SALT LAKE CITY — Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will sustain three new apostles during the 185th Semiannual General Conference, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf confirmed Saturday.
As the first speaker in the Saturday morning session of the conference, President Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, noted the recent deaths of three members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: President Boyd K. Packer, Elder L. Tom Perry and Elder Richard G. Scott.
He said the vacancies in the quorum will be filled sometime during the conference, held Oct. 3-4 in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.
"During this conference weekend, we will be privileged to sustain three who have been called by the Lord to take their place among the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles," President Uchtdorf said.
The new members of the Twelve will be the 98th, 99th and 100th apostles of the Restoration, and their appointment to the apostleship will mark the first time since 1906 that three apostles have been called at one time.
While vacancies in the quorum have often been filled during the church's general conferences, President Russell M. Nelson, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, acknowledged in an interview with the LDS Church News that this isn't always the case. President Nelson himself was called to the quorum in 1984 to fill a vacancy that lasted more than a year.
Click here to read what Elder D. Todd Christofferson has said about how apostles are called and here to read what President Nelson said.