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A diary entry from Leonard Arrington’s biography reveals “Things I don’t like about the church” of the church historian…

“Appointing the highest tithe payers to positions of leadership rather than the most capable or worthy. In choosing stake leaders, the General Authority comes with a list of the 15 or 20 highest tithe payers and starts down the list to choose a stake president and high council.”

Leonard Arrington, in Greg Prince’s Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History, (Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, 30 May 2016), 132.