Saturday, November 8, 2008

Preston England Temple Loses Tax Exempt Status


Only members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in good standing with the Church can enter into its temples. As such the Preston, England Temple has lost its tax exempt statuts. In the UK a church must demonstrate that its buildings are available to public worship in order to avoid paying property taxes. In Gallagher v. the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the court held that because the Preston temple is not available for public worship it should not be exempt from paying property taxes. This is does not affect the Church's properties that are not temples within the UK or properties that are located outside of the United Kingdom.

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  1. The LDS church believes in obeying the law of the land, and the law states that the tax must be paid. As a member, if I were living in England, I wouldn't mind paying a tax to know I could have a holy house of the Lord available to me.

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    1. They do, and it's called 'tithing.' Trouble is, if every LDS member who regularly enters the temple realised just how un-sacred it really is, they'd be awfully mad!

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  2. ok but even public churches in england where 'anyone' can go in ...not everyone can look inside the office and still most 'rooms' are cut off either by barriers or the rooms being locked. So i think this is unfair.

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  3. ok...but even the churches that are 'open' to the public ..have most of theire doors locked..and not every public 'open church will allow you to have a walk around their office or see whats inside their locker rooms...most even have barriers up..so i think that it is wrong to tax the temple..what IS wrong the british public having to pay some of taxes towards the up keep of the state religion. iam sure the government & state religion is not going to complain about lds members helping to pay towards their wages. All the time lds are not allowed to have there legal wedding in a temple there will be no equall rights for the british tax payer! i say we take it to number 10...we should have the right to get legally married in our temples! everyone else in britain has'rights' so why shouldnt we! protest i say!

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  4. Racist Mormon Scriptures about BLACKS

    ..the LORD shall CURSE the land..A BLACKNESS came upon all the(BLACK AFRICANS)..of Canaan,that they were despised among all people..(LDS Pearl of Great Price Moses7:8)

    ..seed of Cain were BLACK,and had not place among them..(LDS Pearl of Great Price Moses7:22)

    24..from(BLACK AFRICAN)Ham,sprang that race which preserved the CURSE in the land(LDS Pearl of Great Price Abraham1:23-24)

    ..CURSED..to the Priesthood..being of the(BLACK AFRICAN)lineage by which he could not have the right of PRIESTHOOD(LDS Pearl of Great Price Abraham1:26-27)

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  5. And that was relevant how?Focus, people. Stay on topic. And if you're going to rant and quote scripture, at least leave out the parenthetical editorializing.

    I agree with the LDS Church's decision to comply with the tax, but I disagree strongly with the policy. Religious denominations in the UK don't enjoy some of the protections afforded by American First Amendment.

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  6. Good its time for the Lord's House to get cleansed! This is a good thing for the church as it will be marvelous when the moneychangers repent!

    I witnessed the whirlwind that hit downtown SLC, UT and damaged the Visitor's Center (kept quiet) and the "great and spacious building" of the New Assembly Hall which fulfilled D&C 112:24-26 regarding the commencement of the "cleansing of the Lord's House!"

    Hopefully, this loss of tax exemption will have a domino effect around the world especially due to the church's illegal political actions with Proposition 8 in the U.S.! (Violated tax exemption regulations)

    It's time for the Lord's House to be cleansed as prophesied (D&C 64, 112, 124, etc.). Thank goodness Joseph Smith repented of polygamy and masonry before his death (D. Michael Quinn: The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, pgs 645-7.)

    And yes, this is on topic as I see the toppling of the "great and abominable" church (polygamy, masonry, altering the BoM; changing the identity of God: Alma 11:23-40, Ether 3:14, Mosiah 15:1-5) as prophesied to commence with this revoked tax exemption status!!!

    Let those who are "not apostles and prophets"... but who are..."liars and hypocrites"... "be removed from their places" D&C 64:38-40 OR repent for: 1) taking the priesthood away from women and blacks (as originally given by Joseph Smith in 1830), 2) polygamy ("abominable unto the Lord" e.g. adultery NOT justified by the political addition of D&C 132...), 3) Masonic temple rituals which requires a satanic blood oath contrary to Jesus' teachings of NEVER taking an oath (Moses 5:29), and 4)removing the plain and precious truths w(ith the 2nd printing and 3,000+ alterations) from the "Book of the Lamb" e.g. the Book of Mormon as prophesied condemning the church to be the "most great and abominable" (1 Nephi 13).

    (If you remove this post, it'll be a witness of the warnings of the Book of Mormon regarding lawyers. Thanks for not violating my free speech as I'm telling the truth as a true and pure witness of the Lord; Jesus Christ who IS God the Eternal Father. (We separate from our Spirit when we incarnate to this earth; thus Jesus' "Father" in Heaven WAS his Spirit: God the Eternal Father ~ Jesus taught "When you have seen Me you have seen the Father" How simple is that?

    And to Peter R.: I will post exactly as needed to wake up the saints that all is NOT well in Zion! (2 Nephi 28; fulfilled infamously by Hinckley when he prophetically proclaimed these words in General Conference 1996 as "the saints were carefully led to hell".

    Jesus warns against prophets that would led his people astray so of course, leaders are fallible!
    Halleluiah for the loss of tax exemption! Get back to the original Book of Mormon; its teachings are plain and precious and then the world would not hate the "polygamous/masonic" cult Mormons who believe in multiple Gods...

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    1. Joseph Smith did not repent of polyandry however. He was married to women who were simultaneously married to living men who Smith sent away on missions. This was entirely contrary to Mormon doctrine then and now. Joseph Smith will never become exalted according to his own religion.

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  7. The LDS church believes in obeying the law? Ha!
    Is this why it spent 40 Million bucks to stop Proposition 8? It is illegal for tax exempt entities to influence legislation in a substantial way. Is 40 million substantial? Let the IRS decide!

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  8. The LDS Church didn't spend $40M on Prop 8. The members of the LDS Church personally donated the money. Also, the LDS Church was in support of Prop 8 not trying to 'stop'it as you said. Additionally, this temple is in England and has nothing to do with Prop 8 or the IRS.

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  9. Again, stay on topic, people. And Jill, even assuming that we were talking about American tax law, I believe the IRS already has made its decision clear. The challenges to the Mormon Church's 501(c)(3) status are fruitless because there simply is no violation.

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  10. Temples are not available for public worship. Family members who are not Mormon, or who did not answer the interview questions correctly, or who are unendowed minors cannot attend their own relative's weddings in the temple.

    There is no way the temple could ever be considered a place for public worship. It is extremely exclusive. As such they should pay their fair share of taxes.

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  11. About time too,exclusion and humiliation of people who cannot attend sealings of their own flesh and blood should be taxed,they have brought it on themselves with their supposed standards and extortion to attend this place,also a male member in good standing who is widowed can marry again in the temple and be sealed to as many wives as he wants,alas this right is not extended to female members,therefore serious discrimination is happening in this place,plus what astonished me was that money changes hands in this so called temple of the Lord.

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