Major Discrepencies Presented and Reforms Proposed
INTRODUCTION: These Thesis will demonstrate that many of the Current Practices of the Paid Clergy in Salt Lake City contradict Church Doctrine. For sake of argument, Doctrine is defined as the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and the King James Bible. Per Doctrine and Covenants, Doctrine is voted upon by the Council of the Twelve and the General Membership before it is included into Doctrine and Covenants.
If it is not included in the Standard Works of the Church it may be revelation, opinion or speculation, but it is not Doctrine. Doctrine forms the bedrock on which the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was formed.
Thesis 1: Priestcraft is Forbidden and a Sign of Apostasy in the Church of Christ
12 "But Alma said unto him: Behold, this is the first time that priestcraft has been introduced among this people. And behold, thou art not only guilty of priestcraft, but hast endeavored to enforce it by the sword; and were priestcraft to be enforced among this people it would prove their entire destruction." (Book of Mormon: Alma 1:12)
Jesus Christ stated:
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
(John- King James Bible)
2 Nephi 26:31. But the laborer in Zion shall labor for Zion; for if they labor for money they shall perish.
The above are just a few examples of Mormon Doctrine as established by the Standard Works of the Church
Thesis 2: The Current Salt Lake General Authorities Practice Priestcraft
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, "A second newly leaked document, from a more recent year, is a 2014 memo from the church's Presiding Bishopric (which handles all financial issues for the faith), noting that the "base living allowance" for all Mormon general authorities was being raised from $116,400 to $120,000."
Using the same 3% annual increase, current General Authorities make $147,584.86 per year base salary. Plus, luxury accomodations, free health care, personal chef, free food, free travel and other luxury perks. This compares to the average full-time missionary who must pay the Church $500 monthly towards their own expenses. This also compares to Bishops, Stake Presidents and other Lay Clergy that receive no remuneration for their service.
Thesis 3: General Authorities Should Labor With Their Own Hands
14 And even I, myself, have labored with mine own hands that I might serve you, and that ye should not be claden with taxes, and that there should nothing come upon you which was grievous to be borne—and of all these things which I have spoken, ye yourselves are witnesses this day.
(Mosiah 2- Book of Mormon)
Alma was the President of the Church and the Chief Judge
32 Now Alma said unto him: Thou knowest that we do not glut ourselves upon the labors of this people; for behold I have labored even from the commencement of the reign of the judges until now, with mine own hands for my support, notwithstanding my many travels round about the land to declare the word of God unto my people.
Thesis 4: The Church of Christ Exists to Build Zion
18 And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them. (Moses 7:18)
* According to the American Community Survey (ACS), approximately 8.8% of Utah residents, or 279,435 Utahns, were living in poverty in 2019. This includes 88,324 children aged 17 and under.
*On a single night in Utah in 2019, 2,798 persons were homeless. Crowding in shelters, street corners, parks, and cars, these individuals experienced the loneliness, fear, and pain of homelessness. (Source)
*Utah has a childhood food insecurity rate of 20.4% that accounts for the households with children. Statewide, that's 1 in 6 children. However, many areas report 3 in 5 children regularly go to bed hungry. 11.3% of Utahns live below the poverty line.Aug 20, 2018
Thesis 5: Jesus Commanded Us to Feed the Poor and Help the Needy
35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
The LDS Church Has $100,000,000,000 in Liquid Reserves
About Half of That is invested in the Stock Market
See the Full Investment Portfolio HERE
* The Mormon Church Collects 7-8 Billion Annually in Member Donations
* The Extra $1 Billion Dollars is invested with Ensign Peak Advisors.
The Mormon Church Reported It Only Spent $100 million in Outside Charitable Work in 2019.
*This Represents ONLY .014% of its 7 Billion in ANNUAL DONATIONS
* AND only .001% of its Investment Fund.
The Church went public after the $100,000,000,000 Investment Fund was exposed and stated that they spent $1 Billion Dollars on Charitable works but failed to give a time period or explain how much of that came from the Annual Budget. (Source)
The $100,000,000,000 Investment Fund is Separate from the Church Annual Budget, which is paid for by member donations with $1,000,000,000 left for Investing.
Thesis 6: LDS Leadership Needs to Give Back Much More to Utah Mormons
*There are an estimated 2.4 Million Mormons in Utah out of 16.5 Worldwide (About 14%)
* $14,000,000,000 of the Church Investment Fund Belongs to Utah Mormons based on membership alone.
* PLUS $140,000,000 of the Annual Surplus Donations Should Go to Utah
Thesis 7: It would take a small amount of Money to Help Utah's Poor
Thesis 8: Preparation is More Important Than Speculation
The Manager over the $100,000,000,000 Church Investment Fund Readily admits that the Money is constantly at risk of loss. He points out the Fund lost 24% in 2007-08. Today, that would amount to a loss of $24,000,000,000,000. Simply wiped off the books where it can't do anybody any good. This next correction is predicted to wipeout up to 90% of the Investment Fund. That would be $90,000,000,000 Dollars that just disappeared without providing any benefit to anyone. This is not sound Stewardship. Nor is it wise Stewardship.
In the Parable of the Talents the Lord holds His Servants responsible for how they manage His resources. If the one who had received 10 talents lost 9 of them on speculation, the Lord would not be pleased.
Thesis 9: Seek ye First the Kingdom of God
"In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Jacob gives us some important counsel on this matter:
“But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdom of God.
“And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted”
(Jacob 2:18–19; italics added).
The foundation and perspective then are these: We must first seek the kingdom, work and plan and spend wisely, plan for the future, and use what wealth we are blessed with to help build up that kingdom. When guided by this eternal perspective and by building on this firm foundation, we can pursue with confidence our daily tasks and our life’s work, which must be carefully planned and diligently pursued." (N. Eldon Tanner)