by Sharon Lindbloom 22 January 2018 On Friday, January 12 (2018) the 16th LDS President, Thomas Monson, was laid to rest. On Sunday, January 14, Russell M. Nelson was set apart as the new President, Prophet, Seer, and Revelator of the LDS Church. On Tuesday, January 16, the Church’s newly formed First Presidency (Russell M. … Read more
General Authorities. Men “called to serve in the highest levels of leadership” in the LDS Church (Encyclopedia of Mormonism 2:538). These offices include the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, quorums of the Seventy, and Presiding Bishopric.
First Presidency. Consists of the Prophet/President and his two counselors. “Of the Melchizedek Priesthood, three Presiding High Priests, chosen by the body, appointed and ordained to that office, and upheld by the confidence, faith, and prayer of the church, form a quorum of the Presidency of the Church” (Doctrine and Covenants 107:22). Thirteenth President Ezra Taft Benson declared, “Doctrinal interpretation is the province of the First Presidency. The Lord has given that stewardship to them by revelation.