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To: Wrigley; Codie; Elsie; Utah Girl
  The LDS Church boasts of not having a paid clergy. Many of them believe that when a man receives a salary from a particular group it compromises his integrity. Even though their leaders on the local level receive no pay for their services, this is not true of their top leadership. President Gordon B. Hinckley stated: "What of the Mormon clergy? ...There is no paid or professional ministry. Thirty-nine general officers and the presidents of missions are given living allowances."

Encyclopedia of Mormonism

    "Because the Church has no professional clergy, it is administered at every level through LAY PARTICIPATION AND LEADERSHIP, and officials other than the General Authorities contribute their time and talents without remuneration. ...Because the General Authorities are obliged to leave their regular employment for full-time Church service, they receive a modest living allowance provided from income on Church investments."

    Since the Mormon Church concedes the right to pay those who serve in a full-time capacity we are left to wonder why they have such strong objections to ministers receiving a "modest living allowance." The claim is made that these funds do not come from tithing but from business investments. Why this should make a difference is not explained. Any money given to or earned by the church should be considered as equally sacred.

    The president is also supplied with a home. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Aug. 27, 1994, p. E1, the president of the LDS Church lives in a "downtown condominium, the official residence of church presidents." In the Salt Lake Tribune, Dec. 8, 1988, we read "The $1.2 million condominium at 40 N. State that is home to the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be exempt from property taxes, Salt Lake County commissioners ruled Tuesday."

    Also, the LDS Church maintains a general missionary fund. Many missionaries come from either poor countries or their families are not able to contribute to their mission.

    "Missionary support is primarily a family responsibility... However, members are also encouraged to contribute to assist those missionaries who have insufficient finances." (Encyclopedia of Mormonism,)

    Since some LDS missionaries receive support from a general fund why object to missionaries in other churches receiving funds from their church?

    Even though Mission Presidents (men who oversee the missionaries in various geographical locations) resign from their secular jobs during their three years of church service, they still receive financial help. In the Encyclopedia of Mormonism we read:

    "The calling [to be a Mission President] is not a regular remunerative position,...The family involved gives of its time and energies without salary, though there is a modest allowance for living expenses." (p. 914)

    Again we are left to wonder at the Mormon distinction between "living expenses" and "salary."

    Another puzzling aspect of Mormonism is that there is no accounting to the membership of church funds. They are never informed as to the amount of the "modest living allowance" given to their top leaders. In the Wall Street Journal, Nov. 9, 1983, the salary given to a Seventy (second tier of LDS General Authorities, lower than an Apostle) was reported to be $40,000. Obviously, with inflation this salary would be much higher today. If housing is factored in (as in the case of the president of the church) the salary would be quite substantial. When George P. Lee, former Seventy, was terminated in 1989, the LDS Church immediately confiscated his church credit card (Salt Lake Tribune, Sept. 10, 1989). We are left to wonder about what other benefits go with "full-time Church service." For more information on LDS wealth see Mormon America: The Power and the Promise, by Richard and Joan Ostling.

    In Christian churches the financial statement is a matter of public record. There is no guesswork as to the amount a church pays its minister.


441 posted on 01/30/2003 3:40:39 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: RnMomof7
Great research. Thanks for taking the time.

What we need answers for:

1. living allowances
2. living expenses
3. How many church credit cards are out there?
4. How come no accounting of church funds? What's being hidden?

We received my churches finacial statements in our mailboxes at church Sunday. Everything was laid out. And if I had any questions I could walk up to any Elder or the Treasurer and that man would have answered any questions I have.

Each year we have an annual budget meeting. I've been to many a meeting where everything was discussed and questions were answered. Then the budget was voted on.

443 posted on 01/30/2003 4:03:28 PM PST by Wrigley
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To: RnMomof7
Your disgorgement of a bunch of **** from YAAMWSTSTLI (Yet Another Anti-Mormon Website Spewing The Same Tired Lies, Inc.) is just that: parrot droppings. Not a single word you've written is true. Even the duck is a caricature.

Not surprising, given the shallowness of your intellect and the callowness of your soul.

452 posted on 01/30/2003 7:41:02 PM PST by Illbay
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