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Mormon Inquiry

The Salt Lake Tribune did a short one-year review of the tenure of Thomas S. Monson as President of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The article notes that “impetuous acts of kindness are the hallmark of Monson” and offers some comparisons between his style and that of his immediate predecessor in office, President Gordon B. Hinckley.

Where Pres. Hinckley made several new departures during his first year and aggressively courted media coverage, Pres. Monson has generally held steady with existing programs and avoided direct contact with journalists. Highlights of Pres. Monson’s first year:

  • A continued push to build new LDS temples around the world.
  • No change in the open treatment of historical events and access to archived documents.
  • The surprising choice of Elder Dieter Uchtdorf as his new counselor in the LDS First Presidency.
  • The controversial request directed to California Mormons asking them to contribute time and effort in support of Proposition 8.
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