Stake Presidents are implicitly believed by the Church and often implicitly believed by the stake. Because of this, they do not have checks and balances when they go a bit or a lot rogue and can lead many people away.
18 months ago a predator accidentally revealed herself and ultimately others in her secret group. This group is supported by the Stake President, as I found out when I sought his help and was subsequently smeared by him. I have tried to reach out to the Church but have found no outlet when the Stake President is part of the secret. It is very dangerous, especially because the predators have targeted youth, young adults (married and single,) missionaries and even some adults.
Because the predators have high callings, it is easy for the vulnerable to fall into their dangerous traps of destruction (this has been going on for a while and the stories are heartbreaking) which is to get others to think they are addicted or immoral. Our Stake President appears to be kind. Due to some prior work of the Area Authority Seventy which is similar to what he is doing her, I think the Area Authority Seventy may be involved in the secret too. The tactics of the Stake President and possibility the Area Authority are to place predatory people in high callings. From what I have observed, these predatory people come to church to prey rather than to pray. There are huge warning signs that they do more in secret with the kids and adults. The predator who accidentally told me the secret, so that I would be complicit, seeks to secretly teach the kids how to get away with doing things, which is bad enough, but I think she does more than she told me. The doings of her and her friends are very dark.
I wish I had a way of letting parents know to ask their children about secrets and to know when they need to call the police.
In December, when I talked about getting protective measures in place and notifying parents so they could protect their children to the Stake President, he got a worried look on his face. It wasn't until just recently, this April, when I came to the conclusion that he is likely part of this secret group because he simply refuses to release the predators (and let parents know.) He said I can approach the authorities over him, but I feel that, like I said, the Area Authority Seventy may be also perpetuating the idea of putting predatory people (who prey upon others) in high callings.
Regarding how the Stake President retaliated against me by smearing my name, fortunately, we have lots of educated, faithful and kind people in our ward. Most of our ward doesn't fall for the smearing which he has orchestrated. In fact, in participating in the smearing, one of the predators revealed openly more information about her goals and was released from one of her ward callings by our wonderful bishop.
We have a wonderful bishop who takes a stand against the predators in ward callings, but feels like he cannot stand up to the Stake President. The predators fight against the bishop a lot.
April was my most recent appointment with the Stake President. We have recently made progress. With the support of the bishop, last Sunday in his office, someone else learned of the predatory behaviors and spoke against it, being a strong advocate for the kids. This week, some others learned as well and are also strong advocates. In the past, they have seen the smearing attempts. These predators have even gone after my kids. They are cruel. We have only survived by the grace of God and Jesus. I give them all praise. I am trying to let Jesus fight my battles and feel it is a blessing to learn about your website. I learned about it from "Protect LDS Children."
I am curious, how can we get the word to parents to let their children know that if leaders have told them to keep something scary a secret it is not ok?
This group of predators love Girl's Camp. Some parents have no idea that predators go to girl's camp.....
Personally, as a youth, I was assaulted by a church member and was so shocked I did not tell anyone for a few years and then just told my bishop. I didn't even tell my parents. My good bishop didn't know back then to tell me to call the police.
I know kids can be shocked into silence. I am looking for a way for parents to be able to talk to their children and to know when they need to call the police. Frequently, it seems these cases are kept in-house and this keeps members in danger.
What happened to me was criminal. I wish I could have called the police back then, or my bishop would have called the police when I told him.
Because of the involvement of the Stake President with the predators, I have to be careful with how I approach others.
Thanks for your work. I hope this story helps with your work. God bless us all in this super important work.