A man named Delynn "Doc" Hansen is perhaps one of the best current sources of information on the Dream Mine on the internet. He describes himself as follows:
I became interested in Bishop Koyle and his Dream Mine starting back in the 1950's as a child. I was drawn to it like a magnet. When I was 28 and fresh out of college in practice, the Spirit told me to call the Relief Mine office. I didn't think they would have a phone as the project seemed dead. I phoned and talked to the president of the board, Quayle Dixon. The Spirit also told me to take $300. which was every last cent I had. My wife and I went up to the mine and talked to Bro. Dixon for 3 hours. The Spirit testified to both of us throughout the 3 hours. At the end...he said that Koyle recommended that a family have 100 shares of stock to see them through the hard time ahead. At $3. a share...it came to $300...so we bought our first stock.
The night before 9-11, the Spirit once again spoke to me. This time I was to set up a yahoo discussion group. I didn't' think there would be any interest but I was obedient. The group has grown steadily to about 880 members and still growing. Many people find us with the whisperings of the Spirit directing them.
3 years ago....the Spirit told me to compile as much information together about the mine as I could. So...I took the 3 published books, 2 BYU Master thesis and many stories from old timers I've talked to and put it into a book that is still growing in size. The name of the file is called: AN ONGOING UPDATED DREAM MINE BOOK.rtf and can be reached by clicking or cut and pasting the address below:
If you take a look at the yahoo group, you will see that there are indeed many people who have a sincere interest in the mine. There are now more than 1000 members, who post back and forth with news that could fit into Koyle's prophesied events. Stock in the mine was selling for $25 to $35 a share a few months ago, and it is now up to $50 a share.
"The dream hardens around you," Zeese Papanikolas explains. It is intolerant of your petty needs, your watching, your humanity. It is a Mountain."
What is the status of Dream Mine believers in the Mormon Church? The last official statement about the mine was given in 1970 when President Harold B. Lee repeated the 1913 First Presidency declaration printed in the Deseret News. The statement warned against the mining scheme and called it "out of harmony with the revelations of the Church." But last year, when Salt Lake Weekly inquired about the membership status of stockholders in the mine, the Church declined to comment.
John Adams, President of the Relief Mine Co., sees the mine as a business. He explains it as follows:
“The mine is not the church, and the church is not the mine... Some people have focused on the mine to an unhealthy degree. Some people end up on the fringes. Instead of focusing on the preparedness side [of the mine] and focusing on the interest of their fellow man, they tend to go off on tangents. There’s no mining going on now. We’ve got agricultural properties, rental homes and a gravel pit. We’re just generating enough revenue now to keep the lights on and the doors open.”
Debunkers have said that the Koyle Dream Mine is the history of Mormonism in microcosm:
"The whole enterprise was started by a gold-obsessed money digger, who claimed to have had spiritual/visionary experiences with an angel, who informed him of a marvelous work and a wonder and buried treasure of inestimable value. Convincing others that it was all real, the money digger soon collected a following of gullible gold seekers, who expect that instant wealth is always just right around the corner and who are always disappointed by the delays, but convinced that vindication will ultimately be theirs--and are certain that all naysayers are deceived by the devil." (Timmy Teaboy 10/2/2005)
In one of those unusual synchronicities which sometimes take place, I met a descendant of John Koyle on Saturday. I was surprised to learn that Brent Hansen Koyle had been called as our new Temple President for the Columbia, SC Temple and was speaking at our RS Conference. As the sisters were eating lunch, I saw him walking in the hallway and asked him if he was related to the Dream Mine founder. He smiled an embarrassed smile, admitted that John H. Koyle was his great-grandfather, then commented, "It's too bad he didn't understand the order of the Church."