Diebold & The Mormon Mason Handshake

“… there Joseph Smith out-masoned Solomon himself, and declared that God had revealed to him a great key-word, which had been lost, and that he would lead Masonry to far higher degrees,and not long after their charter was revoked by the Grand Lodge. How much of masonry proper has survived in the Endowment, the writer will not pretend to say; but the Mormons are pleased to have the outside world connect the two, and convey the impression that this is ‘Celestial Masonry’.”

– J.H. Beadle, former editor of the Salt Lake Reporter and Clerk of the Utah Supreme Court, in Mysteries and Crimes of Mormonism (1882)

The Mormons proceeded to establish Masonic schools in Utah after fleeing Nauvoo. Brigham Young then sought permission from England’s Freemasons for a public charter so the Mormons could have their own Masonic rite. The request was refused, but Young can be seen, nevertheless, wearing Masonic pins in historic photos.

The question is: When will the Mormon secret handshakes, smoke & mirrors and buck stop?

Scoop | Jul 15, 2005


Diebold, the Ohio computer election systems manufacturer, remains under a cloud regarding irregularities in its tabulation of the 2004 US presidential vote, which led to the reinstalling of George W. Bush. So it may be productive to explore what appears to be a significant Diebold-Mormon link, as well as observe how the Mormons are jockeying for a major political role in America. We already know of the Bush tie-in to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Click here: Scoop: Suzan Mazur: Bush And The Mormons)

First some background on Mormon politics. Historically, Mormons tend to vote Republican, perhaps forever scarred by being driven out of Missouri and elsewhere in the 1830s — some tarred and feathered — by Democrats. Mormons subsequently threw their support to the Whig party, forerunners of today’s Republicans.

The LDS church has made no fanfare about Diebold CEO Walden O’Dell being a “Saint”. And O’Dell’s promotion of the serving of alcoholic beverages at political fundraisers would further imply that he is not — alcohol being a Mormon no-no.

But he was a major contributor to George W. Bush’s reelection campaign, organizing a $1,000-a-plate dinner in August 2003 and encouraging supporters to donate $10,000, although Diebold’s website now indicates high profile employees of the company should keep a politically neutral public face.

O’Dell’s public reticence to be seen as a GOP stalwart followed an infamous letter to supporters the day before Ohio’s Republican secretary of state Ken Blackwell chose Diebold as one of three suppliers for the state’s e-voting machines. In the letter O’Dell said he was, “committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year.”

Blackwell, a former football player, is a savvy long-time Republican party loyalist, taking on the tough missions when asked, like swaggering through the streets of Srinagar investigating the Kashmir crisis during some of its most violent days in the early 1990s.

It would be surprising if, as an African-American, Blackwell were Mormon. According to Thomas W. Murphy, an anthropologist at Edmunds College in Washington who is an expert on the Book of Mormon, people of color are led to believe that “BoMor” is “a historical record of their ancestors who were reportedly cursed by God with a dark skin for their wickedness” and told that if they give up their own traditions and convert to the Christian gospel, they can again become “white” or “pure”.

Nevertheless, New York’s Harlem does have its own Mormon church now, and pop star Gladys Knight has become a big tithe for the “Saints”.

It is highly significant, though, that Diebold’s former COO, Wesley Vance, was a prominent member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as a graduate of church-funded Brigham Young University.

Vance, for several years was in charge of Diebold’s global operations, including research and development, manufacturing, sales and purchasing. He was paid $787,000 in 2003 as COO and had 10,000 Diebold stock options — with 10% of his annual income likely tithed to the LDS church. Vance died in the spring of 2003 at age 45 while piloting his own plane, crashing southeast of Columbus, Ohio.

On January 22, 2002, Diebold announced the acquisition of Global Election Systems, then a manufacturer and supplier of electronic voting terminals and solutions. The total purchase price, in stock and cash, was $24.7 million. Global Election Systems subsequently changed its name to Diebold Election Systems, Inc.

Are there other key Diebold associates who are LDS in the mix of 14,000 employees? Without a doubt.

Vance was also in charge of human resources for Diebold, and it is known that the LDS, as a socially-conscious organization, looks out for its own.

As Sally Denton and Roger Morris point out in their book, The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America:

“. . . the Mormon organization has a great deal in common with the Mafia . . . Strictly hierarchical. Great rewards for loyalty. Great rewards for keeping your word. They take care of their own.”

FMR Corporation — Fidelity Management & Research Corporation — is Diebold’s largest shareholder, with 5.7 million shares worth over $313 million. FMR’s former president, Robert Pozen, aside from having served as associate general counsel to the SEC, was secretary of economic affairs for Massachusetts governor/LDS celebrity Mitt Romney. Romney is a frontrunner for US president on the Republican 2008 ticket.

Fidelity is the world’s largest mutual funds company. It is in the hands of a major Boston family –father and daughter, Ned and Abby Johnson — with Steve Jonas running things for the Johnsons. (Click here: DBD: Major Holders for DIEBOLD INC – Yahoo! Finance )

Fidelity, has in the past organized fundraisers for Romney, as has the syndicate’s venture capital firm, Bain Capital of Boston, which Romney founded in 1984 and where he served as CEO for 17 years.

And the Boston Mormon money connections don’t stop there.

Kim B. Clark, long-time dean of America’s premier breeding pool for entrepreneurs — Harvard Business School — has just become the new president of Brigham Young University in Idaho.

During his time at Harvard, Clark simultaneously served as bishop of the LDS congregation in Cambridge. Prior to Harvard, Clark played a role in the US Department of Labor in the Ford administration, so it is likely he would be a Romney supporter. In fact, BYU has its own Romney Institute established in honor of Mitt Romney’s father, the former auto exec and governor, George Romney.

The Mormon church has a history of playing politics, putting up its own prophet, Joseph Smith, for a US presidential run in 1844.

The church’s adoption of various Masonic principles — like secrecy — around the time that Smith ran for president seemed designed to make Mormonism more palatable to US politicos, many of whom similarly embraced Masonry. The very word “constitution” so central to American politics may have been adopted from the Freemason’s Book of Constitution.

However, Joseph Smith’s political run was short-lived. He was gunned down that same year for promoting polygamy.

As the story goes, he flashed the Masonic distress symbol as he jumped from the window of the Carthage, Illinois jail into a mob armed with muskets. Some apparently Mason muskets.

Smith was initiated into the Masons by Abraham Jonas, a Jewish politician (a distant relative of Fidelity’s Steve Jonas??), who himself was running for office and hoped to secure the Mormon vote by bringing Smith and his followers into the brotherhood. Smith’s “sublime prince of the royal secret” Masonic honors were rushed along in less than the required 30 days, after which Smith persuaded his followers to join. The ranks of the Masons swelled by a third from 2,000 to 3,300 after the Mormon initiation.

According to Brigham Young’s wife number 19, Anna Eliza Webb Young, Brigham referred to the Mormon temple endowment ceremony as “Celestial Masonry” because there were such close parallels to the “tokens, signs and penalties” of the Masons — including the Mormon and Mason secret handshakes. (Click here: Excerpt: A History of Mormon Temple Worship [Mormons and Masons])

J.H. Beadle, former editor of the Salt Lake Reporter and Clerk of the Utah Supreme Court wrote an “expose of the secret rites and ceremonies of the deluded followers of Brigham Young” describing the endowment ceremony. He dedicated his book, Polygamy or the Mysteries and Crimes of Mormonism (1882), to the “women of America, whose sympathies are ever active in behalf of their suffering and oppressed sisters in the hope that it will interest them in the condition of the women who are living in moral bondage in Utah”.

The Mormons proceeded to establish Masonic schools in Utah after fleeing Nauvoo. Brigham Young then sought permission from England’s Freemasons for a public charter so the Mormons could have their own Masonic rite. The request was refused, but Young can be seen, nevertheless, wearing Masonic pins in historic photos.

The question is: When will the Mormon secret handshakes, smoke & mirrors and buck stop?

The financial grip of the LDS behemoth on America is profound. The church, which takes tithes from its members, no-questions-asked, established Zions Bancorp, for instance, in 1873. Brigham Young called it Zions Savings Bank and Trust Company. It now has 400 branches in eight states including Texas, although the church has sold majority control.

And there have been others that have left teethmarks — including “Jack Mormon” Parry Thomas’s Bank of Las Vegas, which Sally Denton and Roger Morris note the FBI referred to as “the Mob’s bank”. Denton and Morris also cite the Eccles, one of the richest banking families of the 20th century, channeling “enormous, sometimes untraceable sums” to Thomas’s Bank of Las Vegas in the 1950s. The Eccles owned First Security bank in Salt Lake City. One of the Eccles brothers served as chairman of the Federal Reserve for over a decade and was an architect of the US banking system. The University of Utah’s genetics center now bears the Eccles name.

Then, of course, a private planeload of cash left Las Vegas — “millions of dollars earned and tithed in the city” — every Monday for the LDS treasury in Salt Lake City, according to Denton and Morris:

Directly or indirectly, the use of LDS (Latter-day Saints) church money or simply the funds of predominantly Mormon family and business depositors to finance Las Vegas gambling — to say nothing of aid and stimulation for an international criminal network — would have been a fateful revelation then and later.

Eight men have just been indicted from the fundamentalist polygamist cult on the Utah-Arizona border on charges related to plural marriage — a drop in the bucket for the crimes of a so-called religion that has robbed ten generations of women of a fair shake at life by burning polygamy into its scripture. As long as the LDS can keep up the pretense that it is a religion rather than a cash cow (France has forbidden LDS commercial sales there), there will be runaway profits for the “Saints” that will continue to compromise America’s political process, as in the Diebold debacle.

8 responses to “Diebold & The Mormon Mason Handshake

  1. Early Christians were persecuted for keeping their temple rites secret. So what has changed in a couple of millenia?

    Check out Cyril of Jersulalem’s Lecture XXI for the Early Christian temple rites which were practiced in 350 A.D. These more nearly approximate Mormon Temple rites than Masonic rites, which are non-Christian.

    Check out how early Christian baptisms were done:

    Early Christian churches, practiced baptism of youth (not infants) by immersion by the father of the family. The local congregation had a lay ministry. An early Christian Church has been re-constructed at the Israel Museum, and the above can be verified. http://www.imj.org.il/eng/exhibitions/2000/christianity/ancientchurch/structure/index.html
    The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) continues baptism and a lay ministry as taught by Jesus’ Apostles. Early Christians were persecuted for keeping their practices sacred, and prohibiting non-Christians from witnessing them.

    • The Trinity: .

    A literal reading of the New Testament points to God and Jesus Christ , His Son , being separate , divine beings , united in purpose. . To whom was Jesus praying in Gethsemane, and Who was speaking to Him and his apostles on the Mount of Transfiguration?

    The Nicene Creed”s definition of the Trinity was influenced by scribes translating the Greek manuscripts into Latin. The scribes embellished on a passage explaining the Trinity , which is the Catholic and Protestant belief that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The oldest versions of the epistle of 1 John, read: “There are three that bear witness: the Spirit, the water and the blood and these three are one.”

    Scribes later added “the Father, the Word and the Spirit,” and it remained in the epistle when it was translated into English for the King James Version, according to Dr. Bart Ehrman, Chairman of the Religion Department at UNC- Chapel Hill. He no longer believes in the Nicene Trinity. .

    Scholars agree that Early Christians believed in an embodied God; it was neo-Platonist influences that later turned Him into a disembodied Spirit. Divinization, narrowing the space between God and humans, was also part of Early Christian belief. The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) views the Trinity as three separate divine beings , in accord with the earliest Greek New Testament manuscripts.

    • The Deity of Jesus Christ

    Mormons hold firmly to the deity of Christ. For members of the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS), Jesus is not only the Son of God but also God the Son. Evangelical pollster George Barna found in 2001 that while only 33 percent of American Catholics, Lutherans, and Methodists (28 percent of Episcopalians) agreed that Jesus was “without sin”, 70 percent of Mormons believe Jesus was sinless. http://www.adherents.com/misc/BarnaPoll.html

    • The Cross and Christ’s Atonement: .

    The Cross became popular as a Christian symbol in the Fifth Century A.D. . Members of the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) believe the proper Christian symbol is Christ’s resurrection , not his crucifixion on the Cross. Many Mormon chapels feature paintings of the resurrected Christ or His Second Coming. Furthermore, members of the church believe the major part of Christ’s atonement occurred in the Garden of Gethsemane as Christ took upon him the sins of all mankind.

    • Definition of “Christian”: .

    But Mormons don’t term Catholics and Protestants “non-Christian”. They believe Christ’s atonement applies to all mankind. The dictionary definition of a Christian is “of, pertaining to, believing in, or belonging to a religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ”: All of the above denominations are followers of Christ, and consider him divine, and the Messiah foretold in the Old Testament. They all worship the one and only true God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and address Him in prayer as prescribed in The Lord’s Prayer.

    It’s important to understand the difference between Reformation and Restoration when we consider who might be authentic Christians. If members of the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) embrace early Christian theology, they are likely more “Christian” than their detractors.

    • The Need for a Restoration of the Christian Church:

    The founder of the Baptist Church in America, Roger Williams, just prior to leaving the church he established, said this:

    “There is no regularly constituted church of Christ on earth, nor any person qualified to administer any church ordinances; nor can there be until new apostles are sent by the Great Head of the Church for whose coming I am seeking.” (Picturesque America, p. 502.)

    Martin Luther had similar thoughts: “Nor can a Christian believer be forced beyond sacred Scriptures,…unless some new and proved revelation should be added; for we are forbidden by divine law to believe except what is proved either through the divine Scriptures or through Manifest revelation.”

    He also wrote: “I have sought nothing beyond reforming the Church in conformity with the Holy Scriptures. The spiritual powers have been not only corrupted by sin, but absolutely destroyed; so that there is now nothing in them but a depraved reason and a will that is the enemy and opponent of God. I simply say that Christianity has ceased to exist among
    those who should have preserved it.”

    The Lutheran, Baptist and Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) churches recognize an apostasy from early Christianity. The Lutheran and Baptist churches have attempted reform, but Mormonism (and Roger Williams, and perhaps Martin Luther) require inspired restoration, so as to re-establish an unbroken line of authority and apostolic succession.

    * * *
    • Christ-Like Lives:

    The 2005 National Study of Youth and Religion published by UNC-Chapel Hill found that Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) youth (ages 13 to 17) were more likely to exhibit these Christian characteristics than Evangelicals (the next most observant group):

    Attend Religious Services weekly
    Importance of Religious Faith in shaping daily life – extremely important
    Believes in life after death
    Believes in psychics or fortune-tellers
    Has taught religious education classes
    Has fasted or denied something as spiritual discipline
    Sabbath Observance
    Shared religious faith with someone not of their faith
    Family talks about God, scriptures, prayer daily
    Supportiveness of church for parent in trying to raise teen (very supportive)
    Church congregation has done an excellent job in helping teens better understand their own sexuality and sexual morality

    LDS Evangelical
    71% 55%
    52 28
    76 62
    0 5
    42 28
    68 22
    67 40

    72 56
    50 19

    65 26

    84 35

  2. Bot: I’ve seen your cut and paste post on many blog comments. Don’t you have anything original.
    One of your citations is a bit troubling, considering your claim that m0rmons are Christians. “Believes in psychics or fortune-tellers” from the 2005 National Study of Youth and Religion by UNC-Chapel Hill that found that Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) youth (ages 13 to 17) were more likely to exhibit these Christian characteristics than Evangelicals (the next most observant group). Christians do not believe in the occult. I suppose you will “sanitize” your list, now that I pointed that out to you.

  3. B.A. Baker you should check your own arguments before you make them. Especially when you attempt to put down a comment made by another. Or insult the person who made that comment.

    Referencing back to the original study you will find that 0% of “Mormons” believed in the occult, and 5% of the Evangelicals did believe in the occult.

    Bot’s post stated that 0% of the (LDS) community believed in the occult. Check the stats on the original study here : http://thephoenix.com/article_ektid40491.aspx

  4. Masonic Symbols and the LDS Temple

    Occultic and Masonic Influence in Early Mormonism

    Freemasonry and the Latter Day Saint movement

    Mormon Masonic Temple Rituals

    Magical Mormon Masonic Underwear

    Overview of Mormon Theology

  5. Duanne Jones

    Chris, are you still in high school? This looks like a high school paper article where the student had to submit it before he had a chnce to do some fact finding. Quit being lazy writing question marks to tantilize the reader and distort the truth; try doing a little solid research instead. I know several Mormons and they have integrity and contribute for the common good. Perhaps you should look up integrity and decide if you know what it means?

  6. Pingback: Diebold & The Mormon Mason Handshake « Aftermath News « Why Organic

  7. Melchisedek is God; Mormon men are bestowed the Melchisedek Priesthood and are give Patriarchal blessings of descent from the Israelite Tribe of Ephraim whereas Jesus as Melchisedek sprang from Judah. One may recall Ephraim was confederate with Assyria, and the “Bee” also came from Assyria. Bee is “Dabar” in Chaldee meaning Word, albeit the false word. Young men are bestowed the Aaronic Priesthood, but only sons of Aaron in the Tribe of Levi could hold that office in Israel; they do it (theoretically) from Ephraim. Pretty basic errors.
    The BOM has Jesus introducing Himself to Jaredites at the building of the Tower of Babel; fairly difficult for people who had to have perished in Noah’s Flood, and if Jesus were to have done that, it would mean every OT prophet was lying about the 1st Coming. Their journey to America in a wooden submarine full of honey bees and animals must have been interesting eh?

  8. Hello, as you may already discovered I’m newbie here.
    I will be glad to receive any assistance at the start.
    Thanks and good luck everyone! ;)

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