On Aug 22, 9:53 am, runsrealfast hotmail.com> wrote:
> On Aug 21, 2:05 pm, Exposing the Mormon Church
> yahoo.com> wrote:
>> CIA agents in Mormon disguise are probable to work in Russia, a
>> renowned sect expert believes
>> 21 August 2008
>> Moscow, August 21, Interfax - President of the Russian Association of
>> Centers for Religious and Sectarian Studies Professor Alexander
>> Dvorkin is concerned with Mormon activities in the Russian
>> "We have been informed that American Mormon missionaries were detained
>> on the territory of secret military facilities more than once. They
>> are accused of having CIA connections, and it is reasonable," he is
>> quoted as saying by the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily on Thursday.
> This is the same country that just illegally invaded Georgia. Now
> their accusing the LDS missionaries of being spys?
If I was a planner at the CIA it would be tempting to
try to get an agent into the missionary force, but I
think I'd probably give it up. Too many problems. For
one thing, how's the agent going to go anywhere to spy
on folks with a companion following him around 24/7?
And calling the mission office and whining that his
companion is going off to secret military bases and
stuff instead of going tracting with his comp. It wouldn't
work unless both companions were agents. And what would
a pair of missionaries in suits be able to spy on that a
tourist could not cover? Most of all, the good being done
by the missionaries might outweigh any supposed tactical
advantage of having more eyes on site. I think this one's
>> According to the professor, Mormons have commercial interest: "they
>> actively buy fishing industry."
> Wait so members of the church like to fish and that's a crime. Russia
> is a strange place.
Yes it is, but my first thought was that the Church might
have bought some fishing company that runs some boats or
something, same as we might buy a farm and run it - to help
feed the poor, as a welfare project.
>> Dvorkin called this sect "a rich transnational corporation."
> Yeah with all these tithing payers we have a lot of assets and
> investments. We have made very wise choices (as a church not a people)
> financially. So sue us for being smart with out money.
I don't think there's all that much left over after we
build chapels and Temples and maintain all the ones we've
got, and run our church schools, etc. But I guess there is
some money, so what should be done with it? Keep it in a
bank so a worldly bank manager can invest it somewhere -
who knows where - or invest it ourselves, in industries that
tend to help the poor, like food production?
>> "They always need people for "tithe" - a tenth part of income paid as
>> a compulsory contribution to the sect. According to the experts, today
>> Mormon's tithe makes one third of their income," he stated.
> Compulsory contribution or fulfilling a commandment discussed in the
I was wondering where the good professor got his one third
figure. Tithing is one tenth, it's always been one tenth.