The Mantle of the Prophet ( a svithe)

    President Monson, may I claim a moment of personal privilege?

    As the first of the Brethren invited to speak following your singular message to the Church this morning, may I say something on behalf of all your Brethren of the General Authorities and indeed on behalf of all the Church.

    Of the many privileges we have had in this historic conference, including participation in a solemn assembly in which we were able to stand and sustain you as prophet, seer, and revelator, I cannot help but feel that the most important privilege we have all had has been to witness personally the settling of the sacred, prophetic mantle upon your shoulders, almost as it were by the very hands of angels themselves. Those in attendance at last night’s general priesthood meeting and all who were present in the worldwide broadcast of this morning’s session have been eyewitness to this event. For all the participants, I express our gratitude for such a moment. I say that with love to President Monson and especially love to our Father in Heaven for the wonderful opportunity it has been to be “eyewitnesses of his majesty” (2 Peter 1:16), as the Apostle Peter once said.

    Jeffrey R. Holland - April 6, 2008

An acquaintance of mine said: "I was there and I felt it as well. There was a different energy in the building as he spoke. I am so grateful that I was able to be there this morning - I will never forget it."

Now, I wasn't there. I was listening to an audio feed online. But as President Monson gave his Sunday-morning talk, I felt it too. No question: he is the Prophet of God upon the Earth.

Go tell it on the mountain. God still loves us. The good news still flows down.


last week's svithe


  1. Amen brother Th!

    I was both excited and somewhat relieved to feel what I felt as he spoke in the Priesthood session--that morning session, too, but the Priesthood session was first. I've always loved President Monson, but I was worried about my ability to accept him as THE prophet; I had a grim determination to do so, but I didn't really have that peaceful easy feeling I was hoping for. But then, as President Monson spoke in Priesthood, it was there--I felt it--and it was very reassuring.

    What a great Church--which, ya know, makes sense, since it's Jesus' and all....

  2. .

    I had a similar experience finally accepting President Hinckley as prophet---I had always admired and respected him, but when the job became his, accepting him was a spiritual challenge.

    A prophet is never accepted in his own town, as it were. And by the time the mantle falls, we all know that man very very well.

  3. i still haven't been able to write about how it felt to see that change. (we watched conference on tv and i now have a strong testimony of rabbit ears.) allelujah, indeed.