I actually work for one of the distribution centers in Utah, I agree with some
of you. I don't think that they should consolidate at all. A lot of people in
the HR department of the church over distribution have lost there jobs, one
person told others what was going to happen before he wasn't supposed to and he
got fired. The people in the distribution centers are scared that they aren't
going to have jobs anymore. We (the employees) have been told to hang
tight....whatever that means. So I think the stores are just fine the way that
they are, but what do I know I am just a normal person.
Jax seems to be saying that the Church should give away clothing freely. I
wonder if he also thinks that people who sew the clothing should not get paid.
It is all around a bizarre claim.
TO: I M LDS 2-- I don't know what Distribution Center you have shopped in. I
have always received amazing service whenever i have shopped at the Distribution
Center. The staff, are always pleasant and wonderful.
You can buy anything in this world for money.
Didn't department stores ZCMI and even JCPenney back in the day sold Church
clothes and Gs in Utah? What's the big deal if you can now get them at Deseret
Book? Fortunately we don't have a Deseret Book nearby, but Beehive Clothing is
only 20 minutes away.
Hey, SLMG, maybe this means they'll open up Deseret Books where we are! We're
in Germany, so no DB here, either. We get everything in the mail, although our
temple has a small Distribution Center next to it where we can get some clothing
and basic books in various languages. It'd be fun to have a real bookstore.
These are, for the most part, vintage whines. I'm old enough to remember when
temple garments were sold in the lingerie section of JC Penney in downtown
Provo, and the nearest Deseret Book was in Salt Lake City. We didn't die. We
got some of what we needed from the Seventies' book store, and the rest in the
mail. Actually, it stood me in good stead for when my husband went back to
graduate school, and there was no money for anything from the secondary market.
I had to plan lessons and so ahead of time, and get my own inspriation. A few
years ago, the church cut the prices of almost all ordinance related clothing in
half, so we are still to the good, no matter. I still buy pictures online from
the distrubution center and from the secondary market, since I can't draw a
lick, but these purchases are mostly online anyway. It's nice to have a chance
to see the latest things in one place. I remember finding the first olive drab
tops for my soldier husband, stationed in the California deseret, I wept. I
think we can get by.
Is this happening to prop up Deseret Book? The Orem distro center is always
slammed with people while Deseret Book next door is often very quiet.
I have never received good service or merchandise from the Distribution Center.
Maybe this merger will improve things. I am willing to pay a little more if the
help knows what they are doing!
SpencerJ says: "Just to clarify, Deseret Book will make Church
materials and products available for sale according to prices and policies
established by the Church."I am hopping he is right because
currently that is NOT the case. Currently, Deseret Book charges more for the
'Distribution' items it sells in its stores.
John Pack Lambert,In my area they closed the Deseret Book. So I tried a
Christian book store. They had a nice Catholic section but to my surprise they
also have a cult section which featured books about Mormonism, Jehovah
Don't be intimidated by Sherry Dew's title. She's a good woman and a good
manager...but the bottom line is that the Church does own the Deseret Bookstore
line...which is a for profit entity. However, I seriously doubt that the church
will run the handling of the Distribution Center's Church manufactured "not
for profit" products any differently than before other then consolidation
to make it more effficient. And not all of the centers are closing. Many of the
workers at these centers are voluntary. So why is everyone so overly
reactive???With the expansion of the overall missions and stated
goals of the church including taking care of the poor, Humanitarian Aid,
Perpetual Education and Temple Construction... efficiency is becoming more and
more critical. these are carefully calculated steps the church is taking to see
that the resorces a not only properly used but efficiently used. You need to be
a ble to see the Bigger picture.
Im not close to deseret book so I have to order things I need from the
distribution center which is very convienent for me. I try to avoid deseret book
because they are very expensive for books etc so I always try to order it from
church distribution as they are usually cheaper. I would imagine that they would
have the distribution center items in a self contained ared due to the nature of
scared items. Church is probably looking for a way to save some money and who
knows it might just work out.
The Church owns Deseret Book. About the issue of "what about those
who are no where near Deseret Book"? Well, the article clearly states that
the Church is consolidating operations in places where there is a Deseret Book.
Anyway, the hysterical "I do not want to buy sacred clothing in a book
store" misses the whole point. At least some of these distribution centers
are in no way on temple grounds, so the move to a book store is no decrease in
AzresWhat about the areas of the Church where there aren't any Deseret
Books? In Australia there are no Deseret Book stores and there is no
longer a Church Distribution Center either since last year. We have to order
every thing from the Church on line and for my family and Branch this has not
been a problem. I have only once received the wrong order, an email
to the center and it was sorted. The return postage was paid by the center.Ordering from Deseret Books has not been a problem even having to pay
postage is reasonable and the pkg. are bulk delivered to Australia by DHL and
delivered by the local postal service.So all to you living in the
U.S. take a step back and consider yourself fortunate to live within driving
It seems that too many people like to make a judgement before they have all the
facts. If you weren't aware, in 2009 there were 6 Deseret Book stores that began
operating with Distribution Services inside (3 in Utah- Salt Lake, St. George,
Ogden and 1 in Portland, 1 in Idaho Falls, 1 in Las Vegas). These stores DO NOT
sell product at higher prices than what you would pay at the Distribution Center
and they do not charge tax on those items. It's okay to not agree with the
decision, but please make sure to get your facts straight before you begin
making certain claims. As for me, I'm excited to be able to do one stop
shopping. But for those that don't like Deseret Book, you are still presented
with other viable options.
Seems to me getting temple clothes, etc. at a bookstore will take away from the
sacred nature of the whole process. The Church is pushing ordering online for
everything, but they need to perfect the process before they close all these
stores. I know of someone who ordered two dresses online and received a box of
500 dresses. Others have ordered men's garments and received women's, thus
making it necessary for the customer to go to the distribution center for
personalized help. What about the areas of the Church where there aren't any
Deseret Books? I know people in Salt Lake still think they are the center of the
universe, but they are not. Not everything is better through buying on the
internet. Certain things need to have personalized help and attention. I hope
they have really thought this through and aren't just looking at their
Deseret Book has consistently sold items that are in both inventories for higher
prices than Distribution Center stores. Presumably that will continue.
Just to clarify, Deseret Book will make Church materials and products available
for sale according to prices and policies established by the Church. The prices of sacred clothing and other church materials will not be at the
mercy of a capitalist oriented bookstore.
I had all these same thoughts (except bryHunt's). If I have to pay more at
Deseret Book for garments I will NEVER shop there again. As Russ points out,
you can buy from the online distribution store instead. Even if it is strictly
a business decision, I don't believe the Church's purpose in this is to
intentionally make our lives difficult. But I'm willing to see how this plays
out before I worry about it.
Why go there when you can now order at the distribution online store. Saves me
I share the concerns expressed by hcsfam and alternate. buying a book from
Deseret Book is not essential to my eternal salvation or my commitment to
keeping my eternal covenants. However, items of sacred clothing are. and now we
will be at the mercy of a capitalist-oriented bookstore to keep our temple
covenants. wonder when non-Utahns will be required to order items from Deseret
Book. sort of like having to buy government-run health care.seems
we are going in the wrong direction as a Christ-centered church.
These first five are already consolidated. All they have to do is to knock down
a wall separated between them.
My main concern is . . . Blah blah blah blah blah. Welcome to the new reality
my friends. The Church is not immune to the new economy we now live in. They will shed employees and other costs where they can. Too bad, so sad.
My concern is that Deseret Book will not sell the inexpensive picture of the
First Presidency, or President Monson, scriptures, seminary manuals, ctr rings,
etc., without taking a profit and collecting sales tax. With all due respect to
the management of Deseret Book, they now appear to function just like any other
retail store. High prices, no employee loyalty, maximize profits at any cost.
For some reason, this idea just doesn't sit well with me. I think it is a bad
idea. Maybe concern that prices will escalate? Deseret Book is one of the most