Thank you! This is compelling and provocative.
If and when the court transcripts come, we can find many concessions the LDS church made in its legal fight. For starters, 1) The LDS church teaches beliefs which cannot ever be viewed as truths (legally). 2) Mormon tithing is optional. 3) “Prophet” Monson is not the "only person on the earth who possesses and is authorized to exercise all priesthood keys" because the lawyers do that now.
I'm sure there are more. We need to list them all and continue to point to them over and over. These have far-reaching implications. The ball is moving toward a more definitive court and the jello has begun to nail to the wall for them. The more they're forced to define themselves legally, the harder it becomes for them to wiggle out of their own trappings.
Particularly telling to me is the argument that "there is no evidence that Monson does not hold the beliefs."
Is this the new MO for leaders? Leave no evidence that you don't believe? It's also really hard to find evidence that they personally believe the core tenets of the religion--like the BOM is literal, etc. Although they're sure good at using their position of authority to belittle members who have doubts.
I'm surprised the legal team didn't lead with "Monson genuinely believes . . ." The reality is he knows it's a fraud.