Information is a tricky thing. You have to bear in mind that while there are honest expatriates of different groups there are also malicious malcontents. If you don't know what I mean then I believe last year there was that controversy pertinent to that American citizen who had revoked his citizenship when he ran off to join the terrorists. Some people are honest expatriates, others malicious malcontents. I've known Mormons my entire life and still get along with some of them, occasionally I hear some story or rumor of some such or something or other and it, in all honesty, sounds rather out of character in accordance with my understanding and perception of Mormonism.
On Tithing and Expenditure
Supposedly there is a third party transparent audit of church expenditures performed on a yearly basis. I do not know by whom it is performed or how to find information pertinent to as much however. It's actually a bit funny really, they just had their General Conference this past weekend I probably could have found out at least the name of the company for merely attending the first saturday session.
Pressured by the government to call it quits sounds about right, that's how it was always told to me. Church Doctrine states that god has also commanded to 'obey the law of the land' so their not actually giving up on polygamy and doctrine also states polygamy will come back one day, along with the law of consecration for example although that's a bit different. The general doctrinally predicted trend in Mormonism is that it will get harder to follow the precepts of the Mormon faith and not easier, I remember some 'raising the bar' stuff on missionary work from when I was a child, so that might actually be an accurate prediction. Individual attitudes on polygamy tends to vary from Mormon to Mormon, mostly dependent upon age. The more elderly members who've spent a lifetime in monogamic relationships will tend to say they think it would be much harder to adopt polygamy on account that your bringing a new person into the relationship, while the younger members who are either still single or who've only more recently been married tend to be more willing to adopt polygamy again, ay least in theory.
What she said, there isn't really any criteria for any calling. Gender plays a role in some callings, but that's about it.
I feel leadership has a habit for thinking they know more than they do on account they posses the 'power of the spirit of discernment' for example one of the gifts of god. It's funny the way a religious person can say he absolutely knows something to be the facts of the matter and have a thesis which is in complete denial of all other facts as verified by a third party altogether . . . but that's just my feeling on the matter.