Date: January 03, 2018 05:43PM
I don't see how LDS, Inc. survives without a change to their tontine system of governance. This year, they've hit near 0% growth, which is probably negative growth when inactivity is taken into account.
It's absurd to have a 90 year old at the head of a major institution. It's even more absurd that his successor is 93. Why choose someone based on longevity? They will never had a spry, vigorous leadership by empowering people well past the median life expectancy.
One basic change would be a mandatory retirement at 80. They already have that for 70s, so why not the top? Then have the 12 elect a President, not just pick the next guy in seniority. That's how the Pope is chosen, and now the Pope can retire when he gets too old do the job.
Without this change, they are just going to continue to be stuck in their mid-20th century mentality. Nelson is a Korean war vet. Millennials were born after M*A*S*H went off the air. How can he relate to their problems and issues?
The LDS Church was founded by a young man who died in his 30s. Now it's led by men in their 90s. They have fossilized the church due to their own personal obsolescence.