Is it Time for Monson to Retire?

Yes.  At least that’s my opinion, and of course my opinion is worth every penny you paid for it.

Will he retire?  No, unless a miracle revelation occurs.  (Please pray for one.)

Having said that, a miracle did happen in the Catholic Church.  Four years ago, Pope Benedict XVI resigned due to health problems.  I wrote about it, wishing it would happen in our church too, but I’m not holding my breath.  Pope Benedict was the first pope in 400 years to resign, and he was in much better shape than President Monson.  Benedict retired because he was suffering from “lack of strength of mind and body.”

As we saw this week on several outlets, including the Salt Lake Tribune, Provo Daily Herald, Religion News Service, and even quoting the Deseret News,

Aging LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson has decreased his regular, day-to-day involvement in leadership meetings, a church spokesman said Tuesday of the 89-year-old Mormon prophet.

“Because of limitations incident to his age, President Monson is no longer attending meetings at the church offices on a regular basis,” said Eric Hawkins, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “He communicates and confers with his counselors on matters as needed.

We sing the song,

We Thanks Thee of God for a prophet
Who Guides us in these Latter Days.

But if he doesn’t come to the office, is he really guiding us?

I mean the reports of dementia are well known.  I even reported on it back in 2014.  While the LDS Church won’t officially confirm or deny the rumors, it is a pretty open secret.  If he were drunk, would we question his mental and leadership capacity?

Monson being escorted back to his seat immediately following his address. He was assisted by Elder Uchtdorf and another man.

Even LDS Living, while defending the status quo that the church is being led by the First Presidency titled an article “What You Didn’t See Happening Behind President Monson During His Conference Talk

As it turns out, with the lights dimmed around the podium, very few could see what President Uchtdorf was doing as the prophet concluded his remarks. Michelle Cope, however, was there and gave the following beautiful account:

Most of you probably did not see what was happening behind President Monson at the end of his talk. I was on the floor, just a few rows from the very front of the Conference Center with a clear view of the scene. You might have noticed that President Monson really struggled to finish the last couple minutes of his talk and especially the last 30 seconds. I was afraid for him. I thought he might faint, pass out, or something worse.

And then, my heart melted when I saw behind President Monson was President Uchtdorf – on the edge of his seat, almost half-way standing up, with his arms stretched out, ready to catch the Prophet at any moment if he fell. You could see the worried expression on President Uchtdorf’s face as well as focused determination. He was on high alert and ready to catch him. As soon as President Monson said “Amen”, President Uchtdorf was immediately at his side and carried him back to his seat, safe and sound.”

If the church is to “go forth boldly, nobly, and independent” as Joseph Smith said his Standard of Truth, how can we say that a sick, brain-damaged old man (as nice and wonderful as he is) is leading the church boldly, nobly, and independently?  Clearly Monson is so incapacitated that he isn’t even independent enough to go to the office any more.  Did you see him last General Conference?  He looked sick.  He was hospitalized the day after General Conference.  Let’s be honest.  He’s not “guiding us in these latter days.”  He’s drowning before our eyes.

There’s a well-known story about a man who was trapped in his house by a flood.  A man in a boat came by and asked if he wanted to be rescued.  “No”, the man replied.  “God will save me.”  The waters rose, and the man ended up on the roof.  A helicopter came by and asked if he wanted to be rescued.  “No”, the man replied.  “God will save me.”  The waters soon covered his house, and the man drowned.

In heaven, the man asked, “God, why didn’t you save me?”

God replied, “I sent you a boat and a helicopter.  What more did you want?”

President Monson.  I love you.  You’ve served the Lord well.  But it’s time to retire, and convalesce in peace.  You clearly have less strength and mental capacity than Pope Benedict did when he retired.  Like the man surrounded by a flood, I think God is trying to tell you that you have served him well, but it’s time to move on and let someone with more capacity lead the church.  Please retire (or give yourself emeritus status) and convalesce in peace.

It’s time for someone else who can lead the church “boldly, nobly, and independent.”  I will miss your service, but I know God will say to you, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

Once again, thank you President Monson.  Thank you for your wonderful Christian example all these years.  Set the example and retire when it is obvious you can no longer effectively serve.  I think this is a sign from God.


8 comments on “Is it Time for Monson to Retire?

  1. Steadying the ark much?

  2. Nice snark. Do you ever have a legitimate comment, or is sarcasm your preferred method of comment?

  3. What more Revelation would you expect from someone replacing him while he’s emeritus, that would not happen while he retains his calling without being released.

    My guess is that it would be 100% the same.

  4. The Dialogue article by Prince, Bush, and Rushforth (issue 49.3) gives a lot of context and offers some ideas regarding our gerontocracy. Nowhere in scripture does it say that any of the Q15 have to serve for life. This is tradition, pure and simple. It almost changed when JFS II became prophet, but didn’t. With advanced age and dementia becoming more and more likely, perhaps we need to rethink these “callings for life.”

  5. Obviously, you don’t think President Monson is capable of receiving revelation. You also don’t appear to accept the leadership of the FP or Q12. So, who would receive this revelation that would acceptable in your eyes?

    If President Monson is capable of receiving revelation that he should retire, why is that the limit of his ability to receive revelation?

    And how do you know he hasn’t asked to be released but been told no by the Lord?

    I think it speaks more about you than him that you think President Monson is clinging to his position as opposed to serving despite being ready to be done.

  6. mjb33, if you’re going to comment here, please don’t make assumptions about my beliefs. Ask me first.

    You know what happens when you ASSume…right? Because, “I think it speaks more about you than [me.]”

    Wanna rephrase your comment without the underlying assumptions?

  7. Mormon Heretic: Do you, as mjb33 stated above, think that “President Monson is clinging to his position as opposed to serving despite being ready to be done?”

    I can see where you are coming from. I often find myself wondering why the Lord doesn’t just let him pass in peace, especially since his wife is gone and he is incapable of doing much.

    I thought the same with President Hinckley before he died.

    I was told by someone that God has control over when and where we come into this world and when and where we go out. I’m sure our prophet is tired of being alive. I, at 26, often find myself tired of being alive so I can’t imagine what it is like to be 89, having served people every and now being unable to do anything but let others serve me.

    Maybe that is something he is needing to learn? How to let others serve him. That’s something my dad struggles with, though he would do anything for anyone and pay to do it, he can’t stand others buying things for him or doing things for him without accepting pay or trade.

    I admit that I don’t understand the mind of the Lord, but I know he doesn’t do anything that isn’t for our benefit. Maybe he is waiting for the opportune moment. Are we doing any worse now as a church than we would be doing if he was gone? Would it really make a difference to anyone?

  8. It seems to me that many of our leaders have received revelation in their last days. Until the Lord calls him home I sustain him as the Prophet and will not be surprised if he has something more to say – if not to me and you, then perhaps to those he works closely with.

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