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Has God given his power to men?

And they deny the power of God, the Holy One of Israel; and they say unto the people: Hearken unto us, and hear ye our precept; for behold there is no God today, for the Lord and the Redeemer hath done his work, and he hath given his power unto men;

2 Nephi 28:5


Our Savior’s instructions for those brought before Church disciplinary councils


Matthew 10

[16] Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
[17] But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
[18] And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
[19] But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
[20] For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

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Isaiah 51

[7] Hearken unto me, you that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear you not the reproach of men, neither be you afraid of their revilings.

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– Tom Irvine

An Apostolic Witness of the SCMC

Here is an excerpt from 2012 BBC interview featuring Michael Purdy and Elder Jeffrey R.  Holland.   The interview was criticized for its “gotcha” style.  However, the excerpt is of historical significance given that the SCMC is never mentioned in Ensign articles or General Conference.

Video Link

Tom Irvine


BYU: See Something, Say Something


BYU Honor Code Office

Priesthood Leadership Training

Substitute the Church Handbook of Instructions for the scriptures.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sexual Abuse

“The LDS Church has long had a highly effective approach for preventing and responding to abuse. In fact, no religious organization has done more. Although no one system is perfect and no single program will work with every organization, the LDS Church’s approach is the gold standard.”

–  Von G. Keetch, chief outside legal counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints    Deseret News, Jun 5, 2010

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Protecting Members and Reporting Abuse


Paul Douglas Adams

Robert Berchtold

Keith Kenneth Bergstresser Jr.

Andrew Bishop

Joseph L. Bishop, former MTC president

Susan Brock

Paul Burdick, former bishop

Todd Mitchell Edwards, former bishop

Francis Heber Fuller, former bishop

Matthew Hack

Timothy Jame Hallows, former bishop

Jeffrey Byron Head, former bishop

Lon Kennard Sr., former bishop

Michael Jensen

Dr. Melvin Kay Johnson

Timothy McCleve, former bishop

Gerald E. Mortimer

David Moss, former bishop

Lonnie Kent Nyman

Michael J. Pratt, former LDS seminary principal

Christopher Jeremy Prue

Lowell Robison

Darran Scott

Keith Vallejo, former bishop

Sterling Van Wagenen


Other Notable Crimes

Paul Peterson


Protect Every Child

Utah Affinity Fraud & Ponzi Schemes

A 2012 article in The Economist reports that Utah is believed to have the highest per-capita rate of affinity fraud in the U.S. due to about two-thirds of the state’s residents being members of the LDS Church among whom such crimes tend to flourish.

The Wall Street Journal named Salt Lake City the “Fraud Capital of America” in a 2015 story.

Statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Robert Glen Mouritsen, former stake president

A former stake president in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has pleaded guilty in federal court to using his position to scam $1.5 million from friends and fellow church members over a 12 year period.

Robert Glen Mouritsen, 72, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, a federal felony, in federal court in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Over a 12 year period, Mouritsen collected $1.5 million, including $326,399.51 from one victim in his Ponzi scheme. The most recent investment from this victim occurred in or around 2016.

Julius Blackwelder, former bishop in Connecticut

Shawn R. Merriman, former bishop

Chad Bennett Reid, former bishop

Kevin Thomas, former bishop

R. Dean Udy, a former stake president and regional representative


Lori Ann Anderson

Gaylen Dean Rust Rust Rare Coin Inc.

Rick Koerber Founders Capital, and related companies Franklin Squires Investments and Franklin Squires Cos.

Dee Allen Randall

Martin A. Pool and Armand R. Franquelin

Landon M. Smith Real estate offering fraud and Ponzi scheme


SCMC Devotional: November 6, 2019

Bruna Martinuzzi, Intelligent Disobedience (excerpts)

I once worked for a technology company that encouraged employees to practice what they called “Intelligent Disobedience.” The concept originates from Seeing Eye dogs: while dogs must learn to obey the commands of a blind person, they must also know when they need to disobey commands that can put the owner in harm’s way, such as when a car is approaching.

Intelligent disobedience is not about setting out to be disagreeable or arbitrarily disobeying rules for its own sake. Rather, it is about using your judgment to decide when, for example, an established rule actually hinders your organization, rather than helps it. The antonym of intelligent disobedience is blind conformity. Conformity smooths our day’s journey at work. Conformity, however, can have its downsides. It saps creativity for one, and it is, in John F. Kennedy’s parlance, “the enemy of growth.”

Here are some ideas to inspire you and others in your team to establish a culture that values intelligent disobedience:

Consider the benefits of decentralizing some of the decision-making in your unit. If you are used to making all the decisions, allow those closest to the customer the flexibility to make appropriate decisions on the spot, as for example, to right a wrong, even if the decision is contrary to some established rule of the organization. This places the value where it should be—on customer satisfaction rather than on lockstep adherence to the process—but it also places value on team members by giving them the authority to bend the rules when necessary.

Catch yourself if you habitually insist on “going by the book.” Ask yourself: Is this necessary for every issue? Might you enhance your team’s productivity if you paid more attention to the restraining effect that this could have on the people involved? What would happen if you built some elasticity in your rules, if you allowed others to apply standard procedures more flexibly?

Barry Rand of Xerox, quoted in Colin Powell’s A Leadership Primer: “. . . if you have a yes-man working for you, one of you is redundant.”

Pursuit of Truth


SCMC Devotional – September 13, 2019

Thomas More refused to take an oath approving of Henry VIII divorce of Catherine of Aragon.

The Duke of Norfolk:
Oh confound all this. I’m not a scholar, I don’t know whether the marriage was lawful or not but dammit, Thomas, look at these names! Why can’t you do as I did and come with us, for fellowship!

Sir Thomas More:
And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?

From the film:  A Man for All Seasons (1966)

– Tom Irvine