FACTS: Thomas S. Monson was born on 21 August 1927. He was first sustained by members of the LDS church as “Prophet, Seer, and Revelator” on 4 October 1963. During the 54 years and almost 3 months from that sustaining until his death on 2 January 2018, he published exactly zero prophecies, zero translations of ancient documents, and zero revelations. [source]
COMMENTARY: I’m not going to say I know better than the Mormon God how to direct a multimillion-member church or oversee a multibillion-inhabitant planet, but the Mormon church’s claim to fame is supposed to be continuing modern revelation, and I think it may have been useful to have a little divine guidance on recent issues such as the cause of global warming, the presence or absence of weapons of mass destruction and its effect on wars that ravaged entire nations, advance warnings of catastrophes caused by extreme weather or deranged gunmen, the source of homosexual tendencies and whether people so blessed deserve the same rights that others enjoy, and whether women are worthy to act in the name of the Mormon God. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed listening to Monson regale audiences with heartwarming stories and selections from great poets. I guess it was wrong of me to hope for a little more, though. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.