Happy Birthday Sir! Although I'm no longer LDS, I've always had a deep
respect and admiration for your work promoting peace, tolerance and love. I pray
for God's richest blessings to be upon you as you celebrate your remarkable
life. May you have many more years of making an impact upon the lives of those
in the LDS faith and the lives of countless others who live by faith.
I honor and sustain President Monson, and wish him a happy birthday, but....As an active member, I --for one-- am very "uneasy" when the
church (HQ bureaucracy) puts such emphasis on "individual glorification"
(for lack of a better term) such as this. Even for our beloved Prophet!I enjoy a good birthday celebration as much as anyone, but I just
personally have a high discomfort level for the Church hosting a "big
to-do" like this. It's an inappropriate distraction from the central
mission of the Church, IMHO.May President Monson celebrate his
birthday in private, with family and close friends. But to put on a
HUGE production like this, at church expense, seems a misguided effort. Think
of the costs involved to open the Conference Center, cool the building (in
August), the preparation expenses to the MoTab Choir, the extra burden on the
SLPD to help direct traffic for that event, the production costs for the actual
program and church-paid support staff to support it, not to mention the costs to
print a 2-page "social blotter" report in the Church News the following
Saturday, etc. etc.Too much!