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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.) Read the next in this series- Part 2.

21 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:

    • warrmac

      I totally understand your concern Victoria. But I feel lead to emphasize that Jesus did come to save the lost, (Luke 19:10) as we all are, or where before He called, and we followed. Our Lord humbled Himself (Philippians 2:8) as a man, a servant so that He may empathize and personalize His lordship over us. So He dined with, He associated Himself with, and even washed the feet of the lost (mainly Judas) as an example of whom we should model, as we reflect his image. Be the light! wash some feet (John 13:10-14) Lord knows I need this message repeated to me daily. I pray you will bless your family with these oils as they are true (CPTG) and expand your vision in doTERRA for Jesus is Lord over ALL.

  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!

    • silvershoes99

      All churches, even AA have cult like qualities. Be their fruits ye shall know them. Man money groups.. Gang like mentality. How about we all join the HUMAN race? How about we all seek truth and common purposeful direction? Why does there always have to be an enemy? Well… Why do people love sports? Why so much money in it? RIVALRY bonds us.

  3. Bronwen

    A friend gave me Young Living Tranquil because I said I was having trouble sleeping. The product is quite satisfying and does help me, at least, relax at night so, because I’m now running out of it, I decided to source it and thereby came upon your blogs.

    Now, I’m sorry, but I’m confused. What are you saying or implying? Surely the product should stand on its own regardless of what religious affiliations the owner of the company has. Would you imply that a Muslim shouldn’t buy product manufactured by a Christian, or a Jew not use a product produced by a Catholic? You mention the lies behind Mormonism but what lies are you talking about and how do they affect the quality or otherwise of Young Living’s products? Are you saying that because Mr Young attended (yes, that is the correct word to use even if someone is enrolled in a distance course) a non-accredited university his learning and research is somehow deficient? Are you saying he lied about having a PhD therefore, by association, the Mormon church is lying? Are you saying that the Mormon church somehow owns this business or is a major shareholder? Are you then saying that this makes Young Living’s products bad? Are you saying that because Mr Young “might” be a Mormon (you don’t say he is), he and his product should be avoided? In fact, why did you feel the need to do this “research” at all? It certainly isn’t about the relative qualities of the two product brands you refer to. It seems that your research claims lack as much rigor as Mr Young’s purported PhD. Why do some (thankfully not all) Christians feel the need to destroy Mormons?

    Frankly, I’m only interested in whether the product works. Mr Young’s private life should be of no concern to any of us, and whether of not the Mormon church owns his business (you’ve offered no proof of this by the way) should be of no concern either. Would we no longer buy Weetbix because they are manufactured by a business owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church? Ridiculous! Focus on the merits or otherwise of the product and leave Mr Young’s religion out of the equation…after all, it’s the Christian thing to do.

    • Susie

      Thanks for your note, I’ll attempt to answer all your “are you saying…” questions, but I already know I won’t be able to answer them all. Hopefully this will help.

      I’m not implying anything. I’m simply writing, blogging in attempt to raise awareness to some things that I found out. I stated flat out what I thought. I don’t need to imply anything.

      I’m not sure you read the whole series. And if you did, I’m not sure you really read it… Because, I quote from my blog…

      “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.”

      I never said YL was owned by the Morman church. I only said they may be connected. This was my whole reason for researching, was because a friend said “doTERRA is owned by the Mormon church.” I wanted to know the truth, so set out to find it. What I stumbled upon, and hence my 4 series blog, was the beliefs behind the church, as well as history and claims of Mr. Young. Research has a way of leading us away from our original question. That’s all that happened here.

      Your question: “In fact, why did you feel the need to do this “research” at all?”

      Because I knew I wanted to take control of my family’s healthcare, and I knew oils would be the answer, and I wanted to know EVERYTHING I could know. For safety reasons, for spiritual reasons, for a lot of reasons.

      Your statements: “It certainly isn’t about the relative qualities of the two product brands you refer to. It seems that your research claims lack as much rigor as Mr Young’s purported PhD. “

      For you to say my research lacks rigor is interesting. It shows me surely that you didn’t read ALL my entries as I’m often sent notes from others complementing me on the intense research I have done. You’ll find multiple blog entries of just what you’re claiming I haven’t done above. As I began using doTERRA, and getting assaulted by YL reps, I continued research, and there’s several blog entries regarding what I found.

      And as far as my opinion about Young Living’s products… Well, just read some more of my articles. I’m sure you’ll gather my opinion. But, when it comes down to it, my opinion about any oil company really shouldn’t matter to you. It is simply my opinion. Bottom line, I’m glad you’re using oils. That’s awesome. I chose doTERRA for multiple reasons. Quality, research, purity, testing, sustainability, truth, transparency, science, and lastly, because they work better than any other brand I’ve tried, including YL. So, if you’re only interested if an oil works, then stick to that. Try a bunch of different brands for the same ailment, and see which one works best for you. I’m just glad to hear that there’s another passionate person in the world loving essential oils.

      You’re right about focusing on the merits of the product, and not an owner’s religious beliefs or fake education. I’ve researched it all. I’ve tried them all, and based on MERIT, will stick with doTERRA. Thanks for your comments.

    • Dr. John

      I love how people want to leave out the good “D’s” personal life. The reason it matters that he is mormon, that he puts D in front of his name, that he is connected with others that hide their religion and help confirm his studies is that if you preach health, oils, and give dietary advice then your education will be tested. If you preach bible and God, so will your beliefs. If I’m going to take oils by mouth or put them on my kids then I need to know the person in charge is honest and transparent. I need to know they will not sell counterfeit oils again like they did in the past. Nature’s sunshine, doterra, young living, Q96 guys…. they are ALL located in Utah and more than one of the execs. are associated with at least 3 of the four companies. Is that sketchy? Young living reps CONSTANTLY claim only young living oils are pure. Doterra reps say only certified pure therapeutic grade oils are good, which is another misleading statement.
      Why are NONE of YL’S oils usda certified organic?
      These companies make people believe their oils are therapeutic grade. This is misleading, this is not open and honest to me.
      Therapeutic grade means they’ve been graded against a common scale and have been worthy of the highest marks. Right? That’s what you think when you see that. Oooohhhh. .. these are therapeutic grade, they must be good.
      There is no grading system, it’s all marketing terms.
      NAHA and all of the honest, ethical oil groups say to consult a doctor or certified clinical aromatherapist BEFORE you ingest oils. These companies answer to no one and are certified by nothing. If you want a great essential oil then you must either know the distiller or the company must be under some type of external guidelines. Or, buy usda certified organic. Thats a sure win.

      • Susie

        You’re right there is no grading system on essential oils. Anyone can put anything on their label and it means nothing. The FDA doesn’t even care, even the word “pure” means nothing. This is the reason YL, doTERRA and these companies were formed. They saw the need to CREATE a standard because there is none. This is why you must get your oils from a large company with a group of founders that are accountable to one another for honesty, and integrity (not a company that has one man who is accountable to noone.) A company that works directly with the farmers and does not buy from a middle man (or farms their own oils in the wrong habitat to cut costs and raise profit.) A company that hires a THIRD party to perform 7 different tests, several of them multiple times to ensure purity and CORRECT chemical composition (not a company that tests their own oils then makes claims.) Don’t buy oils off the internet because they’re “cheaper.” You’ll get what you pay for. Nothing more than perfume. Chemical composition is often completely off, and the oil will not be effective. It may have even been extracted with harsh chemicals and not distilled properly. Hence their label (do not take internally.) Don’t buy oils from a company off the internet that won’t tell you who their founders are. And, most importantly, don’t buy oils from the grocery store! You can learn more about quality, adulteration, and the difference between a good oil and bad, by listening to Dr. Robert Pappa’s lecture from the Essential Oil Revolution. SAYER JI’s lecture about Essential Oils and Evidence based approaches is also very informative. You can access them here:

        When an oil is grown in it’s native habitat, like Jamaica, or Haiti, it is next to IMPOSSIBLE for these countries to even obtain the USDA organic stamp. That is a United States thing. Furthermore, the USDA stamp is a joke when it comes to quality. It may be free of pesticides, but what about the chemical composition? If you choose to go that route, that’s fine. I’d rather my oil come from a plant grown where it has it’s BEST quality. And doTERRA does not work with farmers who will not grow organically. A lavender grown in Grand Junction, Co has a COMPLETELY different profile (and won’t work) than a Lavender grown in France. I want the best of the best. I want my Lavender from France. My Frankincense from the Middle East, and my Vetiver from Haiti. Because then I know the composition is the best that it can be, and will be the most effective in my body. I’m about healthcare, not just smelling nice.

        doTERRA promotes personal responsibility. WA’s are not doctors, and many are not certified armoatherapists, and it is always suggested that the user do their homework, do their research, learn the basics on safety, and always check with a doctor if they are unsure due to health issues. But, we don’t need our doctor’s or an aromatherapists “permission” to take control of our health. It’s unfortunate to me that so many medical professionals feel threatened when the consumer starts doing their own research and wants to take control of their health and try something more natural. But, this is the world we live in. Where we are indoctrinated with the idea that M.D. means god. Do not question, do not research, do not think for yourself, just take the pill.

        Thank you for your comments.

  4. ladydiane

    ok I hear all of this, I do not know the answer but I suspected this was the case. it is a slippery slope. let me give you an example.:

    Gary young is an important MORMON figure as he is a relative, he has produced farms all over the world, but their are others who believe the LDS church is ready for a huge cleansing and new leadership. (from a member) so here is the conspiracy: that the oils are getting our bodies ready for a sacrifice cleansed and acceptable, and when the great MORMON Bug out happens in end days we are the volunteers as the last vile of oils are actually mind control and we walk into the VOLCANO. ok are we all happy now?

    I feel better using oils, and frankly do not care if he is the new head of LDS, I am a strong born again Christian and my GOD rules and rains, but it is not against any scripture to reap and sow, and he has worked and been fruitful. where are my tithes going? to my church, who am I helping? my Christian friends, do I care about end days? no I am aware and the HS is my guide. we are working on gossip at this point why not just get to work and serve God as you know him in your heart and tithe were you believe the HS has instructed you to go.

    Now on another note whos got the better oil? don’t know don’t care as the oils I am using are working on me and my dogs and friends in amazing ways.

    are we foolish? time will tell. just stay true to your faith and walk in love and it will all work out.

    • Susie

      Beautifully said LadyDiane, and thank you. I can’t quite figure out if your first paragraph about the bug out and volcano is true (because so many other Mormon beliefs are just as far fetched, and they believe them to be true.) I guess bottom line, it doesn’t matter, because it’s not true for me. Praise Jesus!

  5. shiley

    I was a health care worker for 20 years so, I believed modern medicine was always the way to go. My 5 year old son started getting warts on his thumb that covered the whole pad. The dermatologist wasn’t working and very painful for him. My wonderful mother in law uses doTerra oils and gave 3 oils to use on him. It took a month but the warts are completely gone with no pain. I have a daughter who was having severe vertigo. My mother in law made some mixture and put it in a roller ball bottle. We have been using it for about 2 months and her vertigo has gone from 3-4 times a week to maybe one every two weeks. I was not a believer in essential oils but my mind has been changed, I’m a believer now. I am very grateful for how the essential oils have helped my family and I am a Mormon and proud of it!!

  6. naluhawaii23

    I only want to point out one thing…mormon’s are Christians. It’s not a cult, it’s just like any other Christian religion.

    • ponger

      naluhawaii23, Please do some research on the Mormon faith. The definition of a Christian is to believe that Jesus Christ is the ONLY son of God. Christians have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. They believe He is the Way the Truth and the Life and the only way to God the Father. If you research the Mormon faith you will find they do not believe any of these truths. They certainly do not believe in salvation by grace as a free gift of God, not by works lest any man should boast. The Mormon faith lacking these things is what leads a Christian call them a “cult”. If you don’t like that word, that’s OK, but please don’t call them Christians, because they are not Chistians.

  7. RunUrRace

    The Mormon faith is a cult. Read Revelations, What does it say about no books should be added. Please do some research. Most all Mormons are very nice people.I have many friends and co-workers that are Mormon. If it is a true Christian faith then researching it can’t hurt,right? Also Kingdom of the Cults has some great info.
    Love the oils have used both Doterra & Young Living. Love Mormons, but not the religion. May God bless You.

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