Dear President Monson,
Mitt Romney is thinking about running for President of The United States of America, again. I think Brother Romney needs our help.
He appears to be bored and in need of something to do. As you know, nothing good ever comes out of such idleness. So I think, as a Church, we need should step in and help Brother and Sister Romney out
What do we do with a wealthy LDS couple with time and energy on their hands? We call them to be mission presidents! Brother Romney has been a bishop and stake president. From what I hear he was well-liked and diligent in those callings.
Clearly, as a business executive, who led the 2002 Olympics and later served as Governor, Brother Romney has more than enough of the church and professional experience needed to serve as mission president. Of course, it might be controversial. While this might be reason not to call him as a general authority, mission presidents are an important but not overly high-profile position.
Oh, I know such a calling would attract media attention. But after the initial hoopla, the Romneys will buckle down on their mission work and the media will return to focusing on other things (like the 2016 race).
There is a precedent for this. Democrat Wayne Owens was called to be a mission president after losing his U.S. House seat in 1976. High-profile baseball player Dale Murphy served as a mission president in Boston in the late 1990s.
I realize that I have no power or influence over such things, but as a politician who also lost in 2012, I can tell you how lost one feels after losing an election. Unlike Brother Romney, I didn’t think I would win. He was convinced that he would. Luckily, I am now busy teaching middle school.
Let’s help Mitt Romney out. After all, he is our brother.
Las Vegas, Nevada
EDITOR’S NOTE: President Thomas S. Monson is the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A mission president oversees around 250 full-time missionaries in a specific geographical area. It is a three-year calling or assignment.