The Lori Vallow murder trial has begun, and the Chad Daybell murder trial will likely take place later this year. Each trial is expected to last several weeks, and to bring up many of Vallow and Daybell’s extremist religious beliefs. There has already been a great deal of public discussion of their ideas like reincarnation (which they called “multiple mortal probations”), a prophesied “Davidic Servant,” a group of 144,000 servants foreseen in the Biblical book of Revelation, end times calamities, and their interpretation of scripture to justify violence. People have also been curious about the “Preparing A People” website and conferences that hosted Daybell and Vallow as speakers and podcasters.
Because FAIR receives questions from Church members and others who are confused about Church teachings and beliefs, we realized there is a need for faithful information on these topics. Church members may be curious about Daybell and Vallow’s beliefs that use scriptural or doctrinal concepts that are somewhat familiar, but not taught at Church. Members may also face curious or hostile questions from others who follow news from the trial and think all Church members share Vallow and Daybell’s beliefs. Journalists may need background information to help contextualize and explain what they learn from the trial.
To fill this need, we have prepared a series of articles explaining several of Daybell and Vallow’s alleged beliefs. We explain how they are fringe beliefs, not mainstream or common among Church members, and not taught or endorsed by Church leaders. These materials may be updated as we receive more questions and as more information is released during the trial.
If anyone has further questions or needs further clarification, please contact FAIR and our volunteers will help you.