In line with my earlier post about the LDS ranch in Florida, I just caught wind of this:
Turns out the Deseret News has profiled the preserve and the missionaries who staff it. (Yep, you read that right – missionaries staff the LDS owned hunting preserve.) There is also a podcast available describing it from Sunstone.
A friend of a friend brought this to my attention. Included in his email was the following, which I asked if I could repost on MSP:
I needed a change of pace to my day, which is why I was reading the blog in the first place, so I wondered what those missionaries’ talks might be like when they gave their homecoming addresses in their home wards. Here’s what I came up with…
“There were many, many times I felt the spirit on my mission. When I helped a simple CEO — armed only with a humble Martin recurve bow, not a fancy compound bow — retrieve the majestic buck he shot, the still, small voice whispered to me that we should take the Honda ATV instead of the Yamaha. I’ll never forget the CEO’s surprise, but he trusted me when I told him the spirit said we should take the Honda. Upon our return with that venison that the Lord provided, we cast a knowing look at one another when we saw a rattler had hidden itself next to the Yamaha. The Lord works in mysterious ways, and we must always be prepared for the spirit. I learned this on my mission.”
I don’t know that we need to have the same discussion concerning the ethics of this hunting preserve as we did with the LDS ranch. But this profit initiative seems to be openly flaunting not only the wealth of the LDS Church but also the potential abuse of missionaries as unpaid stooges who pay/volunteer for positions that enrich their religion.