Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
"The dangers I speak of come from the gay-lesbian movement, the feminist movement (both of which are relatively new), and the ever-present challenge from the so-called scholars or intellectuals." (BKP. Talk to the All-Church Coordinating Council, May 18, 1993).
"That young man with gender disorientation needs to know that gender was not assigned at mortal birth, that we were sons and daughters of God in the premortal state.' ” (BKP, Case Reports of the Mormon Alliance. Volume 3, 1997. Salt Lake City, Utah: Mormon Alliance, 1997, chapter 9.)
“We've always counseled in the Church for our Mexican members to marry Mexicans, our Japanese members to marry Japanese, our Caucasians to marry Caucasians, our Polynesian members to marry Polynesians. The counsel has been wise. You may say again, ‘Well, I know of exceptions.’ I do, too, and they've been very successful marriages. I know some of them. You might even say, ‘I can show you local Church leaders or perhaps even general leaders who have married out of their race.’ I say, ‘Yes--exceptions.’ Then I would remind you of that Relief Society woman's near-scriptural statement, 'We'd like to follow the rule first, and then we'll take care of the exceptions.' " (BKP, 1977 BYU campus speech)
Today, however, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past that homosexuality is a sign of divine disfavor or sin, or that it reflects unrighteous actions in a premortal life; that gender disorientation or same-sex marriages are a sin; or that gays and lesbian unions are inferior in any way to anyone else. Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all prejudice, past and present, in any form.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Paul wrote in an epistle that you could be a world-class general conference speaker. You could prophesy the Higgs Boson, God Particle and end-of-days calamities. That you could unlock secrets of immortal life. You could be a billionaire philanthropist. You could build bombs that destroy evil nations that usher in the millennium...
But if you don't have the love of Christ, called charity, you really suck at Christianity.
Here's the actual KJV quote from Corinthians:
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing." (1 Corinthians 13: 1-3)
You heard it at my blog in 2013, based on personal communications I've had with other developers in my area. The LDS church truly wants money. They want to take their so-called charity ranch in central Florida and turn it into a hundred billion dollar development for their future benefit.
My hometown paper, the Orlando Sentinel, is reporting what I essentially said two years ago.
"[LDS Owned] Deseret Ranches and Osceola County's vision for accommodating a half-million residents on an enormous piece of ranch east of Orlando has triggered an environmental dispute that could be tough for even the state to solve.
The development plan for the 133,000 acres..."
See this Sentinel pay-per-view link.
But don't worry, no animals were harmed in the making of this money, nor direct tithing used to make a fortune.
Really? So let's think about the cycle of LDS monies investment.
When they receive donations--whether tithing, fast offering, missionary, humanitarian or whatever--they explicitly say they have a right to use your donation however they want.
This is written into their incorporation documents and bylaws. The second article says: "This corporation shall have power, without any authority or authorization from the members of said Church or religious society, to grant, sell, convey, rent, mortgage, exchange, or otherwise dispose of any part or all of such property."
They take your donation, invest it into interest or investment bearing accounts. Scoop the excess interest or investment cash and put that into for-profit ventures. They pay themselves from that so they can tell members the GAs do not steal tithing money, and then they use the excess for other investments which yield profits that are "donated" to LDS charity so the for-profit venture has little tax burden. The laundry cycle begins again.
What to do with all that excess, tax-free investment cash?
Put it down on huge developments that will rape the environment and yield a boatload of surplus they can use when the members wise up and stop donating.
Yes, the move to a for-profit venture per the "winding up" and "dissolution" clause of the LDS corporation article on incorporation is in full swing.
I began telling you this in 2013. The Orlando Sentinel is now telling you again.
Stay tuned to see if the Mormon lawyers can force FL counties to let them bankroll a hundred billion dollar development. Of course, this is because they're such a charitable church.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Meaning took hold without being defined. I knew there was a meaning to all of this and while I couldn’t verbalize any of that meaning, it felt logical and real for a transient breath of thought. Maybe, I questioned for the first time in almost a decade, just maybe there is purpose and something beyond, or perhaps higher, than us. Instinct from many years ago almost took me over—to fall to my knees and call upon something—as I was overcome by this lost or perhaps tossed-away feeling, now returned as an older friend with new wisdoms and insights learned during our separation.
At that moment I felt this grandeur and expansive connection to the world, gathering even a hope of something larger out there, I also felt saddened by so many losses: My former life in a black and white delusion that gave comfort without actual fact and truth; the loss of relationship with my children’s mother; the time lost with them as they grew. I felt the loss of other relationships since then, and the burden of knowing that my youthful dreams hadn’t quite fulfilled the way I wanted. Then I realized what an amazing journey it was. I couldn’t have planned any of it, but it has brought me to so many places in life that I wouldn’t trade away.
“You know that moment when you learn something profound for the first time? Reading a well written blog or novel that fires off all kinds of new thoughts? ... The Newness of the Everlasting Curiosity is exciting... Tired of your boring friends at church? Find new ones. Seeing the limitation of your inherited, family philosophy? Search for a new one.
“Leaving the LDS [church] is like becoming a child who is merging into adulthood again. All the fascination of a whole world opens to your exploration, of choosing new directions, of seeking new friends, learning new insights—it’s the candy store that continues to give when you remove the abundant limits placed on you by [religion].”
“I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die. First of all, that one second isn't a second at all, it stretches on forever, like an ocean of time... I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me... but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life... You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... you will someday.”
While I do not know what the future will bring--death dark as empty space, or an afterlife of surreal unseen light--I am glad to be alive and having the experiences I have. May you have new and everlasting curiosity.
Monday, September 15, 2014
I have obtained scans of the LDS Articles of Incorporation. For more information about these, see this blog post and this blog post.
Interestingly, there are several new amendments made by Monson, about ten in all from 2009 - 2014. These amendments are the first ones since the 1973 amendment made by Harold Lee. The 2014 amendment, given below, is essentially the same as most of them, with the exception of the June 2013 amendment (shown also below).
To wit, here are the scans for posterity. Click on any image to get the large view.
November 1923 original articles of incorporation:
"The object of this corporation shall be to acquire, hold and dispose of such real and personal property as may be conveyed to or acquired by said corporation for the benefit of the members ...this corporation shall have power, without any authority or authorization from the members of said Church or religious society, to grant, sell, convey, rent, mortgage, exchange, or otherwise dispose of any part or all of such property."
"Upon the winding up and dissolution of this corporation, after paying or adequately providing for the debts and obligations of the corporation, the remaining assets shall be distributed to a nonprofit fund, foundation or corporation, which is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, or religious and/or scientific purposes and which has established its tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code."
July 2014, amendment giving deisgnees Robert Cantwell, Douglas Martin and Steven Penrose powers to execute stock and establish trading accounts:
There's a possible big red flag here. Robert Cantwell, now CFO for the LDS Church, has been the church auditor for years. I'm investigating it. Although, according to Cantwell's linked in bio, he stopped acting as the managing director of auditing in June 2013. Then again, the IRS might find it interesting too that a former auditor goes to managing the funds he formerly audited. (IRS Whistleblower page)
For more info on the other two, see Doug Martin the treasurer at LDS Church and Steve Penrose, the Global Financial Reporting Manager at LDS Church. (Kevin Jergensen is the new managing auditor.)
See these images:
What is interesting here is how many (10) amendments have been made recently. It could reflect a change in Utah law, requiring designees assigned each year and a change in the presidency (Hinckley to Monson in 2009). However, I wonder if there isn't something strange afoot with regard to the significant change in designees in 2014.
Could it be Monson's health is failing? Could it be the LDS corporations are about to exercise the fifth article of the dissolution and are preparing all necessary powers and accounts? Or it just could be standard operating principles. However, there hasn't been an amendment filed like these for previous administrations. Before Monson, there hasn't been an amendment filed since 1973, that I can find. I can't understand why, if it is just standard operation to name your designees and officers.
Now all that said, a little tongue-n-cheek bit: The IRS Warned us about "Corporate Soles" being a tax evasion shelter.
These corporate vehicles are used by individuals to get exemption from federal income taxes as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3).
"This scheme shamelessly tries to take advantage of special tax benefits available to legitimate religious groups and church leaders," said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. The IRS also warned that "the scam could be starting to spread with multiple cases seen recently in states such as Utah and Washington."
Of course, the LDS Church was there first. The LDS Church holds 501(c)(3) status AND owns a big chunk of the fashionable City Creek Center (even if it is paying taxes on its profits) I think its legitimacy as a church and "charity" are questionable. But again, it was there first! UTAH!!! This is the most prophetic thing to come out of Mormonism ever.
Monday, September 1, 2014
All Mormon children one time or another get this lesson. As you read the Book of Mormon, ask yourself: How could an uneducated young man, practically a boy, have written the Book of Mormon?
- 1. Could an uneducated boy come up with 531 pages in a few short months?
- 2. Could that boy understand ancient Hebrew literary writing styles?
- 3. Could that boy know so much about the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula?
- 4. Could that boy come up with about 180 new names in the Book of Mormon?
- 5. Could a boy be deceived by the Devil to write a volume that inspires morality?
- 6. Could that boy have accounted for the “Lost Sheep” mentioned in the bible?
- 7. How could that boy know decades before that non-LDS scholars would agree that Christ visited America?
- 8. Could that boy have accounted for the “sticks” referenced in Ezekiel 37:15-20?
- 9. Why would the other 12 witnesses of the gold plates lie or be part of an uncovered conspiracy?
- 10. Could that boy write a complex volume that doesn’t ever contradict itself?
- 11. Could a boy have conceived of the marvelous Moroni 10 promise?
- 12. Would tens of thousands of learned intellectuals follow the book written by that boy?
- 13. Could that boy have convinced an older man to finance the printing of that book?
- 14. Why would that boy, as a man, suffer persecution and eventually die for the book?
These questions give the illusion that Joseph Smith couldn't have written the Book of Mormon by himself without inspiration or God's help, therefore you are constrained to accept that it is a miracle and given by God.
- 1. Would God have inspired ancient writers to waste so many engravings of 1,381 “it came to pass” phrases and other wordy words on gold plates swelling the book well past 500 pages when the main part of the story would actually fit in about 60-70% that space if edited by skilled or thoughtful editors, redactors and writers?
- 2. Would God have inspired ancient writers to include Shakespeare, and 15-19th century American style English idioms, including many errors of the KJV bible (1769 A.D. version) in a text purported to be written by ancient Hebrews in America?
- 3. Would God have inspired ancient writers to confuse United States history (including The Book of Napoleon (1809) and The Late War (1816)) and Calvinist doctrines in a supposed 2000 year old Amerindian text allegedly written by ancient Hebrews?
- 4. Would God have inspired ancient writers to use in their ancient America geography the modified names of cities surrounding 19th century Northeast America, confuse the actual location of the hill Cumorah, and lose location on the remains of tens of thousands of dead ancient warriors?
- 5. Would God have inspired ancient writers of 3 Nephi to contradict so much archaeology yet to be discovered (but known by God), leaving no evidence of the 3-day darkness, and the deaths of so many with the destruction of dozens of cities that God angrily smashed, drowned or burned when his son Jesus was crucified an ocean away?
- 6. Would God have inspired ancient writers to confuse the meaning of ‘horse’, ‘sheep’, ‘wheat’, ‘barely’, ‘elephants’, ‘cow/cattle’, ‘goats’, ‘honey bees’, ‘steel’, ‘coins’, the ‘wheel’, ‘silk’, ‘chariots’, ‘cimeters’, ‘bellows’, and more from 2000 years ago in America?
- 7. Would God have inspired ancient writers to claim Jesus appeared in ancient America and transformed the culture so much that it spread across the land into a vast 200-year long Christian, industrious, peaceful society that eliminated sacrifice and racism, yet left not even a single smidgen of evidence of such unheard peaceful expansion?
- 8. Would God have inspired ancient writers to prophesy many times about the coming forth of the record to the indigenous descendants (Lamanites) of the book, and yet in modern times not a single tribe, clan or even DNA strand can be found from those descendants?
- 9. Would God have inspired ancient writers to put so many erroneous claims, anachronistic mistakes, and miscalculations about ancient America that dozens of Mesoamerican and Amerindian scholars come forward to witness that it is just imaginative fiction with no basis in real science?
- 10. Would God have inspired ancient writers to be so mistaken on ancient American populations of ‘Hebrews’, on technology like ‘submarines’ traveling to ancient America, on mistakes about Hebrew temples, on Shiz's headless body and more impossible events?
- 11. Would God have inspired ancient writers to introduce so many linguistic issues into an ancient America text, including adding Deutero and Trito Isaiah texts into plates purported to be about 2600 years old, when the Deutero and Trito Isaiah texts weren’t actually written until 100-200 years later (2400y.a. (trito) or 2500y.a. (deutero))?
- 12. Would God have inspired ancient writers to create an ancient American work so dull that one of modern America’s foremost writers (Mark Twain) would call it “chloroform in print”?
- 13. Would God have inspired the “translator” of the ancient record to endeavor to sell its copyright and all rights to the book in Canada, yet fail to get anyone truly interested in the book because it was fraught with grammar issues and boring stories?
- 14. Would God have inspired the ‘translator’ of this ancient record to rarely quote from the book in his many hundreds of lectures, and when he was imprisoned over charges of polygamy or of treason against the state, instead of using the ancient text to convince his imprisoners, he stealthily snuck in a gun and fired shots at his enemies?
Anyone giving me their list of "Could a boy have written it" needs to explain away my list.
You can also ask, how could an educated person have made so many mistakes writing the Book of Mormon and attempt to pass it off as a true history?
Thursday, November 7, 2013
The Mormons love Florida. They've made huge purchases in Orange Juice country before. In Central Florida they own about 300,000 acres of ranch land, mineral mining and more.
Many have previously reported on the Central Florida Deseret Ranch. I go out to the ranch for my job on occasion, where my company had leased with option to buy an 11,000 acre parcel in the middle of the ranch. The Mormons use up everything in pursuit of making a profit.
They sell oranges, timber, sod, seashells (for minerals) and more besides cattle. Orange county and Orlando buy the seashells for roads.
This is how they phrase the seashell mining business.
"Rapid construction in Central Florida has created a need for road bed materials. Fossilized seashell deposits on the Ranch are excavated by contractors for use in the construction industry for road base and asphalt batching. The deposits range from 20 to 50 feet deep. All excavation sites are restored, leaving in place an attractive lake for fishing, recreation and other uses."
One survey of mining in Brevard county shows that Deseret Ranch mines many very lucrative minerals and elements.
Included: Aluminum, Fluorine, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Uranium.
They also make money on the water rights they have for the rivers that flow through the ranch. I'm still collecting the details on that. This is how they phrase the water-rights business.
"Water Supply Planning: We will continue to be an active participant in the region’s water supply planning efforts. We will encourage water supply planners to expand the planning horizon to achieve long-term water sustainability."
When they sold off a portion of the ranch (~11,000acres), during the negotiations, one of the corporate reps told me that the church attorney mentioned that they were planning to build a golf course and small resort community on their Deseret Ranch, on the west side, where it is zoned for residential construction by the medical school and industrial zone on the edge of Orlando. Some plans talked of 5,000-10,000 homes, lake front properties, golf-courses, etc. The economy tanked, in 2008, delaying those plans. Rumor is, with the tourist industry in Orlando reaching a peak again (they collected > $150M in tourist tax just recently), the LDS corporate engine is back to making plans to develop the ranch into a high-end living area.
One wonders what they will make of the timberland in Northwest Florida once they get their hands on the cleared portions where they've sold off the wood. That will make for interesting future revenues.