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Aug 8,1992 - Salt Lake Tribune reports that First Presidency's spokesman has acknowledged existence of special "Strengthening the Members Committee" that keeps secret files on church members regarded as disloyal. Due to publicity on this matter, including New York Times, Presidency issues statement on 13 Aug. defending organization of this apostle-directed committee as consistent with God's commandment to Joseph Smith to gather documentation about non-Mormons who mob and persecute LDS Church. Presidency lists Apostles James E. Faust and Russell M. Nelson as leading the committee.
The Mormon public relations machine sells the highlights but D. Michael Quinn, author of The Mormon Hierarchy - Origins of Power The Mormon Hierarchy - Origins of Power and The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power (Signature Books) tells a realistic story. Hundreds of Church history moments are documented by Mr. Quinn. These are taken from personal journals, minutes of church meetings, newspapers, etc. The Salamander Society highly recommends the works of Mr. Quinn, a professional. Mr. Quinn is not anti-LDS and used to be an active member until his excommunication. At last report 2005, Mr. Quinn still believes that Joseph Smith was an inspired prophet and that the gospel was restored.
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