In this episode, an all-star panel reviews a recently leaked presentation created by the quorum of the twelve apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The presentation is entitled “Area Business Weekends,” is dated December 8, 2015, and lays out the process for local LDS stakes and areas to request special training meetings from the LDS quorum of the 12 (e.g., Boise Rescue, Elder Ballard’s Young Single Adult stake in Utah County).
Within the presentation the LDS Q12 reveals its view on the external causes for people leaving the LDS church, which explicitly name individuals such as John Dehlin, Denver Snuffer, and Robert Norman, along with other broader trends, movements, and ideas such as secularism, Ordain Women, support for same-sex marriage (entitled “Disagree with current policies”), chastity, pornography, lack of commitment, failure to observe the sabbath, those fascinated with the “last days/end of world” (i.e., Preppers/Julie Rowe), “false prophets,” and anyone who feels they need “something more” from the church.
In no instance does the Quorum of the 12 demonstrate introspection as to what they or the church might be doing to contribute to disaffection from the Mormon church.
Today’s panel includes Dr. Gina Colvin (A Thoughtful Faith Podcast and KiwiMormon), Lindsay Hansen Park (Sunstone), Pastor John Hamer (Toronto Community of Christ), Jesse Stay, and Ryan McKnight (MormonLeaks).
John Hamer’s slide referenced in the podcast:
Timecodes (for YouTube video):
16:05 Slide 1 – Opening
16:17 Slide 2 – Regulating the church
17:24 Slide 3 – Area business
24:48 Slide 4 – Issues and ideas leading people away from the gospel
25:30 Green bubbles on slide 4: Denver Snuffer, Robert Norman, False prophets, End of days predictions
48:47 Red bubble on slide 4: Language and cultural problems. Discussing general setup slide 4.
56:40 Orange bubbles on slide 4: Church history, ordained women, secularism, John Dehlin, Disagreement with current policies
1:07:28 Blue bubbles on slide 4: Chastity, pornography, etc.
1:10:23 Rhetorical uses: all of these things are dangerous
1:12:05 John Hamers bubbles
1:15:43 Closing thoughts by the panel
1:23:28 Closing words by John