…or not. I was amused by several of the newscasts yesterday, as they announced the BIG NEWS. THE BIG NEWS was that Thomas S. Monson was named the 16th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Okay, it’s not big news. There is rarely “big” or “surprising” news coming out of LDS Church headquarters. Although more than a few people were stunned at the death of Gordon B. Hinckley. Even though he was 87-years-old!

Back to Monson. Everybody knew that it was coming. The line of succession is clear. Even the NEWS PEOPLE, who acted so surprised, knew he was the next in line. He would have had to do something pretty major, like run naked through Temple Square, old parts a flapping, to get him knocked out of that position. Even the feeble-minded and near-death presidents get to hold the office, even if just figuratively.

I think Monson still has all his faculties. And he’s a relative SPRING CHICKEN, let me tell you, compared to Hinckley. Monson is 80.

Sort of gives new meaning to the Old Boy’s Club, huh?


About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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8 Responses to Thomas Monson? It's THOMAS MONSON? WHAT A SURPRISE!!

  1. azteclady says:


    And here I thought the Catholic Conclave was an iffy way to choose a religious leader…


  2. Kitty says:

    Natalie, apparently you have not heard this faith promoting rumor that I am about to pass along. As the brethen with the powers met in prayer to see who the next prophet would be, Thomas Monson lifted his head and they all looked at him in amazement. He had taken on the countenace of GBH, then for added measure, he then appeared to be Joseph Smith. It was an awe inspiring event which left everyone in the room with no doubt whatsoever. Then later they met to watch the re-run of GBH on Sixty Minutes. They all high fived each other as they all agreed that Gordon has really pulled the wool over the eyes of Mike Wallace.


  3. Renee says:

    Funnily enough, I was in a meeting with my all Mormon employees today and one of them was going out to the internet, hit the Channel 5 website and said with a surprised tone of voice “Oh, it’s Monson”. I said, “Wasn’t that expected?”. Then all my employees looked at each other and nodded at me. Maybe they were impressed I knew who he was. Like you could miss knowing around here if you watch the news or read the paper AT ALL.

    Hm, the prophet running naked through Temple Square. Scary, yet amusing.


  4. Erin says:

    Mitt may not be US presidential material, but maybe he should be considered for the next opening of prophet. At least he’s not a decrepit old man!!!


  5. Glo says:

    wow thanks for the visual Natalie


  6. Pam says:

    Amazing that by working for the Church in some capacity for 45+ years or so, now amazingly enough, he is now a ‘prophet.” i guess the moral of the story is, get a ‘calling’ with the church at as young an age as possible and someday, you, too, could be a prophet.


  7. azteclady says:

    Pam, it’s sort of working for the government in some countries–once you are in, they can’t get you out.


  8. tedrick says:

    Hey Natalie,

    I posted something on this as well, I hope you don’t mind the link (you linked to my blog back in 2007):


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