Custom LDS Scriptures Priestcraft


Usually when I encounter priestcraft, I don’t like to give it further life by advertising it, getting other people to check it out, etc.  I don’t want to invest it with any of my mental energy — I just avoid it like the plague when I see it.  However, I’ve recently crossed paths with a “crafty” company who has appeared to have set themselves up as a light unto LDS families that they might get gain — but they seek not the welfare of Zion.  And for this one — I’m going to try a new approach to confronting priestcraft:

Custom LDS Scriptures is a family business owned and operated by Heidi and Nick Galieti. In 2010, their oldest daughter turned eight and they wanted a pink set of scriptures to give as a baptism present. In the search for pink colored scriptures it was determined that there are several other people not only looking for pink scriptures, but  a variety of other colors than those offered through LDS Distribution, and in a higher quality genuine leather. Not finding anyone who offered such products, Heidi and Nick set out to provide custom sets of scriptures to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and Custom LDS Scriptures was born.”

What sounds like a quaint origin story hides the fact that the Custom LDS Scriptures company:

  • Has an F rating with the Utah Better Business Bureau
  • Fails to respond to customers after failure to deliver purchased orders
  • Leads those with unfulfilled orders through months-long delays for refunds
  • Selectively deletes comments from customers complaining about their failures to deliver from the Custom LDS Scriptures facebook page.

This is the sort of money-driven behavior that I implicitly expect from Protestant Prosperity-Gospel peddlers writing books about the “Essential Teachings of Jesus” or “The Secrets To How God Can Make You Rich Like Solomon”.  But I’ve decided to write about Custom LDS Scriptures because I actually considered using them to purchase scriptures for my younger children and had the initial thought that I could trust doing business with them because of our shared LDS faith.  Luckily, my wife didn’t make the same error in judgment as I did — she researched them first. Is this the kind of business people should be conducting with the Word of God?  Is this the kind of business Mormons should be conducting with other Mormons?  I don’t want any LDS families, who are looking for a gift and thinking they can trust purchasing from an LDS company, to have contact with this level of priestcraft.  It’s something that shouldn’t taint honest people who are looking to give a set of scriptures to a loved one. The world of money and commerce adulterate whatever they contact.  Adulteration is literally adultery.  The root of both come from the Latin for “corrupted”.  It is a corrupting, contaminating, and corrosive agent.  Zion, however, is the pure.  That is why, in Zion, he that hath no money is told:

come buy and eat yea come buy wine and milk without money and without price

The world’s lifeblood is commoditized and monetized value.  It is saturated with money and commerce.  Besides living secretly out in the woods, to get by in this world, we have to play the game to one degree or another.  It’s a given, and it’s a level of “corruption” that I accept.  However, priestcraft [which is what it’s called when people play Satan’s commoditize-and-monetize game with the things of God] should be unacceptable to every saint. People choosing to give the gift of scriptures to a loved one is a precious thing.  That intention on their part should be treated with the utmost respect because that is a righteous desire.  For an LDS company to get an F-rating for failing to deliver LDS scriptures to LDS customers is deplorable.  It’s clear from their grade that Custom LDS Scriptures does not trulybelieve that the Scriptures are books to be cherished, honored, and read from daily”.

wherefore do not spend money for that which is of no worth nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy

And do not spend money with Custom LDS Scriptures.

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11 Comments

  1. The more I research Custom LDS Scriptures — the worse it gets:

    We paid this company over $200 for a set of custom bound scriptures. We waited the full 6 weeks and heard nothing. Contacted mutiple times and had no responses. Finally one reply came with a promise of shipping, but it was a lie.

    This company is a complete fraud and unfortunately I didn’t find all the evidence until after I had ordered.

    Unfortunately these people are peddling themselves as fellow LDS who care about others having quality sets of scriptures and many LDS blindly follow them and trust them, only to be ripped off.

    Ripoff Report

    What a disgrace.

  2. all things belong to God. Not just scriptures. So if all things belong to God it seems like we are all guilty of practicing priestcraft.

  3. While I certainly agree that the general practice of merchandizing and commoditizing any of God’s natural things for the monetary gain of some middle-man is generally abhorrent — the point of “priestcraft” [as a separate scriptural designation from other sins such as greed or covetousness] is that someone is doing that activity [the game of taking one of God’s “free things” and profiting off of it] with things of a spiritual nature.

    The problem with people like those who run LDS Custom Scriptures is that not only are they brokering the scriptures, which other companies like Deseret Book, etc. do [that’s a separate issue and is beside the point] — their problem is that they aren’t even going through the process of business appropriately.

    Not only are they charging money for the word of God [which is a commonly practiced sin that is bad enough in-and-of itself] — they aren’t even delivering the product their customers pay for [which is a sufficient “sin” in the business-world as it is].

    I’d expect better from LDS Custom Scriptures — an LDS company taking money from LDS customers so they can buy LDS scriptures for their LDS friends/family, than to have them just keep the money while failing to deliver.

    That’s an injustice that deserves to be called out [whether or not you think the selling of land or apples or any of the other forms of general commerce people conduct with “all things that belong to God” is sinful or not].

  4. You must not know LDS people as well as you think, to be so surprised or shocked by cunning LDS people ripping off the naive LDS people. This has been going on since the beginning of the church and will continue as long as LDS people remain either/or in regards to Jesus’ imperative advice to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves”.

    Which is really worse, a one-time taking of people’s money (which is worthless in of itself and only serves as a symbol for people’s time and effort) then not giving them the promised product (which is also of little value in of itself), or taking people’s money (even 10% of all their funds from every pay check) in exchange for something which is not the promised product but which comes with the added dishonesty of making people think that they have received the word of God?

    Until we get it together (Cunning and Innocence) then neither of us are really all that smart as we suppose, nor are we harmless. On the contrary, we do a great deal of harm in our willful ignorance. Paper for paper may seem like a proper exchange but it can be deceiving. So maybe LDS Custom Scriptures is ironically and painfully honest in their deeply symbolic way of doing business. Since scriptures are wrested every day by LDS members/leadership world-wide to support LDS Custom, thereby deprecating the true value of the Word of God and its Truth, which can never be found or contained on paper or in books no matter what color or how high quality the cover and binding.

  5. Point Blank,

    That’s a good point.

  6. Speaking of priestcraft, this is not a good sign:

    New Mormon Converts Must Pay to be Baptized?

  7. I’m curious, what do you make of this?:

    Behold, and hearken, O ye inhabitants of Zion, and all ye people of my church who are afar off, and hear the word of the Lord which I give unto my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and also unto my servant Martin Harris, and also unto my servant Oliver Cowdery, and also unto my servant John Whitmer, and also unto my servant Sidney Rigdon, and also unto my servant William W. Phelps, by the way of commandment unto them.

    For I give unto them a commandment; wherefore hearken and hear, for thus saith the Lord unto them—

    I, the Lord, have appointed them, and ordained them to be stewards over the revelations and commandments which I have given unto them, and which I shall hereafter give unto them;

    And an account of this stewardship will I require of them in the day of judgment.

    Wherefore, I have appointed unto them, and this is their business in the church of God, to manage them and the concerns thereof, yea, the benefits thereof.

    Wherefore, a commandment I give unto them, that they shall not give these things unto the church, neither unto the world;

    Nevertheless, inasmuch as they receive more than is needful for their necessities and their wants, it shall be given into my storehouse;

    And the benefits shall be consecrated unto the inhabitants of Zion, and unto their generations, inasmuch as they become heirs according to the laws of the kingdom. (D&C 70:1-8)

    Also:

    And again, a commandment I give unto you concerning your stewardship which I have appointed unto you.

    Behold, all these properties are mine, or else your faith is vain, and ye are found hypocrites, and the covenants which ye have made unto me are broken;

    And if the properties are mine, then ye are stewards; otherwise ye are no stewards.

    But, verily I say unto you, I have appointed unto you to be stewards over mine house, even stewards indeed.

    And for this purpose I have commanded you to organize yourselves, even to print my words, the fulness of my scriptures, the revelations which I have given unto you, and which I shall, hereafter, from time to time give unto you—

    For the purpose of building up my church and kingdom on the earth, and to prepare my people for the time when I shall dwell with them, which is nigh at hand.

    And ye shall prepare for yourselves a place for a treasury, and consecrate it unto my name.

    And ye shall appoint one among you to keep the treasury, and he shall be ordained unto this blessing.

    And there shall be a seal upon the treasury, and all the sacred things shall be delivered into the treasury; and no man among you shall call it his own, or any part of it, for it shall belong to you all with one accord.

    And I give it unto you from this very hour; and now see to it, that ye go to and make use of the stewardship which I have appointed unto you, exclusive of the sacred things, for the purpose of printing these sacred things as I have said.

    And the avails of the sacred things shall be had in the treasury, and a seal shall be upon it; and it shall not be used or taken out of the treasury by any one, neither shall the seal be loosed which shall be placed upon it, only by the voice of the order, or by commandment.

    And thus shall ye preserve the avails of the sacred things in the treasury, for sacred and holy purposes.

    And this shall be called the sacred treasury of the Lord; and a seal shall be kept upon it that it may be holy and consecrated unto the Lord. (D&C 104:55-66)

    (I think there is another scripture, also, that speaks of this stewardship over the scriptures, but I don’t have time to search for it.)

  8. I wonder what it means for us to “receive more than is needful for their necessities and their wants” of the revelations and commandments?

    Also, I wonder if “the avails of the sacred things” are literal profits or if that’s meant metaphorically, like an increase in fruit or fountains of water, etc.

  9. I wonder what it means for us to “receive more than is needful for their necessities and their wants” of the revelations and commandments?

    My understanding is that it means whatever they receive in scripture sales, (which was their stewardship), above and beyond what they needed for their living expenses. In other words, the surplus that remained after they supported themselves and their families out of the income.

    Also, I wonder if “the avails of the sacred things” are literal profits or if that’s meant metaphorically, like an increase in fruit or fountains of water, etc.

    My understanding is that it means literal profits. The footnote says, “IE profits, or proceeds.” The 1828 dictionary entry of avails says:

    AVA’ILS, n. plu. Profits or proceeds.

    It is used in New England, for the proceeds of goods sold, or for rents, issues or profits.

  10. I suppose the church ought to have the proceeds they gain by selling the Standard Works in a singular account (away from other profit they earn), to be used only for sacred and holy purposes pertaining to the people of the Lord who have become true inhabitants of Zion (meaning it shouldn’t even be given to the church in general — and I suppose not even putting it in a bank because then “the world” would get some of the interest earned on the profit).


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