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How and Why I and Family Were Kicked Out of BYU and Subsequent Events

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An Account of my experience at Brigham Young University within a year of separation from active duty in the Army at Ft. Bragg Hebrews 13:2 2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. I have a tale to relate. After getting out of the Army in 1974 at Ft. Bragg, my family and I moved to Provo, Utah, to attend BYU. This was an event which was much anticipated and anticipated with hope and joy at the prospect of being united with like-minded people who shared our devotion to the Lord and obtaining and doing his will. I had no idea of the subsequent trial which would shortly befall me. I had been recently ordained a Seventy just after completing a rather tumultuous term as an Elder’s Quorum President of the Raleigh Stake (3rd Quorum). It turns out I was the last correctly ordained Seventy by the Church in this dispensation. I had been wounded by the actions of the Utah Mormons in my Quorum of which I was the President, and the issues raised during this period could not be answered by appealing to President Carter, the Branch President of the Student Branch in which we found ourselves. One Sunday in June of 1974, in Seventies Group meeting the Second Counselor to the Stake President announced that he wanted to collect all of our “licenses” issued to us by the Church headquarters in which the Church “invited all to hear our message”. He said they would be returned, and I accepted this without hesitation or question, and surrendered the small plastic covered document which I had in my billfold. This seemed innocent enough at the time, but as I look back on it, I now know what this event portended... (For the complete account)  

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