Mammon In Three Acts


Our own good from ourselves, and from our own

Live to ourselves, though in this vast recess,

Free and to none accountable, preferring

Hard liberty before the easy yoke

Of servile pomp. Our greatness will appear

Then most conspicuous when great things of small ,

Useful of hurtful , prosperous of adverse,

We can create…

As he our darkness, cannot we his light

Imitate when we please?”


Paradise Lost

 Book I I, 251-270


Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts.

The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t.

The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back.

That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige”.

-Cutter, “The Prestige” (2006)


“The Restoration”

Happy Little Feet


I have two happy little feet

To take me where I go.

They hop me and they skip me,

And make a noise, I know.


But in my Heav’nly Father’s house

So softly do they fall

That, though I walk, you cannot hear

My little feet at all.

Improvise actions as suggested by the words.

Words: Norma Madsen Thomas, 1908–1988

Music: Barbara Boyer Obray, b. 1927

New Hymn Book

I’ve got my hoofs on a page from the not-yet-released, oink, hymn book. 

Here’s one song, to be singed “with awesomeness”:

Because I have been giving much, they must invest,

Because of my great bounty might some day be less,

They will build a mall indeed,

They will give grief to those who plead,

Thus, shall their ph’lanx be plain-ly greed.  

And this wonderful heart stirring tune:

Put your money in the mall, shop along,

Do your duty with a bag full of blong (nineteenth century slang for “bling”)

We all must shop, buy that new shirt, so,

Put  Your  Moneyyyyyy Innnnnnn The Mallllll.

And then this one, to be singed “reflectively”:

Praise to the Ensign who invested our money!

Interest and Interest our monies will Grow!

Praise to their ge-he-nius, wast-ed not on the hungry,

feed them and what? your mo-ho-ney is gone.

Praise to Ensign! Invested our monies! [men]

    Peaks    Peaks     Peaks! [women]

Pray that the markets won’t cra-ha-ash this time.

Ensign Peak Documents: Round Two

 More Ensign Peak material I’ve pulled from the Google.

My guess: they are investing in things related to survival: land, food, utilities, energy.  That seems to fit with what is known, what I’d do in their situation, and with the statements from McMullin that satellites, land reserves, and so on are in preparation for The End.  We must all make our preparations, I suppose.  Whatever.  Conspiracy theories are so last decade.

08_assemblea_270407 ensign

sao paolo ensign peak

unicredit ensign

ensignpeak fannie mae

Petition For Financial Non-Disclosure

To combat a newly released petition that has the audacity to politely request “the Church” disclose its financials, as found at, I’m providing an alternative petition, exactly as delivered to me by “insiders” at the Church: 

Invitation To Not Disclose Your Works And Show Our Lack Of Faith

We non-members of the non-existing Church that is branded by a logo and trademark currently registered to a corporation sole, hereby demand said corporation never disclose to us any of its financial dealings; believing as the sacred holy scriptures declare, that the Lord doesn’t work in darkness, except when handling another person’s charitable contribution for the purposes of investment, resource allocation, payment of “stipends and modest living allowances but not ‘modest modest’, meaning ‘poor’ or ‘middle class’ living allowances,” setting aside a few billion for a “rainy day,” asset reassignment, and many other things too complex for us to understand;

And in these times it is our duty, nay, our privilege as followers of the Prophet, to allow whosoever may come into contact with said charitable contribution, claiming to represent the Lord by virtue of his happening to have been once upon a time touched by another man, who claimed to be touched by someone who, a long time ago, etcetera, was Touched By An Angel (TM); or anyone employed by such a man; or anyone employed to handle said contributions, or volunteering to do so; or really anyone wearing a modest (but not “cheap” modest) suit more than twice a week;

As we said, it is our duty to allow these persons to do whatsoever things they deem right and correct, as defined by them, according to standards which also shall be kept in the dark, even as the scriptures testifieth.  Our faith is collectively defined by allowing others to keep us in the dark, because we get a tax deduction either way, and its not like God will ever allow His Sacred Funds, not even a farthing, shekel, hay-penny, talent, or other strange scriptural monetary unit like Shiblum which gives a veneer of religiosity to our exchanging of money, God will not allow, we testifieth, a single tiny piece of Faith-units to be ever wasted, misspent, or go unaccounted for in a vast financial empire not unlike that of Satan’s, except this one is righteous and his is the counterfeit; and if it turned out that they did things with our money that we’d never do, that might challenge our testimony not unlike the casting of pearls of mystery before the wicked, or public witnessing of having even brief conversations with Christ, or many other things we know they know but we being too unrighteous cannot hear lest our souls explode, not unlike as we said allowing Tiffany pearls for some reason to be tried-on by swine that happen to get loose at City Creek Mall (which swarm of pigs is us, symbolically); for God does not need our money, and we are pigs; but we need to give Faith-units to his representatives on Earth so that we can have faith by his keeping us in the dark.  And sacrifice too.  We need to sacrifice, even more than a broken heart and a contrite spirit.  All in favor, say “oink”. (ldsnewsroom approved 7.17.12) 

On Priestcraft

What is a man who claims to hold the priesthood, who works for “the Church” and has the power to levy ecclesiastical discipline; and who, if he ceased working for that entity, would cease to be remunerated?  It is a priest, who is in the craft: Priestcraft.

When are we going to realize that Priestcraft is both forbidden and currently the primary activity of “the Church”?  Every person in the pay of the Corporation, and who could bring ecclesiastical discipline — from CES idiots, to BYU professors, to Presiding Bishop schills, the Q of the 12, and the Q of the 70, and the First Presidency — all are engaging in work expressly forbidden by the God in the Book of Mormon.  This is your official notice, if you haven’t been reading “the scriptures”.  Condemnation rests upon those who engage in priestcraft.

And they justify it because everyone else is too stupid, lazy, or unfaithful to get along without them.  Well, I say let us be Mormons without your MormonismTM, and everyone will see that all we need are: Faith; The Book of Mormon; Writings; the spirit.  What about the temples?  They control the temples, and levy a tax…I would say that is evil, plain and simple.  And it will be destroyed.  A poor man can go to the mountains, and receive angels and revelation.

The problems are not with the “locals,” as we are so often told.  The problems are with the vain, arrogant, insipid authorities (see: Sherri Dew) who take from everyone, and give back nothing; stuffing their bloated, cracking faces at the Cheesecake Factory, yukking it up; all while contriving some new way to tell us how to raise our families, what TV to watch, and whether our clothes are pleasing to God!

The problem is all the MormonsTM who defend this wickedness, despite prohobitions in the Book of Mormon.  If you do this, you are opposing Zion, and your time will end.  And soon enough, I suspect.

They — the authorities who get paid to run a financial empire, and to say it is “religion” — they claim to meet the needs of administration of the Gospel in “local” areas, as if the Book of Mormon, faith, the Holy Spirit, and so on were not sufficient.  It is anti-Christ in the extreme, and the fruits are bitter.  They say when we don’t suck down their bland product, we are in apostasy.  And their followers are even more brutal: the dogs slavering for attack, because they have not been feed for so very long.

What can we do, with such a colonizing body protected by U.S. law, corporate veils, deception, conspiracy, and the claims of divine representation?  I don’t know.  Pray for further light and knowledge.  Another book would do us a world of good, and maybe show that the Prophet is nothing more than a sleight of hand for building a kingdom opposed to God.  And ignore them, and all their billboards, malls, skyscrapers, websites, tv stations, newspapers, blah blah blah.  It makes me ill to think that they imagine the Truth needs their Arm of Flesh, youru soul cannot stand but upon their crutches.

My Mormonism is not a product of the SLC Corporate Body, and my faith is only weakened by their interventions, and their exploitation, and immense confusion and arrogance.  The insulting cover of BusinessWeek is their fault: They made it possible for a national magazine to present Jesus as commanding Joseph Smith to build a Mall.  They own that cover, and all the evil that comes from it.

And now I’m off to Sunday School.

Ensign Peak Documents: Round One

Due to the Bloomberg article, there’s some actual interest in Ensign Peak Advisors.  Here you can download some documents I’ve found, and a PDF of pages from The Book of Mammon.  Maybe someone can help put it all together.  This isn’t all I’ve got…

Map of the business location


Documents: Investments and So On

MDU agreement EPA

Enron Ensign Peak


20071102_3_Allegati_Esito Ensign