The Trib and most of its forum posters never miss a chance to heap mud on anyone
or anything Mormon, and some of the posters here ought to go and stay over
there.Elder Lee was before my time in the Church, so I don't know
his whole story. Having spent time around Tuba City and Ganado and developed a
love for the Din'e, I am sorry for their loss as well as the loss to the Church
that his story represents. I think of his enormous potential:
someone who like Sidney Rigdon or Sam Brannan could have been a leader of truly
great stature had he taken a different path. He evidently had great talent and
ability and many people appreciate the legacy that he did leave. Like Brannan
and Rigdon, who died in obscurity outside the fellowship of the Saints, Elder
Lee will have to account to God and not newspaper readers for whatever he did in
this life.The fact that his funeral will be at a stake center
suggests that both he and the Church did not fully lose their love and respect
for each other.
"I the Lord will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to
forgive all men."
I am GoodBuffaloEagle, hear my words:As we walk through life… none
of us are exempt from “walking backward”.There is only one
perfect Being… Let us look beyond the blemishes and frailties and
find a seed of greatness in all the two-legged beings. For the Holy One who
walked on water, who was without blemishes, softly stated: "… let he who
is without sin, cast the first stone…"
my sympathy and prayers go to the family of Elder Lee. There are so many
positive and uplifting thoughts floating around 'out there', so I choose to
think positive and uplifting thoughts. When I leave this earth, I would sure
love it, if people remember the good things I might have said or done. I too
have a very dear person in mind, who was instrumental in teaching my husband the
Gospel and thereby changing his life forever for the better, this person some
not so smart things later in his life, but that doesn't detract from the good he
did for us and others. God knows our hearts, he knew us before we were born.
People change when they lose the spirit or walk away from the Gospel, I have
seen that in the life of someone very close to me. I remember that sweet
wonderful spirit and it seems weird to hear the things they now think and
believe. But I also have to remember that those spirits existed for eternities
and our Father in Heaven knows them more then we do and that is where we need
to remember to have faith. I believe that that core good spirit that so many
saw and knew exists, and we have no clue what the outcome will be. Alma the
younger had his refiners fire in three days, will ours be 300 years after we
die? But will be also have a mighty change of heart, I believe we will.
He gave one of the best talks on the Savior during general conference that I
have ever heard.
Condolences to the family of Mr. Lee and the people he served. I'm sure his
loving mother is grateful to get him back in her arms. Mothers always love
their children in spite of what they go through.
JOHN D.LEE was indeed a good man too- A god fearing man was he. By any chance
are these two LEE's related?
I remember playing basket-ball with and against him at the Deseret Gym when he
was a GA. This was before he had his problems with his life. I
always wondered why he fell away — that just goes to prove the old saying
“there but for the grace of God goes I”. Any of us can
fall down if we don’t work at continually — Satan desires all of us
to fail and he got Brother George who was a GA.
I think it is very pertinent. He is not a man to be revered.
This is nothing to make an issue of. Stop this!
Yes, George lost his way and the Lord and the Church lost a great servant when
he would not retrace his footsteps. He has to deal with the consequences. We
can mourn his losses (and ours) without remembering the ugliness. Let the Trib
deal with that - they do it so well.
Good post, Tony.And a very classy way to handle this, DesNews.
Concerned that my first comment hasn't shown up yet. Omitting his criminal case
and excommunication does a disservice to his victim and the church. Yes, it was
ugly, but it was true. We should be able to expect the ugly truth from our
NEWSpaper, not a revisionist history.
I served under President George P. Lee in the Arizona Holbrook Mission.
President Lee was a great mission president;great leadership, great teacher,
great motivater,very kind and loving and a man of great faith. He was very
dedicated to his work as a mission president. I along with the missionaries I
knew and came under my leadership had great love,respect and admiration for
Elder Lee. We felt very privileged to serve under his leadership.We felt
very sad for what had transpired in his life with the Church. The testimony that
we gained through our mission remained with us and we followed the prophet.
However, we cannot forget what all Brother Lee had done for us. We mourn his
loss and our hearts go out to his children. It's just sad, for we loved and
respected Sister Lee also. She was very supportive and worked just as hard as
President Lee.I cannot judge Bro. George P. Lee. That's between him and
the Lord. We all sin and come short of the glory of God. He is in God's hand
now. Good journey, my friend!...... Tony
So sorry, our prayers go with his family.
I had the opportunity, when he was still as GA, to hear his speak in Montana -
what a wonderful and powerful talk he gave. I was so impressed with him. And
it was unfortunate about 'his fall from grace'.
I too wondered why more wasn't written (my comment was posted this morning, but
then yanked for some reason) -- all I did was ask why this paper omitted
recounting so much of Lee's notable history.
God Speed you Elder Lee.....
Why not an article that is much more informative? This one says little
about a seminal figure in LDS leadership and the problems both he and LDS inc
had with each other.
Why not an informative article? Or will you be doing one in the next few days?
justired -Thanks! That was FAR more informative.
see the trib article for the rest of the story (at least part)
I also choose to remember the good in people. Thank you Deseret News for showing
respect to George's children and grand children at this sensitive time.