William C. Conway
William C. Conway (
May 15, 1865–1969) was the leader of a mystical sect in the Latter Day Saint movementthat combined the teachings of Joseph Smith, Jr.with Druidryand some of the ideas of Aleister Crowleyand the Ordo Templi Orientis.
A native of Redondo Beach,
California, Conway was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints(LDS Church) and held the office of high priest in the Melchizedek priesthood and bishop in the Aaronic priesthood. Conway was also a member of the Ordo Templi Orientis(O.T.O.), and was initiated into the XI° order of the O.T.O. on January 1, 1945by Franklin Thomas or perhaps at some earlier date by Victor Neuburg. [P.R. Koenig, [http://user.cyberlink.ch/~koenig/sunrise/xi.htm "XI°—Per Aftera Ad Astra: Anal Intercourse and the O.T.O."] .] In the O.T.O., Conway was referred to as Tau Lucifer II.
In the early 1950s, Conway began to claim that he had possession of the Urim and Thummim and the seer stone that Joseph Smith used to translate the "
Book of Mormon". He generally accepted the teachings of Mormonism, but began to teach that the LDS Church had been incorrect to abandon the practice of plural marriage, which Smith had taught. Conway also believed in the major tenets of Druidry—particularly reincarnation—and sought to incorporate them into Mormonism.
In 1955, a
Zapotectribe of the Yucatan Peninsulain Mexicodeclared Conway to be a prophetand the mouthpiece of Jesus Christ. Conway began claiming that he was the reincarnation of Moroni, a prophet in the "Book of Mormon", and that a reincarnated Joseph Smith, "Our Druid Brother", had visited him. [ [http://www.utlm.org/newsletters/no80.htm#OCCULTIC%20INFILTRATION "Occultic Infiltration"] , "Salt Lake City Messenger", no. 80, Nov. 1991.] In 1958, Conway published an open letterwherein he set out a number of his beliefs. He taught that menstrual blood was corrupt and that menstruationcould be eliminated through righteousness. He also taught that through priesthood alchemy, common metals could be transmutated into goldand that a "Book of Mormon" prophet named Mulek had blessed Los Angelesto be a holy gathering place. Conway taught that the " One Mighty and Strongprophesied of in Mormon scripture was a nineteenth century "young white Indian" from Yucatan named Eachta Eachta Na. [ J. Gordon Melton(1996, 5th ed.). "Encyclopedia of American Religions" (Detroit, Mich.: Gale) p. 570.]
Conway established a church which he called the Perfected Church of Jesus Christ of Immaculate Latter-day Saints, which he sometimes referred to as the Restored Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ of Immaculate Latter-day Saints.
Conway's partner was a
Zapotecwoman who gave birth to twins in 1956; Conway declared that she had conceived by means of an " immaculate conception". Conway died at the age of 104.
*Kate B. Cater (1969). "Denominations that Base their Beliefs on the Teachings of Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet" (
Salt Lake City, Utah: Daughters of Utah Pioneers)
*P.R. Koenig, [http://user.cyberlink.ch/~koenig/sunrise/xi.htm "XI°—Per Aftera Ad Astra: Anal Intercourse and the O.T.O."]
*Russell R. Rich (1967, 2d ed.). "Those Who Would be Leaders: Offshoots of Mormonism" (
Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University)
*Steven L. Shields (1990, 4th ed.). "Divergent Paths of the Restoration" (
Independence, Mo.: Herald House) ISBN 0942284135
Jerald and Sandra Tanner(1988). "The Lucifer–God Doctrine" (Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah Lighthouse Ministry)
*Lyle O. Wright (1963). "Origins and Development of the Church of the Firstborn of the Fulness of Times." (M.S. thesis:
Brigham Young University) p. 24.
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