Three Stories About the Mormon Temple

You know you’re intensely fascinated by the Mormon Temple in Kensington, Maryland. The six spire temple, rising on the edge of Rock Creek Park, is easily visible on the Capital Beltway (read some Beltway history) between the Georgia Ave. and Connecticut Ave. exits.

The massive structure, the first Mormon temple east of the Mississippi river since the original Nauvoo Temple, was completed in 1974 at a cost of $15 million. Based on the Salt Lake Temple’s design, it’s built from Alabama marble, is the tallest U.S. temple at 288 feet and the third-largest.

Washington, D.C. Mormon Temple (Wikipedia)
Washington, D.C. Mormon Temple (Wikipedia)

Evidently, in order to gain admittance to the temple, one must not only be an exemplar Mormon, a full 10% of your annual income must be donated to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After that, you have to make sure you have your annual “temple recommend” renewed by a bishop who evaluates your worthiness.

Whatever your opinion may be of Mormonism, their rising influence is abundantly clear, with the Republican presidential candidate and current U.S. Senate Majority Leader both being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

So, GoDC will focus on this prominent Mormon citadel on a hill, just outside of the District.

1. Mormons hope to build temple near Washington

The temple just outside the Beltway started as the dream of the local Mormon community, to have their own, impressive house of worship. One so impressive, that people would come from hundreds and thousands of miles to see and worship in it.

Washington, D.C. Mormon Temple at night (source:
Washington, D.C. Mormon Temple at night (source:

The Washington Post wrote a story on New Year’s Eve, 1966 about a movement slowly gaining steam in the area to build this temple.

Washington area Mormons made lengthy strides this year on a multi-million-dollar building program, which they hope will be crowned by construction of a temple, the first east of the Mississippi on a 57-acre tract north of the Beltway.

“Several general authorities of the church have visited the site and expressed themselves in favor of a temple here,” Milan Smith, president of the Washington Stake district said yesterday.

The tract, which cost between $800,000 and $900,000 in 1962, is located in Kensington about seven blocks east of Connecticut Avenue.

In Salt Lake City, a Spokesman for David O. McKay, 93-year-old president of the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints, said no final decision had been made about use of the property.

Smith pointed out that President McKay has “traditionally” visited every proposed temple site before giving his approval.

In Mormon temples, marriages are performed in which the bride and groom are “sealed” to each other for eternity, church members are vicariously baptized for their ancestors, and (in the Salt Lake City temple) the first Presidency meets with the Council of the Twelve. Of the 13 existing temples, eight are in the United States, including four in Utah.

Since the first Washington Mormon congregation was formed in 1900 in the home of Sen. Reed Smoot, Mormon membership in the area has grown to more than 10,000.

For many years the only Mormon church building in Washington was familiar monumental chapel at 16th and Harvard Streets nw. erected in 1933.

At the beginning of the 1960s, however, a massive construction campaign began which has resulted in eight additional chapels. Three more are under construction. The buildings are valued at more than $3 million.

Mormons here belong either to the Washington Stake, north of the Potomac River, or to the Potomac Stake, to the south. The stakes, which are divided into wards (parishes), correlate their building programs with that of the national church; church headquarters in Salt Lake City provides 60 per cent of building costs and the local wards the other 40 per cent.

Besides their many church buildings, Mormons in the Washington area own and operate a 600-acre mechanized dairy farm in Trappe, near Easton on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, called Bountiful Farms. There are 215 milkers in the herd of more than 400 cows.

the temple at sunset (Flickr user: Gore Fiendus - Jerry Frausto)
the temple at sunset (Flickr user: Gore Fiendus – Jerry Frausto)

2. Construction completed with the sealing of a time capsule

Construction was coming to a close when the Washington Post published a story on September 10th, 1974 about the shining new temple.

Spencer W. Kimball, worldwide president and “prophet, seer and revelator” of the 3.3 million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, yesterday cemented a time capsule into the cornerstone of the church’s newest temple, marking the completion of the golden-spired edifice just off the Capitol [sic] Beltway in Kensington.

In an outdoor ceremony before a specially invited audience of some 300 leaders of the church, government officials and the press, President Kimball declared that the structure was built “for eternity.”

Washington, D.C. Mormon Temple Baptistry (source:
Washington, D.C. Mormon Temple Baptistry (source:

Once a Mormon temple has been formally dedicated, only members who carry a “temple recommend”–a certification of their devotion to their faith–may enter.

In the Mormon faith, a temple is not used for worship services but for special rites. In a press conference following the ceremonies, President Kimball said the new $15 million structure will be used for “marriages for time and eternity” and for “work for the dead.”

Mormons believe in proxy baptisms for the dead as well as other rites designed to assure the dead of a higher place in the after life. Faithful members are obligated to work for the salvation of the souls of the dead as well as the living.

Asked why he thought the Mormon church is growing so rapidly while other churches are losing members, President Kimball replied: “Because we teach the truth. If the people of this world knew what we know, many more would join the church.” He said Mormon membership has tripled since the early 1940s.

Included in the time capsule buried in the cornerstone yesterday, were copies of yesterday’s newspapers, the Bible and other books sacred to Mormons and a copy of a letter written by Brigham Young to the Secretary of War in 1845, bidding for a contract to build forts for the government along the trails to the West.

Church officials reported that they have been “overwhelmed” by the public demand for tickets to visit the temple.

The supply of 500,000 tickets printed is expected to be exhausted before the end of the week. As long as they last, tickets may be secured, free of charge, by calling 432-2500.

view of the temple (Flickr user: vividcorvid)
view of the temple (Flickr user: vividcorvid)

3. Gunman enters Mormon Temple, takes hostages

A horrifying series of events unfolded Wednesday night, October 22nd, 1986. The Washington Post wrote a piece on a terrifying hostage crisis at the Mormon Temple.

A man armed with a handgun forced his way into the Mormon Temple in Kensington last night and was reported to be holding at least one person at gunpoint there early today as Montgomery County police surrounded the white marble shrine.

One man who was held by the gunman managed to escape shortly after 2 a.m. and was reported unharmed.

Police said the incident began shortly after 8 p.m. when a man went to a rear basement door of the temple and tried to get in by displaying “an expired pass.”

Only members of the faith–the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints–who have special permission from the church elders, called a “temple recommend,” are allowed into the building, and police said a security guard tried to deny the man admittance.

At that point, police said, the man produced a gun and entered, forcing the guard to accompany him. Police were called a few minutes later when the man was seen making his way to the temple’s upper floors with the guard.

Shortly before midnight, County Police Chief Bernard Crooke said police had just made contact with the gunman by two-way radio, apparently over a portable radio that the guard had been carrying.

About 2:15 a.m., Crooke said the police were “99 percent sure we have identified him,” although he declined to disclose who the gunman was thought to be. Crooke said the man was not from the Washington area, although he might have been staying here. He said some of the man’s relatives had arrived at the temple and that at least one other family member was being flown in from out of town.

Police said one man who had been held had escaped while the gunman was “distracted” and was being questioned by police. Police said at least one man was still being held, apparently on the temple’s seventh floor.

The chief said the man “seemed to be making sense,” but police negotiators were having a “hard time” getting their conversations with the man “off one subject.” He said that subject was not the Mormon church, but would not elaborate further.

The man entered the temple grounds–a fenced 57-acre tract at 9900 Stoneybrook Dr. just outside the Capital Beltway–in a car, Crooke said.

The incident came to a peaceful end after 12 harrowing hours with more than 50 police officers on the scene.

the temple viewed from the Beltway (Flickr user: MShades)
the temple viewed from the Beltway (Flickr user: MShades)

Leake was 29, and a member of the church since 1978, living in Centreville at the time, sporadically attending his home church in Langley During the ordeal, his hostages saw him place ammunition in the middle of the temple’s assembly room and turned on the radio to listen to the World Series. That night was game four of the famed Mets vs. Red Sox match-up (i.e., Buckner’s tragic error was game six of that series).

To make matters even more bizarre, he released one of his hostages because “he seemed pale.”

A month later, Leake was indicted in Montgomery County (why is it named Montgomery County?) and his mental health was questioned by defense attorneys. To mental health professionals testified that he asked his attorneys to subpoena 14 Mormon prophets, long-since deceased, because he was convinced they had been resurrected and had witnessed the course of events. He also stated that he had been called by God to cast out the demons on the seventh floor of the temple.

On June 24th, 1988, he was found guilty of assault and false imprisonment, after the jury deliberated for eight hours. However, he was not found “criminally responsible” for reasons of insanity on the two counts.

Washington, D.C. Mormon Temple from a distance (
Washington, D.C. Mormon Temple from a distance (

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  • Steve S.


  • AngryParakeet

    I so wish the SURRENDER DOROTHY was still there.

  • Katherine de la Haye

    Every time I see pictures of this temple (or any Mormon temple, really) I can’t help but think of two words – and this is how you know I grew up in Silver Spring:


    • Richard Handal

      I was pretty sure the SURRENDER DOROTHY was created with wadded-up newspapers stuck into the chain link fence. I also remember seeing the photo in the newspaper, but maybe it was in the Star rather than the Post. I couldn’t find it in the Post archives. Hmm.

  • Linda

    Oh Please….that is SO Overdone!!! Can’t you come up with something more clever? We’ve heard that every since it was built.

  • Bill-D

    How much money is the government losing in taxes to these “churches”? The whole LDS thing is just a money making scheme. The Prophet loves profit. Let us worship the Profit..

    • Joe

      You obviously have no clue.

      • Bill-D

        Where does the money go Joe? Why won’t the LDS leaders have transparency in their finances? You trying to buy your own planet? Pay that 10% so you can have all the spirit wives you can get your hands on and your own planet. If you spend enough, you may even get to be a GAWD. Grow up Joe, and you get a clue, or continue to believe in the man with a hat and a rock. What a crock!!!!!!!!

        • Philip

          Bill-D, The money goes to help several causes in the church:
          Constructing temples, chapels, and other buildings.
          Providing operating funds for the Church.
          Funding the missionary program (This does not include individual missionary expenses.)
          Preparing materials used in Church classes and organizations.
          Temple work, family history, and many other important Church functions.
          Additionally, Mormons are expected to pay a monthly “fast offering” that goes to help local members and non-members alike receive relief and assistance, such as food or shelter or counseling.
          Also, the Church set up by a “crock” is also a first responder to many national and international crises, like the Thailand flooding in 2011, helping distribute medicine, blankets, and portable toilets to non-LDS members and opening up their meetinghouses for shelter.

          I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I personally have no interest in buying a planet, nor have I ever heard anyone at Church express that wish.

          Read more about Joseph Smith using the seer stone in the hat to translate the Book of Momon at

          Thanks for commenting!

          • Bill-D

            Phillip, show me where the LDS church discloses their financial statements. If you can not, then this is your IDEA of where the money goes, or what you have been told. Why not disclose. I’ll bet more money goes for shopping malls than for help. Funny how a church is so interested in money and making more money. Not too spiritual.
            Joe Smith’s wife wrote about the rock in the hat he used to “translate” the now-gone plates. Read your history.

          • aliboo

            Have you ever read the Book of Mormon? You should. It will change your life. Here’s a link:


          • Bill-D

            Aliboo, You did NOT answer my question about the lack of LDS Church financial disclosure. That is because they do not. The money could go anywhere, and the members are only “told” where it goes, no facts or disclosure. This is very much like the BOM. No gold plates, translated via a rock in a hat, parts copied out right or changed slightly from the Bible, and the whole “history” that can not be validated by archeology. The whole mess then culminates to pray for a “burnin’ o’ the buzzim’ ” to find out the truth. I will bet you are at least a 2nd generation LDS. You have heard the stories all your life from your parents and grandparents. I’ll bet you were saying the ole “I testify that Joseph Smith was a prophet and the Book of Mormon is true” since you were 6 years old. Constant brainwashing of the young.
            It will be interesting to see how Kate Kelly fares tomorrow. More and more people are waking up and seeing that this is a “white men only” club. The Mormons are always a bit arrogant, but now you are going to put your wives, daughters, and sisters in their place (the place you tell them to be). One good excommunication and you can stomp this out quick. Quite impressive for such Godly people led by the One true Profit.
            Good luck boys. The LDS Corp. uh church is all about the money and control. The facts speak for themselves.

          • Dondani

            Amigo, you are so full of hatred and pride… If you are happy, go on with your lfe, if you are not, become a mormon, deep down is what you want..this is like the kid who was always teasing the girl he liked, but was afraid of just letting her know his feelings…. Drop the fear, kneel down ,and ask the eternal father if this things are not true…..and he will grant the knowledge you are looking for…

          • Bill-D

            Does anyone outside of your little group of cultist really believe in the “cat with the hat and the rock”? A child could make up a better story. Grow up and quit being a tool.

          • Jenni

            Wow, you can’t argue with ignorance. Sounds like someone was sleeping through the tithes and offering class in primary and Sunday School! Thats why you should really pay attention when the teacher says search, ponder, and pray! Then again a head as hard as yours, you were a goner from the get go. I’d like to see you put forth the effort in asking the government for a financial disclosure of where your tax money went…lol I’ll pray for you bro 🙂

          • Bill-D

            Believe what you will. Anything that is not transparent, is that way for a reason. I fear people like you. You believe what you are told and refuse to see facts or question anything. No doubt, being part of the one true church, you have the faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaath. So very typical, comparing apples and oranges. I would think these true, honest people at the top would want to share all the good things they are doing. The Mormons have the most extensive records (genealogy), but can NOT seem to come up with a spreadsheet about how much comes in and where it goes. There is a reason for that. Figure it out. If it looks like a scam, and sounds like a scam, it is probably a scam.

          • rjmillar

            wow, Whoda thought I’d stumble upon an article more than 2 yrs and and the argument would still be going on?! Just FYI the Church’s financial records are made public where required by law, which I believe is the case in a handful of European countries. I know I’ve seen the reports floating around the web. They also have to pay taxes on properties in some other countries too, which can’t be cheap. Either way, pretty comparable to any other religious organization financially- some to humanitarian causes and some to further their own cause.

          • Bill-D

            And yet here you are, still protecting the leaders and those who fleece you.

          • J.H.


          • Bill-D


          • J.H.


            I have never seen anyone so convinced they know so much about something they are simultaneously arguing isn’t known. Must be that same kind of strong ‘faaaaaaith’ you’re referring to since you have no evidence of what you’re accusing the ‘PROFIT’ of doing, eh? You seem be trying to make a case against the Church but have only done so by making cynical characterizations & accusations. If you have something concrete to assert or base your ‘argument’ on let’s hear it; what’s your measuring stick for discovering the untruths you seem so sure are being peddled by the Church? Can you disprove our doctrine on any single thing? Can you disprove the good intent of those who follow the faith and therefor ‘prove’ it wrong? Can you argue that the Holy Spirit doesn’t cause a man’s ‘heart to burn’ when teaching truth? ….You can THINK the entire thing is a sham all you want but you can’t PROVE it and your mocking attitude only seems to appeal to some other ‘spirit’ in order to ‘shame’ other people to your side as it were. …We are taught to obtain independent knowledge for ourselves from God. That is Liberty and enables us to independently ACT in well-doing as well as holding to the truth we have obtained despite ridicule and without having to know everything all at once. We stick with what we have and more will come. That is the path discipleship.

          • Bill-D

            Believe what you will. I could turn your assertion back on you and ask you to prove what the LDS declare to be true. The burden of proof is on the one(s) who make such statements. That has always been the sticking point. Joseph Smith could NEVER prove what he stated as truth, and neither can you.
            I have always marveled at the brazen way Smith cherry picked the Bible. Choose the parts that supported his story, and then, declare other parts are in error that do not. Nice. Maybe there are other parts in error also, no?
            In closing, I will leave you with this question. How do you reconcile the fact that according to Smith, God was once a man who earned/progressed to Godhood, and God calls himself “from everlasting to everlasting”. The idea that a man may progress to Godhood is one that attracts the arrogant, proud, and power-hungry. It does “tickle the ears” and sounds good and tasty to those who, indeed, make a God in their own image.

          • frustraated

            Again, does someone pay you for spouting anti-Mirmon stuff on the web? That’s kind of what you sound like.

          • Bill-D

            Frustraated, are you drinking again? Defending the faaaaaaaith or just hoping, desperately hoping, you haven’t been taken in by a shyster?

          • Bill-D

            Do you get extra “Mormon points” by lurking and commenting on old posts? You crazies will believe anything and everything.

          • frustraated

            Wow! Do you get PAID FOR SPOUTING OFF THIS NONSENSE?!

          • Bill-D

            Thanks for the prayer. And thanks for NOT answering the question. I bet when you go buy a car, you hand over a blank check and ask the dealer to fill in an honest price. Faith is a wonderful thing, but you have to have faith in something that has proven trustworthy. If you leadership has never been in error, never made a mistake, never has mislead you, then I say rock on. If so, I would want some proof.

          • frustraated

            Wow. So full of snide remarks and hate?! If you don’t really want to know the truth, go ahead and live your life as you wish, but stop wasting your time cutting down another faith. Be grateful that we don’t believe in forcing others to believe, as some religions out there do, which is why our country is in such a pickle!

          • Bill-D

            Frustraated one. Look at the facts and read Joe’s story again (take your pick, he had MANY different versions about what happened). If you still believe, I have a bridge in death valley for sale.

          • Bill-D

            Trying to get a Mormon missionary away from your door is like getting dog dirt off your shoe.

          • Nras2

            Joe. Why are you so bent on spending so much neg energy on attacking a belief that has done so much good for their members and non members alike. Who believe and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and extend nothing but good well to neighbors and people all over the world. I’m sure you could find more suitable prey to go after.
            It does come off a bit bitter aND lIke you have a personsl score to settle…..what did the LDS faith do to you to deserve lame blasting you’re giving it!
            I hope you can find peace brother….

          • domyar

            And mountain meadow was just a little Hickup? Please.

          • frustraated

            You’re SO right!

          • ArrrB

            I’ve read it; it’s pretty insane. I have a lot of LDS friends (I was a choir kid growing up and LDS love singing!), so I’ve been to the dances and the parties. It’s not for me, but I have respect for the way the LDS live their lives.

          • Bryan

            Aliboo, I have read it. I skimmed at first skeptical, but then couldn’t put it down. Every page is filled with so much. I found – at first attempting to deeply analyze as a skeptic -I read slower and slower as I went along, as I really tried to weigh each sentence and its meaning. What happened instead is I found myself pondering on the implications and meaning of each line. This book IMO, is one of the remarkable jewels of humanity. The wisdom and pure righteous instruction in its pages are the source-code of a truly meaningful life. As I have read it again, I can say with certainty that this book is revelation – I believe it’s author is God. That sounds lofty I know. But I don’t know who else to ascribe the wisdom in this book to. The writers – Nephi, Alma, Moroni and others are individuals that clearly know God and are teaching from a position of obviously having talked with God, spent a lifetime living the things they are teaching, and distilling and imparting what they have to say with motivation only to bless any and all who will read their writings. But I know the book is true personally, and from God. How? Let me put it this way: As I have tried to experiment and apply for a few weeks the things that the people in the Book of Mormon did in my own personal life, the same experiences and miracles and results have begun to take place privately in my life as they described. If it were Harry Potter nonsense, it wouldn’t work. But as God as my witness, the same things that happened to them, have to me. As such, NO ONE can convince me otherwise the Book is not true. The formulas work. The test is in replicating the experiment in my personal life. I have come to know God. Not just know about him. But come to know him. I would say to anyone reading, the Book of Mormon isn’t a novel. You’ll get it wrong and miss it if you approach it that way. It is instead, a work-shop. A recipe book. An ancient instruction guide. It’s user must read and apply the instruction. When the miracles, revelation, and changes ensue, the reader then knows the Author. It’s that easy. I’m so grateful for this discovery. It is honestly the best thing that ever happened to me.

          • frustraated

            Thank you! I’m a convert, joined at 17 yrs old after reading the whole Book of Mormon, doing a great deal of research, praying and comparing it with the Bible ( which by the way for you non-LDS out there, we believe too and the Bible is a regular part of our study). That was 43 years ago, and I have NEVER regretted my decision. I only regret that people still believe the garbage that anti-Mormons get paid to spread around, just as people were paid to during Trump rallies!

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          • domyar

            Hey Phil, I look at all religious books as guides to lead a good or better life and they do work I also believe what you sew is what you reap and the truth will set you free. And am a firm believer in these things.
            Back to the books, They are all set up the same way, Pay the money , Do these things the right way, And win a big prize at the end! WAHOO!
            Kinda like a big Carnival? And I see LDS has a real nice carnival.

        • frustraated

          Oh my goodness! Read some of the other posts for details, but we know exactly where the money goes, and the LDS never builds a building or does anything using debt. So, if your town has a flood and we hear of it, we will gladly help YOU, tax-free!

          • Bill-D

            But STILL no official, government report.

      • domyar

        Hey Joe, Bill is correct!

    • aliboo

      The Prophet doesn’t make money off the church–except a small salary–enough to allow him to do his job. Their “money making scheme” is used in many ways–including 54 million they’ve donated to the poor and needy in the last 10 years. They also have a complete “welfare program” for within the church–to include storehouses, canneries, and food storage to support their own people who are struggling. Tithing goes to pay for the buildings they have all over the world–not cheap to maintain–but important to the people. Their freedom to worship an essential human right and without these buildings would not be organized and functional. Educate yourself before you make snide remarks.

      • Bill-D

        Aliboo, not one of the mormons will speak to the disclosure of finances (lack there of) of the church. You spew out where the money goes, but NO official documents to back it up. Try to at least appear honest and admit the PROFIT will NOT disclose how much loot is taken in and where it goes in the US. What are they afraid of? The MORG are supposed to be SOOOOOOOO big on truth. This is just a man made fairytale and a bunch of tools playing. I am educated about the MORG. You should be also. Stick your head in the sand and pretend that all is well. By the way, I hope you support Kate Kelly. If you believe in justice and fair play you will. Answer the questions and quit dodging the question about disclosure please. Educate yourself before stating the same tired, untruths.

        • Bryan

          Actually, the LDS faith undergoes an independent audit of all of its finances which findings are reported publically every 6 months. It have never once – in its entire history – had a breach in the Generally Accepted Accounting standards. Tithing is contributed on the honor system and is a private matter. It would be very uncommon for a private religious institution to produce its internal financials for public inspection.

          • Bill-D

            The Catholics and the Protestants are making full public disclosure of their finances. You are in error Bryan.

        • frustraated

          The LDS church is constantly audited, and reports twice a year to the general membership in general conference, broadcast via BYU TV and over the Internet. Watch it sometime. It will do you good and maybe help you from feeling so hateful.

          • Bill-D

            Still no official government report.

      • “…to support their own people who are struggling.”

        And this is one of the issues some people have with the LDS. There are so many reasons to have issue with the Catholic Church, but Catholic Charities helps everyone – “Not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic.”

        • Joe Sixpack

          name the issues to have with the Catholic Church. Dont generalize. Its rude.

          • 1.Their (non)-handling of the sexual abuse scandals. 2. Celibacy requirement for priests and the diminishing priesthood. 3. Female priests. (hell, in No Va, altar girls) 4. Birth control generally, condoms and HIV specifically

          • Gus Mueller

            Butt-pronging little boys?

        • Bryan

          Not so. The LDS faith provides millions every year in relief aid to alleviate human suffering irregardless of religion the world over. This is separate, and in addition to, the fact that they have established a remarkable, enviable welfare system that totally takes care of their own poor and needy. The difference in the LDS faith is no local general leadership collects a paycheck. Bishops and Stake Presidents serve when asked, and do so without pay.

        • frustraated

          LDS humanitarian aid donates TONS of goods and funds to non-Mormons all over the world, and in fact is often first on the scene with aid, usually beating FEMA! Also its “Mormon helping hands” has saved countless millions of dollars for non-Mormons after floods, hurricanes, etc! I don’t blame you for not knowing wing this stuff–the Mirmon Church prefers not to toot its own horn!

      • domyar

        I just made a remark

      • Johnny Bocchetti

        How things have changed in a year, your church founded on magical thinking rose to such heights based on utter fraud and lies..enjoy your celestial kingdom putz…BYU 77.

        • frustraated

          Sorry you have been so misinformed to make such ludicrous statements. As pledged clearly in our beliefs, however, we believe you have the right to believe whatever you choose. Have a good day!

  • domyar

    Truth? Always? Really? I wonder sometimes about , How much the” Found Money” at Mountain Meadows, Would be worth in todays dollars. Looks as if it turned out to be a nice grub stake, And then the children that were not MURDERED and raised by LDS, Went years later to the Federal Government and sued for the money used to raise these kids, And won!
    Dont worry though, Its 9:47a est 6/20/2015 and Karma is come’in on a white horse.A country can only live on lies for so long. Have a nice day unless you made other plans.

    • Bill-D

      Domyar, It has always been about the money. Its what Mormons do. Slick operators and brazen as heck.

      • frustraated

        WOW! You’re still at it?! Unbelievable! I helped clean up people’s homes after Superstorm Sandy as part of “Mormon helping hands.” The Church donated all the supplies and organized us to be able to do the most good possible. NOBODY had to pay or the Church’s help! This can only be done because the church uses its funds wisely. As a matter of fact, people were in tears, telling us that FEMA had done NOTHING but set up a trailer in a park for people to go register for some kind of future help! In the meantime, their houses were getting black mold because nothing was being done. We ripped off walk board and flouting go allow the structures to dry out. Our son on a church mission in Houston has done the same with flooding there two years in a row now! Bill D., I truly hope that you someday will soften your heart and learn the truth–or at least stop bothering people with your false claims and tricking people who don’t know the truth.

        • Bill-D

          Frustrated, Looks like you made the rounds on old blogs. If you are satisfied and happy with your “one and only true church”, go for it. As has been proven MANY times before, what your leaders tell YOU, and what they have to tell the government is two entirely different things. No tricking of people on my side. See if your truth will hold up or not.

  • Gus Mueller

    Most religions are just the leftovers of schemes to have sex with underage girls in and outside of the family plus rape. Mormonism is just close enough in history that we can still see the remnants, the people who carry on the original scheme in a cargo-cult fashion, like Warren Jeffs. The Branch Davidian guy in Waco was running a similar scam.

    • frustraated

      Excuse me, Gus. You are very offensive! Jeffs, by the way, is not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“Mormon” is a nickname). And no, that is not why most churches were created! Now, if you’d like to have a discussion about Obama’s obsene order to allow men in girl’s rooms and dressing rooms and locker rooms, or would like to talk about how radical Muslims treat women–well then, in that case your ill chosen topic would have something to discuss. Otherwise, you are sadly misinformed.

  • Bill-D

    Why not reported to the Government? Other denominations do. What is reported at the general conference is NOT OFFICIAL!!! They can tell you anything. I would think you would want the truth known (but maybe not).

  • Tionne

    10% of your annual income to the church? Since when?