The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth & Corporate Power, by D. Michael Quinn (Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books, 2017)

Written D. Michael Quinn Reviewed by Eric Johnson Money makes the world go around The world go around The world go around Money makes the world go around It makes the world go ’round. –“Money,” from Cabaret When it comes to money, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has plenty. How much? Nobody except … Read more

Should pastors be paid?

By Eric Johnson Some people may wonder if Christian pastors should get paid. The answer is clearly given in the Bible. There are several passages that speak specifically to this topic. First Timothy 5:17-18 says, The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For … Read more

Mormon Business: Paying the Church’s Unpaid Clergy

By Sharon Lindbloom 18 January 2017 For a three-part Viewpoint on Mormonism series on this topic originally airing January 23-25, 2017, go to Part 1   Part 2  Part 3 Last week MormonLeaks (formerly MormonWikiLeaks) posted documents related to the salaries the LDS Church pays its full-time top leaders. These documents include several bi-weekly paystubs for LDS apostle Henry … Read more

Utah: The Gullible and their Money Being Soon Parted

By Eric Johnson Listen to a 2-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast originally airing May 27-28, 2019 titled Utah Scams  Part 1  Part 2 Listen to a 5-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast originally airing July 25-29, 2016 titled Affinity Fraud in Utah Part 1  Part 2   Part 3   Part 4  Part 5   Fraud. Despite the fact that more than half of all … Read more

Tithing: A Necessary Expense?

The following was originally printed in the March/April 2015 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.  On March 4, 2013, the U.S. Tax Court ruled that Mormon plaintiff George Thompson would not be allowed to consider his church tithe a “necessary expense” as he negotiated paying back taxes owed to the government. The IRS looked … Read more

What does "unpaid ministry" look like? A look at the compensation of Mission Presidents

One of the criticisms many Mormons have about Evangelical Christian churches is their perception of a “paid” clergy. However, Bible and even the D&C are very specific that leaders, such as bishops, ought to be paid. However, an LDS Mission President’s Handbook was released on the Internet by a private individual. In this current handbook, it explains the many perks that the mission president’s family receives, including all living expenses, college tuition, and even a maid and gardener. For a mission president in Utah, the benefits could easily reach $100,000. Yet the mission president pays no taxes on these benefits and is not even required to tithe. What’s going on here? This article examines the situation and does away with the notion that Mormon leaders are not “paid.”

Mormonism’s Paid Ministry

I can’t begin to number all of the times the argument of a “paid ministry” has been used by the zealous Latter-day Saint to “prove” his church as true. Many feel that a compensated ministry is proof that an apostasy exists among many of the Bible-believing denominations. It seems that, while many Latter-day Saints believe their leaders put in a full day’s work for their church, few can explain how they can do this without being compensated for their time. The only logical way that this can be accomplished is if each and every general authority in the LDS Church is financially independent. This, of course, is not the case.