George P. Lee – A Curious Case Indeed

George P. Lee was called by President Spencer W. Kimball to the Church’s First Quorum of the Seventy in 1975. He also earned a Master’s degree from Utah State University and was the first Native American to get a Doctorate degree from BYU. He lived a good life and was growing, progressing, and achieving. He exuded light, and you can sense his goodness from the picture below.




The man below was excommunicated from the LDS Church in 1989 after a dispute with then-president Ezra Taft Benson. He was arrested in 1989 and eventually pleaded guilty to the attempted sexual molestation of a young girl. He divorced his wife in 1996. They had 7 children together. In 2007 he was arrested again for failure to register as a sex offender. The case was eventually dropped. He recently passed away from lingering health problems. A life full of sin, hopelessness, and despair.


I can’t imagine a more glaring example of how the gospel of Jesus Christ makes us better men, women, children, and families. These two portraits are visual proof of what a life with the gospel can offer, and what a life without following true principles can lead to.

These pictures are of the same man, George P. Lee. One full of light, the other void of it as consequence of bad choices.

The commandments of God are not meant to restrict us, in fact, they are designed with the exact opposite purpose in mind. They are to lift us to a higher plane and protect us from the dangers of this world. Hold fast to the commandments and have confidence in the following promise:

 “And inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper…”

      1 Nephi 2:20


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  • This brings to my mind the words of Enos: “The words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life, ***and the joy of the saints***, sunk deep into my heart.” (Enos 1:3, emphasis added) As people notice these kinds of stark contrasts more and more, they’ll begin to see what Enos saw, and hopefully their souls will also hunger, and they will kneel down before their Maker and cry unto Him (Enos 1:4). Thank you for sharing this!

  • Great connection Jason – that scripture ties in perfectly. Often people say they want something Mormons have, and it’s great when that is recognized. It’s nothing more than the happiness that comes from following Jesus Christ and knowing of God’s plan!

  • Wow, that was really white-washed and judgemental of a man you probably never met. Did you diligently research this man and his life and trials? Yes, he made mistakes, and he also did many good things. I hope you never get painted with the broad brush you painted this man with.

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