Mike and Dawn Menning serve with the Great Commission Utah which focuses on bringing the gospel to the people of polygamist groups.
June 12, 2018
Good day to those who follow our work here in Utah,
It's a great morning here in Salt Lake. This morning I woke up to a welcoming 44 degrees. There is much to do today and I am looking forward to God's leading. Last night I finished one of the best little books (98 pages) I have read in a long time. I bought it about ten years ago. A couple of weeks our son Mitch said he read it and I remembered I had it on my shelf. The book is A Tale of Three Kings.
Today let me tell you a story of a friend of mine from the Crick. I met him several years ago. Every one in the Crick refers to him as Pigeon. He tells me he was called Pigeon from the time he was a little kid. Many don't even know what his real name is. He is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. The ministry team in the Crick has been reaching out to Pigeon and his five kids over the last several years. You see Pigeon had rough go of it as a single dad. I think three or four of the kids are now in their teens. Their mom is serving time in prison for attempted murder.
About a year ago I gave Pigeon a leather-bound Life Application Bible. In all my years of doing ministry I have given away only a few of these really expensive Bibles. Pigeon is a special guy! I have met with him many times. About a year ago he made a shocking statement to me. "Ya know Mike I do appreciate your and Brody's friendship and all you do for the community and our people here, but I need to tell you something. I was raised in the FLDS, I was taught that if I ever left the FLDS I would be sent to hell. When I decided to leave about ten years ago the first decision I had to make was that I would be going to hell. So, I know I am going to hell and I am enjoying journey, please don't spoil my fun."
In all my years of witnessing and bringing the gospel to the lost, this comment set me on my heels. Wow, I thought, how do I respond? I sent up a quick prayer. All that came to me was, "well Pigeon you know the FLDS taught a deceptive gospel. I sure would like to continue meeting with you and being your friend," to which he responded, "Oh sure, let's keep on meeting, I just had to be totally honest with you." Well, a few weeks ago Pigeon started asking me about heaven and asked whether or not heaven was real. I told him about the little book, Heaven Is For Real.
Next week when I return I will give him a copy of this book, and he and I are starting a Bible study -- just reviewing a half dozen passage on realizing we sinners and how Jesus saves us. Please pray for my meeting with him.
MY JOURNEY THROUGH UTAH
Yesterday's Salt Lake Tribune editorial dated Sunday June 10, 2018 had a blazing headline which read, "LDS Church needs more financial transparency." The opening paragraph states that the Mormon Church has investments in the Stock Market alone of over 32 billion dollars! Mind you, that is only in publicly traded companies like Exon, pharmaceuticals, and "even major arms dealers (that sell all methods of mayhem including fighter jets, bombers and missiles."
From other information I read the 32 billion dollars invested in the stock market is only a portion of their wealth. I recently read that the Mormon Church is the largest land holder in the United States. The LDS is also the largest land owner in the state of Florida. The Mormon church owns land in over 2,850 counties in the U.S. alone. They own most of the large downtown area of Salt Lake City and it is reported that they own over 230 private homes in the Salt Lake area. If you are interested in details just go to the Internet and look up Mormon Church land ownership. Some estimate that their wealth could run into hundreds of billions.
I ask the question, why do they continue to build their wealth?
Thanks for your continued prayer support for all who are bringing the gospel to those in Utah who don't yet know the Lord.
In His service,
Marion "Mike" Menning
`1673 Parkridge Dr.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84121
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