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.
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.
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.
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" ...
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.
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
RE: FREDDYou 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.
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.
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.
re: imperfect memberThanks 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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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!"
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
God be with you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Booya! This is gonna be dope! The future is great. These guys are amazing! I'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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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 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!
Well time for bed. I hope your snow melts soon! Go Jazz good beat on new
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.
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.
I know these men are called of God. They will do a wonderful job. I sustain them
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.
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!
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!
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!!!
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
We thank thee oh God for a prophet!
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.
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
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.
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.
This gospel is true and we are bless to have Pres. Monsoon and his counsellors
to guide us in these latter days.
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
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
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
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 withPres. 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
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.
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.
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
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"
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.
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.
We are truly blessed to be led by three men of such compassion, humilty and
love. Let's listen and follow.
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
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.
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
finally, someone from outside the bubble. Maybe the era of gospel colonialism is
coming to an end.
They are all very tall distinguished men. Does anyone know which of the three
is the tallest?
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
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.
Rejoice in this! The lord has called his chosen ones.
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.
Shocker...I'm glad they held a newsconference.I could
have sworn they would have called someone not already in the 12...
Whom the Lord calls, he qualifies.All 14 apostles are special
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
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!!
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
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.
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.
i wonder what the primary song follow the prophet will be like now!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I had chills when I read the article. Truly 3 great men.
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.
What happens if you don't sustain the first presidency? Does anyone keep track?
Any negative consequence to your membership status?
I'll just add my testimony that Presidents Monson, Eyring, and Uchtdorf have
been called of God to lead Christ's church.
"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!
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.
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 .
It's a Great New First Presidency!!Brother Monson has been a Great
Leader for a looongtime. How many 22 year old Bishops do you see?Good choices for Counselors. The Lord of coursewas behind the
decisions... Both Great "SpiritualGiants".... just listen to the feeling
behind theirwords at General Conference...All three members of
our New First Presidencyare 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 HeDirects it. He's the Captain!Praise the Lord!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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. ;-)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
I think President Monson served his mission putting his life on the line that we
may have life!!! That mission requires some dedication!!
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.
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!!!
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.
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!!
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
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
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
Nice to see an old white man get the gig for a change.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Dues vos abenoa, meus queridos irmos! Aquelle abrao para voes!
Why are all the prophets Utes? I shouldn't be surprised and its comforting,
zoobs are not leaders.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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!
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
I had chills when I read the article. Three great amazing men who will have my
family's sustaining support.
To Long Inactive MemberThe 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.
He is a chosen one! God BLess our new prophet.
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!
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.
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
We are grateful for our new prophet and know that the First Presidency is at the
helm of the Church. God Bless you all.
Maravilhoso!Homens de Deus!
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!!!
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.
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?
What a great blessing to have a German enter the First Presidency. The
international outreach of the Church will expand.
To the new first presidency I rise my right hand in support!
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.
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?
To DavidSome time look up the definition of faith. Yes, there are some
things that do not change...Thank goodness!
Wally world, Here I am. I disagree with the choice.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.)
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!
Surprizing choice for 2nd counselor, but very welcome!
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
Wow now that is a big surprise! Did anyone anywhere think anyone else would be
the next prophet/president? Thanks for the breaking news.
:) I feel so happy. I can't wait to watch conference.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!"
The Lord has selected special Prophet to follow another very special Prophet and
friend of the world.Tennessee
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.
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.
Three gaints in all respects.Best Wishes. You are in our prayers.
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!
President Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet for the agesas were those who
preceeded him-another true manfor all seasons and mankind, His two
counselorsare inspired, faithful men of God as well. TheLord leads
His Church and those General Authoritieswho serve tirelessly for the
Master of our uni-verse. Dr G.
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
Wonderful! Our prayers and support are with our inspired leaders.
President Monson are Prophet, We love you.
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.
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
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.
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!!
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.
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!"
I totally agree with you. Thank you!
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.
Abosolutly awsome. Any three would be fantastic. You have our FULL support.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 mexicoFam.
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
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
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".
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.
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.
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!!!!!!!
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!!
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.
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.
Wonderful!! We fully support our new leaders.
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.
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.
Interesting. I'm excited for this unique new leadership.
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!
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.
Elder Uchtdorf has a *severely* hot accent.
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 did Pres Monson serve his mission??
Deiter is the new man! Rock solid as a new Presidency.
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.
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.
To John L. in Detroit. MI, Pres. Monson did not choose his First Presidency, the
Lord did, its how the Church operates.
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
A great First Presidency. A nice combination of old-line family ties and new
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Although I`m not LDS myself, I`m always interestedwhat`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.LOLBy the way never underestimate the Germans whocome from the land which
is now the Czech Republic.They are true fighters and achivers.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Very pleased, let's step it up another notch and go to work. What an exciting
excellent calling to Pres. Uchtdorf! a great statement to all that
this is a WORLD-wide church.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
...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...
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!
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
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
I love this church! Pres Monson is gonna be a great leader!!!! Woohoo!!!
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).
Isn't the internet great? Here I am in my own house in Ireland watching the
press conference in SLC.
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
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.
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.
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
May God bless them
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
I knew that Elder Uchtdorf was going to be in the presidency. I just had a funny
feeling he would.
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 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.
I think the First presidency is wise to now guard against the quorum getting too
elderly, leaving one man to do the duties.
Wish the presidential elections went as smoothly as the appointment of a new
president in the LDS church!
Wow! What a great 1st Presidency. Whomever the Lord calls, I'll sustain and
Wow. Elder Uchtdorf. I didn't expect that. It's a couple of youngsters as
The Church is moving on with a new President and will lead well as President
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. :-)
I'm excited to sustain the new first presidency in April. Elder Uchtdorf came
as a bit of a surprise.
This is simply amazing. The church is so true and works so soundly! This will be
an exciting transition!
hail to the prophet and all our prayers - always loved president monson
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
What a glorius day!!! What a great presidency...constancy amid change.
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.
Wow! What a wonderful 1st Presidency!! This is very exciting.
The Church is in good hands, those of the Lord and those of the First
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.
Bon Courage, President Monson! Our family is elated to support you from here in
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.
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...
I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store through President Monson.
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.
What a wonderful force for good as they lead our world to safer ground.
How lucky we are to have President Monson! Although we will sorely miss
President Hinckley, I KNOW the church is in good hands now!
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.
I was hoping for L. Tom Perry. It's so much easier to pronounce than Uchtdorf.
I was thinking Boyd K Packer would be one of the counselors. I guessed Pres.
Eyring. Thank you, brethren, for your dedicated service.
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.
Our full support
That's wonderful. finally an INTERNATIONAL First presidency
Fantastic! I'm glad to hear that such dedicated men will work together. I am
impressed by their spirit and their love.
"Whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies." One of my favorite President Monson
Adding Elder Uchtdorf to First Presidency shows the increasingly international
membership of the church.
Wow!! These men are the men who the Lord called. They have my prayers and
What surprising news! I would have never guessed.