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.
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.