Winston Blackmore's Take on the Utah FLDS Lawsuits and Hearing This Week

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Winston Blackmore's Take on the Utah FLDS Lawsuits and Hearing This Week

I ran across this tonight and wanted to post it. The insight into the people, the lives, the work is pretty amazing. I love the last paragraph so i am posting that first.

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I came straight home, checked my passport in and started to visit with my children. I want to make sure that I teach them to share their things, to not be bully’s, to tell the truth, and to communicate with each other. I want to make a greater effort to teach my children to not swear. I want them to tell both sides of the story, to be peacemakers, and in the immortal words of our Prophet Joseph Smith, to be honest, true, chaste, benevolent and do good to all mankind. Those Fundamentals of our faith have been lost among most fundamentalists.

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How did things go in Salt Lake Court?

That may take quite a while to tell you. First it was a process to even get there. I was issued a summons to attend last November. It was re-activated and served on my lawyer last week. This is my take on it all.

The Issue–Proposed sale of Berry Knoll Farm.

I was called to answer three simple questions. 1. Was this farm the breadbasket of the church? 2. Were we planning on building a temple on Berry Knoll? 3. Did we pay lawyer bills? As an active Trustee that had access to our President and plenty of opportunity to know his thinking and actions as pertained to the UEP, I knew those answers.

Many different opinions caused a flood of thoughts to reflect upon. I will review the ones that gave me reflection.

Mary Harker: I was proud of Mary. The Harker Farm issue is tender for all of us. If the school in Beryl is locked up then you should unlock it Bruce! When you get that school unlocked Mary then remember to teach the children that Uncle Sterling is a person too, that decency is fundamental to our faith, that fairness is the Parley Harker coat of arms, and that Mormons “believe in doing good to all men”.

Memory Oler: I was proud of my old sister Memory as well. She taught me all my years through school but forgot in her presentation to mention the fact that more than half of the members here in Bountiful were denied school access and supplies so they went and converted the old barn into a school. Jim, her son appeared with a bailiff and changed the locks, removed the students, and took posession of the only place we had to do school. When the fiduciary was appointed we asked him for the right to share that building with our friends. They did not want to share so they moved out. What did our daddy do sister? He made his children share!

Uncle Dan: It was so good to see Uncle Dan. It was good to hear him talk about the original UEP. I was trustee of that UEP and while I was, there was two major efforts to re-state it. Uncle Rulon refused to do so, but three months after he had suffered a major stroke a change was made, and he did not make that change Uncle Dan, but we all endorsed it. AG Shurtleff told me that if we had not made that change the UEP could have not been touched.

Rich Ream: Rich gave a from the heart presentation that was very good. I am glad he was heard.

Carolyn Jessop: An interesting history of a personal nature. Carolyn, just let it go and let your heart heal. Why don’t you let someone else take your place on that advisory board and move on? No one that was responsible will ever say they are sorry. You will grow old and die waiting.

The water people: The water debate was interesting. As a UEP Trustee we talked of the water crisis back then. We were paying electricity rates that made it impossible to profit on the farm and so were talking of converting the irrigation water to domestic water. The city lawyer that did a presentation with the maps gets my highest marks on the water issues. Way to go!

Arthur Blackmore: Art was sincere and knew his stuff. A veteran of many struggles, and a maligned servant of the church that enjoyed high confidence from both Uncle Roy and Uncle Rulon. Art talked of being dismissed without cause but there was a cause Art. The cause was because you could tell that something was gone wrong.

Willie Jessop: I met with Willie for some four hours on Wednesday evening. I told him, If what you said in court was really speaking the minds of those thousands of people that were outside, then it needed to be said. Willie told me lots of things I had never heard of. He scolded and chided me for saying what I had said. I informed him that my experience with the fiduciary was vastly different than the one that he portrayed to me. He said it was sweet and sexy for me to stand up and say that Mr. Wisan had allowed us to build houses for the widows when the SOB would not allow Jimmy to build one thing. I asked if Jimmy had ever called and talked to the fiduciary to which Willie exploded, we can’t talk to the SOB. It left me so thankful that my father had taught me to read, that my old sister Memory had taught me to do the math, that Uncle Roy had taught me the fundamental principles of my faith, and that Uncle Rulon had never taken away my voice. I heard the thirteenth article of our faith. Nothing is more praiseworthy than good communications.

It went on and on and there were many more good presentations. The judge said that she was more convinced than ever before that we were still divided. I bet that she can imagine a little of what trying to negotiate the middle east crisis is like. This is the middle west crisis where no one is willing to acknowlege that anyone else has the right to exist because their alla said so. And all the while the expensive peace keepers are being bombed and shot at.

I came straight home, checked my passport in and started to visit with my children. I want to make sure that I teach them to share their things, to not be bully’s, to tell the truth, and to communicate with each other. I want to make a greater effort to teach my children to not swear. I want them to tell both sides of the story, to be peacemakers, and in the immortal words of our Prophet Joseph Smith, to be honest, true, chaste, benevolent and do good to all mankind. Those Fundamentals of our faith have been lost among most fundamentalists.

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