Huntsman was raised in the church, and gave millions of dollars in tithing. What he is claiming is that the Church misrepresented the tithing funds -saying they would NOT use tithing to fund the City Creek Mall. However, tithing funds were ALL that was used to build the mall.
Gordon B. Hinckley
April 2003 General Conference
“We feel we have a compelling responsibility to protect the environment of the Salt Lake Temple… The property needs very extensive and expensive renovation. We have felt it imperative to do something to revitalize this are. But I wish to give the entire Church the assurance that tithing funds have not and will not be used to acquire this property. Nor will they be used in developing it for commercial purposes. Funds for this have come and will come from those commercial entities owned by the Church. These resources, together with the earnings of invested reserve funds, will accommodate this program.”
Presiding Bishop H. David Burton
October 8, 2003
“None of this money comes from the tithing of our faithful members. That is not how we use tithing funds.”
"The Church first announced three years ago it was planning to redevelop the downtown area to energize the economy of the city that houses its headquarters and to bolster the area near Temple Square. No tithing funds will be used in the redevelopment.
March 27, 2007
"Money for the project is not coming from LDS Church members’ tithing donations. City Creek Center is being developed by Property Reserve, Inc., the Church’s real-estate development arm, and its money comes from other real-estate ventures."
Head of Deseret Management Corporation
October 5, 2012
“McMullin said not one penny of tithing goes to the Church’s for-profit endeavors. Specifically, the church has said no tithing went toward City Creek Center.”
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