1363: Lying for the Lord: The Paul H. Dunn Scandal
November 19, 2020
Paul H. Dunn is one of the most beloved General Authorities in the history of the Mormon church. His vast popularity was based on his uncanny ability to tell gripping stories in General Conference, in firesides, in over a dozen books, and on cassette tapes about his time as a professional baseball player with the St. Louis Cardinals, and about his career as a combat veteran in World War II.
The only problems were:
1) Paul Dunn made up these stories. They were literally untrue.
2) Paul Dunn made a great deal of money, and drew his fame from these false stories.
3) Paul Dunn used his fame/reputation to advance fraudulent business schemes.
Even more disturbing, however, were the lengths and breadths that the Mormon church went to, to suppress, cover-up, and kill this story – using its vast financial and legal resources.
This story only came to light because of one courageous Mormon journalist – Lynn Kenneth Packer – who coincidentally was the nephew of super powerful/influential Mormon apostle Boyd K. Packer.
In the end, Lynn Packer was fired from his job as a BYU professor for his involvement in investigating and breaking the Paul H. Dunn story. And while this story was minimally covered in an Arizona newspaper and in Sunstone magazine at the time, TO THIS DAY Lynn Packer has never been granted an extensive media interview to tell this story.