Ogden Kraut

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Ogden Kraut
BornOgden Wedlund Kraut
(1927-06-21)June 21, 1927
Shelley, Idaho, United States
DiedJuly 17, 2002(2002-07-17) (aged 75)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Resting placeSalem, Utah
Occupationauthor
LanguageEnglish
NationalityAmerican
Genrestheology
SubjectsMormon fundamentalism
Spouse(s)Anne Wilde

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Ogden Kraut
BornOgden Wedlund Kraut
(1927-06-21)June 21, 1927
Shelley, Idaho, United States
DiedJuly 17, 2002(2002-07-17) (aged 75)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Resting placeSalem, Utah
Occupationauthor
LanguageEnglish
NationalityAmerican
Genrestheology
SubjectsMormon fundamentalism
Spouse(s)Anne Wilde

ogdenkraut.com
Mormonism and polygamy
The Family of Joseph F. Smith
A Mormon polygamist family in 1888.

Ogden Wedlund Kraut (June 21, 1927 – July 17, 2002) was an American author who wrote about his independent Mormon fundamentalist beliefs.[1] He was set apart as a "seventy" by Joseph W. Musser, a leader of the early Mormon fundamentalist movement. He also served as a missionary in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was one of the last missionaries to serve in the church "without purse or scrip" (financed entirely by donations from the church or from those to whom they taught), and wrote a book about his experiences.[2] He wrote books, some self-published, on Mormon fundamentalist topics. His 95 Theses, named after a document by Martin Luther, includes specific charges against doctrinal changes in the LDS Church.

Kraut was known to be keeping a distance from the emerging fundamentalist groups. He believed they had no authority to build their own churches and defended his independent lifestyle:

John Taylor authorized and set apart several men to perpetuate the principle of plural marriage and gave them the calling to perform such marriage, regardless of what the Church or the government might say or do .... There is no mention of setting up a church, taking tithing, having weekly meetings, or setting up a colony somewhere. Their calling (or keys) was to (1) live plural marriage, (2) perform plural marriage sealings, and (3) set apart others with this same calling.[3]

In 1972,[4] Kraut was excommunicated from the LDS Church for advocating polygamy. The FBI investigated claims that the church had conducted a wiretapping operation against Kraut.[5][6]

In 1988, when a polygamist family was in a stand-off with law enforcement agencies, Kraut, who was acquainted with the family, was permitted to bring them food and supplies. He carried letters between the governor and the polygamists. Authorities wished to counter public perceptions that they were employing "psychological warfare" and "siege tactics". In vain, they hoped that Kraut or the governor's letter would influence the outlaws to negotiate or surrender.[7][8] Anne Wilde, co-founder[9] of the polygamy advocacy group "Principle Voices",[10] was a plural wife[1] of Ogden Kraut.

Works[edit]

  • 95 Theses
  • A Brief Compilation of Notes on the Priesthood Garment
  • Adam
  • Bishop John Koyle's Dream Mine: A Monument of Mystery
  • Calling and Election
  • Christ and the Crucifixion
  • Complaint Against Art Bulla by Ogden Kraut
  • Complaint Against Ogden Kraut
  • David Crockett on Federal Aid
  • Ensign to the Nations - Volume 1
  • Famine
  • Fasting for Health and Happiness
  • Fundamentalist Mormon
  • Jesus Was Married
  • John H. Koyle's Relief Mine
  • Judas Iscariot
  • Letter and Clippings Concerning Admission of African-Americans Into the Priesthood of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Men and Monuments of Freedom
  • Michael - Adam
  • Missionary Experiences Without Purse Or Scrip
  • Mysteries of Creation
  • Paradise
  • Polygamy in the Bible
  • Prayer
  • Principles Or Personalities
  • Re-Baptism
  • Reincarnation: Origins and Theories
  • Revelations 1880-1890 Part 2
  • Revelations
  • Seers and Seer Stones
  • The 1890 Manifesto: 100th Anniversary
  • The Church and the Gospel
  • The Church and the Priesthood
  • The Four Crafts: Doctorcraft, Lawyercraft, Priestcraft, Kingcraft
  • The Fundamentalist Mormon: Presented at the Sunstone Symposium, August 1989
  • The Gathering of Israel
  • The Gift of Dreams
  • The Gift of Tongues
  • The Holy Ghost Before Pentecost
  • The Holy Priesthood
  • The Independent Fundamentalist Mormon: Enlarged Edition of a Paper Presented at the Mormon History Association Annual Meeting, Park City, Utah, May 21, 1994
  • The Marriage Covenant
  • The Mysteries
  • The Mysteries: Should We Stay Away from Them?
  • The Only True God
  • The Segregation of Israel
  • The Seventies
  • The United Order
  • The White Horse Prophecy
  • Visions of the Latter Days
  • Visions of the Latter Days Book 2
  • Who Crucified Christ?
  • Wilford Woodruff's Journal Excerpts

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Associated Press (2002-07-21). "Author Ogden Kraut, 75, dies". "He wanted to be known as a "fundamentalist Mormon," said Anne Wilde, one of Kraut's wives. "He considered himself a Joseph Smith Mormon — a follower of original Mormonism."" 
  2. ^ Quinn, “Plural Marriage, 1998,” 29.
  3. ^ Kraut, Holy Priesthood, 6:250,257
  4. ^ "Some Still Hold Stock in Dream Mine". Salt Lake Tribune. 1999-05-16. p. C1. "Kraut, a retired military photographer, was excommunicated in 1972 for his beliefs, including polygamy." 
  5. ^ "Mormon Spying Probe Reopened". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. 1975-04-08. p. B8. "The Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. attorney's offices here have reopened an investigation into allegations of wiretapping in connection with a Mormon Church excommunication action, the FBI says." 
  6. ^ "Wiretapping Warning To Mormons". Lodi News-Sentinel. UPI. 1975-03-22. p. 8. "Lockhart said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was still making inquiries in a second case, involving charges the church used illegally recorded telephone conversations in excommunicating a man for advocating polygamy" 
  7. ^ "The Nation". Los Angeles Times. 1988-01-27. 
  8. ^ "1980 - 1989 / Return to Marion". Utah Department of Public Safety. 
  9. ^ "Survey Finds Increase In Polygamous Communities". polygamy.com. "Principle Voices co-founder Anne Wilde says [...]" 
  10. ^ Ben Winslow, (2008-10-25). "Guide details candidates for polygamists". "Principle Voices' Anne Wilde made some candidate calls to compile the survey [...]" 

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