General Conference, April 2008
President Thomas S. Monson steps to the pulpit and says:
“Brothers and sisters, thank you for your prayers. They have sustained me as I have wrestled with the feelings of inadequacy which naturally beset one who is called to this office. After prayerful discussion with my brethren of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve, we have determined that out of consideration for the personal well-being of the individuals involved, those ordained as apostles will serve until the age of 85, at which time they will be given General Authority Emeritus status. They will continue to enjoy the rights and privileges which accrue to the other emeritus General Authorities, including a living allowance, attendance at our monthly temple meeting, and appropriate Church service. It is expected that in five years I will thus become the first president of the church to receive emeritus status and allow one of my younger brethren to preside.
At this time we would also like to grant emeritus status to Elders L. Tom Perry and Joseph B. Wirthlin, who have worn out their lives in the Lord’s service. We are gratified that they will now be able to pass on their faith and insights gained from apostolic service to their posterity.
It is hoped that in this way, the Lord’s pattern for calling the leader of His Church on the earth will no longer be the subject of speculation, and that members of the Church may continue in firm faith that the Lord is in complete control of succession in the presidency. We will now be pleased to hear from Elders Perry and Wirthlin. Elder Perry…”
Discuss, my friends: