SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Wednesday that Russell M. Nelson has be named the new president of the church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Nelson was set apart, which is the church’s method of official appointment, by church President Thomas S. Monson on Wednesday.
Nelson succeeds President Boyd K. Packer, former president of the Twelve, who died July 3 at the age of 90.
As the president of the Twelve, Nelson will be referred to as “President Russell M. Nelson,” according to a press release from the church.
“It is the Church’s practice that the senior member by date of assignment to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles becomes quorum president,” the press release said.
Nelson was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve on April 7, 1984.
In his professional life, prior to commencing full-time church service, Nelson was an internationally renowned surgeon and medical researcher. His professional resume includes serving as research professor of surgery and director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency at the University of Utah. He was also chairman of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. Nelson has additionally served as president of the Society of Vascular Surgery, a director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, chairman of the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery for the American Heart Association, and president of the Utah State Medical Association.
The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is the second-highest presiding body in the government of the LDS Church, according to the press release. The quorum’s members serve under the direction of the church’s First Presidency, which is a governing unit of three men comprised of the president and two counselors.
“In addition to their primary responsibility to be special witnesses of the name of Christ throughout the world,” the press release said, “the apostles have heavy administrative responsibilities as they oversee the orderly progress and development of the global Church.”
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