President Russel M. Nelson confirmed as the next president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 12/01/2018
President Russel M. Nelson has been confirmed to be the next president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who will replace the late prophet of the church, President Thomas S. Monson.
President Nelson is 93 years of age and was first appointed to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the year 1984 after being a heart surgeon for many years.
The online Mormon website known as the Mormon newsroom reported, that this was done according to the usual process, in which the longest-serving senior apostle in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will be the next President of the Church.
When the president of the Church passes away, the First Presidency is automatically dissolved and the two counselors in the First Presidency revert to their places of seniority in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Seniority is determined by the date on which a person was ordained to the Quorum Twelve Apostles but not by age.
When President Monson died, the signing of thousands of mission calls were on temporary on hold but President Nelson says that the work of the Church must move forward and hence, has signed about 60 thousand mission calls of prospective missionaries around the world.
President Nelson first visited Tonga in 2007 for the rededication of the Tongan temple.
The funeral service of President Monson will be held tomorrow.
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