Restoration Ad Campaign, LA Times
The LA Times has a Sunday circulation of 2.4 million, according to the rep I spoke with. These are the rates I was quoted, and they're not set in stone.
Mon, Tues, or Wed.
$21,712.00 for a full page
$10,624.00 for a ½ page
$5,332.00 for a ¼ page
$2,392.00 for a 1/9 page
Thurs, Fri, or Sat.
$23,067.00 for a full page
$11,286.00 for a ½ page
$5,663.00 for a ¼ page
$2,539.00 for a 1/9 page
$27,130.00 for a full page
$13,270.00 for a ½ page
$6,655.00 for a ¼ page
$2,980.00 for a 1/9 page
As the ad rates may be arbitrarily different based on how the editors or sales managers at the LA Times feel about the content of the ad, and to cover GoFundMe's charges, we propose to raise $33,000 to pay for a full-page ad in a Sunday edition, and if it is possible, to raise an additional $28,000 to pay for the ad to run on the preceding Saturday. Regardless, we will buy the largest Sunday ad we can with whatever is raised by mid- September, and if we have enough to buy a Saturday ad as well, we will do that too.
Whatever we receive in excess of the ad purchase will be forwarded to the temple fund, and if we don't get enough for a Sunday ad, we will forward what we do receive to the temple fund .
Time is short, and we must invite, teach, and warn mankind about what they must do to survive the coming of the Lord, lest their blood come upon our garments and we are found unclean before the Lord.
We have sufficient in a fund dedicated to God to pay for the 1/9 page ad ourselves, so the ad is going to happen. The only question being put to you is whether anyone in the Restorationist / Remnant movement shall of their own free will and choice and good desires towards God and mankind contribute their means to make the message louder and more complete. We offer this as an opportunity for anyone who desires to spread the gospel.
We are using GoFundMe because it affords transparency and obviates certain issues with distrust. With a newspaper ad, it can be verified that we use the funds for the purpose we declare, for we shall have the ad to produce.
If we are sincere, and feasting upon the words of Christ as we declare, then it behooves us to feed others who are starving in spirit and know it not. The needs of the temporal body must also be met, but not to the omission of the preaching of the gospel. We can both feed the poor and follow the promptings of the Spirit to contribute to the spreading of the word of God. These activities are not mutually exclusive, even if the $5 you give to the ad campaign cannot simultaneously be given to the homeless bum on the street. We can simply give more.
If any feel to not contribute, but would prefer instead to dedicate their funds to feed the poor, that also is a good work. We are not asking that you give to the ad campaign because then, by the law of God, you would be under obligation to give, even if you disagreed with it (Luke 6:30). We simply present it to you as an opportunity, if you would like to avail yourself of it.
Remember: whosoever breaks, and teaches men to break the least of Christ's commandments shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven, but whoso both does and teaches the commandments of the law until it is fulfilled shall be called great and shall be saved in the kingdom of heaven (JST Matthew 5:21-22).
I feel to do just that, that I may lay hold upon the promise of the Lord, for he has said that he is bound if we do what he says, but if we do not what he says, we have no promise - and with no promise we have no faith, and therefore no salvation.
Despite some alternative advice, we will continue to use gofundme so that the donations can be seen by anyone who wishes to view them. (We will obviously still respect the privacy of those who wish to remain anonymous.)
Thanks to everyone who has donated or encouraged us in any way.