Date: April 08, 2013 02:02PM
Quoting from Steve Bloor's blog; here's the link: http://stevebloor.wordpress.com/author/stevebloor
This information comes from Grant Palmer, who is discussing some meetings he had with a Returned MP and a GA (a 70). Apparently they now meet monthly.
"He said that each new member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is given one million dollars to take care of any financial obligations they have. This money gift allows them to fully focus on the ministry. He said that the overriding consideration of who is chosen is whether they are “church broke,” meaning, will they do whatever they are told. He said the senior six apostles make the agenda and do most of the talking. The junior six are told to observe, listen and learn and really only comment if they are asked. He said that it takes about two to three years before the new apostle discovers that the church is not true. He said it took Dieter F. Uchtdorf a little longer because he was an outsider. He said they privately talk among themselves and know the foundational claims of the restoration are not true, but continue on boldly “because the people need it,” meaning the people need the church. When the Mission President voiced skepticism and named ___ as one who surely did believe, The GA said: “No, he doesn’t.” The one million dollar gift, plus their totally obedient attitude makes it easy for them to go along when they find out the church is not true. For these reasons and others, he doesn’t expect any apostle to ever expose the truth about the foundational claims.
"When I asked the GA how he knew these things, he answered by saying that the Quorum of the Twelve today is more isolated from the Quorums of the Seventies now because there are several of them. When only one Quorum of the Seventy existed, there was more intimacy. During his one on one assignments with an apostle, conversations were more familiar. He said that none of the apostles ever said to him directly that they did not believe; but that it was his opinion based on “my interactions with them.” Also, that none of the Twelve want to discuss “truth issues,” meaning issues regarding the foundational claims of the church. He said that the apostle’s lives are so completely and entirely enmeshed in every detail of their lives in the church, that many of them would probably die defending the church rather than admit the truth about Joseph Smith and the foundations of the church."
It'll be interesting to follow this blog and see where these meetings might lead. A MILLION DOLLAR GIFT?? No WONDER we call it the LD$ church!! Apparently they have the "best apostles money can buy."
I for one have always thought that the GAs don't really believe in Mormonism. A good friend of mine was a "high up" in the church accounting department during the Spencer Kimball years. I asked him for his opinion about whether the GAs really believed in the church. He rolled his eyes and said, "Of course they don't." That was shocking to me at the time, but now it makes sense, especially in light of the above account given by Grant Palmer.