New MormonLeaks documents unveil LDS Church leaders' salaries, meetings

Wednesday , January 11, 2017 - 11:32 AM17 comments

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

SALT LAKE CITY — Documents regarding high-ranking LDS Church leaders and closed-door meetings were made public by MormonLeaks on Monday. The four sets of documents disclose salaries for church leaders and minutes from church leadership meetings, according to MormonLeaks’ Facebook page

Among the documents released are pay stubs for Henry B. Eyring, then a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, dated throughout 2000. The pay stubs show that Eyring earned over $83,000 in 2000 while working for the LDS Church. 

Another document in the leak is a 2014 memo to Bruce D. Porter, Elder of the First Quorum of the Seventy, that notified him that his salary would increase from $116,400 to $120,000 per year.

The third and fourth documents detail leaked minutes and notes from executive meetings from 2000 and 2003. 

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins declined to confirm or deny the accuracy of the documents. Hawkins also said that the “living allowance” mentioned in the documents does not come from church tithes, but rather from the church’s “financial investments.” 

Ryan McKnight, MormonLeaks chief, defended leaking the documents. 

“We are interested in transparency, pure and simple,” McKnight told the Salt Lake Tribune. “Let the public decide whether this reflects positively or negatively on the church.”

MormonLeaks is a website that aims to shed light and peel back the curtains on the secrecy of the LDS Church. McKnight, the website’s founder, is a former member of the LDS Church. 

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