Arrington: Four Practices I Would Like to See the LDS Church Cease

By Peggy Fletcher Stack [1]

The late Mormon historian Leonard Arrington not only documented the faith’s past, he also yearned to shape its future.

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Gregory A. Prince’s new biography, Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History, reveals a 1990s diary entry in which the noted scholar rattled off practices he would like to see the institutional Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cease.

Among them:

  • “Appointing the highest tithe payers to positions of leadership rather than the most capable or worthy. …
  • “Maintenance of a disloyalty file on liberals … The supposition is that liberals are out to destroy or embarrass the church, a supposition entirely false. …
  • “Insistence on unanimity among the Twelve [apostles], which means that the most obstinate member, the one holding out against the rest, wins. …
  • “Insistence on choosing a new president from the senior member of the Twelve. This means [the LDS Church] will always have a president far beyond his energetic, creative period of life.”

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[1]  Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Jun 2016

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