Thursday Sep 6, 2018
I sent this email to the stake president.
Friday, Sep 7, 2018
Stake president’s response.
Thank you for letting me know that you intend on calling Patti as your only witness during the council. I have included a copy of the confidentiality agreement that you and Patti will need to sign. As I mentioned, I intend to review your own public statements relating to the matters mentioned in my original letter.
I reiterate my love for you and your family.
CONFIDENTIALITY ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT
- I acknowledge that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints considers disciplinary councils to be sacred and confidential and that, therefore, participants are not allowed to make recordings of the proceedings, or to otherwise transmit the proceedings.
- I acknowledge that I have been asked not to make or permit anyone else to make any form of electronic recording or transmission of the disciplinary council and that I have assured Church officers that I will comply with this request.
- I agree that I will not use any device to make an audio or video recording of the proceedings of the disciplinary council and that I will not ask or permit anyone else to do so.
- I acknowledge and agree that my participation in the disciplinary council is conditioned on this Agreement and that I will not be allowed to be present at the council if I do not sign this Acknowledgment and Agreement.
Friday, Sept 7, 2018
My reply to the stake president.
“I intend to review your own public statements.” What!!
Are these recorded statements that I actually spoke? Are they my own writings? Are they quotes from newspapers, TV or radio?
Without the actual quotes, I have no way to evaluate if they are accurate or what the context is. How can I prepare an adequate response?
Why have you not sent me the evidence? Do you want me NOT to be prepared?
We are 2 days away from you voiding my family sealings. Do you have no concept of how this could hurt my children, my wife and my grandchildren? Yet you seem to treat this whole thing so cavalierly.
You have me sign a non-disclosure agreement. I am not afraid of any of the contents of this court being revealed to the world. Are you afraid of how the church would look if the proceedings were shared to the world? You are not protecting me. I don’t need protecting. But, I’m bowing in submission to your requirement to sign. I’m okay signing. Recording our meetings has never been my method anyway.
However, I’m NOT okay with you HIDING the evidence from me. How is that fair? Or is this Disciplinary Council not meant to be fair? Are you simply railroading the Church’s foregone conclusion to excommunicate? Why the hell are we even having a court if that’s the case?
By concealing evidence you clearly don’t want me to come prepared.
Please send me the evidence that I’m defending against. Otherwise, you are making this into a complete kangaroo trial.
P.S. You keep reiterating how much you love me…and then you treat me like this????
And you love my family???? You are disrespecting my family by denying their father the ability to prepare for the trial of his eternity.
I find it odd that this document contains the word ‘Agreement.’ There was no negotiation whatsoever. Only a threat. If I didn’t sign, I would be eliminated from the court that was called “in my behalf.” This is classic unrighteous dominion. Another example of the church fulfilling its own damning prophecies.
39 We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.
41 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
No persuasion. Just a cold mandate dictated from Salt Lake City.