Succession in the Presidency

I am not an expert or scholar, but I love Church History. I try to read as much as I can, and it doesn’t matter how obscure or odd things may seem, I just love it. None of the “controversial” things have bothered me at all. In fact, I often find comfort in knowing that the leaders had some of the same challenges that I face.

One of the most interesting topics is succession; that is who becomes the leader when the current leader dies. By now it is an accepted fact that the senior apostle (in this case Thomas Spencer Monson) becomes the new president, but it hasn’t always been that way.

The Bloggernacle has had several posting this week about this issue, and rather than rehash them all, here are a couple of the best links:

President Hinckley Ranked #3 in Blog Mentions on Jan 28th

The Director of the Internet Coordination Group for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Larry Richman, runs a blog called ldsWebGuy. Yesterday he posted that according to BlogPulse, Gordon B. Hinckley was the 3rd most referenced person in the blogosphere on Monday.


As you can see from the screenshot, almost all of the top 10 “bursty” names were Church figures.

Special “The Daily Universe” section on the life of President Hinckley

The Daily Universe is the newspaper at BYU. They have a special section about the life of President Hinckley that can be downloaded from the BYU web site in PDF format. It looks pretty good.

Gordon B. Hinckley has passed away


I was reading a blog posting at By Common Consent last night, and someone posted a one-line comment that said President Hinckley had died. It seemed kind of random, but I went to the Salt Lake Tribune web site and there was nothing there. Deseret News wouldn’t load at all, so I figured something was up. I was finally able to confirm it on the KUTV web site. It is all over the news now, but here are a few good links:

Welcome to Mormonopia!

For years now I’ve had plans to start a web site where I can post my thoughts, impressions, and links to useful Church-related material. I registered the Mormonopia name a while ago, and I’ve finally put something up. If you’re wondering about the name, here’s how I look at it:

Mormon – This is the nickname of the Church, and has been since it’s restoration. Joseph Smith taught that it means “more good”.

opia – I thought of this as part of either cornucopia or utopia. This site will have a lot of different things posted, so in a way, it is a cornucopia of items. I have no delusions of grandeur about the site, but if the site serves its purpose, then it may well be a utopia of Mormon-related items.

So, that explains it. I hope to post things regularly, and we’ll see how it goes from there.

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