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MormonLeaks (formerly MormonWikiLeaks) published a few more documents today:  https://www.reddit.com/r/exmormon/comments/5mysp0/leaked_q15_and_1q70_pay_information/

Here's a summary that someone posted at the top of that reddit page:

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Item #1

From the first paystub, Henry Eyring is on a 2 week schedule. The pay stub is 7/22/00-8/4/00. He was an ordinary member of the Q12 at the time (not a counselor in FP). He earned $3,096.15. Multiplied by 26 his 2000 income was $80,500. (Of course, the last stub showed his YTD income as $83,132.75, and this one was dated 11/25-00-12/08/00. A little more math leads to an annual income of $90,060.

Edit: According to CPI Inflation calculator, $90,060 in 2000 has 2016 purchasing power of $126.227.

His net pay for the first stub was $1,288.35. Annually, this works out to $33,497. Someone else will have to chime in on the distinctions between Child Allowance, Living Allowance, and Parsonage, which are the three items that make up his gross pay on this stub.

Item #2

A letter from the presiding bishopric to Elder Bruce Porter of the 1Q70, dated January 2, 2014, re:"living allowance increase for 2014". It was raised for the year 2014 from $116,400 to $120,000. More damning, in my opinion, is that the secretary to the presiding bishopric clearly refers to paychecks and pay periods. He also notes that there are medical benefits in addition to the compensation.

Edit: According to CPI Inflation calculator, $120,000 in 2014 has 2016 purchasing power of $122,240.

Item #3

For anyone who left the church because it felt bureaucratic and there were too many damn meetings, this set of papers confirms that. Things that stood out to me:

  • "There was considerable discussion of how to encourage missionaries to be obedient, the desirability of sending a problem missionary home rather than having him influence many other missionaries, and having stake presidents take a sense of responsibility for sending out missionaries who have problems."

  • "Elder Jensen reviewed a proposed addition to the [temple] recommend questions to help priesthood leaders identify and help members who are struggling with pornography."

  • "A general recommendation to provide MTC presidents and visitors' center directors with the same benefits as mission presidents was not approved."

  • "It was noted that the issue of name tags for stake missionaries needs to be addressed if stake missions are discontinued." Micromanagement much?

  • Dallin Oaks flew first class in a 757 for $811 in January 2001.

Item #4

So much boring minutiae. Minutes from Temple Facilities and Sites Committee, dated January 9, 2003. Only one quote caught my eye: "It has been noticed that the disrespect for the temple and grounds is increasing at the Salt Lake Temple. Children are knocking on doors, playing on steps, etc. It is a great privelage [sic] to be able to go up and touch the temple. This privelege [sic, with a different misspelling] might be taken away if there isn't a better control of the facilities. Bro. Olsen was given the assignment to post couples at the bottom of the stairs to keep people reverent around the temple."

Again, as with previous leaks, probably not much here to surprise anyone.

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11 minutes ago, rockpond said:

MormonLeaks (formerly MormonWikiLeaks) published a few more documents today:  https://www.reddit.com/r/exmormon/comments/5mysp0/leaked_q15_and_1q70_pay_information/

Here's a summary that someone posted at the top of that reddit page:

Again, as with previous leaks, probably not much here to surprise anyone.

But maybe enough to titillate the unwholesome voyeurism of some.

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1- "There was considerable discussion of how to encourage missionaries to be obedient, the desirability of sending a problem missionary home rather than having him influence many other missionaries, and having stake presidents take a sense of responsibility for sending out missionaries who have problems."

2- "It has been noticed that the disrespect for the temple and grounds is increasing at the Salt Lake Temple. Children are knocking on doors, playing on steps, etc. It is a great privelage [sic] to be able to go up and touch the temple. This privelege [sic, with a different misspelling] might be taken away if there isn't a better control of the facilities. Bro. Olsen was given the assignment to post couples at the bottom of the stairs to keep people reverent around the temple."

I don't see much here. I'm a bit surprised apostle compensation isn't higher. This biggest problem I have is that there is no financial transparency. We shouldn't have to see this through leaks.

1- I would really like more information on decisions that are affecting missionaries. If there is a change in approach to how problem missionaries are treated- "desirability" of sending them home so they can' influence others I think it should be well known. I've seen many more missionaries come home early over the past 5 years and it would be great to know what kind of policy determines whether or not they'll be sent home early. Being sent home can be an emotionally traumatic experience that can be difficult for a missionary to bounce back from.

2- I just find this interesting. Is the ability to touch a temple really some kind of a holy privilege? This line of thinking sounds like idol worship. Yes- I do believe the temple can be an idol. Also, I wonder who they blame for the increasing disrespect; parents or ward leaders not teaching the kids? Groundskeepers or missionaries? I suppose they could put up a gated perimeter so that children don't touch the temple disrespectfully.

 

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21 minutes ago, Scott Lloyd said:

Great. Care to tell us your weekly or bi-weekly income including benefits?

And, to make it meaningful to us, tell us your real-life (not screen name) identity?

 

Those who provide my income do know that information.

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Correct me If am wrong but didn't Grant Palmer say that Apostles get a million dollars? I am no mathematician but 90K isn't a million big onesB:) if this is even legit, they would make more in the private sector than they do working in the Church.

Interesting to see a name I know on there. He was being considered as a Mission President. He came here to our stake as an Area Seventy in 2003 or 4 and I vividly recall him having all the Bishops call all the new male converts and get them into an interview to be advanced in the priesthood. This all happened during the Sat. leadership session, well the Stake President got upset at him and there was some back and forth between them and it was awkward but anyways so the bishops called these men and one from our ward quit the Church over this interview-never saw him again. So, I don't know what the outcome of all these interviews were beyond him but I do know our SP was not happy it backfired in that one brother's case and he wanted to know from other bishops if that happened to them as well. I just checked he was an Area 70 from 2001-2007, what he's done since i have no idea. But that weekend's plan to advance more men in the priesthood didn't really work out so I am not too surprised he wasn't called as a Mission President

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2 minutes ago, Duncan said:

Correct me If am wrong but didn't Grant Palmer say that Apostles get a million dollars? I am no mathematician but 90K isn't a million big onesB:) if this is even legit, they would make more in the private sector than they do working in the Church

Grant Palmer's assertion is that they get $1m when they become an apostle... as a one-time payout so that they can resolve any/all debts that they have.  Or something like that -- I'm not expert on Palmer or his claim.  But he didn't ever suggest, to my knowledge, that they get an annual salary of $1m.

If the doc is accurate, $90k was Pres. Eyring's annual stipend in 2000.  I would imagine (hope) that apostles have access to a larger stipend now.  Although, we don't know what other benefits might not be shown on that paycheck that could help.

 

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I don't think he made the claim it was for debt payment [doublechecked, he did state that] but that all would get it across the board.  Iirc, he implied or stated that if they left the Church, they would have to pay this back [not sure whether he said this or someone else tacked it on to his explanation that the million was one of the reasons apostles stayed] so it was manipulation to keep them from leaving once in since they would soon find out that all the other apostles knew the Church was a fraud, etc. etc.  The whole claim context was rather suspect.

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I don't think he made the claim it was for debt payment, but that all would get it across the board.  Iirc, he implied or stated that if they left the Church, they would have to pay this back, so it was manipulation to keep them from leaving once in since they would soon find out that all the other apostles knew the Church was a fraud, etc. etc.  The whole claim context was rather suspect.

Thanks for the memory jog.  That sounds right to me (meaning it sounds like an accurate explanation of his claim).  He did allege that all received it and I believe he also claimed that they'd have to sign something saying they would be required to pay it back if they left the church... But I also think he claimed part of the payments purpose was to get them entirely free of any debt.

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1 minute ago, Scott Lloyd said:

Especially the consumers of "mormonleaks" who have little-to-know association with the Church of Jesus Christ and wish it ill.

 

And you know all the consumers of mormonleaks and their tithe status?  Talk about transparency and journalistic diligence... well done!

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2 minutes ago, rockpond said:

Thanks for the memory jog.  That sounds right to me (meaning it sounds like an accurate explanation of his claim).  He did allege that all received it and I believe he also claimed that they'd have to sign something saying they would be required to pay it back if they left the church... But I also think he claimed part of the payments purpose was to get them entirely free of any debt.

I doublechecked and you are right on the last part...since both you and I remember the other stuff, he probably said the other, but I just looked for the one reference and he may have said it elsewhere in that talk or another presentation (not providing link as it is a site that provides explicit temple content).

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