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NEIL L. ANDERSEN - SECTION 1
Neil L. Andersen, Mormon Apostle since April, 2009.
| Neil L. Andresen was in my stake in Tampa, Florida. I didn't know him before he became our Stake President, but many of my friends/acquaintances knew him well. He was a big wig with I think Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida (and/or some other hospitals) and in the mid-80s had amassed a sizeable fortune that he felt he could sustain himself with while he served as a mission president. He apparently had much of his money in cash and in the mid-80s to late could still get significant interest on things like T-bills and Certificates of Deposit. He didn't expect to have to return to work after returning from his mission presidency, having planned to just continue to serve missions, and work in church callings the rest of his life. (At that point he was about 36.)
Because of the economic downturn and the fact that his CDs and T-bills weren't giving him the kind of income he wanted, he had to return to work, when he went to work for the Clearwater, FL hospital. He was soon called to be Stake President in Tampa and was the stake president when Hurricane Andrew hit Miami/Fort Myers in 92. He served only about six months as stake president before being called into the 70.
His brother-in-law Greg Williams succeeded him as stake president in Tampa. I served in on the high council while Williams was SP, and we got occasional stories from the SP about Neil. Some of the stories told by the SP led me to believe Andersen was a favorite of President Monson as early as the mid-90s.
Andersen IS a decent, soft-spoken, polite man. He is friendly and never came across to me as pompous. After his call to the 70, he visited my ward a few times, because his wife's parents were in my ward. I also knew his wife's other brother (the one who wasn't SP) pretty well. The non-SP brother-in-law had some stories about Andersen not liking to get his hands dirty with details (apparently Andersen had an interest in some rental properties and the non-SP brother-in-law dealt with the riff-raff who rented from him).
Andersen was always friendly to me and my family, and made a point to speak to and visit with my son while my son was on a mission in France last year. Andersen then wrote me a short but friendly and positive letter about meeting my son.
Although he certainly has the potential of being another "member of the board" he's also quite intelligent and I hold out some hope that he could be a force for change, albeit very gradual.
| My money would have been on Kim B. Clark, president of Potatofield College, former dean of Harvard (business school, I believe?) Hinckley talked him into giving up a prime job at Harvard to go to IDAHO! GBH must have promised him something. OTOH, GBH is gone and Monson is another animal.
I dealt with Neil Anderson when he was in the area presidency when I worked for LDS Inc. He was a nightmare to work for. I was filling in for the staff housing guy for a couple of weeks when Anderson was transferred from another area office. He had a never ending list of demands for his house - which was very comfortable, just German standards, not like in Sandy or Bountiful or wherever the hell he was from. His demands list was always changing, too, as were his priorities. I'd work on the first priority, then he'd call me to his office and he would say "why are you working on that? This other thing is much more important!" He would change his mind daily, if not hourly. There were many times during those 2 weeks when I wanted to strangle him. Such a prima donna. And his wife was a little china doll princess - I'm not sure she knew how to do anything. My friend was a handyman and installed the BRAND NEW KITCHEN that tithe payers had to supply, since the Andersons were not happy with the existing kitchen. Mybuddy told me that he and his workers were at the house on a Saturday, working the entire day, sweating like pigs, and "Sister" China doll Anderson did not offer them anything to eat, or even a glass of water. Once, he went into the living room and saw her sitting on the couch, chewing something that she was obviously eating. She tried to make it look like she was not eating. You can tell a lot about a person by how they treat the working class. What a selfish bitch she was.
Another priceless anecdote: the older style toilets in Germany had the little "observation deck" --- your "business" would plop down on the shelf, not into water, and then would be flushed away. Evidently Sister Anderson would not have that. I guess she wanted the "butt splash" that only a newer style toilet would give her (the kind we have in the States.) WE HAD TO REPLACE THE TOILET! A perfectly good toilet. Replaced with tithe payers' money.
I couldn't wait until he was transferred somewhere else.
If I needed another reason (which I don't) to justify believing that the LDS church is NOT run by God - THIS IS A HUGE ONE!
| Neil Anderson today:
There has always been a few who want to discredit the church and destroy faith. Today they use the internet. Some of the information about the church, no matter how convincing, is just not true.
He then goes on to recount an odd retelling of the salamander letter I believe.
What information Neil?
Head in the hat?
Adam God Doctrine?
Mountain Meadows Massacre?
Truth behind the Nauvoo Expositor?
The failed Kirtland bank?
The blatant mis-translation that is the Book of Abraham?
What about doctrines that are now considered taboo? Like Man/God, the trinity, white horse prophecy, Lamanites are now only "among" rather "than the" native people of north and South America.
Neil is only attempting to prevent Mormons from searching for the truth.
It seems the internet is quite a problem if it's getting mentioned several times in conference. Perhaps they can just declare the internet a 'public nuisance' and then try to destroy it.
Yes it is quite the nuisance. Free and open exchanges of ideas and opinions in a public forum has never been popular with oppressive regimes. The church doesn't have the power to censor the Internet like the governments of China, North Korea, etc. do in their countries. The next best thing is to make their members fear it. I also like how he used the Salamander Letter as an example. They needed the best strawman they could find and that was it. Why not mention the Book of Abraham issues, Book of Mormon historicity, polygamy, and any other topics that really are being discussed heavily on the Internet? No, they don't want people logging into those debates. They needed a topic that isn't as popular anymore, and that isn't such an easy slam dunk for the critics. Does anyone still talk about the Salamander Letter on the Internet? The brief summary he gave of the Salamander affair, and the way he spun it, might have been faith promoting, but if anyone not familiar with the story tries to dig deeper, they will discover it is not a faith promoting episode in church history.
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