The Man From Joe's Bar and Grill
The Autobiography of Christopher Marc Nemelka
"What I have written so far about my life is a compilation of my initial thoughts as I contemplate writing my autobiography. There are all kinds of grammatical and spelling errors ... a whole bunch of profanity ... and a lot of holes yet to fill in the narrative. The words and contextual presentation of my autobiography will change over time as editors review my writing and adjust it properly. I want to make sure that the information I give about my life in my own words is clear, correct, and most importantly, the Real Truth™." —CMN
UNFINISHED/UNEDITED ROUGH DRAFT
The Man From Joe's Bar and Grill
On June 12, 2007, Ida Smith received a desperate phone call from her brother, Hyrum W. Smith. (Hyrum Smith was renown for his involvement with the Franklin Covey Co., and as the inventor of the Franklin Covey® Planner.)
Ida's brother pleaded with his dear sister to call a prominent friend of the Smith family, Jeffrey R. Holland. Jeffrey Holland is one of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS/Mormon Church, and a very close friend of the Smith family for many years.
Ida was the original founder and the first Director of Brigham Young University Women's Research Institute (1978-1983), under, then President Holland's supervision.
Ida was close friends with many of the LDS/Mormon Church authorities, as well as many prominent Utah politicians. Ida never married, but had plenty of opportunities. However, in her later years, she often complain about the men with whom he she had shared her life, none of which had left any endearing impression upon her.
No man ever captured Ida's heart ... until she met The Man From Joe's Bar and Grill.
Ida Smith found the books of the Marvelous Work and a Wonder® in 2007. She read each one many times over. She did not read these books blindly, but depended on what she believed at the time to be the "Gift of the Holy Ghost" that was a promise to guide her. If the books were not true, Ida believed that her Holy Ghost would have told her.
The "Gift of the Holy Ghost" is promised to all LDS/Mormons who are faithful. Ida Smith led a perfect life. She was convinced that this promise, sealed upon her as a faithful member, would protect her. The more she read of our books, the more convinced she became that she had found the Real Truth.
Ida purchased copies of the books and hand-delivered them to many in her family and to her friends, which included the, then U.S. Senators, Hatch and Bennett. None of them read the books. Her family and friends were convinced that Ida had been deceived. But instead of meeting with her personally, which she asked of them many times, her family, friends, and church authorities shunned and excommunicated her.
For almost 40 years, Ida met for a scheduled monthly luncheon with some of the most prominent women in the LDS/Mormon Church. At the luncheons, she did not speak to them about what she had discovered. Ida did not attempt to influence anyone. She simply wanted her family and friends to read the books that had so profoundly changed her life. None ever read the books or met with her personally.
These close friends, with whom she had met monthly for lunch for the better part of 40 years, sent her this letter:
Only one of the eight women who regularly attended these monthly luncheons refused to sign this letter: Connie Blakemore Cook.
Here is a brief description of the other seven:
Carolyn was the Administrative Assistant to the President of Brigham Young University when Ida was the Director of the Women’s Research Institute. Ida reported to the President through her. They officially met weekly, but were in contact almost daily until Ida left the institute in 1983. Carolyn served on the LDS Church Young Women’s Board and currently serves on the Sunday School General Board for the entire LDS Church.
Maren came to BYU the same day Ida did in September 1978. They had conjoining offices in the Administration Building until the Kimball Towers was completed and Maren moved with Student Life to the Towers. They continued to work together on various projects for the entire time Ida was at BYU (20 years). Maren served as Jeffrey R. Holland’s (a current LDS Apostle) Executive Assistant and later served as Dean of Students.
Tamara M. Quick
Tamara worked with Maren in Student Life. She basically ran the Wilkinson Center—an area at BYU dedicated to Student Life activities. Tamara and Ida worked together in student areas when Ida was with the Alumni Association.
Ruth was chair of the Women’s Concerns Committee and was very involved with all women’s issues. Ida served on that committee as well. Later, Ruth served as Associate Dean of the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences at BYU.
Carol is a very close friend of Ruth Brashner and also served as a faculty member in the BYU School of Family Life.
Kathryn is closely associated with Carolyn Rasmus. She was appointed to the LDS Young Women's General Board in 1987. She was an elementary school administrator in Utah County for many years.
Of all of these women, none is more widely known and respected in LDS circles than Chieko Okazaki. Ida first met Chieko at the University of Utah in 1949. They became friends at that first meeting and have been friends for sixty years. Chieko served as First Counselor in the worldwide LDS Church Relief Society—in essence, she was a female General Authority. She has written and published many LDS books and has spoken to groups all over the world.
These seven prominent LDS/Mormon women unknowingly provided unquestionable proof of the passive aggressive nature of most LDS/Mormons. They appear outwardly as "whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward ... Even so [they] also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within [they] are full of hypocrisy and iniquity."
In June of 2007, Hyrum pleaded with his sister to listen to what Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland had to say about Christopher Nemelka's claim of "translating" The Sealed Portion of the Book of Mormon. Fearing that she would not be able to defend herself against what Holland might claim was said during the conversation, Ida Smith recorded the phone call.
Listen to the actual phone call:
View the call's official transcript:
It was her family's hope and prayer that Holland would be able to convince Ida that Christopher's claims were not true and that she was being deceived.
Holland said, regarding the sealed portion coming forth:
"Be wonderful! Yeah. Well, I’d like it (yeah) there’s nothing I’d be more excited about. Uhhh. But you’ve uh-, you’ve also gotta know, Ida, that when that happens, it’s not gonna happen to, it's not gonna come to somebody down at Joe’s Bar and Grill."
Holland failed to convince Ida Smith that the books she was reading, and the man she was following, were wrong. Her conversation with Holland, and later conversations, letters, and discussions she had with other prominent LDS/Mormon, Utah men and women, as well as with her family and friends, convinced Ida that Christopher's claims were true, beyond any doubt.
In 2011, a local tabloid newspaper, The City Weekly, published a front page story about Ida and Christopher's relationship. (Sealed Fate) The next week, Ida and Christopher personally met with the paper's editors and threatened a lawsuit for defamation, owing to the scandalous and sensationalized story, nothing of which was based on the facts. In lieu of a lawsuit, the paper agreed to publish a personal response from Christopher in its next publication. However, the damage was done.
View Christopher's Published Response here:
Because of the lies and crude exaggerations that have resulted from yellow journalism and many invented lies published by our critics and enemies on the Internet, we instructed Christopher to publish his autobiography.
Ida Smith was over 75 years old when she discovered our work. She had dedicated her life to the LDS/Mormon faith. She trusted the "Gift of the Holy Ghost." This "gift" did not let her down nor disappoint her. This same "gift" has led many other faithful LDS/Mormon people to ...
The Man From Joe's Bar and Grill.