I'm glad that these are your own thoughts and weren't lifted from the
New York Times. To be honest, I will not be reading your columns again after
learning that you lifted material from other publications on four occasions. As
a longtime journalist who contributes to several national publications, I
believe that plagiarism is a serious offense and should be grounds for
dismissal. Of course, the Deseret News, now that it relies on free columns
instead of hiring professionals, doesn't agree. In fact, I doubt that they
will print this comment since everything in this church "newsletter" now
has to be scrubbed before it is presented to readers.
The the conflation of matters spiritual and matters material in this article is
"Except when we lived in Boston as students and in London as missionaries,
this is the first time we have lived right in the commercial part of a
city."So it's the third time you've lived right in the
commercial part of a city... not the first time at all.
How lovely that it's all so much prettier for you now. But
ridding the downtown area of the lost and hungry and suffering didn't find
them, feed them and heal them. A man with a vision that could accomplish that
would be a True Visionary. Since you're such well-traveled and
sought after writers, I'm sure you can explain how it isn't
self-serving to attribute the LDS church's b-b-billion-dollar brand rescue
to something divine. Shopping 'considerably often' at high end shops
and spectating in newly posh venues isn't an ideal that I ever learned
about. And I was raised a Mormon.
According to the 2011 Welfare Service Fact sheet on LDS.org it states that the
humanitarian assistance rendered from 1985-2011 (26 years) totaled $1.4 billion.
The City Creek mall cost $1.5 billion and is part of a $5 billion dollar
project. In my opinion the mall may have been President Hinckley's vision,
but it wasn't Heavenly Father's vision. There are people
world wide who need food and physical assitance, but at least you can see the
expensive mall from the temple.Matthew 21:12-13 12 ¶And Jesus
went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the
temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them
that sold doves, 13 And said unto them, It is written, My ahouse
shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Modest in size, compared to their former mansion.
I didn't realize there were modest condos at City Creek.