LDS, how is the Church Presidents chosen?

After Gordon B. Hinckley passed away, how did they choose Thomas S. Monson?

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Update 2:

Thanks Cadisney =))

8 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    When a prophet dies, the First Presidency is dissolved and the counselors take their places (according to seniority) in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, which becomes the leading council of the Church. All of the members of the Quorum meet together in a solemn assembly to reorganize the First Presidency. As revelation dictates, the new president will be sustained and then ordained by the apostles, and the new president will choose his counselors. Later, another apostle will be called to fill the vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Usually, this is done at the first General Conference of the Church when the new prophet is sustained. Customarily, and out of respect for the deceased, the Apostles wait until after the funeral is held before they meet to reorganize the First Presidency. The lack of a prophet and president for the Church for a short duration is of no import, since the Twelve hold the keys to govern the Church and are themselves revelators.

    Our General Conference is this next weekend if you want to learn more, lol

    (for some reason I feel like singing that Oklahoma song,

    OH the Catholics and the Mormons can be friends, yes the Catholics and the Mormons can be friends)

  • Isolde
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    cadisney is correct. One thing to clarify. It happens that President Monson was first counselor, but the next prophet is always the President of the Quorum of the Twelve. That person is always the most senior in service as an Apostle. Today that is President Packard. The FIrst Counselor, President Eyring is actually about 10th in senority. The First Counselor does not actually have to be an Apostle. Sidney Rigdon held that position, but did not have the keys held by the Apostles.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is usually the most senior Apostle or the President of the Quorum of the Twelve. That is where President Monson was. Now, if he died tonight, Boyd K Packer would be the next President of the Church because he is the senior Apostle, meaning the one who has been there the longest. This is what has happened since Joseph Smith died and Brigham Young became the President of the Church.

  • 3 years ago

    Succession in the Church relies upon seniority. the guy who has been the apostle the longest (frequently) succeeds the president of the church whilst he passes away. i'm no longer attentive to any exception to this custom subsequently some distance. in this manner the descision is left as much as the Lord, by using fact He makes a decision who passes away whilst. so some distance as counselors bypass, they are apostles themselves yet like President Eyring they are no longer unavoidably next in line. President Hinckley has been in the 1st presidency for 26 years (14 years beforehand being the president). the subsequent senior apostle is President Monson, then Packer, Perry, Nelson, o.ok., Ballard, Wirthlin, Scott, Hales, Holland, Eyring, Uchtdorf, Bednar, and then cook dinner. If President Packer is termed to serve in the 1st presidency then the hot "performing" president of the quorum of the 12 apostles would be Elder Perry, returned by using fact of seniority. here hyperlink is from the church's information website and info succession in the Church of Jesus Christ.

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  • Kerry
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The Church has 12 Apostles, which are viewed as "prophets, seers, and revelators." The church also has a "First Presidency" which consists of the president and two counselors. When the president dies, the "First Presidency" dissolves and the leadership authority resorts to the !2 Apostles. The chiefest, or longest tenured apostle automatically becomes the next president.

    Source(s): Lifelong Mormon
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    We vote online xD

    Just kidding ^_^

    Monson was chosen president of the church because he was Hinkley's 1st counselor... and if Monson dies (I hope he doesn't) then his first conselor (who used to be Hinkley's 2nd counselor) becomes the president of the church.

    Source(s): LDS!!! :)
  • 1 decade ago

    The Quorum meets and chooses the next in line. The belief is that the Lord has placed these men in the order in which they're to be selected.

  • 1 decade ago

    Here is some information you will enjoy about Thomas S. Monson...... He was always a very important part of the church...... and so young.....

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