A friend of mine wrote of being asked to submit information to the Strengthening the Church Members Committee (you know, the one that the church doesn’t know much about):
Years ago, when I was a member of the LDS Church and part of the ward leadership, a former bishop became the subject of a public media investigation, which resulted in a week-long television exposé.
Some Mormons were critical of how the LDS Church had handled initial complaints about the bishop’s alleged misconduct and an apparent subsequent cover-up.
During these troubled times, General Authorities visited. I, along with others, was asked to clip articles from local newspapers regarding this matter and send them collectively to an address at Church headquarters.
It is my recollection that the focus was mostly about comments being made by church members critical of church leadership.
At that time I did not know of the existence of the Strengthening the Church Members Committee. However, now I realize that the intelligence gathering was for the benefit and use of the committee.
Obviously, the local leadership already knew about the criticism. This material was being sent to put into individual members’ files for future reference.