Praise to City Weekly for its willingness to inform the world of The Sealed Portion when The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole [“Sealed Fate,” Jan. 27, City Weekly]. But what a disservice Stephen Dark does to readers, the LDS community and the world for mocking the man who holds the only solution that could end the worldwide economic crisis.
In preparation for the story, Dark was invited to peruse Human Reality: Who We Are and Why We Exist or find a flaw, if he could, in the comprehensive but simple plan that claims to eliminate poverty and inequality around the world, virtually overnight and in perpetuity. Either one of those pursuits, despite his atheistic and anti-religious views or personal contempt for the translator, had he kept an open mind, would have convinced him of the authenticity of his appointment and the realization that this is not another religion. It sets people free from the need to join with, follow, worship or trust anyone but oneself. Tragically, the assignment to do his homework and present it with objectivity wasn’t deemed significant enough for what I believe will one day prove to be the story of the century—especially in a state filled with people too intimidated to read anything but Deseret Book’s “priestcraft” wares.
However, if you wanted more relevant sensationalism, you might have compared Christopher Nemelka’s works, all transparent and free, to the LDS Church that refuses to disclose its income to its own members (who can “rob the storehouse” except those who hold the keys to the coffers?). Or asked why engraved images are erected atop all its temples in violation of the Ten Commandments? Or why it sets up businesses (temples) around the world, then sends in its sales force (missionaries) to convince people they can’t have their Family Forever unless they pay 10 percent of their gross income to gain entrance? Why does the church build a multibillion-dollar mall but give a pittance of its gross income to help the poor and needy? As if that weren’t enough, the church continually hails its good deeds abroad despite President Thomas Monson’s own talk “See Thou Tell No One” on giving anonymously (Ensign June 1992). LDS leaders, with the utilization of their contacts, resources and influence around the world, could partner with the Worldwide United Foundation to implement the plan that would restore peace (and prosperity) on earth, good will toward (all) men—but for their hubris. Except that they “become as little children” with the humility and accept that this Divine Plan could not, did not and never will come through them, the world will continue to know poverty, destitution, starvation, war, crime and terrorism.
Nemelka will hold a free symposium on March 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Salt Lake City Public Library auditorium, for those who dare to think for themselves—all are invited to attend. Who can answer any question or solve any mystery with reality and common sense to the understanding of a little child? Pile that wood high, then douse it in water and prove you now herewith ye cowards, who dare not show your face, even en masse with all the brethren and your experts by your side, before this one man, who alone can withstand the force of a hurricane, the fierceness of many lions, or the hottest furnace, yet remain unscathed?
Julie L. Taggart