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 truly “believe 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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