By: Romrik Joshua Flores, Moroni Channel
The Republic Of The Philippines
We all love KFC, it is one of the best restaurants in America and in The Philippines, but did you know that the person who made KFC (Kentucky Friend Chicken) the world second largest restaurant chain in the world after McDonalds has an untold LDS Story? According to a letter given by Kurt Prestwich to Brother Mark Albright.
As most people know, KFC was originally founded by Harland Sanders, an entrepreneur who began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in Kentucky, during the Great Depression. Sanders identified the potential of restaurant franchising, and in 1952, Pete Harman opened the world’s first “Kentucky Fried Chicken” franchise in Salt Lake City, Utah Brother Prestwhich told Meridian Magazine
He tried to think of possible ways on how he could get out of drinking the wine, he first thought maybe he could just pretend to drink the wine or maybe just drink it and who would really care. Brother Kent finally decided that his covenants with the Lord is more important than the business deal. He told the waiter “No thank you, I’ll just have a tomato juice please.”
After saying that to the waiter KFC's owners were so furious at him. And one of them told Brother Kent being angry to him that “this is just one drink, just one time!” They were unhappy with Brothers Kent decision.
The waiter sent a runner to purchase a tomato juice just for brother Kent to join the toast.
After Mr. Massey and Mr. Brown told brother Kent that they would eat without him and left in a huf.
After lunch the senior Lehman Brother officer sent a request to meet Brother Kent in his private room. Brother Kent entered the room being so nervous of what might happened inside.
The CEO then asked, “Kent, why didn’t you take the Sherry?”
He honestly explained about the church beliefs in Word of Wisdom and that it is against of his religious beliefs.
The banker then replied: “We know you’re a Mormon and we were just testing the integrity of the leadership of KFC to see if you could pass this test before we loaned you the money!”
With a great sigh of relief he later realized that just have passed a critical test of the bankers.
Lehman’s investigators had already uncovered my father’s religious beliefs and the Lehman management team had decided to test my father’s commitment with wine and the traditional business toast.
And thus start the rapid Growth of KFC. This story was later revealed after Kurt's father died in 2014.
Read the whole Letter sent to Meridian Magazine here
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