The split occurred largely because of the LDS Church's suspension of the practice of polygamy and its decision to excommunicate its members who would continue the practice.The exact number of members of the FLDS Church is unknown due to the relatively closed nature of the organization.On Sunday, May 7th just after church, Southern Connecticut welcomed Melissa Svindland as our new sister in Christ.Melissa studied the Bible with several of the married sisters and those in the singles for almost a year.
The FLDS Church headquarters were originally located in what was then known as Short Creek in Arizona, on the southern border of Utah.
Since the purchase of land located 6 miles (9.7 km) northeast of Eldorado, now called the Yearning for Zion Ranch, there appears to be a shift in the headquarters of the church, along with a large exodus of the "most faithful" church members.
Other newer church settlements are 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Pringle, South Dakota and Mancos, Colorado with a presence in Minot, North Dakota.
Members Church of God International, abbreviated as MCGI, is an international Christian religious organization with headquarters in the Philippines.
It started as a small group with less than a hundred believers in 1977.