This is the first in a series regarding business and the LDS or Mormon faith. It all started when a friend joined doTERRA, another friend joined Young Living, and a third friend told me that doTERRA is a Mormon based company. So, I began my research. All of my resources are actual hyperlinks within the article. I attempted to provide links within quotes or statistics, so you can immediately check the resource if you wish.
Although most of this article is fact based, you might find some conflicting information. I wholeheartedly attempted to research each point thoroughly. Before including it here, I made sure I found at least three confirming resources. If I found one resource that discredited the information, then I didn’t include it in the article. For example, I had heard once that the LDS church owned Coca-Cola. Not true. Although, many shareholders may be members of the Mormon Church, the company itself is publicly held, and its largest stockholder is a company out of Nebraska, of which I could find NO connection to the Mormon Church.
So, read with an open mind, but a critical mind as well. If you know of anything that discredits my information, please comment here and include the resource. Opinions are also welcome; although, bashing comments will not be approved. With that, here we go.
BOTH Young Living and doTERRA may be connected to the Mormon Church. Many businesses are owned and operated by LDS members, or the church itself. Not a big deal really, it’s just the way it is. But, I wanted to know. So, let’s talk about their founders.
If you go to the Young Living site, the founder calls himself D. Gary Young. At first, I thought it was a typo of the Dr. because he claims to have a PhD in Naturopathy from Bernadean University.
“Between 1982 and 1985, Gary attended Bernadean University and earned a doctorate in naturopathy.”
Upon further research, I found that Bernadean is a diploma mill. Notice its site is a .net, most universities have an .edu site. Bernadean is not recognized by any Post-Secondary Accreditation Agency that’s listed by the Department of Education.
I found some other blogs regarding this here:
They aren’t recognized by The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. CHME is recognized by the Department of Education as an accrediting agency. “The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education’s mission is quality assurance: serving the public by accrediting naturopathic medical education. Students and graduates of programs accredited or pre-accredited (candidacy) by CNME are eligible to apply for the naturopathic licensing examinations administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE), and are generally eligible for state and provincial licensure in the U.S. and Canada.”
Only 6 schools have been accredited by CNME. You can find them here.
The primary benefit of accreditation, of course, is that it provides students the assurance that they are receiving a high quality education. Students at accredited institutions also have access to federal grants, loans, and other federal support. These benefits are not available to non-accredited institutions.
“Doctor” Young’s so called doctorate is a phony. Do I believe he’s done his homework in regard to essential oil? Sure. I’m sure he is quite knowledgeable of their natural healing abilities.
Is Young Living linked to the Mormon Church? Well, maybe…” In 2004, Gary Young partnered with Brigham Young University researchers Rex Cates and Nicole Stevens, to study the anticancer effects of therapeutic-grade essential oils, including Young Living’s sandalwood and frankincense.” (I wonder if the results are published in any Science of Medical research journals.) How does this link the company to the Mormon Church? Brigham Young was an American leader in the Latter Day Saint movement and a settler of the Western United States. He was the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1847 until his death in 1877. He was also the founder of Salt Lake City and the first governor of Utah Territory, United States. Brigham Young University was named in his honor. It is a PRIVATE University that is OWNED by the LDS Church. You can’t get more connected than this. But, do they do credible research? Is it an accredited university? Yes, and yes.
David Stirling founded doTERRA, but prior to that he was one of the founding members of Young Living. Originally Young Living had several “Committee” members, including David Stirling. See his Linked-In resume. He was the COO for Young Living from 2003-2007. In late 2007, he left Young Living and started doTERRA. There’s a story there too; however, I’m not getting into it. You can read about it on the doTERRA site.
He went to BYU, and completed a Business degree. Approximately 98% of the university’s 34,000 students are members of the LDS (Mormon) Church. So, yes, doTERRA has LDS founders as well.
Ok, so what? They’re nice people! They’re so giving, and generous and helpful! The Essential Oils of both companies are great. (I have a personal belief that doTERRA is better, but again, another subject. )
So, as you continue to read #2-#4 in this series keep in mind that I simply started doing some research, and this is where it led me. I’m not in anyway trying to bash the LDS church or either essential oil company, I’m simply sharing what I found on my research trail. And, so it goes. Away from the oils, and towards the LDS faith and what I found out about it. (Added March 21, 2012: To all my LDS believing friends, leaders, and upline in doTERRA, I love you and am in no way trying to bash your beliefs, I’m simply sharing what I found in my research in hopes that you will be enlightened.) Read the next in this series- Part 2.