Richard G. Scott, Apostle for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died last Tuesday at 1:45 pm in his Salt Lake City home, encircled with the love of his Family.
I was at a BYUI devotional when we heard the news. It shocked the audience into a stupor, killing the normal buzz of conversation that accompanies a large body of 20-somethings. My first thought was, “Not another one.”
Since May of this year, three of the Apostles in the Quorum of the Twelve have finished their missions in the flesh; namely L. Tom Perry, Boyd K. Packer, and Richard G. Scott. No new apostles have been announced, making the upcoming General Conference even more anticipated. The process of calling a new apostle is much like the process of calling a missionary, or calling a Relief Society President, or calling anyone in the church: a matter of prayer and personal revelation.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson offered insight into the unique process of revelation of apostles when he said, “[President Monson’s] practice has been to ask each of his counselors and the members of the Quorum of the Twelve to give him names they would recommend for his consideration, not to discuss with each other but just individually, to give him whatever name or names they feel impressed he ought to look at…What process he goes through exactly, I’m not sure. That’s, again, something private he pursues. He then brings back, when he’s reached his decision and had the inspiration he needs, the name or names to the council that we have of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to sustain it. That goes forward to general conference.”
When an Apostle dies, the whole LDS community grieves at the loss of such a beloved and inspired man of God. Quotes on Social Media fill news feeds, announcements are made in sacrament meetings, and funeral services are broadcast so any adoring member may pay their last respects. The passing of Richard G. Scott was no different.
While change is difficult and we love lose lost, the LDS community stands ready to sustain the apostles yet to be called in one week.