On March 8, 2013, President Obama met with a small group of invited faith leaders to discuss immigration reform. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, the second councilor to the Mormon prophet, was among those invited. He is a natural choice in that he has been an immigrant three times in his life and the Mormons have made immigration reform one of the few political topics in which they have taken an interest.
At the April 2009 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called Mormons), history was made with the calling of Joseph W. Sitati to the First Quorum of the Seventy. He is the first black person from Africa to be called as a General Authority-the leading body of the church. There have been other black General Authorities, and other African authorities, but no one who was both black and a native of Africa.
There’s something about the office of President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called “the Mormons“) that invites a higher level of public interest and scrutiny regarding his life. President Thomas S. Monson, who was recently named as the new prophet and president of the Church following the recent passing of Gordon B. Hinckley, has been in the First Presidency of the Church since 1985 and was called into the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1963. Both of these are considered to be prominent callings.
I am grateful that we have a living prophet on the earth today. I’m grateful for the life and service of President Gordon B. Hinckley, who had served as the prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as “the Mormons“) from 1995 up until his recent passing. And I’m grateful that even though we love and miss him, the Lord has provided us with another prophet who has been raised up to this position.
President Gordon B. Hinckley, the prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called “the Mormons”), passed away on Sunday evening of this week. Since that time, tributes and condolences from many individuals and organizations have poured in to Church headquarters in Salt Lake City. Following are selections from just a few of those that they have posted on the Church website at the Newsroom on www.lds.org:
First, let’s clarify some terminology. A stake is a group of several local congregations (wards or branches; branches are usually smaller than wards) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Stakes are generally assigned by geographic location; for instance, the stake centered in Norman, Oklahoma, has wards and branches in Norman as well as surrounding communities such as Noble, Blanchard, and Chickasha.
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Sister Inis Egan Hunter, wife of late Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Howard W. Hunter. She passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2007 in Laguna Hills, California due to causes incident to age. She was 93 years old.
When the name of Henry B. Eyring was read in the October 2007 general conference as the new counselor in the First Presidency, I had to smile. While we love all of our general authorities, and would have sustained any of them in this new calling, I’m sure many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide did just the same thing.