For the past couple weeks I’ve received email reports, forwarded to me from a friend, written by a lawyer who is LDS and who is prosecuting a counselor in a Stake Presidency in a ponzi scheme. The situation is sad, the email messages fascinating and the news that this is a counselor in a stake presidency can’t be found anywhere.
I think so.
For about five years I ran a news service called Mormon News, which collected and reported “All the News about Mormons, Mormonism and the LDS Church.
Probably the biggest complaint I received was exactly this — that somehow I shouldn’t carry “negative” news. That we don’t really want to know when a member of a stake presidency has defrauded members and non-members alike, or that we don’t want to know about a returned missionary who killed someone or the pedophile who trolled through an LDS congregation.
I responded to these complaints by suggesting that it is better to find out about these stories from a Mormon-friendly source, someone who would give a full account of the facts, help members and non-members alike understand how it could happen.
I realize that many people believe that stories like this could reflect badly on the Church. For me, I don’t believe they can. LDS Church members make mistakes, they sin just like everyone else. And I believe that temptation to sin increases with knowledge and responsibility — one of the reasons I’d rather not be a bishop is I’d rather not have the temptations that I’m sure I’d receive. It stands to reason that occasionally some of those with responsibilities like these in the Church will err.
I came of age during the Watergate scandal. As a result, I have a certain distrust for bureaucracy and for those who take advantage of the authority given them. I also have a distrust of the media, in general. IMO, we are better off with both good authority and with media watching what they do, regardless of whether or not we are discussing the government or any other bureaucracy.
I’ve often considered starting Mormon News again. In order to do so, I’m working on a way to do it without the huge amount of my time it required. I can’t see doing it without honestly covering all the news about Mormons, Mormonism and the LDS Church.
Am I wrong?