In explaining to MacRae Blackmore how he needed to smuggle his 12-year-old daughter from Bountiful, British Columbia, to Schleicher County, Texas, former Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints President Warren Jeffs wrote that "I told him his daughter . . . would be called to the redemption . . . I told him that part of her call to the redemption of Zion mission would be to get married . . . namely (to) me . . . which he accepted."
The information was contained in dictated diaries that were found when American officials raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Texas in 2008.
The odyssey began, prosecutors say, when Jeffs phoned MacRae back in November 2005 to tell him that his daughters were the lucky winners of a chance to be Jeffs 58th and 59th wives.
Here's how the conversation went, according to Jeffs' diary:
"He bore a strong testimony of me being the Prophet," Jeffs dictated. "And he wanted to stand with us. I then told him that he would be called to receive greater training and he must become a man who can keep the Lord's confidence and not always express his own opinions; and he needed to take on a heavenly hush and what I was about to say to him he had to keep quiet, even from his family.
"I told him his daughter . . . would be called to the redemption of Zion mission (the Yearning for Zion ranch in Texas). I told him that part of her call to the redemption of Zion mission would be to get married, which he accepted.
"I asked the Lord silently if I should name to him who she will be married to, and I simply said . . . 'She will be sealed in the same place that your (other) daughter . . . is sealed, namely me,' and he thrilled at that."
After talking to Jeffs, MacRae supposedly convinced his son Spencer to bring his 12-year-old daughter to Jeffs as well (turns out he didn't need much convincing).
Jeffs documented the day he met the tweens down to the hour, saying that by 5 p.m. he had them over to "get acquainted" and at 8 p.m. they were "sealed to me."
By way of complimenting the girls he said: "They are very sweet young girls. I have several others."