I'm with Marlin K. Jensen. He suggested earlier today in an interview shown on BYU-TV that, perfectly framed by Super (Bowl) Sunday and Super Tuesday, something truly remarkable has set today apart as Super Monday. Less than two hours ago, the general leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a press conference and announced to the world the new First Presidency of the Church. Thomas S. Monson was introduced as our 16th president and prophet, with Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf as his 1st and 2nd counselors, respectively. My heart goes out to these men whom I love and value. Following introductions and at the end of a half-hour Q & A session, President Monson asked all to remember the First Presidency in their prayers. I say, You got it, President.
It's an amazing thing, this transition. My time is short for writing today, so I'll just say that I'm really grateful to have been part of the "President Hinckley Era," as some people have begun this week to refer to it, and I'm thankful too to be starting on this new journey with President Monson. I'm taking his request seriously; I want to pray for these leaders. I felt today just how deeply such prayers are needed. These men are some of the Lord's finest; they strive to follow inspiration and do God's work of loving, enlightening, ministering, and lifting. As part of a lay church, they didn't ask or compete for these responsibilities, but they are graciously and humbly willing and, to my view, extremely able to take them on and wear out their lives in the Master's good service. I am proud of them. I honor them. I do pray for them, and I hope you will too. Those are some mighty big shoes to have to fill.