Most management scholars are ticked off at Dr. Stephen R. Covey. Why? It is very simple really. They feel he took some basic gospel principles, knowable to everyone, packaged them neatly and made a fortune from doing so. And, they're ticked off they didn't think of it first. . .

In priestcraft, people set themselves up as a light to the world, seek popularity, financial gain, power and influence, etc.

Many people have, and are, cashing in on Mormondom.

Mormondom is rife with people writing books, holding conferences, traveling the lecture circuit, making recordings, videos and multiple other efforts. Very little of it actually builds the Kingdom. Most of it goes into the heads, egos and pocketbooks of a few select people. They are simply Mormon celebrities.

How many Christmas gifts will you receive or give that fit into this category?

Isn't it awfully arrogant to assume the gospel of Christ needs to be subsidized by us and our efforts?

Isn't most of the religious kitsch available in Mormondom basically purposeless? Do we really need all those pictures, doilies, widget's and thing-a-ma-jigs?

Granted, some of it has a purpose. I have a wheat grinder, mixer and some other tools to preserve my memories for posterity, for example. But, what are the real motives of most of the people and entities that hawk this stuff? What were the real motives of the money-changers that Jesus cast out of the temple?

If your primary market is Mormondom then maybe your activities are suspect.

Products like herbs and supplements capitalize on the Word of Wisdom. Is it strange that Utah is the heart of this industry? Hardly. Would crafts be so popular if Relief Society didn't exist? The food storage and emergency preparedness industry also ties it's popularity to Mormon beliefs.

What would happen to certain Book of Mormon tours and other services if we really knew where the city of Zarahemla was actually located? Is it good for your entire occupation to be tied to one theory of geography? Could you let go of your livelihood it your efforts were proven wrong? Would it harm your testimony?

How much of all this is just simply greed?

It's not just religious activities. Many people use their church positions to influence worldly ventures. Affinity fraud is probably the best example. People cash in on the Church in many different ways.

People use the Church to sell the "eliteness" or "specialness" of their own product or service. And boy do Mormons buy it and buy it and buy it.

We should be praying in Church, not preying on it.

So, take a good look at what you, yourself buy and do. Maybe it is time for some personal course correction.

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