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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT: The Church's newest friends -- multi-billion dollar frauds and felons

"Choose your friends wisely. They will provide the foundation of spiritual strength that will enable you to make difficult, extremely important decisions correctly when they come in your life." [1]

“Choose your friends wisely, for you will tend to be like them.” [2]

"I have found that the right friends have a powerful influence on your life. Choose your friends wisely. Make certain they will help build within you the right standards with which to govern your life." [3]

"Choose good friends. Friends help to determine your future. You will tend to be like them and to be found where they choose to go. Remember, the path we follow in this life leads to the path we follow in the next." [4]

"Choose friends who have high ideals. Choose friends who will help you to be good." [5]

We Mormons have been fed a steady diet of “Choose your friends wisely" since we were kids. As adults, we realize its importance, as our children spread their wings and undertake their own social interactions.

Logically, we can and should conclude that the church is doing the same; that it, too, is "choosing its friends wisely."

In my past posts, I've highlighted some of the church's friends: 

  • "Government authorities" who may require "us to give up certain freedoms" [6]
  • United Nations member states who develop and implement plans without even the remotest scintilla of thought regarding God. [7]
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. [7]
  • "Medical experts and government leaders" like the Centers for Disease Control, who have developed plans to remove non-vaccinated family members from their own homes and indefinitely quarantine them in a government facility. [8]
  • Pro-abortion, pro-socialist organizations. [9]
  • Policymakers who protect baby killers. [10]

Now added to the list: The manufacturers of the Covid-19 injections. 

In the First Presidency's August 12, 2021 letter [11] to members re: wearing masks and getting immunizations, church leaders told members, "We know that protection from the diseases they cause can only be achieved by immunizing a very high percentage of the population" and "To provide personal protection from such severe infections, we urge individuals to be vaccinated. Available vaccines have proven to be both safe and effective."

One of the church's official investment arms -- Ensign Peak Advisors (EPA) -- has added to the church’s list of "friends" (companies it trusts, and would refer 16 million others to) those who manufacture the Covid-19 injections. In the U.S., that would be AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer.

Tithing-Paid Investments in Covid-19 Injection Manufacturers

Not only has the church glowingly referred these business’ products (Covid-19 injections) to its members, but the Church has also invested OUR tithing money in those very same Covid-19 injection manufacturers in the form of stocks. 

In his Sept 14, 2021 decision in James Huntsman v Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, federal judge Stephen Wilson legitimized James Huntsman's equating tithing to investments made by EPA. Quoting from his ruling:

"In 1991, the President of the Defendant's church, Gordon B. Hinckley, explained that Defendant would set aside a portion of the tithing funds paid to the Church as a rainy day fund."

"In 1997, Defendant [the church] incorporated Ensign Peak Advisors, Inc. ("EPA") to be the Defendant's primary investment vehicle for the Defendant's reserve tithing funds. The reserve tithing funds would be invested in stocks, bonds, and securities." [My emphasis]

"First, [David] Neilsen [a former Senior Portfolio Manager at EPA from 2010 to 2019] conflates tithing funds with earnings on invested tithing funds. Specifically, he states that "EPA's senior leadership and other EPA employees referred to and revered all funds of EPA as 'tithing' money, regardless of whether they were referring to principal or earnings on that principal." [34; my emphasis]

Here is how much the church (via EPA) has invested our tithing payments in these companies over the last couple of years:

AstraZeneca$2,834,000$1,044,000$1,044,000 $8,747,000$8,188,000$9,866,000
Johnson & Johnson$645,924,000$501,068,000$501,068,000$465,903,000$530,704,000$524,249,000$499,776,000
Moderna   $5,355,000$3,504,000$3,707,000$3,399,000


In fact, the church called Richard Hutchings as an Area Seventy for the North America Northeast region in April, 2019.   [19]  Hutchings is Executive Director for pharmaceutical sciences for Pfizer, responsible for oncology and anti-viral development. [20]


On the surface, people might say, "OK, so what?"

Remember those quotes about choosing your friends wisely? That's where these relationships take a strange and (to be frank) dangerous turn:

Pfizer: Paid out $2.3 billion in 2019 for fraudulent marketing, then the largest health care fraud settlement and the largest criminal fine ever imposed in the United States. Pfizer pled guilty to misbranding the painkiller Bextra with "the intent to defraud or mislead". [21] Total pay outs over time for all drug-related fines: 71, totaling $4.6 billion. [22]

Johnson & Johnson: Agreed to pay a $2.2 billion fine to resolve criminal and civil allegations relating to the prescription drugs Risperdal, Invega and Natrecor. The government alleged that J&J promoted these drugs for uses not approved as safe and effective by the FDA, targeted elderly dementia patients in nursing homes, and paid kickbacks to physicians and to the nation's largest long-term care pharmacy provider. [23] Total pay outs over time for all drug-related fines: 58, totaling $4.2 billion. [24]

AstraZeneca: Was fined $520 million to resolve allegations that it illegally promoted the antipsychotic drug Seroquel. [25] Total pay outs over time for all drug-related fines: 21, totaling $1.14 billion. [26]

Moderna: Four fines totaling $311,972. [27]

All totaled, the church has not only made friends with, but has also invested in, four pharmaceutical manufacturers who have racked up combined fees of almost $10 billion. 

And on top of it all, it's told its members -- and the world -- to trust these very same companies into which it has invested tithes for our "personal protection."

Some Serious Questions Arise

President Nelson gave a speech at BYU on April 23, 2009. It's title: “Neither Trust in the Arm of Flesh”. [30]  There, he quoted two scriptures: “Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm” [31] and "neither trust in the arm of flesh.” [32]

What happened in between April 23, 2009 and the First Presidency's Covid letter of August 12, 2021 which made trusting in the arm of flesh a divinely-endorsed spiritual strategy?

Would church leaders be comfortable with you making such friends?

How does the church interpret this scripture, including giving "money be given to the exchangers"?

"And while they were yet laying the foundation thereof, they began to say among themselves: And what need hath my lord of this tower? And consulted for a long time, saying among themselves: What need hath my lord of this tower, seeing this is a time of peace? Might not this money be given to the exchangers? For there is no need of these things. And while they were at variance one with another they became very slothful, and they hearkened not unto the commandments of their lord. And the enemy came by night, and broke down the hedge; and the servants of the nobleman arose and were affrighted, and fled; and the enemy destroyed their works, and broke down the olive trees." (D&C 101:47-51)

Where are we told in the scriptures that it's actually fine with the Lord for the Quorum of the Twelve Businessmen to invest tithes in pharmaceutical manufacturers?

3 Nephi 13:19-20 (which I assume the Brethren still believe is divinely inspired) says, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal; But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal." How are pharmaceutical investments "treasures in heaven"?

Revelation 9:21 and Revelation 18:23 both mention the word “sorceries,” which in Greek is pharmakeiOn, or drugs or enchantments. Go here to read more about what God has to say about those who use and peddle pharmakeiOn. (Note they aren't my words, but God's).

We are also told to "Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven." (D&C 121:45)

(The definition of virtue is "behavior showing high moral standards"). [28]

How does the church show "high moral standards" when it invests in pharmakeiOn manufacturers which are convicted felons having paid billions in fines?

How does the church show "high moral standards" when it promotes to 16+ million members (and more) pharmakeiOn which has consistently displayed horrendous adverse events in those using it? [33]

A woman (who took the Pfizer jab a week before) experienced Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, which doctors have attributed to the vaccine. She had "no previous medical history.” [29] How does the church explain its investment in, and promotion of, this injection which almost killed this woman? 

Where is God in ANY of this?


1.   Malcolm S Jeppsen, "Who is a True Friend," April 1990 General Conference
2.   New Era, August, 2004
3.   L Tom Perry, New Era, February 1993
4.   Thomas S Monson, "In Harm's Way," April 1998 General Conference
5.   Ezra Taft Benson, "To the Children of the Church," April 1989 General Conference
31.   2 Nephi 28:31
32.   D&C 1:19


Dave P. said...

Vaccines: The leading cause of coincidence.

Anonymous said...

What is the motivation of your blog. To tear down the LDS church? To claim that God has no hand in it? If so, how do you serve the authority to perform this task-. From God or a heart of vengeance?
I am asking these questions not to call you out, but simply to understand where you are coming ng from

Angela said...

I think the blogger covers that motivation in the last part of the "About" page. Yes, they state some (often inconvenient) facts and ask for answers. He/she doesn't come off as vengeful to me. In fact they say in their About page that it's wrong to ascribe any vengeful motivation to them, because that's not where they're coming from.

Telavian said...

We should seek truth from all sources. Is the LDS church incapable of error? If it is not then we should seek out the errors and tear them from our lives.

"If we have the truth, it cannot be harmed by investigation. If we have not the truth, it ought to be harmed." President J. Reuben Clark

I am grateful for all who seek to uncover the hidden works of darkness.

Anonymous said...

What is the purpose of the LDS Church? We get an answer every General Conference. What is the answer the other 361 days of the year?

Are members to believe the Lord now speaks to the world via press releases? Can such PR statements be treated as "prophetic" if they contain no prophecy and in reality are words of meaningless tripe?

The First Presidency stated that politicians and government bureaucrats are "wise and thoughtful". Who are they taking about? Governments in the USA and across the world have taken different approaches to Covid. Are they all wise? How can that be? Gov. Cuomo (NY) literally killed thousands of his state residents by his policies. He also sexually harassed staffers. Is he wise and thoughtful?

The USA is unique in all the world in masking children. Does God want children masked? Shouldn't God's prophet have a clear answer? How can it be that "wise and thoughtful" officials in Europe know not to mask children but "wise and thoughtful" officials in Democrat run US governments insist on masking children? Both cannot be right!

The scriptures are replete with examples of God's prophets condemning corrupt officials - including corrupt church officials. Recall, Abinadi stood before king Noah and his priests! Abinadi criticized those priests for not teaching the commandments. It was the priests who called for Abinadus death, after king Noah became fearful of Abinadi's words.

Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel each prophesied against the wickedness of corrupt "church" officials. So did Malachi. Remember his words?

"from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them."

And through the prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord many times called church leaders to repentance - including Joseph Smith himself!

We live in strange times where leaders of the LDS church take greater offense at members who exercise their agency, intelligence and discernment to decide difficult matters then they do at government officials who abuse their authority, lie, deceive and mislead the people they are supposed to serve.

That this is happening ought to concern all who consider themselves members of this church. The church and its leaders ought to be better then what they have done.

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DrAnnBlakeTracy said...

After testifying against these companies & their deadly products in court for 30 years & trying to wake the Chutch up to total devastation being done to our members because of them, I am extremely grateful for your efforts! It certainly helps me to understand why I felt I was beating my head against a brick wall! I know the blood on someone's hands is massive which even non-member attorneys filing the wrongful death cases have wondered why so many are LDS. Perhaps it is way past time to chase the money changers out of the temple once again?