The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the First Presidency's spokesman has acknowledged the existence of the special "Strengthening the Members Committee" that keeps secret files on church members regarded as disloyal. Due to the publicity about this matter, including in the New York Times, the Presidency issues a statement on 13 Aug. defending the organization of this apostle-directed committee as consistent with God's commandment to Joseph Smith to gather documentation about non-Mormons who mob and persecute the LDS church. The Presidency lists Apostles James E. Faust and Russell M. Nelson as leading the Strengthening the Members Committee. Faust becomes a counselor in the First Presidency in 1995.
[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]
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