Court appoints new members of polygamous church trust

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A judge has appointed three new members of an advisory board for the charitable arm of a southern Utah fundamentalist church.

The $114 million United Effort Plan Trust trust holds all the property in Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Ariz., home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

In 2005, Third District Judge Denise Lindberg placed the trust under the control of Salt Lake City Bruce Wisan, relieving church leaders of their duties after alleged mismanagement.

The board was appointed to assist Wisan and originally had six members. Two people have resigned and last week Lindberg appointed Deloy Bateman, Kathryn Cox and Seth Cooke as new members.

No active FLDS church members have asked to sit on the board.

The board's role is to help Wisan understand the FLDS culture and the needs of the community.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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