The prophet’s call is not to a chair of honor and distinction, it is a chair heavy in work, a responsibility too daunting for any other man alive.
Throughout the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from the six members that started the original Church, the swift succession of the highest office has been both reassuring and painless. There is NEVER any electioneering for positions in the Church. Thomas S. Monson was loved and admired when he was here. Our love for Thomas S. Monson is greater now than ever. We love all the leaders of our Church, both past and, future. Our love for the next leaders is already in place and appreciated.
The apostles immediately accept the remaining apostles back into the twelve in their original place of seniority. A similar number of the freshest apostles are retired so there are only twelve apostles. These twelve then choose if the twelve shall continue to guide the Church, or if the Lord has chosen a new prophet to lead the Church. The new leader, if one is called, is chosen unanimously, he then chooses his two counselors. If this happens, the two apostles are brought back into the twelve and a third apostle will be called to serve in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
“The second-highest presiding body in Church government is the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Apostles serve under the direction of the First Presidency and have heavy administrative responsibilities to oversee the orderly progress and development of the Church throughout the world. The First Presidency and Twelve Apostles are regarded by Latter-day Saints as prophets who receive divine revelation and inspiration to guide the Church.
“The appointment of a new president of the Church happens in an orderly way that — remarkably in today’s world — avoids any trace of internal lobbying for position or rank. Viewed by members as a divinely revealed process, it is devoid of electioneering whether behind the scenes or in public.
“Moreover, it is not only the structure of Church organization that governs this process. There is also a deeply ingrained tradition in the Church that personal aspiration for leadership at any level is inappropriate. Instead, the emphasis is on personal worthiness and a humble willingness to serve when invited.”
The prophet’s call is not to a chair of honor and distinction, it is a chair heavy in work, a responsibility too daunting for any other man alive. Members of the Twelve serve under a seemingly heavier workload around the world in order to manage the affairs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as directed and assisted by the First Presidency. They are assisted by The Seventy as needed.
The twelve ARE already prophets, seers and revelators and they each usually already have decades of service behind them.
This may seem strange to outsiders, but the Church never stumbles or pauses in its mission when of our Prophets pass on. As much as we loved and appreciated President Monson, we know that the succession will be both unanimous and orderly. The affairs of the Church shall not be neglected. Usually, the pace of our service picks up as we realize anew that our own departure is more imminent and our own time to accomplish the personal mission we were sent down here to perform grows short.
Incidently the New York Times wrote an obituary on our prophet. Demands poured in, petitions came in fully packed with signature. Other news periodicals picked up the torch have rushed in to muddy the fray. https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/petition-new-york-times-apologize-mormon/2018/01/09/id/836069/, for example, peppered its supporting post with three graphic ads promising great sex tonight! If your stomach is weak, don’t go.
I just don’t believe these are the results my friends wanted to see.