So, the entire top brass is going. Which means that their wives will also go. That an all expense paid trip for 30 people plus security personnel. Business class or first class tickets, hotel, which is usually a 4 star minimum, all meals and transportation. That's got to run about $150,000.00. The widows mite tithing put to good use there.
Each golden GA couple has younger couple (ages in late 50's early 60;s) couple assigned to them--a couple from the "Seventies", it used to be. The woman helps the GA wife with her hair and wardrobe, the man helps the GA with all the travel stuff. I don't know if the other couples pay their own way or not.
I have some GA-wannabe friends going to the Rome temple dedication, and they are bringing along all of their adult children and spouses. Anybody who is anybody in Mormonism is going to that. It is The Promo Event of the season, for big Mormon mucky-mucks.
LOL--the Romans and the tourists in downtown Rome won't even know the Mormons are there. LDS publicists will be sure it will be in the news, but it probably will be on the very back pages in Italy and Europe. Comparable to an AKA off-season dog show, or a technology exposé.
Annon1 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > So, the entire top brass is going. Which means > that their wives will also go. That an all expense > paid trip for 30 people plus security personnel. > Business class or first class tickets, hotel, > which is usually a 4 star minimum, all meals and > transportation. That's got to run about > $150,000.00. The widows mite tithing put to good > use there.
Yep. It's the Board of Director's corporate trip! It's time for group schmoozing, sight seeing and self congratulatory "leadership" camaraderie. I'm sure they will use their corporate credit cards. Just one of the perks for the "non-paid" clergy.
In the Army (I wasn't in the Army, but was detached from the Air Force to an Army unit for 3 1/2 years), out in the field we were never allowed to congregate in a group, or have all of the leaders in one place. The watch-cry was always something about an incoming artillery round taking us all out. So I am surprised that they put all the apostholes in one place at one time in another country pretty far away, even more surprised if they all fly on the same plane.
Incidentally, I doubt they are flying standard coach. At the very least, I bet they are flying international business class.
No reason to have a temple in Rome. Very few members in the area who need a temple but it’s a pet project for the church to wow the tithing payers back in the US. Much like the BYU Jerusalem Center. Meet with the pope and showboat.
The LDS church has been losing the PR game for over a decade. The temple in Rome, the assembling of the Q15 there, and the tributary meeting with the pope: this is how Russell, et al. demonstrate that their church is significant.
But wait, aren't they forgetting something or someones. THE TAB CHOIR! My god, they need them there. I can hear them all singing "We Thank Thee Oh God, for a Prophet" and belting out the "Battle Hymn of the Republic".
You Too? Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Wendy's hair looked like shit. > > She should get a hair dresser to travel with her. > > And yes, that was probably a sexists statement.
It was an over-cast drizzly day= a bad hair day for any woman's style
The Great and abominable chruch, harlot of the earth
4 And it came to pass that I saw among the nations of the Gentiles the formation of a great church.
5 And the angel said unto me: Behold the formation of a church which is most abominable above all other churches, which slayeth the saints of God, yea, and tortureth them and bindeth them down, and yoketh them with a yoke of iron, and bringeth them down into captivity.
6 And it came to pass that I beheld this great and abominable church; and I saw the devil that he was the founder of it.
7 And I also saw gold, and silver, and silks, and scarlets, and fine-twined linen, and all manner of precious clothing; and I saw many harlots.
8 And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the gold, and the silver, and the silks, and the scarlets, and the fine-twined linen, and the precious clothing, and the harlots, are the desires of this great and abominable church.
9 And also for the praise of the world do they destroy the saints of God, and bring them down into captivity.
10 And it came to pass that I looked and beheld many waters; and they divided the Gentiles from the seed of my brethren.
11 And it came to pass that the angel said unto me: Behold the wrath of God is upon the seed of thy brethren.
The abominable snowman is a lovable monster and has inspired countless plush, cute, squeezable abominable snowman products for children.
Ever since the abominable snowman became popular, you just can't get people to recoil in shock, horror and anger at the doings of the abominable church.
The abominable snowman has a snowmobile. The abominable church has a popemobile.
Plus the Q15 guys probably wanted to scope out the many harlots. Ever since the movie "Pretty Woman" and other variations of the "harlot with a heart of gold" there hasn't been much negative stigma on harlots. They're just like fun characters in a grand cabaret. So, yeah, the "apostle" guys just want to see the show. And if Joe Smith could have many virgins and non-virgins, why can't his successor enjoy a good harlot show put on by the lovable abominable church. Good clean/dirty fun for everyone...and the tithepayers are paying for it.