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  • EXCLUSIVEMormon church couldn't care less about sex abuse victims, claims son of pedophile bishop who was 'shielded' by religious leader now charged with covering up crimes

    02/11/2024 7:55:35 AM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 11, 2024 | Miles Dilworth
    Matthew Gooden had not been born when his father, Shawn, began sexually assaulting two young relatives, aged eight and nine. Matthew spent the first twenty years of his life blissfully unaware of the harrowing truth, leading what he thought was a normal upbringing in the Mormon church, in which his father had risen to the rank of bishop. It was not until Gooden's arrest in September 2022 that he was exposed as the monster he was. But to his son's horror, it transpired that church leaders had known of the abuse allegations almost two years earlier, but 'kept it secret'...
  • Central Pa. church leader charged for not reporting child sex abuse

    01/31/2024 9:43:09 PM PST · by lightman · 18 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 31 January A.D. 2024 | Madison Montag
    A Cumberland County man and “stake president” of the Harrisburg area Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints was charged Wednesday by Pa. State Police after they say he failed to report child sex abuse accusations against a former bishop, Boy Scout leader and lawyer from central Pennsylvania. Rhett Hintze, 50, of New Cumberland, was charged with one count of failure to report or refer child abuse in connection to the July 2023 charges against Shawn Gooden, a former bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy in French...
  • Utah is no longer majority Mormon, new research says

    01/01/2024 7:25:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 34 replies
    ABC 4 ^ | December 29, 2023 | Jonathon Sharp
    SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — Since Utah became a state in the late 1800s, most of its residents have been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But according to a new study, Utah isn’t majority Mormon anymore. A paper published this month in the Journal of Religion and Demography estimates that the percentage of Utahns who identify as members of the LDS church, otherwise known as Mormons, is about 42%. That’s markedly lower than previous media reports citing the church’s numbers, which put the percentage of Mormons in Utah at around 60% as recently as 2020....
  • Ex-Mormon who was RAPED the first time she got drunk reveals her family PUNISHED her for the assault, telling her she had 'sinned' and needed to 'repent' because she was no longer 'pure'

    12/11/2023 10:56:17 AM PST · by Morgana · 70 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | December 10, 2023 | Raven Saunt
    A Mormon woman who was raped has revealed how her family blamed her for the attack and punished her for 'sinning.' Kristjana Hillberg, whose family practiced mainstream Mormonism, appeared on a recent episode of the Cults To Consciousness podcast to discuss her harrowing ordeal. The now 33-year-old laid bare the details of a sexual assault that left 'blood everywhere' and revealed how it made her mom 'sick.' She was forced to 'repent' her sins to the bishop in the aftermath and she was eventually disfellowshipped from the religion. Kristjana began by telling host Shelise Ann Sola what it was like...
  • 1857: Two surviving members of the Aiken Party

    11/28/2023 7:50:48 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 3 replies
    ExecutedToday.com ^ | November 28th, 2018 | Headsman
    On this date in 1857, the Utah Territory finished the extrajudicial executions it had botched three days before. As we have detailed, Utah’s Mormon authorities had during these months of near-war against federal authorities taken prisoner a party of Californians crossing their territory — the Aiken (or Aikin) Party. On November 25, four members of that party were murdered by the Mormon guards escorting them out of the territory — killings that were quite extrajudicial, but also quite deliberately orchestrated by the state. Except, they had only killed two of the four. Although outnumbered by their attackers and miles from...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Mormon leaders ignored our family's 'rampant' incest abuse: Devastating claims of two young sisters assaulted by the same family member - and accuse the church of a cover-up to PROTECT their abuser

    11/28/2023 8:20:02 AM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | November 26, 2023 | Miles Dilworth
    A few months before her 18th birthday, Katie Wallace hatched a plan to overdose on heroin. She and a male friend who had her hooked on the drug would do it together, ending years of misery to which the 17-year-old saw no way out. It was not the path the Mormon church, in which Katie had been raised, had ordained for her. But it was one that she holds the religion responsible for, after church leaders allegedly covered up years of rampant sexual abuse and incest within her family. For Katie, now 39, it began when she was four. Unbeknown...
  • Mormon leaders accused of 'silencing and THREATENING' families who tried to expose sex offenders in their communities - as victims claim church 'covered up' an 'epidemic' of abuse

    11/25/2023 9:15:11 AM PST · by Morgana · 26 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | November 25, 2023 | Miles Dilworth
    Mormon families who tried to expose cases of sexual abuse within their communities have alleged they were 'silenced' and threatened with disciplinary action by church leaders, DailyMail.com can reveal. In one instance, two Idaho members claim they were warned they could be punished after the pair alerted others in their congregation to the fact that their former bishop faced child sex abuse charges dating back 10 years. In another case in Minnesota, a church member and social worker claims he was stripped of his positions within the church after he spoke out about a registered sex offender who had been...
  • Man who was raised in Warren Jeffs' polygamous Mormon CULT with 28 SIBLINGS details his desperate escape from the sect - where women were treated like 'slaves' and members were forced into sex as minors

    11/12/2023 10:02:03 PM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | November 12, 2023 | Raven Saunt
    A man has revealed how he escaped a polygamous Mormon cult before its former leader was sentenced to life behind bars for child sex offences. Ben, based in Utah, appeared on a recent episode of the Cults to Consciousness podcast to share what it was like growing up in the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints Church (FLDS) with two moms, who were sisters, and 28 siblings. FLDS was a break away group which branched off from the original Mormon church when the mainstream religion ceased practicing polygamy. Ben laid bare the strict rules that were imposed by former self-appointed leader Warren...
  • Mormon church is sued by three members seeking class action status, claiming hundreds of thousands in tithes were used to pad its $175 billion investment fund

    11/01/2023 9:17:20 PM PDT · by algore · 7 replies
    The Mormon church is being sued by three men who claim that it took $348,000 in donations they believed were for charitable causes, then used the money for its own investments. The trio, who filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday, are seeking to make their case a class-action suit, and want an independent entity to oversee collection and use of donations made to The Church Their lawsuit is separate from, but similar to, one filed by James Huntsman, the scion of a prominent Mormon family whose brother Jon was the governor of Utah and a presidential candidate, and U.S. ambassador...
  • Man who was raised in an incestuous Mormon CULT opens up about the horrors that he was subjected to under the terrorizing rule of his abusive father and 'leader' - who fathered 163 CHILDREN with 14 WOMEN

    10/15/2023 9:03:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 15, 2023 | Emily Lefroy
    A man who grew up in an incestuous, polygamist, Mormon cult with 14 mothers and 163 siblings has opened up about the horrors that he was subjected to by its abusive leader. Val Snow, 35, grew up in Utah in a strict Mormon community called the Kingston Group - officially known as the Davis County Cooperative Society and internally as The Order. The Order is a cult that was started during the Great Depression which promotes polygamy and incest to keep bloodlines 'pure.' Val is the oldest of 12 children that his mother gave birth to in the cult, and...
  • ‘The Chosen’ Director Says Jesus Transfiguration Not Important: ‘What Purpose Would it Serve our Story?’

    07/14/2023 12:38:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 184 replies
    Protestia ^ | July 14, 2023 | staff
    ‘The Chosen’ Director Dallas Jenkins has responded to fans wanting him to include the transfiguration of Jesus in his hit TV show about the life of Jesus, saying he’s confused why fans would think it would be an important scene to show, particularly because it wouldn’t “serve our story.” We’ve written about Jenkins in the past, with our posts Dallas Jenkins Says Mormons are Saved : ‘I’m Going to Die on That Hill’, as well as Dallas Jenkins Doubles Down on Controversial Mormon Comments, Straight up Lies and Dallas Jenkins Affirms Mormons are Christians in ‘Definitive, Final’ Video.’ Jenkins made...
  • Mormon leaders, like the twice-married Nelson and Oaks, can't have it both ways on polygamy

    07/06/2023 2:30:01 PM PDT · by TexasKamaAina · 34 replies
    Salt Lake City Weekly ^ | 07/05/2023 | Keith Burns
    Despite unequivocal top-down condemnations of polygamy, the church's continued theological affiliation with plural marriage is not lost on its members. In perhaps the most thorough and effective treatment on this issue to date, The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy, LDS author Carol Lynn Pearson lays out the ways in which plural marriage continues to shape the teachings and practices of the modern church. She discusses the fact that LDS men are still allowed to become eternally sealed (i.e., married) in the temple to multiple women if their previous wife or wives have died.
  • Joseph Smith: An Apostle of Jesus Christ

    01/02/2011 5:46:30 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 2,374 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Dennis B. Neuenschwander
    Joseph Smith: An Apostle of Jesus Christ By Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander Of the Seventy   Dennis B. Neuenschwander, “Joseph Smith: An Apostle of Jesus Christ,” Ensign, Jan 2009, 16–22Adapted from a presentation to the Seventy.   In the Doctrine and Covenants we read that Joseph Smith was “called of God, and ordained an apostle of Jesus Christ” (D&C 20:2). The call of an Apostle is first to witness or testify of Jesus Christ. Old Testament prophets testified of His coming. The New Testament Apostles bore personal witness of Christ’s being and of the absolute reality of His Resurrection. This apostolic witness was...
  • Mormon Church’s Investment Arm Under SEC Investigation

    02/10/2023 5:36:19 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 21 replies
    The current size of Ensign Peak’s holdings remains a tightly held secret. The firm, based in Salt Lake City, was incorporated in 1997. Under SEC rules, it must disclose some types of investments, like U.S.-listed stocks, that it manages directly, which amounted to roughly $40 billion on Sept. 30. The remainder of the portfolio is made up of investments such as fixed-income securities, private companies or funds. Ensign Peak had an estimated $100 billion of holdings in 2019.
  • Colorado Shooting Suspect Aldrich's Links to Mormon Church Explained

    11/21/2022 7:56:40 AM PST · by BlackAdderess · 36 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 11/21/2022 | Khalida Rahman
    The man arrested in the Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting appears to have links to the Mormon church through his mother. One post in July last year came weeks after Aldrich was arrested for allegedly threatening to harm his mother with a bomb and weapons. "Hello Sisters. Does anyone know of a fantastic defense attorney? I ask this with a heavy heart but my family really needs some help at this time. We have cash to retain good counsel. Thank you," she wrote. In February, Voepel asked if anyone could recommend "a great trauma/ptsd therapist?" In a comment, she said...
  • Mormon church comes out in support of same-sex marriage law

    11/15/2022 5:39:05 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | 15th November 2022 | Associated Press
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Tuesday it would back proposed federal legislation to safeguard same-sex marriages, marking the latest show of support for the measure from conservative-leaning groups. The nearly 17-million member, Utah-based faith said in a statement that church doctrine would continue to consider same-sex relationships to be against God’s commandments. Yet it said it would support rights for same-sex couples as long as they didn’t infringe upon religious groups’ right to believe as they choose. “We believe this approach is the way forward. As we work together to preserve the principles and practices of...
  • 1942: Helmuth Huebener, Mormon anti-Nazi

    10/27/2022 7:08:51 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat
    ExecutedToday.com ^ | October 27, 2012 | Headsman
    On this date in 1942, 17-year-old Helmuth Hübener was executed at Plotzensee Prison for listening to the BBC. Huebener was a Mormon youth with the political perspicacity to abhor fascism from a very young age: the former Boy Scout (Mormons really take to scouting) ditched the Hitler Youth after Kristallnacht, which happened when Huebener was only 10 years old. As Germany forged ahead towards worse horrors in the years, conscientious people of all ages had moral dilemmas to resolve. Mormons in Nazi Germany weren’t persecuted per se and to keep it that way that small community generally kept its head...
  • REVEALED: Highland Park massacre shooter Robert Crimo, 22, is rapper called 'Awake' with 16,000 listeners on Spotify and $100k net worth, attended Trump rally dressed as Where's Waldo and dad ran for mayor while mom is Mormon domestic abuse suspect

    07/04/2022 11:42:17 PM PDT · by Morgana · 102 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | July 4, 2022 | Paul Farrell
    The man suspected of killing six people and wounding more than a dozen others during a July 4th parade in Highland Park is a Donald Trump-supporting rapper with a seemingly-successful music career. Robert 'Bobby' Crimo III, 22, goes by the moniker, Awake the Rapper, in his music career. According to his Spotify page, he boasts more than 16,000 listeners per month and has a net worth of $100,000. The rap career has taken on a chilling relevance in the wake of the shooting. So far, synagogue teacher Jacki Sundheim, a married mother, and grandfather Nicolas Toledo, 78, have been named...
  • Republican Utah governor says he plans to VETO legislation banning transgender students from competing in youth sports

    03/07/2022 11:40:57 AM PST · by LibertyWoman · 51 replies
    Daily Mail & AP ^ | 03/06/2022 | ALASTAIR TALBOT
    Utah Governor Spencer Cox said that he plans to veto legislation passed on Friday that would ban transgender student-athletes from competing in girls sports within the state. Without his support, Utah is unlikely to join the 11 other states, all Republican-led, that have recently enacted bans on transgender girls wanting to compete in school sports leagues that correspond with their gender identity. In vowing to veto the bill, Cox directly addressed transgender student-athletes, who he said found themselves the subject of political debate through no fault of their own. I just want them to know that it's gonna be okay....
  • Harry Reid, political pugilist and longtime Senate majority leader, dies

    12/28/2021 5:25:51 PM PST · by eastforker · 118 replies
    the hill ^ | 12/28/21 | ALEXANDER BOLTON
    Harry Reid, political pugilist and longtime Senate majority leader, dies Former Sen. Harry Reid (Nev.), one of the Senate’s longest-serving majority leaders and a Democrat who played a central role in enacting President Obama’s biggest legislative accomplishments, died Tuesday at age 82. The death was announced by longtime political reporter Jon Ralston, who called Reid "probably the most important elected official in Nevada history."