Kim Clark, new BYU-Idaho President, compares Hinckley to Moses!!
The Headline is Hinckley over Harvard!! When the LDS Prophet phoned, Kim Clark headed to BYU-Idaho.
There are some amazing quotes from the article showing how the Morg can even brainwash a man with 34 years at Harvard. This isn't a stupid man and even he is duped, or is he? I'm sure that he is a great man, mostly just looking out for his family. My opinion is that he knows easy street lies just ahead, meaning becoming an Apostle like Bednar did, that's why he really left Harvard. If Bednar went from President of BYU-Idaho straight to Apostle, why wouldn't he, after giving up a prestigious 34 year career at Harvard? Makes sense to me!! The only question that remains, is what will he do to really impress "the modern day Moses" in order to top Bednar's naming a building after Hinckley?
Then he will be living the easy life of the rich and famous with a shot at someday being the Prophet if he can out live Bednar, limos, private jets, flying all over the world, no financial worries ever again, 5 star hotels and fame lie just ahead. He would at least have a great shot of being in the First Presidency if not the Prophet. Who can blame the guy? He's just playing the game. It may have actually been the smartest move he's ever made. Here are some quotes from the article:
Getting a 34-year Harvard man to abandon one of the nation's most prestigious business colleges for an Idaho church school would seem to demand nothing short of divine revelation.
It came in the form of a phone call in May to Clark, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from Gordon Hinckley, the 95-year-old leader of the Mormons. Hinckley asked the economist to head Rexburg's Brigham Young University-Idaho, which just five years ago was a two-year junior college.
''You have to appreciate what this is like,'' said Clark, 56, of Hinckley's call. ''We behold him to be a prophet. Imagine yourself getting a call from Moses.''
''LDS people are pretty responsive to that sort of a direct call, a mission call, almost,'' said Lawrence Foster, a religious-history professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
''It doesn't matter to me what other people think about'' the decision to leave Harvard, Clark said. ''I'm pretty sure that if you and I have this conversation 10 years from now, people will know about BYU-Idaho.''
And Clark's move, viewed from inside the church, could be seen as a promotion: Some say this establishes Clark, a bishop, as a rising star. His predecessor, David Bednar, was named in 2004 to the Quorum of the 12 Apostles, a church governing body considered by Mormons to have the same authority as the 12 biblical apostles.
''If one were thinking for the church either about university matters or future ecclesiastical office, Kim Clark is clearly on the radar screen,'' said Philip Barlow, a Mormon and religion professor at Indiana's Hanover College.
''The church influences washes over, runs through, pervades everything we do,'' said Robert Wilkes, BYU-Idaho interim president.
Clark's decision has aroused much debate, even among church members. On an LDS-related Web site called ''Times and Seasons,'' some called Clark's move to largely Mormon eastern Idaho a wasteful sacrifice of church influence in the northeastern United States.
The church's education director, W. Rolfe Kerr, calls the BYU-Idaho presidency a ''paid job,'' not an ''ecclesiastical calling.''
Still, a request from Hinckley would be a difficult to refuse, church members say.
''If Gordon Hinckley called and said, 'What I need you to do is go work on the grounds crew at BYU-Idaho,' I would say 'Yes,' " said Paul Pugmire, president of the Rexburg City Council.
Yeah, yeah, if President Hinckley called me to clean the toilets at BYU-Idaho and lick the sidewalks for the next 5 years, it would be an honor, as if Moses himself had called me and asked me to do it. How could I turn it down? Wow!! Was Paul Pugmire serious? It must either be the hope of a "Church promotion" that motivates these guys or they are really just that brainwashed!! I'm just astonished that people would literally do anything for Hinckley. Now if Kim Clark truly isn't thinking about becoming an Apostle someday and is just being obedient to "Moses", or doing this out of duty, then it shows how Hinckley can just snap his fingers and even a 34 year Harvard man, will listen. I'm sure Hinckley loved being compared to "Moses." Just another reason for his ego to grow even bigger if that is possible!!
I guess this can help us understand the power and control that Joseph Smith had over so many people, especially all of the women that he married. That control continues on today through Hinckley and whoever is next. People will literally drop everything at a moments notice when Hinckley calls!! When they enter a room, everyone stands!! It is sick!! It is a cult!! It is truly a sad tale, very very sad!! I do sincerely wish Kim Clark the best, whatever his motivations or reasons for leaving Harvard are, after 34 years, for little Rexburg, Idaho.
It just doesn't seem like the kind of move that a man with his experience would make unless there was a big pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I'm sure that he's also taking a pay cut. Would BYU-Idaho pay what Harvard pays? Maybe, just maybe, they already promised him that he would be the next Apostle, now that would make more sense, wouldn't it?
Samuel the Utahnite
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