Parents of the Year?
I read on Bill M’s site that Lamar Johnson appealed his CPS ruling (reason to believe he and wife had abused and/or neglected their children) and got favorable ruling vacating the CPS “reason to believe” ruling. First caveat: I question the reliability of Medvecky’s statements as they tend to be less than trustworthy. However, hypothetically, if he is right let’s take a look at the parenting abilities of Lamar Johnson and Marianne Holm Johnson.
Permelia Johnson is the daughter of Lamar Johnson and Marianne Holm. Permelia was born June 1988. Permelia was married to WARREN STEED JEFFS on January 26, 2004 — making her 15 years old — for Time and Eternity. The marriage took place in the home of Wendell Nielson and in the presence of the blushing bride’s own father, Lamar Johnson.
Here’s what Warren said about it on January 27, 2004:
I started calling people and started to go through the most direct and faith exerting experience of receIvmg two wives, Rulon Barlow’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Loretta Jane Barlow, and LaMar Johnson’s fifteen year old daughter, Permelia. I interviewed them, the girls were willing, the parents rejoiced, and the Lord chose these two girls to join us at Rl in establishing Zion in its fulness.
Ten marriages were performed, which should be written in the record, and then a training was given to four Canadians — Jim Oler, Macrae Oler, and Spencer Blackmore and Macrae Blackmore, also Jacob Johnson — LaMar’s son, Rulon Jessop Jr., Joseph Jessop — Edson Jessop’s and Gloria Steed’s son, Allen Dockstater — the son of James Franklin Dockstater, and Isaac Jeffs present and Naomie was present. I first interviewed each one individually, hearing their testimonies, feeling confident that they were to keep confidence about the places of refuge. And I had a two hour session, which was recorded. All entered into the covenant of the United Order and to keep sacred things secret concerning what I had said on the places of refuge.
Janet, Wendell’s wife, my sister, wanted to ask questions. I had given a training at the lunch table on how to qualify for Zion. She asked more questions, and I assured her that she could prepare quickly.
I met with LeRoy Jeffs before I left and had him deposit checks into the bank for the Church account. I had William Jessop present during some of the weddings, the bishop, and then went over many issues with him settling people in different houses. He voiced concern about William Steed still connecting with his wives socially after being separated, William Steed not holding Priesthood.
After the meeting I talked to Jim Oler, and he informed me that James Blackmore, Brandon’s son, had come to him confessing that he simply had been sexually attracted to Mother Ora during the month that she was in Canada. He touched her, kissed her on the cheek once, and wondered if he needed to be rebaptized and restored. I rejoiced in the Lord that these men received the training.
I arranged to pick up these two girls. I had told David Allred to go rent a motor home for a trip to RI with these two young ladies, Loretta Jane and Permelia. I had Seth drive myself and Permelia to meet the motor home. Isaac to take Naomie and get Loretta and we met at the rendevous place and then we drove to RI, arriving past midnight. I had called ahead and had the ladies here prepare a bedroom for each of these young girls, and everybody was late getting to bed, except Mother Merilyn was already in bed.
In August 2004, Warren wrote this note to Permelia:
9:06 p.m. Message to Permelia
Hello Permelia. I am asking if you desire to stay here at RI. Get close to me as a wife in every way, fervent in faith and stop your hesitation and fears and fulfill this mission withholding nothing. Or would you like to go to RI7, another land of refuge where you can have time and place to work hard and learn to exert greater faith? If you stay and will not abide your covenants and get close to me and if any have to be sent away after this they could lose everything. So make your choice and write me a note. Thank you. And I love you.
On December 23, 2005, Warren mentions Permelia Johnson again — he is apparently not pleased with this now-16 year old:
After some dinner, I had the ladies in my room while Naomie rested. I again was impressed to give them a strong training and warning that they must not hesitate in their relationship with me, and they must overcome their fears and doubts. Then I was allowed to give Permelia some private training on getting close, and Naomie came about 1 :30 a.m. in the morning, early Thursday morning.
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I was able to sit with the ladies and give them a little training on being fervent in order for me to come back there and that they were being judged. I told these ladies, “You will not want to be sent away from this land of refuge, because you would be sent away from this mission and you would have to live among the gentiles in a house in hiding. You will want to succeed at this place.” I observe in their ignorance these ladies who haven’t got close to me hardly know how to conduct themselves. Fern got closer, Permelia got closer, and so did Bonnie Lee get closer. The others all received the training. Jennifer got closer, to a degree. She needs the next ordinance of the love of God sealed within her before she can really progress. I did perform that ordinance of sealing the love of God upon Shanna Zitting Jeffs. I put that in the record. The other ladies in the home were witnesses. You can put Naomie and Fern as witnesses, if you need, on the record.
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Also the Lord named Gladys, Ida Lorraine, and Permelia to leave at R17 and be moved to R23. Rich Allred will take them. It is marvelous how the Lord is directing things.
I’m not sure it is really a great idea to celebrate the virtue of parents who put their 15 year old daughters in this kind of situation. I would call it abusive and neglectful, but maybe Permelia was unlucky enough to have turned 18 before Texas rode in the the rescue.