The Davis County Cooperative Society (DCCS) is an economic cooperative based on the belief in God, Country, Stewardship, Cooperation and Hard work. It was founded during the heart of the Great Depression where its founders sought to establish the long looked-for ideal condition known as the Golden Rule (Do unto others as you would have others do unto you).
The Davis County Cooperative Society was founded on January 1st, 1935 in Bountiful, Utah by C. Elden Kingston.
Early founders began the tradition of giving men “Numbers” as a unique and honorary title for them and their families in the community. These titles are generally reserved for men who have dedicated themselves to serving their community. They are typically held for life and go along with an expectation to live as an outstanding example of a high standard of moral conduct and service to others.
Being a “Numbered Man” does not give the individual additional authority over the affairs of any other person, their businesses or any part of the operations of the DCCS. It is rather, a personal designation of expectation to live a high standard of morality.
Members at times use "The Order" as a term of endearment to refer to a belief in the Cooperative idea of United Order.
They didn’t split from the Wooley group. John Wooley, Lorin Woolley, Leslie Broadbend and the group known as the Council of Friends were specifically instructed not to organize, so there was not a Woolley group to split from in 1935. Charles W. Kingston and DCCS founder C. Elden Kingston were acquainted with a number of individuals in the “Fundamentalist” movement and counted many as dear friends. However, they had not joined any group between the time they left or were ex-communicated from the LDS church and the founding of the Co-op.
No, the DCCS was inspired by a belief in God, but was created as a place where all people could come and work together as brothers and sisters regardless of their belief or background.
In 1974, many DCCS members expressed the desire to create a church in order to teach the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They did so by incorporating the Latter Day Church of Christ (LDCC) in 1977 based on a belief in Jesus Christ and the restoration of His Gospel by Joseph Smith. Membership in the LDCC is not required to retain membership in the DCCS.
The Davis County Co-operative Society is an economic Co-operative incorporated in the State of Utah and was established in 1935.
The Latter Day Church of Christ was established in 1977 and strives to adhere to the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it was restored by Joseph Smith.
No. The DCCS is not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, LDS or Mormon Church. However, just as we have a right to exist and choose our course in life, we acknowledge theirs and each organization's right to do the same.
“We believe that all who choose to do so should have the opportunity to engage in productive enterprises suitable to their capacity and training, and likewise, to receive the benefits from the same.” DCCS Articles of Incorporation, August 23, 1941, Article 5A https://www.dccsociety.org/our-beliefs/articles-of-incorporation
Through encouragement and support of the DCCS, members today enjoy a high rate of high school and college graduation in the fields of their choice. These rates continue to surpass the graduation rates of the State of Utah and the United States.
No. Members own businesses from a variety of industries and day-to-day interaction simply would not be possible. The DCCS instead issues guidelines and encourages business owners to conduct business in a fair and lawful manner through every facet of their activity. Individual owners, boards and executives have the autonomy to direct day-to-day operations for their businesses as they see fit.
"The private property of the members of [the DCCS] shall not be liable for the debts or operation of [the DCCS], and [the DCCS] shall not be liable for the personal debts of its members." (DCCS, Articles of Incorporation, 7A; 1941) https://www.dccsociety.org/our-beliefs/articles-of-incorporation
Absolutely not! This type of doctrine has NEVER been endorsed by the Davis County Cooperative Society (DCCS; Co-op) or Latter Day Church of Christ's (LDCC) leadership. It has been a long standing policy, that DCCS “members are self-sustaining by means of their own labors” if at all possible (DCCS, Articles of Incorporation, 5D; 1941) https://www.dccsociety.org/our-beliefs/articles-of-incorporation
The majority of members believe the U.S. Government and the Constitution to be inspired by God. We pride ourselves in the contribution we bring to the neighborhoods, cities, states and this great nation that we live in! As an example, we fund our own private schools, saving the State of Utah over $8 Million dollars annually. This along with millions of dollars in additional taxes our members pay annually.
In 2005, the offices of Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard published ‘The Primer’ as a guideline for government agencies when dealing with individuals in the polygamous lifestyle living within the two states. The opening paragraph of the ‘Basic Guidelines’ section of the document reads “Every man, woman and child in polygamy who is seeking government help shouldbe treated with dignity. However, each case should also be scrutinized to ensure the services are truly assisting the individuals in need.”
The Primer also contains a ‘Glossary’ section which introduces readers to the term “Bleeding the Beast” and clearly connects this term to fundamentalists who teach “…that ‘bleeding the beast’ will assist God in destroying the “evil” U.S. government and is considered a righteous endeavor.” The Primer goes on to connect this to the isolated communities based geographically on the Utah Arizona Border known as the FLDS. Fear of government and society as a whole had caused the FLDS to geographically segregate themselves from other communities for many years. This is NOT and has never been the case with the DCCS.
No. The DCCS is not and has never been affiliated with the FLDS or Warren Jeffs.
Marriage is a lifelong personal decision and should not be coerced. An individual should be well informed to make a mature and thoughtful decision before entering into marriage. Marriages should also be conducted within the legal age of consent.
We believe marriage is a cornerstone of our social fabric and stable relationships bring stability to our society as a whole. We also believe personal relationships between consenting parties should not be regulated by the state so long as they are not coerced and are entered into by the free agency of both parties.
Although not in the majority, some men and women in the Co-op have chosen to enter into lifelong relationships that include multiple women. The DCCS reaffirms their belief that relationships between consenting parties is a matter of personal choice so long as they are not coerced and are entered into by the free agency of both parties. The State does not recognize these plural relationships as marriages and those obtaining licenses for marriage are encouraged to do so lawfully and within the guidelines given above.