New LDS Church leadership announcements anticipated at live broadcast with President Russell M. Nelson


President Russell M. Nelson, president of the LDS Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks during President Thomas S. Monson’s funeral. (Photo by LDS Church)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints extended a “special invitation” to members of its worldwide congregation on Saturday. Members are invited to tune into a live broadcast with President Russell M. Nelson, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 9 a.m. MST.

While the LDS Church didn’t announce the purpose of the live broadcast, it is anticipated that President Nelson will be called as the next president of the Church, replacing President Thomas S. Monson who died on Tuesday, Jan. 2. The funeral service for President Monson was held on Friday at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

“We are all better because of him. And the Church is better because of him,” President Nelson, who has known President Monson for more than 50 years, said about President Monson at the funeral.

President Nelson has served at the president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since July 15, 2015. He has served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since April 7, 1984.

Before a new prophet is chosen, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles must meet and unanimously vote on the new prophet. Typically, the senior-most apostle is appointed as the next prophet. President Nelson in the longest-standing member of the quorum.

Along with the announcement of a new prophet, it is anticipated that two counselors will be called to form the First Presidency of the Church. When President Monson died, the First President was absolved — which included President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

The announcement will be broadcast live in 29 languages over the Church’s broadcast channels, internet and social media. Following the broadcast, there will be a press conference held at 10 a.m. MST.

Rebecca Lane

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