Date: January 08, 2020 03:17PM
Mormons have been conditioned to respect people of title. This is how they can put anyone in as a bishop or stake president. Even people that aren't liked that well still get respect in the church because they hold a tittle.
This is no different for prophets. You hear constant praise and awe from the members about the current flavor of the month prophet. Russell M Nelson seems to understand that the more subtle changes a prophet makes and the more gung ho the rhetoric is the more excited the members get. He's loving it. Russ is stroking the members and basking in the excitement. Where is the church really going? Nowhere. What has Russ really changed? Not much. Home teaching is now ministering, scouting is now a young men's program, Sunday School now alternates with Relief Society and Elder's Quorun every other Sunday so an hour of church has been cut. This allows the church to condense wards into fewer buildings and also gives the illusion the church is bigger than it really is.
It's still the same Book of Mormon based go and share this with your neighbors and friends and do whatever we say church. Schedules may change and small changes in names and policy may occur but the church hasn't changed that much. It's still pay, pray and obey whatever stuffed suit is propped up.