Wednesday, January 3, 2018

With the passing of Thomas S. Monson, next in line Russell M. Nelson is set to become president of the LDS Church in the coming days or weeks. Nelson will be the first church president ordained to the apostleship in my life time (I was three) and his the first First Presidency sans Monson since 1985. A former president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and a director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Nelson will be the first LDS church president to have had a career of national standing outside of church service since Ezra Taft Benson, who had been U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. At age 93 only Joseph Fielding Smith will have been older at the time of his ordination to the office (he was 94). Nelson will be the 8th church president born in Utah.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Third Party of the Week:

The Independent American Party is a paleoconservative party founded in Utah in 1998. The parties beliefs and platform are in large part drawn from the teachings of former United States Secretary of Agriculture and LDS Church president Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994), particularly a 1968 address of his titled The Proper Role of Government. The party is similar to and sometimes affiliates with the larger and better known Constitution Party. The IAP's most famous member is probably Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, famous for his 2014 standoff with the BLM over a longstanding cattle grazing dispute. The party has a website but its YouTube channel is probably more interesting.