As usual you come out with reasonable explanations that make us think. Looking at it from our own narrow perspective, we see Uchdorft as an advocate for the disenfranchised, so any hit to his position in the church would be seen as an affront to us somewhat, and a demotion for him in speaking up.Curt Sunshine wrote: ↑29 Mar 2018, 15:36Personality issues aside, Elder Oaks is the most likely next president, so it made sense to move him into the FP as the 1st Counselor. That wasn't a historical given, by any stretch, but it made sense. Likewise, Elder Eyring was the 1st Counselor, so it made sense to drop him to 2nd Counselor. Uchtdorf was the 2nd Counselor (and the "junior apostle" of the FP), so it made sense to move him out of the FP.
But I see from your comments there are other considerations.