I have often wondered what my official church file looks like. Oh sure, every time you do something good, or something bad, they take note of it. If you move, your permanent record moves with you.
Thing is, they won't show it to you. It's *your* life, and they won't show you what your record looks like.
Chad Hardy, who is fighting to get his diploma from Brigham Young University, got a partial record from BYU. Here is what he said on PostMormon.org:
Later, he said:
I just got my hands on part of my student file as per the FERPA act, and was a bit creeped out by the fact that there are copies of my myspace blog, things I posted on here and my facebook posts in my STUDENT file. There are also copies of local Utah news stories I have been in, as well as a typed out transcript of my KJZZ TV interview, which I swear was a set-up.
It's like they really are their own version of the CIA.I am totally creeped out right now.
Now, BYU is REFUSING to give some of my records to my attorney without any explaination. I only have a partial file. (Perhaps the part that is missing is the file that kept track to how many times I went clubbing in Salt Lake City and masturbated.)This kills me.
I am scheduled for my official university review with the dean on Feb 13. Dare anyone show up picketing?
Yes, I know there is a difference between a University's record and an official LDS record, but they should ALL be available to us at all times. I find it very suspect that we have to beg and plead to see our own records! It's insane!
There is talk of a secret organization called "The Strengthening Members Committee." This is a group within the Mormon Church that gathers information on members of the church that might apostatize or cause other trouble for the head honchos. Here are some quotes I found regarding this infamous group...
Daniel Peterson wrote:
".. was once sent out, a number of years ago, as a kind of "agent" of the Strengthening Church Members Committee. My mission? To try to help a member of the Church whose apostasy was threatening his marriage and causing anguish to his very active wife, children, and parents. (The wife and parents, and his stake president, has asked for help.) The weapons of choice? Talking with him for about four hours in Salt Lake City, in the presence of his wife and stake president, and recommending some readings."There are also many people who claim that they have been watched, harassed, and threatened by members of this church committee, although those reports have no proof whatsoever.
Every member of the church has had phone calls from random church members requesting their new address, email address, or phone numbers of their friends and family. They go out of their way to keep tabs on everyone. If you move, it's only a matter of time before they track you down. We all know this to be true.
The only thing I have to say, is that this is really creepy.
If there is any Mormon watching my blog, making copies of everything I write and putting it in my "secret file," which would have to require an entire filing cabinet by now, then I would like to extend you a warm welcome. Please, copy and record everything you want.
I would LOVE to have the opportunity to talk to the "prophet" about it.