Y. Barlow refused to support Musser’s selection of Rulon C. Allred as his “Second Elder,” Musser called seven men to ostensibly replace the previous ten.  In January he released all the members of the Priesthood Council and called Rulon C. Allred, Elsie Jensen, John Butchereit, Lyman Jessop, Owen Allred, Marvin Allred and Joseph B. Thompson as replacements.[1]  In Musser’s eyes these men comprised the true Priesthood Council, displacing the old Council members who had opposed him.  Accordingly, members of the old Council were expected to follow the new Priesthood Council that Musser had just assembled.  In August of 1952 Musser affirmed: “Whatever his former council did, was without authority from now on, unless he [Musser] sanctioned it and then it is done by HIS authority, not their own.”[2]

Marvin Allred was eventually given the responsibility to head one of the Allred satellite congregations at Rocky Ridge, Utah.  In September 1971, Rulon Allred followers purchased 225 acres located a few miles east of the interstate fifteen freeway between Sataquin and Mona, Utah (easily seen from the freeway).  Marvin Allred,[3] brother to Rulon and Owen and member of the 1952 Priesthood Council, directed the expansion there as the settlers learned why people called it, “Rocky Ridge.”  In 1989 additional land was added to the burgeoning community.  Today some 50 families conduct their own affairs at Rocky Ridge, including the practice of plural marriage, schooling their children and establishing their own religious meetings of a Primary, Relief Society, Young Women’s organization and Priesthood.  Their first chapel was built in 1990 and has been recently expanded to accommodate up to 750 people. 


[1]    .  In 1975, Rulon Allred remembered: “Before Joseph finally died he called in members of the Council who are here and told them that the had spent an entire evening with the Lord, and that the Lord had told him what he should do. That led to the calling of this Council, and it wasn’t done just because Brother Musser was ailing in body and weak in mind.  It was the result of the visitation of the Lord with him for an entire evening.  I want you to take that for what it is worth.”    (Rulon C. Allred, Treasures of Knowledge, 2:132.)

[2]  Joseph Thompson Diary, 24 August 1952; emphasis in original.  In Driggs, “Imprisonment, Defiance, and Division, 87.

[3]    .  He died 9 January 2003.