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LDS Church
President Russell M. Nelson

SALT LAKE CITY — Elder Russell M. Nelson was set apart Wednesday by LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson to the calling of president of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, the church announced on Mormonnewsroom.org.

He succeeds the late President Boyd K. Packer, who died July 3.

Church practice has the quorum president be the senior member by date of assignment to the quorum, and he is now referred to as President Nelson, according to the statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

President Nelson was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 7, 1984. Before his calling as an apostle, he was an internationally renowned surgeon and medical researcher.

The quorum is the church's second-highest presiding body, and its members serve under the direction of the First Presidency, according to the church's statement.

In addition to their primary responsibility to be special witnesses of the name of Christ, the apostles have administrative responsibility for the church worldwide.

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