Tim Ballard: the Ryan Fisher Declaration

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Kely Johana Suarez Moya and Luz Miriam Moya Solano are the plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits against Tim Ballard and Angel Studios. Moya was villainized by Tim B. in the Sound of Freedom movie as a child sex trafficker. The case is Utah 3rd Judicial District Court, Salt Lake County case no. 230907617. On June 4, 2024, Ryan Fisher signed a declaration (which is an affidavit substitute, one that does not require notarization).

In the Fisher declaration, there is the following about M. Russell Ballard, who was a senior member of the Q12:
  • Russell "reached out to" Tim and "asked for his help locating Mardy Gardy, an LDS boy in Haiti who was kidnapped." Paragraph 10.
  • Russell was "enamored by Tim Ballard's book, The American Covenant." Paragraph 15
  • Tim "received counsel" from Thom Harrison and Russell, "both of whom [Tim] considered to be prophets." Paragraph 21.
  • Russell "would have regular meetings with [Tim] and discuss how to bring Mormonism into American Evangelical homes without Evangelicals realizing such." Paragraph 22
  • Fisher "was in meeting with general authorities of the LDS church, including Elder Ballard" and "had many discussions with [Tim] in which he relayed various plans Elder Ballard and the church formulated to use [Tim] and his message to infiltrate Evangelical American culture in an effort for influence their perception of the Mormon church." Paragraph 23
  • Russell "and the Mormon Church also created a plan to make Tim a celebrity and American hero by helping him launch a non-profit called Operation Underground Railroad (OUR)." Paragraph 25.
  • Russell "issued requests to various wealthy and influential Mormon individuals and organizations asking them to fund and help launch OUR." Paragraph 25.
  • Russell "issued requests to various wealthy and influential Mormon individuals and organizations asking them to fund and help launch OUR." Paragraph 26.
  • Russell "and the Mormon Church were primarily interested in building [Tim] into an American Hero so they could take advantage of the fact that later, it would reflect well on the Mormon Church and help their long term goal of being assimilated into the family of American evangelical churches." Paragraph 28.
  • "The Mormon Church however has stated consistently that [Russell's] interest in helping Tim was a shared interest in helping vulnerable children and people around the world who have been trafficked, which was not the primary focus of [Tim's] career or the Mormon Church's involvement from my perspective." Paragraph 29.
  • Russell "also made arrangements so that Deseret Book would market and sell Tim['s] book The Lincoln Hypothesis, and raised [Tim's] royalties beyond the normal royalties paid to first time Deseret Book authors." Paragraph 35.
  • Russell "also planned for Tim Ballard to be be featured in other Mormon media forums, including BYUTY and others." Paragraph 37.
  • "Once [Russell] had made all the arrangements for OUR to be organized and funded, Tim [] left his job at DHS and moved to Utah." Paragraph 38.
  • Russell "brought in Mormon Glenn Beck to help plan how to get Tim [] into Evangelical homes." Paragraph 39.
  • "It was apparent to me that while it was [Russell]'s wish to get [Tim] into Evangelicals homes, [Tim]'s interest in making "The Abolitionists," was primarily to make money and gain fame, not to save kids or combat human trafficking." Paragraph 47.
  • Russell's "association and support was frequently discussed by [Tim] to potential supporters or donors and gave him credibility whenever he was seeking support or money for his endeavors." Paragraph 49.
  • "Without [Russell's] support, [Tim] likely would not have accomplished celebrity status, and OUR likely would not have been launched or become successful." Paragraph 50.
  • Russell "helped Tim [] in obtaining donors for this documentary TV series and OUR under the pretext that they were helping to rescue child sex slaves in Colombia." Paragraph 51.
  • "Given the failure of 'The Abolitionists,' [Russell] brought in others to help get Tim Ballard into evangelical homes across the United States." Paragraph 55.
  • "In 2016, [Tim] invited me to a private meeting with [Russell]. Tim [], and President of OUR, John Moreland, in [Russell's] private office where [Tim] and I were given an assignment or an unofficial calling to make a different TV show that would reach a national audience and accomplish these goals for the church." Paragraph 56.
  • Russell "issued assignments or callings to others to help in the effort to get [Tim] celebrity status in the wider evangelical culture." Paragraph 58.
  • "This included Ken Krogue, who was another friend of [Russell's] and who was in charge of the Mormon Church's social media campaign." Paragraph 59.
  • Tim "met with [Russell] on a very regular basis." Paragraph 60.
  • "As [Tim's] business adviser and religious leaver, [Tim] went to [Russell] about his" "feelings of guilt, questioning whether his work in child sex slavery, at DHS and at OUR made him morally 'unclean'." Paragraphs 61 and 62.
  • Tim "told me that [Russell] had given him special blessings, which took away any concerns he had about whether he was 'morally clean' and assured him that he would not be sinning or be held accountable before the Mormon Church and God for immoral things he engaged in while in the effort to save children from sex slavery." Paragraph 63.
  • "It is my belief that [Tim] likely received a secret temple ordinance from [Russell] called 'The Second Anointing.'" Paragraph 65.
  • Russel "taught that 'The Second Anointing' served to ensure and guarantee salvation, guaranteed exaltation, and conferred godhood and that one could not fall from these blessings even if one sinned." Paragraph 65.
  • Russell "is known to have been fond of extending this ordinance to his friends, including Tom Phillips and Elder Hans Mattsson, who like Tim [], are no longer part of the Mormon Church." Paragraph 67.
  • "During the summer of 2019, [Russell] accompanied [Tim] and his family on the American Covenant Tour." Paragraph 74.
  • "In December 2019, [Russell] mentioned [Tim] in his commencement address to BYUI and proclaimed Ballard to be an expert on Nephi's vision and the Pilgrims, right before Tim [] released his new book in May of 2020, The Pilgrim Hypothesis, with a forward by Glenn Beck." Paragraph 75
  • "These actions by [Russell] were very upsetting to me because [Tim] had stolen my company from me and an Apostle of the Church was giving [Tim] credibility, of which he was undeserving." Paragraph 76.
  • "[T]he raid on Cartagena was a well-staged cosplay fraud, fictional situation, performed by actors, funded by wealthy members of the Mormon Church enlisted by [Russell] with the primary intention to provide Tim [] "a sizzle reel" or the perception of saving children so he could gain money and fame so that a movie could be made and Tim [] would be presented into evangelical homes across the country as an American hero as envisioned by" Russell. Paragraph 84.
  • " While that plan came to fruition with the release of The Sound of Freedom, it is my understanding that it has come at the expense of innocent bystanders like Kely Suarez, the children who were lured to the island party and who were scared to death, not understanding what was occurring given that they had not been previously sex trafficked, and the donors across the world who thought they were trying to deter childhood sex slavery, were in fact funding [Tim]'s personal ambitions seeking wealth, fame and future political office along with delusions of grandeur as God's chosen prophet, in conjunction with a sophisticated, multifaceted, extensive public relations campaign for the Mormon Church." Paragraph 85.
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That was a very disturbing read.

I wish I hadn’t listened to Afore’s urgent pleas (since 2014) to donate to Ballard’s evil organization.

Afore has a lot of blood on his hands.
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Paragraph 84.[*]" While that plan came to fruition with the release of The Sound of Freedom, it is my understanding that it has come at the expense of innocent bystanders like Kely Suarez, the children who were lured to the island party and who were scared to death, not understanding what was occurring given that they had not been previously sex trafficked, and the donors across the world who thought they were trying to deter childhood sex slavery, were in fact funding [Tim]'s personal ambitions seeking wealth, fame and future political office along with delusions of grandeur as God's chosen prophet, in conjunction with a sophisticated, multifaceted, extensive public relations campaign for the Mormon Church." Paragraph 85.
Not to mention the fact that Sound of Freedom ultimately sold the honest donors on the false notion that organized child sex trafficking predominantly occurs south of the border…. therefore distracting everyone from good work that could have, instead, been done to protect children at home.

And the Utah Attorney General, Sean Reyes, helped.
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The problems with Tim Ballard is that it seems he either needs 10 mg of adderal to slow down or he has taken half the bottle early in the morning. He jumps around, going from subject to subject without the ability to focus. When he talks about him and his group going to a ranch or something in San Diego to prevent an assault on a child, I thought, Wait! What? Are you in the United States? Did you call 911 and tell the authorities what was happening and where and then when they arrived back off so they could do their investigation? To me, what they were doing was beyond crazy, their mind metamorphosing into some type of superhero. When he talks about working for the government he never tells you what position he applied for, what his qualifications were to get the job, who exactly he worked for, or why he left.

As to Angel Studios, I at first was the biggest fan of the Chosen. The ending scene of the first episode of the first season stunned me and brought tears to my eyes, emotionally drained. I clicked the t.v. off and just sat in the chair in complete silence for a while. I had been in Mary Magdalene's state of mind many times. There's nothing like that ending in the New Testament but still the scene was very powerful. I actually bought a bunch of first season DVD's and sent them to friends.

Then I watched season two and at the ending of the last episodes they have these scenes that didn't make the cut, and the apostles and Jesus and others messing up their lines, stopping and breaking out in laughter. I thought I was going to be sick. To me they just threw Jesus and his ministry under the bus for five minutes of so-called entertainment. I thought, do you think this project is like Smokey And The Bandit where at the end they put in scenes with actors flubbing their lines and laughing. That was a comedy. I stopped watching after season 2.

Then I learned the director, Dallas Jenkins's father made millions writing the Left Behind books about people left behind after the Christian rapture.

Then I learned that Angel Studios where it is made was owned by Mormons. Then I learned the history of Angel Studios and that they were once named VidAngel who was behind cutting nude scenes from the movie Titanic [figures as Mormons are going to Morm] and when those who owned the rights to the movie learned about it they immediately filed a lawsuit against VidAngel which is now Angel Studios. VidAngel filed for bankruptcy and then came back as Angel Studios which produced the Chosen and then started also pushing merchandise, T-shirts, Hats, study guides, etc. for the show.

Then you had to go to a movie theater to see the first couple episodes of a new season. Then they had a pay it forward plan where you could pay for people that didn't have the money to go see the episode at the theaters and people complained that the movie was 30 minutes away at 1:00 in the morning which wasn't cool if it was snowing with icy roads. The pay it forward shows were not a noon.

Then I found out that the Chosen billboard vandalism was actually a thought of those involved with pushing the show. Seriously! A false flag type operation.

https://www.deseret.com/entertainment/2 ... -audience/

Nothing would surprise me now.

How James Caviezel, who played Jesus in Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ got involved with the studio and those guys is beyond me. I was always impressed by the movies he chose and his life. I still think he's a good guy.
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sock puppet wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2024 5:20 pm
While that plan came to fruition with the release of The Sound of Freedom, it is my understanding that it has come at the expense of innocent bystanders like Kely Suarez, the children who were lured to the island party and who were scared to death, not understanding what was occurring given that they had not been previously sex trafficked, and the donors across the world who thought they were trying to deter childhood sex slavery, were in fact funding [Tim]'s personal ambitions seeking wealth, fame and future political office along with delusions of grandeur as God's chosen prophet, in conjunction with a sophisticated, multifaceted, extensive public relations campaign for the Mormon Church." Paragraph 85.[/list]
Bold added by me.

I'm not sure I am reading correctly. Is this saying that they used children who hadn't been abused as like unpaid actors?

Did they help any children?
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Everybody Wang Chung wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2024 7:34 pm
I wish I hadn’t listened to Afore’s urgent pleas (since 2014) to donate to Ballard’s evil organization.
Which Ballard…

It’s interesting to see laid out exactly how the Bretheren work in the shadows. Lobbying others to do their dirty work for them to protect their plausible deniability.

Here’s what the church said about Elder Ballard’s involvement with Tim Ballard:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints never endorsed, supported or represented OUR, Tim Ballard or any projects associated with them.
https://www.abc4.com/news/local-news/ch ... m-ballard/

From the deposition in the OP:

“Russell "and the Mormon Church also created a plan to make Tim a celebrity and American hero by helping him launch a non-profit called Operation Underground Railroad (OUR)." Paragraph 25.
Russell "issued requests to various wealthy and influential Mormon individuals and organizations asking them to fund and help launch OUR." Paragraph 25.
Russell "issued requests to various wealthy and influential Mormon individuals and organizations asking them to fund and help launch OUR." Paragraph 26.”

Somebody’s lying.
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Yea, either the church or Fisher. Fisher sets forth details, which are much more easily falsifiable than is a blanket denial unsigned by anyone. That suggests Fisher is telling the truth--at least until contradictory facts might come to light. Fisher signed the declaration under oath, sticking his neck out for possible perjury. That too is an indicia for the reliability of Fisher's testimony as the possibility of perjury from false statements given under oath causes people some pause before so signing.
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Tue Jul 09, 2024 7:19 pm
As to Angel Studios, I at first was the biggest fan of the Chosen. The ending scene of the first episode of the first season stunned me and brought tears to my eyes, emotionally drained. I clicked the t.v. off and just sat in the chair in complete silence for a while. I had been in Mary Magdalene's state of mind many times. There's nothing like that ending in the New Testament but still the scene was very powerful. I actually bought a bunch of first season DVD's and sent them to friends.
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Jersey Girl wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2024 12:27 am
yellowstone123 wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2024 7:19 pm


As to Angel Studios, I at first was the biggest fan of the Chosen. The ending scene of the first episode of the first season stunned me and brought tears to my eyes, emotionally drained. I clicked the t.v. off and just sat in the chair in complete silence for a while. I had been in Mary Magdalene's state of mind many times. There's nothing like that ending in the New Testament but still the scene was very powerful. I actually bought a bunch of first season DVD's and sent them to friends.
Oh do you mean where Jesus tells her "you are mine"?
Yes, that's the scene.

Thank you, Jersey Girl for bringing that image to my mind.
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yellowstone123 wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2024 2:28 am
Jersey Girl wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2024 12:27 am
Oh do you mean where Jesus tells her "you are mine"?
Yes, that's the scene.

Thank you, Jersey Girl for bringing that image to my mind.
Hi so I don't know if you noticed where that is from. It's the scripture that Mary's father taught her when she was a little girl. It's from Jeremiah 43 as follows reading from the KJV so slightly different than how the scene reads:
But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
So what they were doing there was artistically tying together familiar scripture from Mary's childhood and you have Jesus speaking as Lord a.k.a. God. So they were identifying Jesus as God. If you notice, each time Jesus calls a disciple in the series he calls them by name. ;)

I wanted to say, too, that The Chosen parted ways with Angel Studios. Legally speaking, Angel has no claim whatsoever on the series or representations of the series such as merch or whatever.

I might be misremembering here but I believe that in the beginning Angel was responsible for just the streaming services. That's why the studio name is on those seasons. Not so any more. Anyway...there's no tie between the two now. I think they still do film in Utah and use the Jerusalem set but they also film in Texas now.

Sorry you stopped following, you missed some really good stuff! If you decide to pick it up again bring your Bible and tissues. :)
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