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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31 2013 9:45 a.m. MST

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1aggie
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I don't buy into the "ammunition for critics" argument for not disclosing for several reasons.

First and foremost, disclosure (openness) is the right thing to do. If the Church is so sensitive to criticism, secrecy breeds lots of criticism.

Second, most people simply don't care about the Mormon Church and Mormonism. Unless some MAJOR issue is uncovered through disclosure, most people will yawn and go on.

Third, many members (including myself) want disclosure and feel the current level of disclosure (none) does not satisfy the "common consent" requirement of D&C 26:2.

Fourth, paranoia and sensitivity to criticism are not valid reasons to not do the right thing. Some other churches and charities currently disclose. Why do we want to be behind the curve in this trend?

Finally, there will always be detractors. Most (if not all) members and investigators are not bothered or affected by them. Allowing them to dictate or affect the actions of a large institution headed by the Lord is ridiculous.

G L W8
SPRINGVILLE, UT

I'd be curious to know how much more money the LDS Church would have to spend on frivolous lawsuits if more full disclosure were made. Seems to me there's a delicate balance between informing the membership (who are really the ONLY ones who have any business knowing) and protecting their sacred donations from fraudulent enterprises that do and will exist.

James P. Russell
Random Lake, WI

This is top notch journalism right here. "A few years ago an [unnamed] Harvard professor said our church farms were really cool!" This is just irresponsible and insulting. For those interested here is a citation, though access to the actual case study will require a few bucks.

Goldberg, Ray A., and Eliot Sherman. "Food Security and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". Harvard Business School Case 508-002, September 2007. (Revised June 2008.)

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