Thomas S Monson Mormon“There were times, many of them, when Presidents Hinckley and Monson refused to move forward on an issue until they were sure they had received assent from an alert President Benson. Elder Oaks witnessed one such instance that occurred while the Twelve were enjoying a social function in President Benson’s apartment. ‘I knew that President Hinckley was going to clear a particular matter with President Benson,’ he recalled. ‘At one point President Hinckley motioned for me to join the two of them in one corner of the room so that I could witness the conversation. I saw that the prophet was tracking the discussion entirely, and with that the First Presidency was able to move forward on that issue. If President Hinckley felt something was a decision for the President and not something within the delegated authority of counselors, he would not move ahead. His integrity on that process was 100 percent.’”

(Sheri Dew, Go Forward With Faith, Deseret Book, 1996,  p. 474.)

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