Yes.  At least that’s my opinion, and of course my opinion is worth every penny you paid for it.

Will he retire?  No, unless a miracle revelation occurs.  (Please pray for one.)

Having said that, a miracle did happen in the Catholic Church.  Four years ago, Pope Benedict XVI resigned due to health problems.  I wrote about it, wishing it would happen in our church too, but I’m not holding my breath.  Pope Benedict was the first pope in 400 years to resign, and he was in much better shape than President Monson.  Benedict retired because he was suffering from “lack of strength of mind and body.”

As we saw this week on several outlets, including the Salt Lake Tribune, Provo Daily Herald, Religion News Service, and even quoting the Deseret News,

Aging LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson has decreased his regular, day-to-day involvement in leadership meetings, a church spokesman said Tuesday of the 89-year-old Mormon prophet.

“Because of limitations incident to his age, President Monson is no longer attending meetings at the church offices on a regular basis,” said Eric Hawkins, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “He communicates and confers with his counselors on matters as needed.

We sing the song,

We Thanks Thee of God for a prophet
Who Guides us in these Latter Days.

But if he doesn’t come to the office, is he really guiding us?

I mean the reports of dementia are well known.  I even reported on it back in 2014.  While the LDS Church won’t officially confirm or deny the rumors, it is a pretty open secret.  If he were drunk, would we question his mental and leadership capacity?

Monson being escorted back to his seat immediately following his address. He was assisted by Elder Uchtdorf and another man.

Even LDS Living, while defending the status quo that the church is being led by the First Presidency titled an article “What You Didn’t See Happening Behind President Monson During His Conference Talk

As it turns out, with the lights dimmed around the podium, very few could see what President Uchtdorf was doing as the prophet concluded his remarks. Michelle Cope, however, was there and gave the following beautiful account:

Most of you probably did not see what was happening behind President Monson at the end of his talk. I was on the floor, just a few rows from the very front of the Conference Center with a clear view of the scene. You might have noticed that President Monson really struggled to finish the last couple minutes of his talk and especially the last 30 seconds. I was afraid for him. I thought he might faint, pass out, or something worse.

And then, my heart melted when I saw behind President Monson was President Uchtdorf – on the edge of his seat, almost half-way standing up, with his arms stretched out, ready to catch the Prophet at any moment if he fell. You could see the worried expression on President Uchtdorf’s face as well as focused determination. He was on high alert and ready to catch him. As soon as President Monson said “Amen”, President Uchtdorf was immediately at his side and carried him back to his seat, safe and sound.”

If the church is to “go forth boldly, nobly, and independent” as Joseph Smith said his Standard of Truth, how can we say that a sick, brain-damaged old man (as nice and wonderful as he is) is leading the church boldly, nobly, and independently?  Clearly Monson is so incapacitated that he isn’t even independent enough to go to the office any more.  Did you see him last General Conference?  He looked sick.  He was hospitalized the day after General Conference.  Let’s be honest.  He’s not “guiding us in these latter days.”  He’s drowning before our eyes.

There’s a well-known story about a man who was trapped in his house by a flood.  A man in a boat came by and asked if he wanted to be rescued.  “No”, the man replied.  “God will save me.”  The waters rose, and the man ended up on the roof.  A helicopter came by and asked if he wanted to be rescued.  “No”, the man replied.  “God will save me.”  The waters soon covered his house, and the man drowned.

In heaven, the man asked, “God, why didn’t you save me?”

God replied, “I sent you a boat and a helicopter.  What more did you want?”

President Monson.  I love you.  You’ve served the Lord well.  But it’s time to retire, and convalesce in peace.  You clearly have less strength and mental capacity than Pope Benedict did when he retired.  Like the man surrounded by a flood, I think God is trying to tell you that you have served him well, but it’s time to move on and let someone with more capacity lead the church.  Please retire (or give yourself emeritus status) and convalesce in peace.

It’s time for someone else who can lead the church “boldly, nobly, and independent.”  I will miss your service, but I know God will say to you, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

Once again, thank you President Monson.  Thank you for your wonderful Christian example all these years.  Set the example and retire when it is obvious you can no longer effectively serve.  I think this is a sign from God.