The new leader of the Apostolic United Brethren, Utah's second-largest polygamous group, is a quiet man of few words who is unlikely to be as comfortable in the public spotlight as his predecessor.
But J. LaMoine Jenson shares with Owen A. Allred, who died Monday, a humble nature and long-standing dedication to serving his people.
Jenson, 70, has served on the AUB's presiding council for 36 years. The council voted unanimously two years ago that he would succeed Allred, bypassing a more senior member who is in poor health and agreed with the decision, council members say.
He will lead about 5,000 to 7,500 AUB members who live in the Salt Lake Valley as well as in such locales as Ozumba, Mexico; Mesa, Ariz.; Cedar City and Rocky Ridge, Utah; Lovell, Wyo.; Pinesdale, Mont.; and Britain.