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Posted by on August 12, 2011

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.)

8 Responses to WAKE-UP PEOPLE!!

  1. Victoria

    I am coming into knowledge of doTERRA via my sister who is mormon. I am not a mormon, I am a Christian. I did not know of the affiliation and it sounded good, so I asked her to send me a brochure. Somehow (I never know how I sense these things) I suspected it was tied to the mormon church and it seems I’m right.
    I’m about to read your next post.
    Now I have to think of how to decline her/their products tactfully. I wonder if they are any good…but I don’t want to support what I believe is a cult.

    • slarson7

      Hi Victoria, Please don’t reject the doTerra oils. They are awesome. No money goes to the mormon church. Yes, the founders are mormon, and maybe they “tithe” their income to their church, but this company doesn’t even speak of faith. I am a Christian too, a strong one, and have done a lot of research on the biblical basis of using oils for healthcare. I started using them on my children and can’t believe the amazing results. Check my oil website.

      Look at these verses: Ezekiel 47: 12, Gen 37:25, Matt 2:11, Numbers 16 (Aaron stops a plague with frankincense and myrrh!)
      Exodus 12:22, 29:7, Leviticus 2:1-2, Mark 14:3, and my favorite James 5:14-15

      From a healthcare standpoint, the oils will change your life. From a spiritual standpoint, you may change other’s lives.

      • Joann

        From the Illustrated Bible Dictionary Part 2, Inter-Varsity Press pgs 1110-1112 and Strongs Exhaustive Concordance. Under oils. “Unless cosmetic ointments(Ru 3:3, 2 Sam 14:2; Ps 104:15) or oil of myrrh (Est 2:12) are indicated, all other biblical references to oil are to the expressed product of the olive fruit.” In other words olive oil. In Mark 14:3

      • Joann

        In Mk 14:3 ointment was used. “Unguent preparations of various kinds were widely used throughout the whole of the the ancient Near East. Their primary use was cosmetic in nature, and they probably originated in Egypt. … The holy anointing oil (Ex 30:23-25) prescribed for use in tabernacle rituals was required to be compounded according to the art of the perfumer. It consisted of olive oil, myrrh, cinnamon,calamus, and ccassia, the solid ingredients probably being pulverized and boiled in olive oil(cf.Jb 41:31). The manufacture of this preparation by unauthorized persons was stri tly prohibited (Ex 30:37-38). … This herb(spikenard), related to valerian, was imported from N India and used widely by Hebrews and Romansalike in the anointing of the dead.” Jesus confirmed this in Mark 14:8. In James 5:14-15, the word oil there is strongs # 1637. Its definition is olive oil. So when they anointed the sick they did it with olive oil. I believe that in the old testiment they used other oils because Jesus had not been beaten beyound recognition as a man for us. They also did not have the Holy Spirit continuously like we have since penticost. Jesus shed his blood to save us from sin, and was beaten so we can have health – by his stripes we are healed. I’m not sure i would want to use scripture that talks about anointing the dead to support annointing for healing. But thats just me. And the other new testament reference used olive oil. I think we just need to be careful. There may be a caution that needs to be taken in looking at the producers and who they are affiliated with when choosing to use oils.

      • teganjeanH

        I want to point something out. Aaron did not stop a plague with frankincense and myrrh. When I first read that in your post, I thought, “That’s cool, I wanna read that!” But then I did and realized that seems to be taken out of context. If you read the whole chapter, it says that God started the plague because He was angry at the people’s rising up against Aaron and Moses, when the two had done nothing wrong. Then Moses told Aaron to get the sacred incense from the altar in the Tabernacle and make atonement for the people, so they would not be killed in the plague. God stopped the plague from killing people because the priest, Aaron, made atonement. The atonement was the important thing. “46 And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the Lord; the plague is begun.” If it was just burning incense, Moses would not have said to make atonement, he would have just said, burn these two things and it will save us.

        Also, that particular incense he used was made of at least four things, “stacte, onycha, galbanum and frankincense” as God commanded it to be made in Exodus. He was very strict that it had to be just right, so if we assume that it was the ingredients of the incense alone that stopped the plague, how do we know that just using frankincense and myrrh will do the same thing for us as described in Numbers 16?

        However, I gather from the context that it was not just the incense, but the fact that Aaron made atonement, thus making the people right with God again. If he had not made atonement, I am sure God would not have allowed the plague to stop.

        Also, myrrh was not used in the incense, it was only used in the holy anointing oil (mixed with a bunch of other stuff), which was used to anoint sacred temple furnishings, priests and kings. Ex. 30 22–30

        I do believe God provided us healing medicines through nature, but this story cannot be used as proof of that. If someone took the original statement of the post at face value, and tried to stop a infectious disease that way, it could cause real harm, and they wouldn’t even be accurately following Scripture.

        • Susie

          Thanks for your corrections. I’m certainly not a bible scholar, so thank you. I trust that most people have the intelligence to realize this is a blog full of my opinion, my assumptions, and my musings. Plus there’s been MULTIPLE clinical studies proving the anti-infectious properties of Essential Oils. So, I disagree when you say their choice in using essential oils to stop an infection would cause harm. If someone chooses that route, that is there choice. Essential Oils are powerful. Check the research:

  2. Jeanette O'Toole

    The essential oils that Young Living distributes can be extremely helpful … since using them I’ve dropped my prescriptions to Xanax, Valium, and Dalmane (a sleep aid) and lowered my Methimazole (for Graves Disease) from 10 mg to 5 mg a day … all chemical drugs that were doing my health no good. Your post (and the following ones regarding this topic) dwell mainly on the cult-like nature of the Mormon faith, but since I’m not a Mormon and have no intention on becoming one and they’ve never once pushed their faith OR their product on me, I fail to see why I should “Wake Up.” By the way, Thieves mouthwash is a great alternative to a stiff cup of morning coffee, seriously. Wakes me up every time …

    • slarson7

      Hi Jeanette,
      Thanks for your post. As you might have seen my original research was BECAUSE some friends became involved in doTERRA and Young Living. My research was more about my fears of them supporting a business within the Mormon faith than the actual products that these companies provide. I have recently also become an Elite IPC with doTERRA, and am in love with the medicines that God provides us! There are more than 1000 references to essential oil use in the bible. Regardless of one’s faith, it cannot be denied that God gave us the “leaves for medicine!” (Eze 47:12.)

      I never meant for the blog to be negative about the products, but simply wanted to educate others on the mormon faith. The “wake-up” is more about people becoming aware of the twisted beliefs within the mormon church. As I said in wake-up #2, I’m not bashing any one person because they are victims of the brainwashing of their elders. My hope is that those wanting to research mormonism will see something in my blog that will deter them from joining this cult.

      And, I love essential oils. I have considered removing this blog, but I have chosen not to simply because I think many still want to understand the lies behind mormonism, and I’d like to provide some facts. Please read the most recent post about antibiotics!

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