Thomas S. Monson named as new LDS Church president

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  • Caleb from China
    Oct. 19, 2008 7:24 a.m.

    I'm a 16 year old priest of the church of jesus christ of latter day saints. I advice every young men to find out for themself if Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of god. I personally know he is! Everytime he speaks my testimony a warm feeling of gratitude and love comes over me. His stories are overwhelming they have helped me so much in my life. I love him dearly and am so grateful the lord guides us in these latter days. I know Thomas S. Monson is inspired by the lord.

  • Prophetess Theresa Lockwood
    July 15, 2008 1:15 p.m.

    anyone who accepts God is a person.And recognizes Joseph smith as a true prophet.Is a false prophet and knows not the things of God.John 4:24 God is Spirit.spirit is the same as wisdom is spirit.Spirit is not organic matter.1 John4:12 .No one has seen God at any time.

  • fmrmember
    March 28, 2008 1:14 p.m.

    I grew up baptized in the church and President Monson was one of my favorite 12. i loved them all but his spirit moved me. although no longer a member, i believe he will guide the church with spirit,love,compassion,zeal. i somehow knew that he would lead the church some day no matter for how long.
    May the LORD bless all the counsel and leaders in moving the church forward.

  • Fred. F.W. Beijerling
    March 18, 2008 12:49 a.m.

    I've been a member of this Church since May of 1966. As a resident of The Netherlands I've been blessed to frequently be able to act as an interpreter for visiting general authotities. Elder Monson, now the President of this Church, has been one for whom I've had the privilege to translate. I've always been impressed with the spirituality of his talks and presentations and have always felt the strong Spirit of the Lord being present.
    Of course I expected him to succeed Pres. Hinckley. And I'm very excited and deeply impressed that Pres. Monson elected Pres. Dieter Uchtdorf, being a native continental European, as a counselor in the FP together with Pres. Eyring.
    "I thank Thee, o God, for these Prophets" ...

  • is going to be possible?
    Feb. 28, 2008 1:33 p.m.

    Finally they going to recognize the church is more than the perfects families and perfects white members, to accept that inside the church are beatifull people only different because they are gay.

  • Stone Leigh
    Feb. 10, 2008 4:36 p.m.

    I look forward to seeing what steps of openness and progression the church leadership will take to bring the church structure out of the age of the agrarian society to the international intercommunication web of today and the future. The cost of the growth of the LDS church has largely been borne on the backs of the legacy US membership. It will be interesting to see if/ how they are are able to support the infrastructure as the dollar continues to weaken and recessionary pressures grow. Should be a very interesting case study of culture and leadership.

  • Greg
    Feb. 8, 2008 11:35 a.m.

    RE: FREDD
    You seem to be a regular on these posts, and everyone seems to know a little bit about you. What keeps you from joining the church? I cannot understand why you blog with Mormons. You must like a little something about us. Maybe there is hope that you joining someday :o)) Good luck with whatever you decide. Mormons care about everyone.

  • A Long-Inactive Member
    Feb. 8, 2008 9:20 a.m.

    Thank you to those who responded to my note in such interesting and diverse ways. One or two of you perceived a depth of spirit behind what I wrote that frankly surprised me - and based on such a scrap of writing! How characteristic of the Few and the substance of what I miss. Thank you. But that aside, the hope expressed in my first note was for an expanded tolerance for diversity among the general church membership and lower leadership levels, but led from the top, and based on personal impressions on those themes of President Monson.

    The Saints are a straight and narrow people. Necessarily so in many things for many reasons. But we are also too often a hard and intolerant people indeed. Your responses hearten me ... and chill me.

  • John Lambert, Sterling Heights
    Feb. 7, 2008 8:52 p.m.

    Maybe others do not sin but I know I do. Some of my statements in this comments sectio have at times been given in sinful wrath and I would like to apologize for being too hasty to judegement.
    On the other hand I have to say it is hard to be a faithful person who is looking to read of peoples encoragement and inspiration and to find people who mock the church of God. I would encorage people to avoid responding as often to mocking statements, but when people have sincere questions, to not treat them as idiots for asking them.
    There are good and bad people everywhere, but I will assure you that Utah has no monopoly on either side. However I think some people could learn to be less judgemental and more kind. Of course people who are mocking and rude do not help the sitation either.

  • Pooh Bear
    Feb. 7, 2008 3:50 p.m.

    re: imperfect member
    Thanks for your nice comment.

    I have been a member all my life and I do not sin, but I am a very grummpy person. This is Utah, and people here have harder shells then any where else. You, however, are a nice person and that is good for the church. The church needs more humble people like you. Keep up the good work. However living in Utah, you learn to take the punches as they come and not all members are nice, humble and kind to each other--- I am sorry to say.
    Although, I would have to agree with Anonymous 2:52 pm. We are in great need for a belly and face-lift.
    Perhaps this most wonderful Prophet President Monson will help us accomplish this.

  • imperfect member
    Feb. 7, 2008 3:10 p.m.

    converted 14 years ago, I am heavy hearted to hear the coldness of some disbelievers. In the Oldtestament and the BookofMormon you will find that the Lord called Prophets from out of nowhere only when there was no order and anarchy. They, like Joseph were given the crash course and told what to do. Some resisted as you do now, but the good thing is that you are reading and listening and will be held accountable for your knowledge. I resisted as well, but could not deny the truthfulness of this gospel. The people in this Church are not perfect we all sin, and if someone has harmed you, I apologize for them. I say this with all the love I have to give. I may have offended someone as well and hope that my actions have never interfered with someone getting to know God personally. Members of this wonderful Church hope you pray with a broken heart and contrite spirit, truly wanting to know the truth. Yes we all figured President Monson would be called as you did. I only pray you can forgive yourself and whomever offended you. I was in tears reading and feeling your plight.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 7, 2008 2:52 p.m.

    Hopefully, President Monson can help out Utah and it's NOT so humble people. Utah needs a big face lift. Try a tummy tuck as well.

    I feel sorry for what the Prophet has to deal with here in Utah...too much hatered!

  • Heidi
    Feb. 7, 2008 11:02 a.m.

    I liked the comment about how we could pray for ourselves and receive an answer from the Lord that President Monson was called directly from Him!

    I believe he is a prophet of God, but I'm going to have my family pray for that confirmation so we can all KNOW the truth.

    These are exciting and scarey times and I'm glad we have a strong First Presidency to help us through!

  • Rachel
    Feb. 7, 2008 10:22 a.m.

    So many of you suggest that those of us who do not see inspiration or revelation or the "hand of the Lord" in the succession in the Church Presidency should pray about it. That is good advice if you sincerely mean it. How you respond to what follows will determine your sincerety:

    In all genuineness, I did that. And although you will doubtless condemn me for reporting my results, I got the opposite answer! I genuinely petitioned our Father in Heaven after much fasting, prayer, and tears, and here is what He revealed to me: His Kingdom is within me, not in some building or corporate organization; He will speak to me directly by His Spirit, not by some person in a role in an earthly, corporate organization; His kingdom IS cut out "without hands," and that means it is a kingdom that resides in people's souls, not an organization you can point to that has tax-exempt status and a leadership hierarchy and office buildings; His peace comes from His love, which is manifest directly in my heart, not in the rote programs and meetings of a Church.

    I hope your hearts are open to this answer. I love God.

  • Been There Done That
    Feb. 6, 2008 4:22 p.m.

    You are all a bunch of sheep who will follow anything. Make that "swallow" anything. When your "prophet seer and revelator's" prophecies fail (eg. when Joseph Smith preached the Second Coming would occur within their lifetimes), or become no longer politically correct (polygamy, blacks holding the priesthood), or downright ignorant ("Lamanites" came from Jerusalem), you just dismiss them and follow the next "prophet" (make that old man)blithely down the garden path singing "All is well, all is well!"

  • Proud LDS
    Feb. 5, 2008 12:55 p.m.

    Fred,
    Sorry if you feel our comments were over the top, but that is the norm when someone passes, is it not? I wish you the best and will take you at your word that you mean no harm.
    By the way, I was born in Arkansas and love BBQ. Just make mine a Root Beer, please.
    Take care!

  • BDog
    Feb. 5, 2008 11:40 a.m.

    Dear Puzzled-

    I felt exactly the same way as the brethren's outward appearance showed - very distraught last week at the loss of one of my favorite people in the world, and rejoiced today to see the mantle falling upon President Monson. I didn't practice, it's natural to be picked up by the spirit after you mourn when there is work to be done.

  • Fredd
    Feb. 5, 2008 10:53 a.m.

    Proud,
    I know, but whew, were you folks pouring it on in these blogs. I understand your grief over Pres Hinckley, he was a dynamic leader after some rather lackluster years. And I'm sure these new (relatively) gentlemen will lead you well also. I just thought folks were going over the top.

    Re: freddy fans,
    I think you are confusing me with someone else. I like to try and ask pointed questions on controversials issues so I can hear what the rank and file say. Sometimes I can be a little rude, I try not to be, but on other, less respectful topics (alcopops etc) some people's attitudes put me over the top as well. Anyway I've learned a lot since DMN started these blogs.

  • Proud LDS
    Feb. 5, 2008 9:48 a.m.

    Fred,
    Please do not ever let our expressions of love for our leaders allow you to believe that we worship them. We worship Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ. We pray to our Heavenly Father, not our prophet. We believe that salvation comes only through the atonement of Jesus Christ. Our leaders are MORTAL. We love them but do not consider them diety.

  • Christine Sukie
    Feb. 5, 2008 8:34 a.m.

    I loved President Hinckley, he will be missed. But what a blessing to know the process continues, inspired by God to call these great men to lead and direct us. How grateful I am to know we are being led by a Prophet of God. The great work continues, Christ is the Head of this great Church. SUSTAINED!!

  • moxie tenn
    Feb. 5, 2008 5:59 a.m.

    God be with you.

  • Trea
    Feb. 5, 2008 5:53 a.m.

    Each of us follows the teachings of Jesus Christ, Whomever is called to lead His church as prophet, seer, & revelator will be his mouthpiece on this earth to all peoples. We will be blessed to have President Monson stand as the Prophet and President of the Church of Jesus Christ today. His wit, his love, his talents will be a strength to us all who as we follow his guidance and direction. Likewise his counselors are men of faith, stature and humble, firm leaders.

  • Rodger SKMO
    Feb. 5, 2008 4:46 a.m.

    My fondest memories and thoughts go to President Hinckley. What a wonderful man, a great spokesman, and a powerful prophet of the Lord. I will always remember proudly a moment when I got to begin an impromptu verse of "We Thank Thee O God For a Prophet" as he left a devotional at BYU.

    Having met President Monson at a Boy Scout camp in Colorado in the late 1970s I must say I'm excited about his leadership as well. I have always loved to listen to him tell stories. Men such as these humble me and make me feel insignificant while they simultaneously lift me to heights of great glory and hope at the same time. I am proud to be affiliated with men such as these even though I am at the ends of the Earth.

  • Therese
    Feb. 5, 2008 2:32 a.m.

    Hello, I must say that I'm a kind of a pionner for I was baptised in 1972 in Paris France. Let me remind you that there were about 2 millions members troughout the world at that time. now we're about 13 millions and for sure Joseph Smith was a prophet. Now I'm so greatfull for the new worldwide presidency. The Church of our Lord Jesus-Christ is for His children here on earth. God bless all His children with this great new presidency. I love so much His Church and all the good it brings all around the World. May we all pray for peace on this earth especially for the little ones who suffer because of the wrong decisions of adults not govern by Love and peace. I bear my testimony that this Church is true and is directed by our Lord Jesus-Christ. As someone told above, I will kneeled down and pray to make sure these good men are the one that the Lord has chosen. May God bless all of us. I love you.

  • Jane
    Feb. 5, 2008 12:03 a.m.

    Dear A Long-Inactive Member: I was thrilled to read your comments tonight and I do so hope that you will come back to church and find joy in doing so. I will be praying for you and for those in your meetings. I pray they will treat you with respect and kindness. My greatest joy is when I am in church with others who feel as I do. I have become converted over many years and now feel the Gospel is my greatest joy. Please know you are loved.

  • Prez
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:39 p.m.

    Booya! This is gonna be dope! The future is great. These guys are amazing! I'm so happy!

  • San Diego
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:33 p.m.

    I will deeply miss President Hinckley -- I still miss President McKay and all of the others. But President Monson will take his rightful place with spirituality and action befitting a prophet. God bless you all!

  • I'm Puzzled
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:18 p.m.

    Do the 'brethern' practice the way that they should look for each occasion?? I mean only yesterday they were all looking so sad, like it would take them years of grief for them to be happy again and then today when they are anounced as the new First Presidency they are smiling as if they have just won the grand lottery.

  • Bookaholic
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:07 p.m.

    While Pres. Hinckley will always be dear to our hearts and we'll miss him, I am really excited about our new First Presidency.

    Pres. Monson is a very spiritual, dear man whose talks have always been touching and thought-provoking for me. I think the world of Pres. Eyring, too. It will be really interesting to get to know Pres. Uchtdorf in the years ahead.

    I'm thrilled that we will have a member of the First Presidency from outside the USA. I think highly of all our General Authorities. But, it is particularly nice to see people from other nations and ethnic groups embracing the gospel, maturing spiritually, and taking their place in positions of leadership within the Church.

    General Conference will be interesting and a little different this year. I'm looking forward to it--as always.

  • Fredd
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:00 p.m.

    I lied I haven't gone to bed yet. But I'm going to right now and I'll read responses tomorrow. Scott, you are like many of my Mormon friends, i would love to share a BBQ with you (but I'm drinking a couple beers!) Don't worry I'll cook. Proud LDS, I mean no disrespect but this is where these opinions of idolarty (sp) about your leaders are expressed. i could join haters at the SLTRIB but I like to dialogue with folks who believe. I learn more that way. Good luck and God bless I have to go to work in the morning.

  • RE:FREDDY FANS
    Feb. 4, 2008 10:53 p.m.

    Fredd has posted in several blogs how happy he is to make a silly, off the wall statement and watch the mormons come running wearing baptismal clothing, only to find he was just laughing at them.

  • Dave
    Feb. 4, 2008 10:45 p.m.

    Pres. Uchtdorf quoted Harry Potter in his last fireside talk I attended. Nice to know we have a well-read and open minded man in the presidency. I also met Pres. Eyring in Atlanta at a stake conference, and his entire talk was in response to a question I had asked him at lunch just an hour earlier. Great men, may the Lord bless them through this transition time, and with the worldwide growth of the church

  • Scott in Texas
    Feb. 4, 2008 10:41 p.m.

    Fredd,

    My eight-year old is my youngest, and you're right...my two teenagers and my daughter throw me for a loop continually! As far as my logic goes, I think it boils down to the phrase "Many are called but few are chosen." God does indeed foreordain many whom he knows will not live up to their potential and will fail, and that applies to callings at all levels (prophets, apostles, bishops, stake presidents, missionaires, home teachers). He wants, however, to give us the chance to reach that potential. We believe that God sends all of his children into this life to be tested even though he knows that the vast majority will not attain eternal life, but he gives us all that chance. Agency is the key; there has to be the possibility of making choices with eternal consequences or we can't become like him. The Lord knew that Thomas S. Monson would succeed up to this point and become our prophet; however, there is no gurantee that Pres. Monson will continue down that path. He must continue to endure to the end like everyone else. My point is that God already knows whether he will or not.

  • Proud LDS
    Feb. 4, 2008 10:24 p.m.

    Fred,

    I respect your right to have your opinions and I am sure there are many venues for you to voice them. However, please respect the intent of this thread, to honor our new First Presidency and say farewell to our beloved President Hinckley.

    These are matters of FAITH. You cannot debate us away from our FAITH. Please allow us to mourn at our loss and rejoice in our blessings in peace.

    God bless you!

  • Dave
    Feb. 4, 2008 10:11 p.m.

    pres uchtdorf was just at our stake conf. what a wonderful man! i was very pleased, excited, and grateful that he was selected to join pres monson and pres eyring. what an awesome, awesome presidency. onward and upward!

  • It's True!
    Feb. 4, 2008 10:06 p.m.

    It's hard for me to belive that pres. Hinckley is gone. He was truly great. Pres. Monson and his counselors are equally great men and will lead the church by the hand of god, just as pres. Hinckley has done. I can only Imagine how these three men must feel as they prepare for the years ahead of them. How amazing it must be to be at such a high spiritual point. How utterly discouraging it must be to see the world in the shape it's in. God has chosen these men for a reason and his church will go on strong and ever increasing.

    God speed the right!

  • Fredd
    Feb. 4, 2008 10:00 p.m.

    Well time for bed. I hope your snow melts soon! Go Jazz good beat on new orleans.

  • Hi Fredd
    Feb. 4, 2008 9:53 p.m.

    Many are called, few are chosen. Many that have been called to high positions of church leadership have been excommunicated through their free agency. If President Monson did something repugnant to his calling a church court would be held.

    Sorry Fredd, you seem to be working the church with your head. Just ask to be able to hear the spirit with your heart. I mean, if you care, just ask.

    It's gotta be worth a shot. If you can feel it, it would be nice, don't you think?

    And I personally see this whole church debate as a quick fix for this earth only. Once we pass through to the other side, don't you think things will seem diferent, and organized religion will no longer be necessary. That's why your questions are important on this side of the veil, so that we can cross over ready.

    Good luck there bud.

  • Fredd
    Feb. 4, 2008 9:43 p.m.

    Scott,
    I have a 19 year old and a 21 year old. I will say a prayer for you and your 8 year old. mostly for you. because while 8 year olds are fairly predicable, wait until they become teenagers!!! I'm sure your son will grow to be a fine man, but good luck. I still don't follow the logic that "foreordained prophets still exercise their agency and lose their calling" with "Monson, however, righteously exercised his agency as God knew he would". If foreordained prophets lose their calling then did God know they would lose their calling and foreordain them anyway? Just an exercise in semantics I guess.

  • c
    Feb. 4, 2008 9:33 p.m.

    I know these men are called of God. They will do a wonderful job. I sustain them fully!

  • Scott in Texas
    Feb. 4, 2008 9:32 p.m.

    Fredd,

    I appreciate your respectful words, and I also appreciate your position. To further illustrate mine, I believe that forordination, foreknowledge and agency all go hand-in-hand. I can see my eight-year old son in a particular situation and can pretty much predict how he is going to react and what he will do (although he surprises me occasionally). I can do this because I know my son and have known him his whole life. Just because I know what he will do, however, doesn't mean that I'm controlling him; it just means that I have a unique perspective as his father that others don't have. God has an infinitely greater perspective with his children, and he knew even before the world was created who his prophets would be. Can such foreordained prophets still exercise their agency and lose their calling? Absolutely; the scriptures as well as church history contain some poignant examples of such men. Pres. Monson, however, righteously exercised his agency as God knew he would, choosing service over selfishness, and because of his righteous exercise of agency along with his foreordination, he is now the Lord's prophet, seer and revelator. I find this process truly inspiring.

  • Fredd
    Feb. 4, 2008 9:23 p.m.

    Hanna,
    I never mentioned polygamy, but it certainly WAS NOT to alleviate"the load off some women who had lost husbands". Unless you count husbands sent off on missions as lost. If polygamy was "not by God" then most of your founders and at least first three prophets were sexual deviants! I think you should stick to believing it is an eternal principle, just not for these times. I really don't care what consenting adults do, and I have a pretty moral view of consenting. I don't believe in taking advantage of folks in distress like poor widows!

  • Sister Christian
    Feb. 4, 2008 9:18 p.m.

    Fantastic! I offer my full support to these men. I know that they are inspired leaders and will guide the church the way that the Lord would have it guided and directed. I echo the good sentiments.. We thank thee oh God for a Prophet!

  • Heidi W
    Feb. 4, 2008 9:18 p.m.

    Yeah I too with some others got the feeling that the new First Presidency would include President Uchtdorf (wow thats gunna take some getting use to) when i got the news me and a friend shouted with joy in my car coming back from lunch I would have to say I very much enjoy his talks the best I always make sure to be able to listen to his it just seems like he truly speaks to me however I love all of the apostles as they are truly called of god but for some reason I feel a special connection with President Uchtdorf 8-) Maybe its my german heritage in my blood and I too will Proudly Sustain with vigor our new First Presidency in April I cannot wait till then!!!

  • MaryAnn
    Feb. 4, 2008 9:14 p.m.

    I am so thrilled at the news of the new Presidency. The variety of personalities, of histories, of experiences, of it all. There will be great things accomplished in days to come and the Church will continue to move forward as the Lord wishes. And I am especially thrilled with President Uchtdorf's calling. His simple smile and his wonderful countenance made me smile when I first watched him talk. And I will never forget his boyish wave to his grandchildren from the pulpit, after he had been admonished by them for not waiving at the Conference before. Joy is in the world and I know that President Hickley is happy with the selections as well. I can picture him smiling from Heaven. God Bless the Presidency and their families and the Quorum of the Twelve (well, 11 at this time, but the twelvth to be called at General Conference in 2 months).

  • Hanna
    Feb. 4, 2008 9:08 p.m.

    Now FRED!
    You can have your own opinion and that is just fine. But is it alright if we have ours as well? These 3 men were called by God no matter how you think it may be.
    Polygamy was not by God! No woman will ever believe this. It was most definitely by men to take the load off of some woman who had lost husbands, in their time of distress and that is all!

    God be with you too.

  • Denver Reader
    Feb. 4, 2008 9:02 p.m.

    To Where?

    Pres. Monson did not serve a full-time mission as a young man. He was Navy during WWII and was called to be a bishop at the tender age of 22. His life in the Church has been his mission. He has been a mission prez (Toronto). Not sure of other mission presidencies. Still... doesn't matter. The Lord has spoken through those who are called to lead the Church. Now, it is up to us to know for ourselves (and I know it is the right set). Had a feeling about both counsellors. Most interesting. We move onward and upward from here.

  • Fredd
    Feb. 4, 2008 9:07 p.m.

    Scott,
    If one accepts That God knew Thomas monson would lead the church in 1964 then did Thomas Monson have free agency since then? But please understand while I do not follow your faith I don't wish to insult. But it is difficult to express my views without seeming to insult a true believer. Please understand my position. i think if the 12 sat down for a week and discussed where the church was and where it needed to go, the history of the presidency etc. Then sat down and prayed and peacefully selected one of their own that would be inspired.

  • Scott in Texas
    Feb. 4, 2008 8:46 p.m.

    Fredd,

    We believe that when the president of the church extends a calling to a new Apostle to join the Quorum of the Twelve, that choice is made through inspiration and revelation. That Apostle may or may not live to become the President of the Quorum of the Twelve, or the most senior Apostle (examples would be Elder Faust, Elder Maxwell and Elder Haight most recently), but we believe that those who do and are in that position when the president of the church leaves this life are the ones God intended to take up the mantle and lead the church on earth at that given time. An all-knowing God has the foreknowledge of who that should be and orders things so that they take place in his own time to accomplish his purposes. We believe that God inspired the president of the church in 1964 to call Thomas S. Monson to be one of his Apostles knowing that he would eventually succeed President Hinckley in 2008. If we believe in a God for whom all things are possible, that's not too great of a stretch of the imagination. I hope that helps.

  • karl
    Feb. 4, 2008 8:37 p.m.

    We thank thee oh God for a prophet!

  • Fredd
    Feb. 4, 2008 8:38 p.m.

    CougarKeith,
    How can they be foreordained and still had free agency? Free agency by definition means God cannot control your actions, which should mean he cannot predict your actions. If the common belief I read on this thread, that the apostles are chosen and then prepared by their service, then the election of your president is no news. Who cares? We all knew Monson was the successor as long as he didn't die. What should truly inspire you is the selection of the new apostle. It could be anyone. If he is relatively old he confirms the younger apostles are still the future. If a young man is selected you are probably looking at a future prophet.

  • Christine
    Feb. 4, 2008 8:31 p.m.

    I felt a sweet peace when I heard the names of the counselors to our new President. The Lord has spoken and the work with smoothly and effectively go forward.

  • John Lambert, Stelring Heights
    Feb. 4, 2008 8:29 p.m.

    I for one get excited when there are comments in foriegn languages. Tenemos mucho felicidad cuando hay palabras aqui en Espanol, Aleman, Portugues, Chino y otras idiomas. Lo siento que equivo mucho en mi espanol.

  • CougarKeith
    Feb. 4, 2008 8:19 p.m.

    We must remember that President Monson was foreordained to be the Prophet, Seer, and Revelator in this day and age, and President Eyring and President Uchtdorf as his councilors! That is how the Lord has planned it, and prepared it. They each made the choices necesary through their agency to be where they are now. The Lord has called each of these men, no man has called them to their positions, it is done through the Lord. The Church went forth from the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith and every Prophet through to President Monson in an un-broken chain of Authority, and it will continue long after President Monson joins the other 15 beyond the veil. In all my days on this earth I will always sustain and defend the Leaders of the Lord's Church, and Always stick with the Majority of the 12 as instructed from the beginning of the Last Dispensation of the Fulness of Times. Thank God we live in this wonderful day and age with the restored gospel to the earth.

  • Farrell Family-Toronto, Ont
    Feb. 4, 2008 8:17 p.m.

    This gospel is true and we are bless to have Pres. Monsoon and his counsellors to guide us in these latter days.

  • Intrigued
    Feb. 4, 2008 8:15 p.m.

    President Uchtdorf has a history with Germany. Pope Benedict XVI has a history with Germany. Maybe, the LDS church is trying to hint/show something here to the public.

  • Vanessa of Washington
    Feb. 4, 2008 8:11 p.m.

    I am so excited for our new 1st Presidency. I am sure that our past prophets, those of old and those of this dispensation, are smiling from ear to ear with joy. I can not be more pleased. President Monson has always been such a light in my life, the messages of President Eyring has always inspired me in my callings, and the heartfelt words by President Uchtdorf has often melted my heart and brought joyful tears to my eyes. The spirit of God will shine brightly upon all of us, for all of their testimonies will lift us to better places, helping us Be the Best we can Be. We will Be globally unified, just as the Lord would have us Be.

  • Fredd
    Feb. 4, 2008 8:02 p.m.

    Clare,
    Yes I do see inspiration in things. Art, music, philosophy, nature, and many other things. I don't find inspiration in the appointment by seniority of a leader. I do not believe you sustain your leaders, you rubber stamp decisions made by those appointed over you. I obviously am not a believer in your religion, but I thought the election of Pope John Paul II was inspired. I think Gen Patraeus is inspired. Monson may be a great leader for you and lead your church to record growth, but his method of election is not inspired (to me).

  • cher
    Feb. 4, 2008 7:57 p.m.

    We have been blessed to have known Pres. Hinckley and his counselors. They are so loved by all. What an example to the world. Pres. will be missed. Words.. love, teacher, example, caring, testimony of the Savior aresome to describe Pres. HinckleyOn Now we are blessed to have the new presidency with Pres.Monson as our Prophet with
    Pres. Eyring and Pres. Uchtdorf as counselors. We are so blessed. What spiritual and loving men. They care so much about all people. They teach by examples

  • John Lambert, Sterling Heights
    Feb. 4, 2008 7:54 p.m.

    To Thayne,
    The aposlte who has been a member of the quorum of the 12 the longest is always the next president of the church.
    Despite having first began in America the LDS church has always had a goal of taking the gospel to all the world. In 1850 there were more church members in Britain than the United States. From 1880-1887 the president of the church was John Taylor, a man who had grown up in Britain and joined the church in Canada. His first counselor in the First Presidency was George Q. Cannon, his wife's nephew who was born in Liverpool and whose parents had been baptized by John Taylor there.
    When Joseph F. Smith became president of the church in 1901 his counselors were John R. Winder, a native of England and Anthon H. Lund, a native of Denmark.
    Today over half of the church membership lives outside of the United States. Even though there are only 37,000 Church members in Germany, we must remember that the leaders of the church represent the Lord to his people not the other way.

  • Almost 60
    Feb. 4, 2008 7:43 p.m.

    I am so thankful to live in the United States of America. It is very obvious how blessed America is. I am so sad about the way we rip each other apart during these election cycles. Perhaps that turmoil is part of the cost of operating the country. I feel it is my duty to support and sustain the Local and General Authorities of the Church. As President Hinckly has advised, we need to get out of bed, put our shoes on and get to work. Thanks to the Deseret News for providing a forum to express our opinions.

  • Clare
    Feb. 4, 2008 7:37 p.m.

    Fredd,

    Do you see revelation or inspiration in anything? Are you a believer in such things, or not? An answer will certainly help me understand your comments.

  • Darlene in Japan
    Feb. 4, 2008 7:36 p.m.

    Frances Marsing,

    Are you related to the Marsing's from Marsing, ID? I grew up there and just wondered if you might be related?

    I also Lived in Payson, UT...actually in Spring Lake, (a suburb of Payson :)) when my 3 oldest children were little, and I loved it there and was mothered by some wonderful older sisters. My stories are quite heart-warming.

    Can't wait until conference. "We Thank Thee O God For A Prophet"

  • Paulette (Dubeau) Jenkinson
    Feb. 4, 2008 7:31 p.m.

    I am thrilled for our new First Presidency. President Monson became our Mission President in Canada just shortly before I was baptized into the church, so he has always had a soft spot in my heart. I know that he and his counselors are inspired of the Lord and that the Church is in good hands. "As I sang for Pres. Monson as a youth "I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go", I now pledge to do the same in service in the Lord's kingdom. I will pray for and sustain this new prsidency and their families. Pres. Eyring and Pres. Uchtdorf are great men with strong testimonies
    and deep love for our Heavenly Father and our beloved Saviour. Great things will take place under their leadership.
    Pres. Monson's former home teacher, Richard, sends his love as well.

  • Mary
    Feb. 4, 2008 7:23 p.m.

    To A Long-Inactive Member: I've read many replies to your questions and I must respond as well. Forget those who throw questions at you, as if you are being flippant. As someone who was once inactive, I understand what you are talking about. Sometimes our own brick walls prevent us from seeing things and it takes something "special" to come along and break them down. I hope that the call of the new Presidency will be that "something special" to break down your wall. I will personally send you that special invitation to come back, if you feel the time is right. If not, let me know when the time is right, and I'll send it to you then. Only you will know when and what it will take. God Bless You and good luck in your search for the path.

  • Bert from Aus
    Feb. 4, 2008 7:22 p.m.

    We are truly blessed to be led by three men of such compassion, humilty and love. Let's listen and follow.

  • Fredd
    Feb. 4, 2008 7:17 p.m.

    I see no revelation or inspiration in this. The LDS church simply uses seniority. One can look at the age and time or ordination of the apostles and guess pretty accurately who will succeed Monson. No God's hand leading the church. Just a bunch of old white guys. You use circular logic when you say God "qualifies those he calls". If that's the case then it doesn't matter who he calls.

  • Mormon Girl
    Feb. 4, 2008 7:11 p.m.

    Thats so cool! They will all make a wonderful First Presidency. Although I have a special place in my heart for President Hinckley, I know I will grow to love President Monson and his counselors as well. I'm just so thankful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

  • E.M.H.
    Feb. 4, 2008 7:09 p.m.

    I loved President Hinckley and was sad at his passing, at the same time great joy of peace came to me. I knew he missed his dear wife, and I was happy to know they are now together again.
    The Lord's work must go on, and it is. I'll pray for the new Presidency who will serve the Lord as well as President Hinckley did.

  • guam bomb
    Feb. 4, 2008 6:42 p.m.

    finally, someone from outside the bubble. Maybe the era of gospel colonialism is coming to an end.

  • Men of stature
    Feb. 4, 2008 6:35 p.m.

    They are all very tall distinguished men. Does anyone know which of the three is the tallest?

  • Helen
    Feb. 4, 2008 6:35 p.m.

    Pres Monson was the mision president in the Toronto Canada mission.
    When he was called as a GA at the young age of thirty something, my mother said 'He will be the President some day' and now he is.
    It is humblng to know that Jesus Christ is the Head of our Church

  • The Cuevas Family
    Feb. 4, 2008 6:35 p.m.

    We thank thee of God for a prophet to guide us in these latter days. What a wonderful First Presidency. We sustain you with our hearts and hands.

  • Diane
    Feb. 4, 2008 6:24 p.m.

    Rejoice in this! The lord has called his chosen ones.

  • Shauna
    Feb. 4, 2008 6:14 p.m.

    I need to add my support and staining vote. I know that this is right for the church and for the world. May these men be continually blessed as they do the Lords work each day. I have always thought the best of President Monson and I Love Pres. Erying and Pres. Uchtdorf. They are insired and they will do the Lords work that He has for them to do. My God bless them and their families.

  • Wow, President Monson
    Feb. 4, 2008 6:12 p.m.

    Shocker...

    I'm glad they held a newsconference.

    I could have sworn they would have called someone not already in the 12...

  • Tai H.
    Feb. 4, 2008 6:03 p.m.

    Whom the Lord calls, he qualifies.

    All 14 apostles are special witnesses.

  • Elder Van Ballesteros
    Feb. 4, 2008 5:57 p.m.

    For days, we here at PHILIPPINES CAGAYAN DE ORO MISSION somewhat find the challenge to tell our investigators when we teach about the restoration of the gospel that we have a living Prophet, that the church is being Presided by the living prophet of which God has called.

    Now, indeed we have a living prophet.

  • PBA, NC
    Feb. 4, 2008 5:45 p.m.

    We are so... excited about Pres. Monson calling Elder Eyring and Elder Uchtdorf.
    Its comforting to know that any of the twelve could serve well. We love being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Thanks for all you do!!

  • R-Roo
    Feb. 4, 2008 5:40 p.m.

    It is wonderful to feel such peace about what the world would view as a major change. Its even better to know that the peace comes from the Lord. :) I feel so happy and excited. We are all very blessed to be part of the church

  • Humbled
    Feb. 4, 2008 5:37 p.m.

    What great news to the World! What an amazing time to be alive. I give thanks to the Lord for allowing us to have Prophets on the Earth.

  • Cora, Chicago IL
    Feb. 4, 2008 5:37 p.m.

    The Lord has spoken and whom the Lord calls He also qualifies. President Hinckley will be sorely missed, I love him dearly and feel his abbsence. I have no doubts in President Monson's ability to lead us, (The Lord's Church) in these latter days. He was pre-ordained for this mission. It is a blessing to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

    Praise God.

  • nyau
    Feb. 4, 2008 5:40 p.m.

    i wonder what the primary song follow the prophet will be like now!!!

  • nanny
    Feb. 4, 2008 5:30 p.m.

    DP of Alaska,
    Everyone has his or her free agency to either sustain or not to. However, the sustaining vote will out weigh the ones who are against.

    We are grateful for the new Presidency. My nationality is English, German and French.

  • CA LDS Librarian
    Feb. 4, 2008 5:24 p.m.

    In my tiny office off the school library, I have displayed a picture of President Hinckley since he was called as President of the Church. Now I have put the new First Presidency up, with their beaming faces, as a beacon to my LDS students and to anyone else who asks who they are. As soon as the official portrait of Pres Monson is available that will go up and carry on the tradition. We are truly the Lord's church led by His anointed Prophet.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 4, 2008 5:23 p.m.

    These are interesting times. May God sustain the new First Presidency, it looks good to me. The first Prophet I remember had a beard (I am that old) and I have lived through all of the others.

    It is also interesting that a convert is now at the highest level.

  • MEA
    Feb. 4, 2008 5:03 p.m.

    It is such a comfort that the Lord can call a new Prophet and new Counselors without six months of caucuses, primaries or elections. A steady hand in an otherwise sea of change.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 4, 2008 5:02 p.m.

    Now my husband and I can say that the prophet married us--40 years ago, that is! I have always admired President Monson's use of great literature in his talks and his wonderful sense of humor.

  • Marianne in Texas
    Feb. 4, 2008 4:57 p.m.

    I had chills when I read the article. Truly 3 great men.

  • Wonderful!
    Feb. 4, 2008 5:00 p.m.

    I am so impressed that we have a German GA. Wow! this man is truly awesome! He will be good for our church. I love the Prophet Thomas Monson, and Elder Eyring. These three men are great and wonderful!.. Gods true chosen! We thank thee Oh God for a Prophet.

    We will miss Prophet Hinckley as well. God bless our church and America.

  • DP Alaska
    Feb. 4, 2008 4:53 p.m.

    What happens if you don't sustain the first presidency? Does anyone keep track? Any negative consequence to your membership status?

  • Flying Eutychus
    Feb. 4, 2008 4:48 p.m.

    I'll just add my testimony that Presidents Monson, Eyring, and Uchtdorf have been called of God to lead Christ's church.

  • Proud LDS
    Feb. 4, 2008 4:47 p.m.

    "We claim the privilege of worshipping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privelege. Let them worship how, where, or what they may"

    To everyone reading these posts, please know that we are ALL children of a loving God. Words of hate are not appropriate here, but I welcome positive thoughts/questions from anyone.

    May God bless us all and bless our new Presidency!

  • member in Illinois
    Feb. 4, 2008 4:21 p.m.

    Wasn't it interesting to see Mitt Romney, Harry Reid and Mike Leavitt at GBH's funeral. I know that Pres. Monson is called of god. I thank the Lord for allowing me to live in the greatest era of Church history ever. President Hinckley was probably the greatest prophet im this dispensation next to Joseph Smith. I think that Monson will be one of the best as well.

  • hhsnyder Of Mtn View, CA
    Feb. 4, 2008 4:21 p.m.

    What an inspired presidency!!!!! Had just talked about the caaling of a new presidency w/our home teacher-bishop last night. I expressed HOW excited I was for the prospects of a new "era" and how I would be so happy w/the choices that would come about unanimously through revelation!! I know the entire Quorum is "off and running"; no time to waste as this is the Lord's work . God bless President Monson and his counselors. Lets rededicate ourselves to serve them where ever they ask us .

  • David in CA
    Feb. 4, 2008 4:15 p.m.

    It's a Great New First Presidency!!

    Brother Monson has been a Great Leader for a looong
    time. How many 22 year old Bishops do you see?

    Good choices for Counselors. The Lord of course
    was behind the decisions... Both Great "Spiritual
    Giants".... just listen to the feeling behind their
    words at General Conference...

    All three members of our New First Presidency
    are men who know How to pray effectively and live
    and make choices by the Spirit. They know how
    "To Talk to God"!

    It's sad that President Hinckley has left us and moved to the other side of the veil, But the
    Church is Still very much Alive
    and in Good Hands!!

    It's the Lord Jesus' Church. He Guides it and He
    Directs it. He's the Captain!

    Praise the Lord!

  • Okie
    Feb. 4, 2008 4:15 p.m.

    How wonderful to learn of the new Church Presidency. These are wonderful leaders. I have always loved to hear Pres. Monson speak. he has been a firm leader in the church for so MANY years. Someone asked where he gone on his mission. He went into the service during WW2 and came home and met his wife and married. He was in his late 20's early 30's when called to be a mission Pres. in Canada. What a wonderful, special person he was to be called so young. And Brother Uchtdorf is the first one in the First Presidency that wasn't of pioneer stock? Is that right? How special that is. I love to hear him and Pres. Eyring speak. All three of them have special gifts to share with us as members of this true church.

  • sb
    Feb. 4, 2008 4:08 p.m.

    I don't quite know how to express what I feel, but I am grateful for what is taking place. The Lord is directing this work and will bless those he has called as well as those who follow the counsel that is taught to us.

  • Barbie
    Feb. 4, 2008 4:01 p.m.

    I couldn't agree more with those who wrote in support of our new presidency. My heart is full of love for His gospel of order. I am at peace knowing we are led by a prohet who listens to the whisperings of the Spirit. May we also listen!!

  • Chad K
    Feb. 4, 2008 3:45 p.m.

    We thank thee oh God for a Prohet to guide us in these latter-days.

    I'm greatful for President Monson & his counselors. my family will pray for them in thier new callings.

  • Susan
    Feb. 4, 2008 3:38 p.m.

    Angry Steve, thanks for a good laugh out loud chuckle. I am looking forward to some good stories from the Black Forest in Germany unstead of "Payson farm stories" myself.
    From a farm girl in Payson!

  • Manuela Teixeira, Switzerland
    Feb. 4, 2008 3:44 p.m.

    I knew Pres Uchtdorf would be part of the presidency. Dear Cool guy, as U know, officers of the Church are called by God, it is not a matter of statistics. So be happy that we have men of God guiding us and that it is not men that counsel the Lord on how to accomplish His wonderfull work and glory... Regards.

    I pray that I will love them as I love Pres Hinckley. I know the Church is true and love to be part of this glorious kingdom of God. ;-)

  • Joe Mama
    Feb. 4, 2008 3:43 p.m.

    To Light,

    If you want to sound off in a negative light, go sound off on the Trib. However, your negative criticism will be drowned out by all the other mormon-haters who feel the need to spew hatred and evil every chance they get.

    And, to the moderator, thank you for your "control" of this board so we don't have to put up with all the hate comments.

  • Frances Marsing, Eagle Point, Or
    Feb. 4, 2008 3:42 p.m.

    I am always happy as a member of this wonderful church. A convert now of many,(46), years. I never cease to benefit from the counsel of the Lord's annointed.
    I am so blessed as I listen to the smooth and well prepared transition from President Gorden B. Hinkley, our beloved prophet, to President Thomas S. Monson, our prophet. I am sure in my heart that his counselors, President Henry B. Eryring, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, have been called to their position by the Lord himself.
    I would like to add my testimony to those which have already been born. I know, beyond faith, this church is true and is lead by a prophet called of the Lord. I Know President Gordon B. Hinkley, is indeed a prophet and will continue to serve the Lord. I am certain the leadership will continue according to the Lord's will. I pledge my continued support to the new presidency and to this wonderful church. I hope someday to serve a mission call.

  • Courtneygirl
    Feb. 4, 2008 3:33 p.m.

    I turned 8 and was baptized last June. I think President Monson is as nice as President Hinckley was, and I am excited to have him as our new Prophet and I know his counselors are as nice as he is

  • Darlene in Japan
    Feb. 4, 2008 3:31 p.m.

    We are so excited and honored to support our new Prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I'm grateful that Henry B. Eyring was called. The Primary sisters must have something going on ;), because I, too, have felt the inspiration that Elder Uchtdorf would be called. What a deeply spiritual leadership we have in the Church of Jesus Christ...they are indeed called by Him.

    Our love and prayers to the first Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

  • Scott in Texas
    Feb. 4, 2008 3:24 p.m.

    Light: Sarcasm and bitterness seems to be an art form with those who have left the church but who cannot leave it alone. What you call "control" in the culture of the church I call "order", which goes hand in hand with faith, obedience, prayer, revelation and submissiveness - characteristics foreign and distasteful for those who would rather embrace the world's ways and its wisdom. If you want a break from the gospel, go ahead and take it...right there on the veranda of the Great and Spacious Building. I hear that the view is sweet, and I'm sure that you'll have lots of back-slapping, like-minded company mocking the church and joining you in laughing it to scorn. If that's your kind of party, enjoy it while it lasts.

    As for me, I am thrilled with Pres. Monson's calling as our new prophet, seer and revelator. Personal revelation will confirm his validity as the new president of the church as well as his choice of Presidents Eyring and Uchtdorf as his counselors. Anyone willing to get down on their knees and ask God if he is a true prophet will receive confirmation through the Holy Ghost.

  • Kiwikid
    Feb. 4, 2008 3:28 p.m.

    I think President Monson served his mission putting his life on the line that we may have life!!! That mission requires some dedication!!

  • Kristian
    Feb. 4, 2008 3:23 p.m.

    Now the question begins who will be the three new Apostles. I am hoping that the trend continues to choose men from outside of the US. Would be great to see someone from Latin America and Asia.

  • Mormon Colonies in Chihuahua
    Feb. 4, 2008 3:22 p.m.

    Mi familia confima la nueva presidencia. Dios bendiga a La Iglesia de JesusCristo de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias.

    My family confirms the new presidency. May God bless the Church of JesusChrist of Latter Day Saints.

    Viva la Acadmia Jurez...Go Lobos!!!

  • DMac
    Feb. 4, 2008 3:15 p.m.

    I will always love and honor the life of President Hinckley. However, he and President Monson have always been almost synonomous with one another, so having President Monson as our new prophet seems purely natural. Sustaining him is easy, and I love him as I loved President Hinckley.

  • Cindy in CA
    Feb. 4, 2008 3:07 p.m.

    Absolutely Wonderful!!!! The Church is true...the work moves forward...Just as President Hinckley always said it would. President Monson how wonderful it is to have a Prophet of God on the earth today and two wonderful counselors to serve with him..President Eyring and Uchtdorf. All of our lives will be truly blessed as we follow the Prophet who follows the Lord. We truly are a blessed people. What comfort it is to know that the Lord continues to watch out for His church and His people.

    This is so exciting!!

  • Tu'uto'a Schaumkel
    Feb. 4, 2008 3:09 p.m.

    I love that President Monson said that "there will be no abrupt changes from the course we have been pursuing." It speaks to the unity he had with President Hinckley and is a witness that he doesn't intend to intentionally stamp his Presidency with a theme. If an overarching theme develops it will happen unintentionally. Who would have known President Hinckley would be the prolific temple builder he was? President Uchtdorf's new call doesn't signify the Church is becoming more international; it has always had an international theme; it's the Lord's Church. Missions in England since 1837, missions to Hawaii in 1850 (100 years before becoming a state), French Polynesia in 1844, South Africa in the 1850's and so on and so forth. Though the United States may not always have a direct tie to future Prophets and Apostles it will nevertheless remain sacred because of The Sacred Grove, The Book of Mormon, Independence, Nauvoo, etc. The Lord re-established His gospel in the chosen land. It will always be the Land of the Restoration.

  • Jane
    Feb. 4, 2008 3:07 p.m.

    I am so grateful for For the new presidency. We are so blessed as Latter Day Saints. God bless our leaders.

    It would be nice if those who speak in other languages could let us Americans know what they are saying. They make no sense to most of us. No one knows what they are saying. I guess that isn't important.

  • Robert
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:55 p.m.

    To Thayne,

    The Lord laid down the pattern. He decides. The task of the Apostles (leaders) is to ascertain the will of the Lord through prayer and personal revelation. The name of the new President is presented (traditionally,this has been the senior member, by date of ordination, to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.) Upon receiving unanimous agreement, under the principle of common consent, the person is sustained in that position. Members of the church then have the same privilege of receiving personal revelation and of sustaining church leaders. No one seeks positions of leadership. You are invited to personally attend or view on TV our next Church Conference on April 5th and 6th to see how the principle of common consent operates.

    Counselors to the President are not selected or chosen by date of ordination to the Quorum of the Twelve nor by nation of origin. The "why" is up to the Lord. It is a world wide church of 13 million members on every continent, not an "American religion."

  • Nice
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:54 p.m.

    Nice to see an old white man get the gig for a change.

  • Merlynn Legg
    Feb. 4, 2008 3:00 p.m.

    How grateful we are to have a wonderful, loving, kind prophet to guide us in these latter days. You could feel the spirit testify to you that he is our prophet, seer and revelator as they announced the new first presidency. The same feeling of love came to me as the feeling of love I had for President Hinckley. We are such a blessed people to have these fine and wonderful men led us in righteous each and every day. This a great day for all of us around the world to have President Thomas S. Monson to our new Prophet.

  • Re: more UTES?!?!
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:45 p.m.

    Monson graduated from both Utah (bachelor's) and BYU (master's). So how can you say he is just a Ute? He's both a Ute and a Cougar! And what about Holland, Oaks, and Bednar--do you just choose to not listen to them because they went to BYU? And, honestly, who really cares where he went to school? What matters is that he is a prophet of God.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:50 p.m.

    It will be interesting to watch Pres. Monson relax and give comments off the cuff. He has always seemed so stiff and pedantic that I have had a hard time listening to him. Almost as if he was so intent on HOW the story was told more than the lesson itself. Measured inflection, smile here, raise voice here, soften it here...
    I am sure that I will come to love him as I came to love Pres. Benson, Hunter, and Hinckley.

  • Cool guy
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:47 p.m.

    I think it is time to have a brazilian prophet or counselor in the first presidency, coz my country is the second largest members in the world.Thats it!!!

  • Amen
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:47 p.m.

    Having had the opportunity to teach from Elder Uchtdorf's conference addresses in my Relief Society calling, I am thrilled. I kind of thought it might be one of the younger members of the 12. I sustain this wholeheartedly.

  • Lizzy
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:40 p.m.

    I am from Germany, and speak German. I am very grateful for the new LDS church Presidency. I have always loved the church. GOD BLESS US! I loved saying this in English..THANKS:o)

  • Shari Knudson- Ellicott City, MD
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:35 p.m.

    It is amazing and wonderful to see who the Lord has prepared to lead His church- we are truly blessed. Congratulations to our new First Presidency- sending love and best wishes.

  • Brent
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:32 p.m.

    Some one has taught that "you can't be a good leader unless you've been a faithful follower". President Monson typifies that, a wonderful follower of President Hinckley and of the Savior Jesus Christ. He'll do wonderfully as will his chosen counselors.

  • Bill Baumgardner Sr.
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:29 p.m.

    I have been in the Lord's Church since Nov., 1969 & have seen & heard these men called by God to serve & there is NO doubt in my mind & heart that Jesus Christ lives & leades His Church. My hope & prayer is that all of my family, friends & neighbors will someday share the same blessings & happiness that I do.I know that the time is quickly drawing nigh for the Second Coming Of Our Lord And Savior And I hope to live to see it. May the Lord bless all members that are worthy & help the others to repent & become worthy before it is too late. And may all the non-members see the light.

  • RGS, Brasil
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:28 p.m.

    Dues vos abenoa, meus queridos irmos! Aquelle abrao para voes!

  • more UTES?!?!
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:24 p.m.

    Why are all the prophets Utes? I shouldn't be surprised and its comforting, zoobs are not leaders.

  • German Missionary
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:28 p.m.

    I had hoped for Elder Uchtdorf, I served in Germany and anyone who has spent time with members from there knows what he did for the church there. He will be a great counselor to President Monson.

  • light
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:25 p.m.

    Hi moderator,

    Having once been a Mormon I totaly get that you are an exptension of the LDS church and that "control" is part of your way and the Mormon church's way. It is ashame that you are not willing to allow different viewpoints on this subject. OK I will sound like every other Mormon...Yeh Monson...boy was that inspired....you must be Gods only chosen one....WOW the German guy was such a surprise...I know this is the only true church.....blah, blah, blah give me a break.

    Love Light

  • John H
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:19 p.m.

    Dear Long inactive member,

    Why do you need a special invitation to come back to activity? Don't you think Pres. Monson (as well as everyone else in leadership positions) has been asking you to return either personally or in prayer? And what exactly would it take? Why have you been disenfranchised when it is the Lord's Church and not theirs? They are merely performing the work He has asked them to perform. Why don't you ask in prayer about the problems you see? If you really want to come back, we will open our arms to you. If you need answers to questions, lds.org is a great place to find them. Otherwise, ask your Bishop. The starting place is humility in wanting to do the Lord's will, not our own.

  • Sandy in Salt Lake
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:18 p.m.

    I add my "amen" to all the comments...we are so blessed to live in a day when the church of Jesus Christ is on the earth in it fullness and to live during a time when Prophets and Apostles walk the earth. To ALL "less active" and "non-members" we love you and stand ready to embrace you in the love of the gospel of Jesus Christ. God bless our new Presidency who has my support in heart, mind and strength.

  • Laurie
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:11 p.m.

    I was very overwhelmed by the Spirit as I was reading this article. I felt our Prophet was nearing mortal death. The church will continue to prosper. We will love and support our new presidency. Rest in peace President Hinckley. Until we meet again. We love and respect all you did for the saints.

  • Leodegario A. Jadulco
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:16 p.m.

    I know that Pres Thomas S, Monson will be the next President of the Church as tradition continues in the church. I have read and listen how Pres Monson dillver his message. He can also be called as "Giant among Men" like his predessersor Pres Hinckley. I am grateful for his wonderfull messages goodluck President Monson, Pres Eyring,and Pres Utchdorf. Mabuhay kayo ang God Bless...

  • Lisa
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:15 p.m.

    We are so blessede to have such a great 1st Presidency, I think that they will all do a greatjob, They are such great men to have been called
    "We Thank Thee Oh God For a Prophet" They will do such a great job in whatever they are called to do

  • robert just
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:14 p.m.

    toronto, canada

  • Antonio Giustizia from Italy
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:11 p.m.

    It's amazing how the God's plan works. I'm excited to sustain the new first precidency. In my prayers i'll be asking our Heavenly Father to help me to sustain these wonderful men as i did for President Hinckley's era. Hurra for the First precidency and our Savior!

  • Francisco Chavez Florida
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:10 p.m.

    I meet President Kimball 20 years ago when I become a member of the Church and obtain a testimony of the profet of the Lord, also Pres Taft Benson, and Pres Hinckley when He visited New York City and just as I got a testimony back them of the Profets I know now the President Monson is a profet of God I hope to meet Him some day and share with Him my testimony of Pres Kimball

  • Marianne in Texas
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:56 p.m.

    I had chills when I read the article. Three great amazing men who will have my family's sustaining support.

  • Robert
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:00 p.m.

    To Long Inactive Member
    The First Presidency has, more than once, issued to you an invitation to come back into activity. If you need a special invitation - well, this is it! Come back into activity. Why go another day of missing the blessing of full activity. If you feel disenfranchised, that is your call, but know that every member is precious to the Lord's church. I, too, pray for you. God bless you.

  • ghets from Philippines
    Feb. 4, 2008 2:00 p.m.

    He is a chosen one! God BLess our new prophet.

  • Re: Thayne
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:53 p.m.

    Since neither of the above commentators actually answered Thayne's question, I will.
    The leadership of the Church is determined by seniority. The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is organized by seniority, with the longest-serving member of the quorum acting as President of that quorum. Upon the death of the President of the Church, the President of the Quorum of the Twelve is traditionally called as President of the Church. President Monson chose President Uchtdorf as his counselor because he felt inspired by the Lord to do so and believes that President Uchtdorf is best qualified to advise him in matters of concern to the Church. As far as his nationality goes, I believe President Uchtdorf said it best himself during the Press Conference: neither he nor any of the Apostles are representatives of any nation; they are representatives of the Church of Jesus Christ and of Jesus Christ Himself. I hope that helps, Thayne!

  • Re: Thayne
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:58 p.m.

    What a wonderfuly day!

    The LDS church is truly a "worldwide" organization. Over 6 million members of the church reside ouside the borders of America. This is a great time and a wonderful organization of the first presidency.

    Looking forward to many years of growth and even possibly into areas where the church may not exist even today.

  • nrly
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:57 p.m.

    Am so glad that we have named a new First Presidency so fast. I sustain President Monson and his counselors. Am looking forward to hearing him speak, and carry on.Yes the hand of the Lord is always in this work. It is his work we are doing.

  • Rob-Idaho
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:51 p.m.

    We are grateful for our new prophet and know that the First Presidency is at the helm of the Church. God Bless you all.

  • Danielle
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:56 p.m.

    Maravilhoso!

    Homens de Deus!

  • Linda in Oregon
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:55 p.m.

    Whom the Lord has chosen. I'm greatful to be apart of this great church and my congatulations to our prophet and his counselors. It's exciting to have an international presidency and I sustain and follow them with all my heart. To their families thank you for the support and love you have for the church and and it's members. We love and appreciate all you are giving up for the building of the kingdom of God. We love you!!!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:55 p.m.

    To Where? President Monsen didn't serve a mission as a youth. He was drafted into the Navy, just out of High School, towards the end of WWII. His "Mission" was as a Mission President in Canada with his wife and young children.

  • David and Bonnie
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:55 p.m.

    President Monson during the news conference mentioned that he reads the newspaper every morning to see if his name is in the obituaries. We live in Washington state and we have not seen it there either.
    Isn't it nice to have a leader with a good sense of humor?

  • Mohan
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:53 p.m.

    What a great blessing to have a German enter the First Presidency. The international outreach of the Church will expand.

  • RC in AZ
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:47 p.m.

    To the new first presidency I rise my right hand in support!

  • A french family
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:52 p.m.

    We are so grateful for President HINCKLEY ministery and for the new Presidency ; we are honored for having a european second counselor to President MONSON.

  • Freeman
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:45 p.m.

    To David 12:59 pm: If you any shred of perspective beyond your own dim, narrow view, you might recognize these posts as something beyond blah blah blah and blind faith. None of us are asked to accept anything on blind faith. You don't think President Monson should be next? Pray about it. We all have...

    To the smarter GBH:
    Why are you looking for something unconventional and unpredictable? Perhaps you would be more interested in following the political races--they provide all the drama you are hinting about. Succession of the church president has always been predictable and always will be--the Lord has already told us how it works. Why look for something else?

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:50 p.m.

    To David
    Some time look up the definition of faith. Yes, there are some things that do not change...Thank goodness!

  • Fritz
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:43 p.m.

    Wally world,
    Here I am.
    I disagree with the choice.

  • Betty Mitchell
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:43 p.m.

    I am glad to see Pres. Monson as the new Church President after Pres. Hinckly's passing. I have heard him both at General Conferences as well as a Special Regional Conference in 1987.

    He speaks directly tp a person's heart which is good for the Church.

    God Bless him in this important calling.

    Sincerely,

    Betty Mitchell

  • Jacque H
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:48 p.m.

    What a wonderful time, an international presidency. It shows we are moving with the times. There are so many cultures within our church, leadership and now our presidency.

  • Sub-Odeon
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:42 p.m.

    Uchtdorf has impressed me from Day 1.

    I speculated last week that he'd be on the Presidency.

    I was heartened to see that I was correct.

    I truly think Uchtdorg will be our Prophet one day.

  • Robert
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:41 p.m.

    In answer to Where? For your information, neither Presidents Monson nor Packer served as missionaries in the sense of young Elders going out at 19 years of age. World War II took most of our young men into the military. President Packer served as a pilot in the Air Force. President Monson served in the Navy. President Packer is three years older than President Monson, so President Packer ended up serving longer in the military than President Monson. President Monson came back to Utah and was promptly ordained a Bishop at age 22, later called to the Presidency of the Temple View Stake, then later called to preside as Mission President in Canada at age 32, then to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at age 36.
    Elder Packer was called to be an Assistant to the Twelve Apostles at age 37 and later as an Apostle at age 45. he also served as a Mission President in the New England States. So, both served missions, but as mission presidents.

  • LDS
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:41 p.m.

    It is so wonderful to read all of your sustaining e-mails of our new beloved First Presidency. In this lone an dreary world your sustaining voices are strenghth to us to continue on the straight and narrow path back to Heavenly Father. signed a fellow saint.

  • Update
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:46 p.m.

    Dear Are You Sure? If you want a reount go to the Lord in prayer and He will tell you these are His choices, not ours.

    Thayne. The senior apostle, based on the date of his ordination, has always become the next President of the Church. Joseph Smith set that in progress when he changed seniority from age to date of ordination. Brigham Young further established that when he changed the position of two of the early apostles, who had been droped due to behavior, then came back into full fellowship. He put them back in the positions they would have been upon coming into the quorum at that time, not their orginal position. That is the Lord's will and way. Not voting, no posturing, no convincing someone you should be the prophet over someone else.

    This is going to be a great presidency. Elder Uchtdorf is part of an International and world-wide church that was started in America. The membership outside the United States is greater than the membership within the United States. Someday we will have Apostles from other countries and nationalities. It will come.

  • Tammy Roberts
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:39 p.m.

    I am so grateful to be a member of this world wide chuuch!!! So exciting to have witnessed the great news coverage and to hear their powerful testimonies. They are truly called of God and I support them with all my heart. Lets all do our part to help move the truth forward!!!

  • Alison
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:36 p.m.

    Absolutely perfect organization for the church with all the available information in this world.
    The "Plan" always works.
    Our prayers are with the new First Presidency.

  • Great Reporting....
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:30 p.m.

    Carrie, As always, great reporting. Your question in the news conference was well thought out as usual. Good stuff. Keep up your insightful and thought-provoking articles. To the DMN readers: I hope everyone knows what a great talent the DMN has here. (I don't work for the News, by the way.)

  • Forever Grateful in YC
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:29 p.m.

    What a devine process! No matter who would have been called, we KNEW it was from God. That pretty much sums it up. (eventhough, I felt Pres. Uchtdorf would be called)

    With Pres. Hinckley, now working on the other side of the veil, you can only imagine how FAST, temple work, will NOW move forward.
    So, let's put on our shoes, and GET TO WORK!

  • new era
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:20 p.m.

    Surprizing choice for 2nd counselor, but very welcome!

  • Bob Mullins - Logan Utah
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:26 p.m.

    It's so AMAZING. I love the Lord and His new First Presidency. I also think it Timely to see them installed the day before Super Tuesday Is the Lords Hand in This Work or What! May it ever so be, in name of the Master

  • what a suprise
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:19 p.m.

    Wow now that is a big surprise! Did anyone anywhere think anyone else would be the next prophet/president? Thanks for the breaking news.

  • Jennifer
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:17 p.m.

    :) I feel so happy. I can't wait to watch conference.

  • John Busch
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:17 p.m.

    This is for Thayne The church Of Jesus Christ Of LatterDay Saints is not A american church ,It was set up in the U.S,A by the will of the Lord for the world and its leaders are called by God for the same purpose. God bless all of the leaders of his Church

  • David Heid
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:14 p.m.

    Wonderful news. I am so grateful for these dedicated, talented men. It is a privilege to follow people with such Christ-like attributes. They have my total support.

  • grateful member
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:09 p.m.

    to Thayne-
    Our Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is not an "American Church" we are 13 million strong and according to recent statistics there are more members outside of the Americas then there are in. We are very much an international church, and I believe the calling of President Uchdorf signifies that point. I fully and whole heartedly sustain our Prophet President Monson, his 1st Counselor President Eyring, and his 2nd Counselor President Uchdorf. I know this church is true and these are who God wants to lead us now.

  • Gainesville
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:05 p.m.

    To Beans and Agreeing with Beans (his sidekick),
    God would not pick a missionary from some third world country. This "standard LDS protocol" is God's protocol. The prophet was chosen when another prophet by the name of David O. McKay received revelation that 36 year old Thomas S. Monson should fill a vacancy in the Quorum of the 12. The use of protocol does not discount a divine hand.

    I give my full support to the Lord's representatives. Ich bin rechtherzlich dankbar, dass es ein Prophet auf Erden gibt.

  • Raymond Takashi Swenson
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:09 p.m.

    I am now looking forward to President Uchtdorf being sent to meet Governor Schwarzenegger of California. I would love to listen to that news conference.

    Seriously, though, it is remarkable the quality of people we have leading the Church.

  • How Exciting!
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:06 p.m.

    I am grateful to have seen history being made today. I remember when President Benson died, and it was the first time I was aware of the protocol of the "changing of the guard." It was very neat to watch how smoothly things proceeded, and each time a new prophet is sustained, I feel again how much the Lord is in charge of His Church. Elder Uchtdorf was a surprise to me too, a very happy one! We've truly become a "universal church!"

  • James Reynolds
    Feb. 4, 2008 1:04 p.m.

    The Lord has selected special Prophet to follow another very special Prophet and friend of the world.


    Tennessee

  • Holly
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:58 p.m.

    It is such a blessing to have an organization which transitions smoothly. The Lord has a great plan in place. I love the fact that Elder Eyring was kept as a counselor, and Elder Uchtdorf was chosen - they will be fabulous! I listened to the press conference and was impressed with the willingness of the three of them to answer all of the questions posed in an eager, respectful, thoughtful, and good-natured manner. When President Monson was asked to verify his favorite color and icecream he didn't hesitate to explain the color Yellow - and that he loved ANY flavor of ice-cream! He is so much fun. There was such a great spirit of JOY and energy as they move the work of the Church forward.

  • Helge Skjeveland
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:58 p.m.

    I knew the pattern set by the Lord would be followed again, and joyfully sustain Pres. Monson. The Church is the Lords. I also sustain President Uchtdorf with all my heart as well, as I do Pres. Eyring. To the former, I say: Ich wei da user Gott will dich untersttzen, und mein Beten geht mit dir, auch.

  • John S.
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:52 p.m.

    Three gaints in all respects.

    Best Wishes. You are in our prayers.

  • Dave Hann - Detroit, MI USA
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:54 p.m.

    To better understand the orderly succession in the LDS Presidency, I strongly encourage everyone to read the CES Course 333 manual: Living Prophets. There are many informative and inspiring quotes from church leaders ever since Joseph Smith on this sacred process. What a testimony builder!

  • Dr. Earl L. Grossen
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:52 p.m.

    President Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet for the ages
    as were those who preceeded him-another true man
    for all seasons and mankind, His two counselors
    are inspired, faithful men of God as well. The
    Lord leads His Church and those General Authorities
    who serve tirelessly for the Master of our uni-
    verse. Dr G.

  • Aiono Family in So.Cal
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:47 p.m.

    We love this Church. Greatful for the gosple in our lives. We sustain the new First Presidency.

    Much Alofas (love) to all the Saints throughout the world.

  • New York
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:45 p.m.

    Wonderful! Our prayers and support are with our inspired leaders.

  • Rolando Garza
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:48 p.m.

    President Monson are Prophet, We love you.

  • Dan
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:47 p.m.

    The Lord obviously called President Monson long before this morning's proceedings. He was chosen even long before he was born, but the ball got rolling about 50 years ago. As far as "standard LDS protocol" is concerned, the Lord's hand is over all, regardless of the time in which it occurs. Seems pretty organized to me.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:41 p.m.

    BEANS......at one time God DID call a young man to be the Prophet and President of the Church...his name was Joseph Smith. Of course, you may have a problem with that too I assume. Everything in Gods time. This process is GOD'S protocol.

  • Rose Reynolds-TN
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:40 p.m.

    I will truly miss our dear Prophet Gordon B Hinckley he was a wonderful person. I am very excited and I know that President Monson is a true prophet of God and I know that this new presidency was a inspired call from the Lord. The Lord's work will continue. I am grateful to be living during this era.

  • Jeanne and Terry in TX
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:43 p.m.

    What a joyous day when the evidence that the Lord is at the helm of the church is reconfirmed. How we loved Pres. Hinckley, but fully support the Lord's choice (what dummy wouldn't?!) and Pres. Monson's in his counselors.
    We spoke briefly to Pres. Monson in Houston two years ago, being aging parental caretakers for eight plus years, and he spoke of "his" precious widows. What a spiritual giant and loving man. Our prayers and full support go out to our "new" presidency, as the Lord's work continues to go forth to all the world. Much love to all of our good leaders!!

  • Carolina LDS
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:38 p.m.

    We sustain the new president of the Church and his counsellors. President Uchtdorf was a surprise but I'm thrilled. My son served in the Germany Munich/Austria Mission, so having a German apostle had great meaning for us and having him in the First Presidency will be great.

    I don't want to speculate or try to advise the Lord's inspired leaders, but I will also be thrilled if the new apostle is Hispanic, Asian or African (or Australian, Polynesian, etc.) But, whatever happens, I know it will be the Lord's will.

  • Brent Dowdle
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:43 p.m.

    I joyfully sustain Pres. Monson as our Prophet, and Pres. Eyring and Pres. Uchtdorf as his counselors. We are all engaged in the Lord's work and I will do my small part in assisting these Brethren, who are in these callings because Jesus Christ has revealed it. Let us all "Keep moving forward!"

  • Agreeing with Beans...
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:43 p.m.

    I totally agree with you. Thank you!

  • paul
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:33 p.m.

    If I'm not mistaken, Pres. Monson did not serve a mission because of WWII. He was in the military and was called as a bishop at the ripe old age of 22. He was a mission president at 31.

    This is a great blessing for the world, and will be a lesson in smooth transitions for the rest of the world.

  • Sam
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:36 p.m.

    Abosolutly awsome. Any three would be fantastic. You have our FULL support.

  • Richard & Mele Kendall
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:36 p.m.

    What a wonderful choice for counselors in the First Presidency. I had met President Monson several years ago and I knew that one day he would become President of the Church. With his selection of President Uchtdorf, who is of German Ancestry, it should send a sound response worldwide that our Church is a world-wide church and not a U S Church even though our headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, UT. It just goes to show that President Monson is indeed a prophet called by our Heavenly Father in these latter days with his choice of these two brethren in the First Presidency. We fully support the choice of our new leaders and will follow them just like we did the late Gordon B. Hinckley who our daughter got the chance to meet at the Days of Celebration that was held in Rice-Eccles Stadium back in 2005 to help commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Smith and the 175th anniversary of the restoration of His Kingdom back on the Earth. We are a worldwide church who are lead by men duly called by our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer.

  • ScottAZ
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:34 p.m.

    What an exciting time to be here on this earth in this Church. The new 1st Presidency is awe inspiring. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will continue to be guided and directed by a True Prophet of God.....and with pure love.

  • Matt
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:29 p.m.

    President Hinckley left behind such a profound legacy of greatness - of which few men in the world's history could compare. The Lord was aware that, when he took him home, the church would need a man of similarly incomparable character and strength to fill the prophet's shoes. President Monson has demonstrated his capacity to lead this church, by expressing his genuinely sincere love for Jesus Christ - through decades of indefatigable service to each member. It is men such as President Hinckley and President Monson, that solidify my faith and testimony in Jesus Christ. They exemplify the ideals and standards that a member can perceive as truly representative of Him.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:33 p.m.

    Sue Bonny Born in England became a member there married a swiss man lived in Switzerland raised five children there with my husnand Denis. Now live in Idaho. We love President Monson our new Prophet and his two counselors. Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F.Uchtdorf. Wonderful Merveilleux Wunderbar etc

  • Thayne
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:27 p.m.

    Being a nonmember, I have a question regarding the latest selection process. How did the leaders decide who the next president would be? Why was one of his helpers a European, for an American religion.

  • AZ
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:31 p.m.

    Great!

  • Elder & SisterTerence White
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:27 p.m.

    In far away Australia we, as Senior Missionaries,are excited to sustain the Call of President Monson,Eyring and Uchtdorf as the Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Wow!!
    We have been blessed to have had association with President Monson throughout our married lives and through our prior courtship in 1964/65

  • Luis Juarez (Chihuahua mexico)
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:25 p.m.

    nos sentimos profundamente emocionados con el nombramiento del pte. Monson , le amamos y le sostenemos como profeta
    y sentimos regozigo por el nombramiento de sus 2 consejeros,los cuales han estado en nuestra Ciudad, hace pocos aos, les amamos y recordamos aca en chihuahua mexico

    Fam. Juarez Valdez

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:19 p.m.

    Vundarbar I am so greatful we belong to the Saviors plan of happiness. You have my support in all that you do. Norrita Sanders Nampa ID 18th ward

  • Amen
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:24 p.m.

    My love and support to President Monson. Besides the inspired pattern set forth for the succession of presidency, there is no better man in the Church to continue President Hinckley's legacy of love and compassion for all men, and represent the Savior, than President Monson.

    The Church is true! My prayers are with the new prophet. May the Lord bless President Monson and his family.

  • John Lambert, Detroit
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:23 p.m.

    President Monson did not serve a mission because of the war (World War II). He was mission president in Canada (including part of the Detoit Stake, which then had George Romney as president, but I digress) and from 1969-1985 or so as a member of the Twelve Apostles he made many trips to Germany, even East Germany. He wrote a book about his experiences there entitled "Faith Rewarded".

  • The hand is raised
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:18 p.m.

    Sustained!

  • Beans
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:21 p.m.

    People are going on and on about God picking his prophet, the church is true, whatever; but this is no big surprise. Now, if the church leaders announced that God has called some young missionary from somewhere in some third world country to be his prophet, then perhaps we could begin to discuss things being of a nature. But this is standard LDS protocol.

  • Indiana
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:19 p.m.

    Dear Long-Inactive Member.

    I was very touched by your letter. Thank you for feeling comfortable enough to speak so freely about your life and your feelings. I too love President Monson. He is a really wonderful man and I think his "own stamp" will be very fun to watch. I pray for blessings on your head and heart as you watch this new administration unfold. I pray that you can find your way back, that the New Presidency can help you come to grips and settle your own disenfranchisement. You seem like a wonderfully good person. I really do pray all can be well for you and all the others out there like you in your same situation... Blessings my friend.

  • Kathi, Martinsburg WV
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:18 p.m.

    I fully sustain this new Presidency and am pleased to see the choice of new Counselors. This Church is led by revelation and continues to be in good hands. My prayers and sustaining vote to Presidents Monson, Eyring and Uchtdorf! We Thank Thee O God For A Prophet!!!!!!!

  • Charmain
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:14 p.m.

    We are so blessed to have such great special men in our church. They help us to stay faithful by their examples. I am proud to be part of this gospel in these latter days. ONWARD!!

  • C
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:07 p.m.

    I have always been inspired by the talks given by President Monson and always had a heads up when he stood at the pulpit. I have felt that same strength when listening to Pres' Uchtdorf and Eyring. When teaching TFOT, I have leaned heavily on their talks as backup for the lesson or greatly impressed when teaching from their conference talks.

    I don't think the Lord is asleep because he has his plan and continues to carry it out.

    The Lord continues to have insight into our (all humanity) well-being.

  • st bernards
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:08 p.m.

    As friends and neighbors doing missionary work in Germany and Eastern Europe work hard still building a foundation of the church there, we will now see a tremendous surge of spiritual growth in Europe. I know President Monson is a true prophet of God.

  • Brenda
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:01 p.m.

    Wonderful!! We fully support our new leaders.

  • John Lambert, Detroit, Michigan
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:00 p.m.

    I just want to say that I don't doubt that President Uchtdorf's calling is the Lord's will. That President Monson and President Uchtdorf have connections will make it easier for them to work together, but the Lord has raised them both up at this time to advance his work.

  • Judy
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:04 p.m.

    I have always loved President Monson. When my children were young I always made sure they listened carefully to his talks during General Conference. He makes stories come alive . It is an exciting time, and I'm sure that President Hinckley is saying "Get on with the work". I love the church and it's leaders. I should now remember how to pronounce President Uchtdorf's name.

  • Laura
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:03 p.m.

    Interesting. I'm excited for this unique new leadership.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:58 a.m.

    What a surprise but also how humble I feel to know that to the eyes of the Lord there are no nationalities or races. As a non-american, this call of Elder Uchtdorf proves that the Lord calls whoever he things is the best for his work. And it looks like this First Presidency will be here around for a while. There's a lot to do, let's keep going!

  • jfrazier
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:56 a.m.

    Angry Steve,

    And what is wrong with farm stories about Payson? Got a chuckle about that. Can't say I remember such stories. Now as far as those in northern Cache valley, on the other hand, I have heard a lot of those...and keep 'em comin' as far as I'm concerned.

    I admire all these men and, given the pool to pick from, one could not go wrong with any of them.

  • Heather
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:01 p.m.

    Elder Uchtdorf has a *severely* hot accent.

  • Melanie
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:01 p.m.

    Very pleased with our new first presidency. I know they are all called of God. I will support them is all that is asked of me,and sustain them this April.

  • Where?
    Feb. 4, 2008 12:00 p.m.

    Where did Pres Monson serve his mission??

  • JEVO
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:52 a.m.

    Deiter is the new man! Rock solid as a new Presidency.

  • suzyk
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:57 a.m.

    We are so thrilled with the new presidency. What an overwhelming and joyous time for our church. These men were chosen through the spirit and we will love, support and pray for them every day. Monday, February 4 is also "SUPER MONDAY" for our church.

  • Thai Saint
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:56 a.m.

    President Monson has been chosen by the Lord to lead His Church. I am thankful for this fact. He, Presidents Eyring and Uchtdorf will be great. I love and sustain these men, along with the Twelve and other leaders.

  • Utahn
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:56 a.m.

    To John L. in Detroit. MI, Pres. Monson did not choose his First Presidency, the Lord did, its how the Church operates.

  • Brother & Amram Musungu
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:50 a.m.

    We that the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Lord's Kingdom built upon the face of the earth to bless human race. We know that President Monson is a true Prophet of God called upon to lead thi great Kingdom. We love and sustain his leadership as wellas his two noble councilors. What a blessing that is to the Church and entire world to have a living Prophet! God lives, His Son Jesus Christ lives, it our humble [rayer in His sacred name even our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ , Amen

  • AZ Texas
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:50 a.m.

    A great First Presidency. A nice combination of old-line family ties and new "pioneer stock."

  • Pragmatic
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:55 a.m.

    I am grateful for the way the Lord has organized His church it creates the environment for a smooth transition. Now what ever Pres. Monson does is a reflection primarily of our support of him, not just what he does. So must sustain him with our actions not just our words.

  • Denise Wright
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:53 a.m.

    I love our Presidency. Our new Presidency will be wonderful. It is so great how our Church never skips a beat. Even with the passing on of our great leaders, our Church continues.
    May God bless our new Persidency.

  • McArthur Family
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:47 a.m.

    Our family is honored to sustain the new presidency. How grateful we are to have such faithful and humble men leading this church. "Our God will never us forsake!"

  • wallyworld
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:46 a.m.

    I'm just waiting to see IF anyone disagrees with the Lords choice of this First Presidency. It would be ashame if some person or persons to write anything negitive about it, but that is their free agency to do so. I am happy with the choice. I will sustain them and will pray that the Lord will bless them with health, stregnth and safety.

  • Simon Says
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:50 a.m.

    What a wonderful First Presidency. These two great, "young" Apostles of the Lord will surely be able to lift the Prophet's arms with energy, vigour and strength. I have been "sad" ever since Pres Hinckley passed away, but am excited and invigorated by the forward thinking of our Prophet. I am thrilled to sustain and follow them. I think that the direction that the Lord will take His church is obvious. There is much work to do - and it needs to happen rapidly.

  • Susy
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:50 a.m.

    Although I`m not LDS myself, I`m always interested
    what`s going on in the church.
    Congrats to your new First Presidency.
    Being German myself I have no difficulties of
    pronouncing the name of President Uchtdorf.LOL
    By the way never underestimate the Germans who
    come from the land which is now the
    Czech Republic.
    They are true fighters and achivers.

  • A Long-Inactive Member
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:42 a.m.

    President Monson continues the humanitarian character within the First Presidency exhibited by President Hinckley. Having heard him speak for hours without notes, and without taking any personal notice of the passage of time, I can also testify that he is an engaging speaker, by turns serious, humorous, and folksy. He can also be quite direct, and I expect that he will be a capable leader that will soon put his own stamp on Church direction. Most know that President Monson is a genuine advocate for the forgotten - witness his attention to the elderly and widows of the church. My wish is that he expand his generousity of spirit throughout the Church and find ways to invite back members such as myself who have been disenfranchised, officially or not, by social, doctrinal, or other differences with the Church. I wish President Monson well as he takes up the greatest care yet in his life, and will add him to my prayers.

  • Eduardo Brazil
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:46 a.m.

    Excelente! Creio que foi uma grande e feliz inspirao compor a 1 Presidencia com Elder Eyring e Elder Uchtdorf. Assim como seguia as orientaes do Presidente Hinckley, farei o mesmo com Presidente Monson.

  • Andrea M
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:46 a.m.

    I love that we all have the confirmation that this is what the Lord wants. Last night as I prayed, I felt it would be those that were called. Even me, just a Primary teacher am allowed this confirming revelation.

  • Stanley Goold
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:45 a.m.

    It is interesting to see the Lords work in the last days and to see whom He chooses for His Leaders. These Brothers have a great Mission to perform. Thanks for good true leaders, something we do not get from our political leaders.

  • Yeah
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:43 a.m.

    Well to be frank, I think that other outside news sources other than the Associated Press and NPR should have joined in. I don't know the circumstances of other news outlets in sending out reporters, but I think it would have been more informative if CNN, Fox News, Time, etc... joined in.
    I felt that there were alot of "Mormon" reporters. BYU News, Desnews, Church News, etc... It's that not everyone reads those newspapers.

  • Jenny
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:38 a.m.

    This is soooooo wonderful!! I think it will help disarm the stero-type LDS that most are familiar with and trired of. This new leadership have had different kinds of lives which will be good for the church. I am so grateful and I feel it will be strengthening to the members of the church.

  • Jim C.
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:44 a.m.

    Very pleased, let's step it up another notch and go to work. What an exciting time.

  • drindl
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:43 a.m.

    excellent calling to Pres. Uchtdorf!

    a great statement to all that this is a WORLD-wide church.

  • Awesome
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:41 a.m.

    very cool.

  • RI Member
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:31 a.m.

    I love this. No campaigns. No posturing. Just a quiet, effective change and the church continues as it always will. The world should run as well as the Church of Jesus Christ.

  • Deutsch
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:36 a.m.

    Wunderbar ein deutscher Ratgeber in der Ersten Praesidentschaft! Jetzt brauchen wir noch einen spanisch sprechenden Apostel und einen schwarzen, dann waeren wir doch etwas Internationaler.
    Wir freuen uns ueber den neuen Ratgeber. Schoen einer Kirche anzugehoeren wo die uebergabe dieses Amtes so friedlich vor sich geht. Da braucht es keine Rauchzeichen und geheime Versammlungen usw. Die Kirche ist doch wahr!

  • Bart Nordstrom
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:30 a.m.

    The Lord said that God's house is a house of order, therefore it seams natural that there would be a system in place, and that is how the new Prophet is chosen.

    Makes sense to me!

  • Nikki- Oregon
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:29 a.m.

    We are thrilled that the Lord has spoken. We fully support our new First Presidency, and are grateful that we know that the church continues to function as it should.

  • From German speaking part Europe
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:28 a.m.

    We thank thee, o God, for a new prophet, and for his two counselors! We are greatful for the continued guidance of the Lord through these, His servants!

    What an exciting surprise it was to see President Dieter F. Uchtdorf as the new member of this new First Presidency. He has always been such an impressive example of serving the Lord in a christlike manner! The Saints from Germany, Austria and Switzerland surely are especially excited, as they will not only be able to understand the language of the spirit and of his heart, when he will speak to the Saints, but also the language of his mother (and father). May the Lord bless you, dear Brethren of the First Presidency, in your new callings, and us to continue trying to follow in your footsteps, thus following the Savior.

  • Impressed
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:34 a.m.

    Carie,

    Thank you for being one of the few reporters to actually get this story correct. I got a little tired of the media saying that "if tradition holds" President Monson will be the next Prophet. As you point out, this is not a matter of tradition. This is a matter of revelation. That's why President Monson was sustained (following the law on common consent) by the entire Quorum of the Twelve.

  • JGolden Incarnate
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:27 a.m.

    It actually makes a lot of sense. Early on, President Monson worked long and hard to open up Germany, West and East to the Church. I am sure he met President Uchtdorf and his family long ago.

  • Eduardo Brazil
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:31 a.m.

    Para mim foi uma surpresa ver Elder Uchtdorf ser chamado como Conselheiro. Foi muito inspirado e com certeza a nova presidncia estar dando continuidade a tudo que seus antecessores fizeram pela Igreja. Que o Senhor os abenoe e os proteja.

  • Jack from Ark
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:32 a.m.

    It is so comforting to know that there will always be a smooth transition,without any pretense or pageantry. It is also comforting to know that the Quorum of the Twelve continues with the tradition of love and support for the calling and ordination of the new Prophet. I support President Monson totally. Good luck and God's speed

  • Jackie P.
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:31 a.m.

    I am excited to see President Monson put his own mark on the position of President of the church. Deiter Uchtdorf is a wonderful addition to the First Presidency. I look forward to sustaining them all in their new callings.

  • Eric
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:31 a.m.

    Cool.

  • Marcelo Gomes, Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:24 a.m.

    It is amazing to think that this Church really is in the Lord's hands and that the pattern for succession in the first presidency has been established by the Lord himself. President Monson is a wonderful man, and he will continue to move forward the work of the Lord. Also, how exciting that we now have a foreign-born counselor in the first presidency. That really speaks to the global expansion of the Church.

  • fernando ramos
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:23 a.m.

    ...Nosotros haremos todas las cosas que nos has mandado... De la manera que obedeciomos a (Gordon B. Hincley)en todas las cosas, asi te obedeceremos a ti...

  • Jonathan
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:22 a.m.

    I'm excited to see what Monson does with the church. Dieter F. Uchtdorf was a bit of a surprise.

    Can't wait till April conference!

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:22 a.m.

    thats great he will be a wonderful prophet. so will eyring and uchtdorf these are wonderful men. we will miss pres hinckley but these men will fill the shoes and God knows that, thats why they are in there now

  • WA Saint
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:21 a.m.

    I ways knew that Pres. Monson would become the President of the church at one point in time. I just love to hear him speak. This will be a equally exciting time for the church as Pres. Monson has been called. I think the choices for counselors reflect the church growing globally. This will be a great time for the church.

  • Ellis hunsaker
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:26 a.m.

    I love this church! Pres Monson is gonna be a great leader!!!! Woohoo!!!

  • JBH
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:25 a.m.

    This also has to be one of the youngest entire presidencies in a long time.

    It's great to have Elder Uchtdorf in such a prominent position. This might bring some positive press exposure in Europe (where it's sorely needed).

  • John Connolly
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:26 a.m.

    Isn't the internet great? Here I am in my own house in Ireland watching the press conference in SLC.

  • Soldier In Iraq
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:26 a.m.

    How fortunate we are! I feel so blessed to be a part of such an inspired organization. And I certainly don't mean the US Army...haha. I first met President Monson when I was four years old and he spoke at my stake conference in Atlanta, GA. I met President Eyring's daughters--who are absolutely gorgeous--at a waterpark in Ogden, Ut, and remember them telling me that they grew up without a TV in their home. While on a mission, President Uchtdorf came and spoke with us. Haha he was eating a big sandwich and said, "What? We Apostles eat too! And we're allowed to sleep past 6:00 on most days of the week!" I am so grateful for President Hinckley and these new brethren all have my sustainment!

  • Kirsten
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:25 a.m.

    I think the selection of Elder Uchtdorf was very inspired. He's the first non-American apostle in a long time to be called to the Twelve. And Presidents Eyring and Uchtdorf are young and will help sustain the First Presidency for a long time. If recent precedent holds, these two will have a lot of experience in the First Presidency for the next couple of Presidents (although President Monson in young enough to be around for a long time). They will be very prepared if they are ever called to be the President of the Church.

  • Kjaerbye
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:25 a.m.

    Bravo Zulu...the Lord Always Prevails in his Leadership of his Church! What a Faithful and very Spiritual First Presidency the Lord has set Forward today.

  • True Blue!
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:25 a.m.

    What a contrast to the manner in which we select the leader of the free world! A pefect, all-knowing God selects His prophet and in turn, His children may all know of the truthfulness of His choice. In our democratic process, we try to prove to him that we choose leaders who are examples of good character, unshaken integrity, proven wisdom and sound judgement. Although we may choose incorrectly at times, God will never lead His children astray with His prophet. Such a truth gives me comfort and keeps me "...dyed in the wool; true blue, through and through".

  • Daniel
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:23 a.m.

    May God bless them

  • Mary
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:17 a.m.

    I loved the Gordon B. Hinckley era. I want to be as supportive to Pres. Monson as I was to Pres. Hinckley. I look forward with much hope, faith, and determination to this new chapter. I am exited for April Conference to learn what his focus will be.

  • CA LDS
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:21 a.m.

    What inspired choices for the presidency! I love the idea of Elder Uchtdorf! We are a worldwide church and having a member of the presidency come from somewhere other than the U.S. and/or the intermountain west is wonderful!

  • Bferrell
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:15 a.m.

    We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet!! How exciting to look forward to a new and (assuming the church continues to grow which it will) even more accomplished era of a presidency!! I whole heartedly sustain them!

  • David Hansen
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:21 a.m.

    I'm very excited about the call of Deiter F. Uchtdorf to the First Presidency and look forward to seeing the process of spiritual growth and leadership that this calling will bring to this already great man.

  • Grandma C
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:21 a.m.

    Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continues to direct this church! May we all rejoice in our new President and his Counselors. And may we pray daily for President Monson, President Eyring, President Uchtdorf, and their families.

  • Paul1
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:15 a.m.

    I knew that Elder Uchtdorf was going to be in the presidency. I just had a funny feeling he would.

  • Rick in Nashville
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:14 a.m.

    Thanks DesNews for the timely info. It is amazing that those of us out in the rest of the world can get this GREAT info in such a timely fashion.

  • YES!
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:17 a.m.

    YES YES YES! I am completely pleased with President, Prophet Thomas Monson, 1st Eyring, 2nd Uchtdorf. SUPPER!!!!! And B Packer head of the 12... Super wonderful!!! The church is in excellent hands. God be with us all.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:11 a.m.

    I think the First presidency is wise to now guard against the quorum getting too elderly, leaving one man to do the duties.

  • SteveC
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:16 a.m.

    Wish the presidential elections went as smoothly as the appointment of a new president in the LDS church!

  • Katie
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:16 a.m.

    Wow! What a great 1st Presidency. Whomever the Lord calls, I'll sustain and follow.

  • Robert
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:16 a.m.

    Wow. Elder Uchtdorf. I didn't expect that. It's a couple of youngsters as counselors.

  • Gy
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:15 a.m.

    The Church is moving on with a new President and will lead well as President Hinkley did.

  • wallyworld
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:09 a.m.

    that is great news. a perfect choice, or choices, They will make a great Frist Presidency. Cant wait to hear them speak in conferance in April. :-)

  • Shelby
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:14 a.m.

    I'm excited to sustain the new first presidency in April. Elder Uchtdorf came as a bit of a surprise.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:14 a.m.

    This is simply amazing. The church is so true and works so soundly! This will be an exciting transition!

  • jo
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:14 a.m.

    hail to the prophet and all our prayers - always loved president monson

  • Youth is served
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:11 a.m.

    Wow, two relatively young (in the length of apostleship sense) counselors. This will be a popular presidency with the youth of the church.

    Here's the best part about being LDS when there's a change at the top: You don't just have to accept this change on faith. As a child of God, you have a right to go to Him in prayer and ask Him if this new leadership is right by Him. Some other churches just trot out a new leader and say "well, here he is.....deal with it." But I hope every LDS member will kneel and ask God to confirm it to you rather than just accept it blindly. I believe He will confirm to you that this was the right decision.

  • Grandma D
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:06 a.m.

    What a glorius day!!! What a great presidency...constancy amid change.

  • John Lambert, Detroit Michigan
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:12 a.m.

    I should have guessed that President Monson would choose President Uchtdorf as his counselor. President Monson grew up surrounded largely by Germans and has spent more time in East Germany than anyone except Elder Uchtdorf among the apostles.
    However I have to admit that Elder Uchtdorf never crossed my mind as someone to guess as the new member of the First Presidency. Well I am glad to hear it is them.

  • Katie
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:11 a.m.

    Wow! What a wonderful 1st Presidency!! This is very exciting.

  • carfull
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:05 a.m.

    The Church is in good hands, those of the Lord and those of the First Presidency.

  • Indiana
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:11 a.m.

    Inspiration and revelation at work.... We are in wonderfully changing times and these men are definitely up to the task of leading the Saints. Thanks be to the Father for these amazing men, their testimonies, their leadership and their skills. The Lord has provided.

  • Jake
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:04 a.m.

    Bon Courage, President Monson! Our family is elated to support you from here in Belgium.

  • Angry Steve
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:04 a.m.

    I find it exciting that there is the possibility of having a member of the first presidency who doesn't have farm stories about Payson.

  • Ley de Murphy
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:04 a.m.

    God bless this three mans of faith. Elder Uchtdorf is a good leader.


    We have a first presidency to accomplish President Hinckley vision... All will be good...

  • Tennor
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:09 a.m.

    I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store through President Monson.

  • LDS in Texas
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:03 a.m.

    May the Lord grant each of them the strength to carry out this awesome responsibility and may we all humbly accept the Lord's counsel to us as given through these great men.

  • your LDS friend
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:08 a.m.

    What a wonderful force for good as they lead our world to safer ground.

  • Mary Jane in CA
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:08 a.m.

    How lucky we are to have President Monson! Although we will sorely miss President Hinckley, I KNOW the church is in good hands now!

  • Sef
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:02 a.m.

    I just want to say, that they will be fantastic leaders of the church. It is amazing to see the process of God's church in action.

  • Christopher Estep
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:02 a.m.

    I was hoping for L. Tom Perry. It's so much easier to pronounce than Uchtdorf. :)

  • kat
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:02 a.m.

    I was thinking Boyd K Packer would be one of the counselors. I guessed Pres. Eyring. Thank you, brethren, for your dedicated service.

  • Missionaries, Canada Winnipeg
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:02 a.m.

    The Lord has spoken! We love you President Monson, and your two counselors!
    We are proud to belong to our Savior's church, and to be led by such great and spiritual men in these latter days.

  • Camano Island
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:07 a.m.

    Our full support

  • wayne
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:07 a.m.

    That's wonderful. finally an INTERNATIONAL First presidency

  • Patata Brava
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:01 a.m.

    Fantastic! I'm glad to hear that such dedicated men will work together. I am impressed by their spirit and their love.

  • Quote
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:01 a.m.

    "Whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies." One of my favorite President Monson quotes.

  • David Doyle
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:00 a.m.

    Adding Elder Uchtdorf to First Presidency shows the increasingly international membership of the church.

  • AZ Teacher
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:06 a.m.

    Wow!! These men are the men who the Lord called. They have my prayers and support.

  • NEWZ
    Feb. 4, 2008 11:06 a.m.

    What surprising news! I would have never guessed.

  • Paul Farris
    Feb. 4, 2008 10:58 a.m.

    Wonderful.