President Nelson to speak to LDS Church members, hold press conference on Tuesday

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  • gsjpom Lawrence, KS
    Jan. 23, 2018 4:48 p.m.

    Continuing the discussion of "Apostolic Interregnum", Elder Stevenson used the term today i a talk at BYU-Idaho. See article "Elder Stevenson shares firsthand account of the calling of the new prophet" published January 23, 2018.
    "“The period of time between the death of a standing prophet and the reorganizing of the First Presidency is referred to as an ‘apostolic interregnum,’” Elder Stevenson said. “Following the deaths of the first three presidents of the Church, this in-between period between presidents was approximately two to three years respectively. However, from Lorenzo Snow until the present day, the apostolic interregnum period has been 12 days or less.”

  • DrMAN Orem, UT
    Jan. 16, 2018 9:44 a.m.

    @Lilly Munster President Nelson and all the presidents before him have already proclaimed that which you are asking them to do. If you have failed to see that truth in their messages, past and present, I urge you and your family (in three states and across generations) to re-examine their message. It couldn’t be more clearly communicated.

  • Edgar Samaria, ID
    Jan. 16, 2018 5:11 a.m.

    Hey Grandebbie - way to through water on the flames of excitement in anticipation of the new church leadership. It's a "huge deal" for many church members. Can't you just leave it at that?

  • Grandebbie Tooele, UT
    Jan. 15, 2018 3:49 p.m.

    This is not a huge deal, the method of calling a new President of the Church has been in place and used many times. I feel a lot of people are making much more out of this than it actually is. The doctrine will remain the same, because it is Gods Church, not the church of any man or woman. We do not just decide that we are going to change the doctrine because a group of people want us to. The new President will take the same stand as President Monson on the issues of the day, I assure you.

  • Lilly Munster , 00
    Jan. 15, 2018 1:13 p.m.

    Our entire Mormon family, in three states, are praying that President Nelson will announce support for the full equality for women. That would be a real benefit. Possibly even help keep our children from leaving the Faith.

  • Barbara Anne Los Angeles, CA
    Jan. 15, 2018 10:18 a.m.

    With President Nelson being the senior apostle and he most likely becoming the next president of the Church, there will be not one but two vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. With the death of Elder Hales it left an opening. The article refers to only one vacancy.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 15, 2018 9:24 a.m.

    Red Corvette - St George, UT

    "I'm Prophet now and I can do what I want."

    That's true, but incomplete. The other half of the truth is that Pres. Nelson only wants what divine guidance will prompt.

  • Utah Soldier Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 15, 2018 9:01 a.m.

    @True . We have already sustained President Nelson as the leader of the church. We did so when we sustained him as the President of the 12. Currently, the 12 are running the church, and he presides over the 12. The only difference is that when the Apostles meet, they will decide whether the 12 should continue to oversee the church or if the First Presidency should be re-established. If they determine that the First Presidency should be re-established, President Nelson (as the Senior Apostle) will be nominated (most likely by Elder Oaks) to be the President. That nomination is then sustained (the application of the law of common consent) by the Apostles. The Apostles, who hold all the keys then set apart President Nelson as the President of the Church, which allows him to solely exercise the keys. SO in reality, be it as the President of the 12 or as the President of the Church, President Nelson is the leader and has been sustained as such.

    Since a number of Apostles have spoken or written what I have stated, I am certain that they have thought about setting apart the President PRIOR to a sustaining vote by the church as a whole.

  • Hockey Fan Miles City, MT
    Jan. 15, 2018 8:22 a.m.

    @ true:

    Your comments are partially correct. When I was born in 1955, David O. McKay was the Prophet, so I have some historical perspective for Presidents 10-16, and soon-to-be 17. Per precedent, after the Prophet's funeral, the Quorum of the Twelve meet and then reorganize the First Presidency. At that meeting, the President of the Quorum of the Twelve is ordained and set apart as the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That action will have been proposed and sustained by the Quorum of the Twelve. The ordination and setting apart is performed by the second-most senior member of the Quorum, with all Quorum members standing in the circle. Once ordained and set apart, he is the President. At the next General Conference a Solemn Assembly will take place for sustaining the new First Presidency etc. In the meantime, there will be many ward and stake conferences in which members will have the opportunity to sustain the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve; hence, the Law of Common Consent, as you referenced, will have been followed.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Jan. 15, 2018 7:26 a.m.

    In the twentieth century the only people not retained in the first Presidency were Hugh B Brown and Marin G Romney. Romney for health reasons as there is no emeritus for Apostles. Though I guess there could be. And I don,t know about Hugh B Brown. Preogotive of prophet.

    There is no demotion in the church though. Serve were your needed. I would be surprised if the counsellors were not retained. Interesting they used the title Elder yesterday. Technically they are back in twelve, but. The interregnum not lasts tell just after the funeral now.

  • true huddersfield, england
    Jan. 15, 2018 2:22 a.m.

    A Bishop is not a Bishop until he has been sustained by the ward. After being sustained he is then ordained. This is the Law of Common Consent. This should apply for all callings in the church from the highest to the lowest. The New Presidents name should be presented for sustaining first at a General Conference broadcast where all members have the opportunity to raise the right hand. Therefore either a special conference should be called or wait until the April Conference so President Nelson can be sustained by the General membership of the church. He is not President in its full meaning until he has been sustained by members of the church. "And all things shall be done by common consent in the church, by much prayer and faith....."D&C 26:2

  • KevinSim Springville, UT
    Jan. 14, 2018 4:06 p.m.

    Silver Stingray posted:

    =Perhaps he will announce its all not true.

    Yeah, and then at 11:00 the news is going to focus in on Stephen Hawking, who's going to announce that he's becoming a Jehovah's Witness. Hold your breath for it, Silver Stingray, hold your breath.

  • FanOf"ChuckARama" Vernal, UT
    Jan. 14, 2018 3:05 p.m.

    I know I know, but it is fun to speculate, so here it is, I can see Elder Hallstrom being called to serve as the new Apostle, with his ties to the South Pacific area.

  • Cactus Pete Centerville, UT
    Jan. 14, 2018 3:04 p.m.

    Silver Stingray - St George, UT

    There were many who mocked Jesus when he hung on the cross saying "He saved others; Himself He cannot save".

    It has always been the same down through history. Some hear the call to repent and some mock and belittle the prophets. The choice is ours, but we can't escape the consequences of our decisions.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Jan. 14, 2018 12:44 p.m.

    When one has a testimony of the reality of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, you don't have the slightest concern or worry about who becomes the next prophet. None whatsoever.

    God bless Pres. Nelson and the other Apostles.

  • Spalding55 Placentia, CA
    Jan. 14, 2018 11:14 a.m.

    Does anyone think that the two new apostles will be called Tuesday as well?

  • ImABeliever Centerville, UT
    Jan. 14, 2018 9:25 a.m.

    To: SpÄter73 - Hughson, CA - It is on my birthday as well, Jan. 16, 2017. It isn't necessarily unprecedented, unless someone is trying to state it because it will be broadcast instead of not. A lot of people in the church like to blow things up or make things more important than they are, or a big to - do over everything. Why, people would even state a calling is a demotion is being disrectful.
    No calling is a promotion or demotion. People need to start living the gospel on not a culture. People really need to start living by Proverbs 3: 5 - Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
    Religion and Politics and thing of video are illegal at where I work so I won't see it, but I will read or hear about it.

  • observator east of the snake river, ID
    Jan. 14, 2018 8:58 a.m.

    "I would be weird if he "demoted" one of The First Presidency. They seem to do a good job."

    That wouldn't be unprecedented, either. Reuben J. Clark served as First Counselor to George Albert Smith, but as Second Counselor to David O. McKay. President Clark then gave a powerful talk about how it's more important how you serve, not where.

  • bernand0 Spokane, WA
    Jan. 13, 2018 9:51 p.m.

    This is cool. I like the live broadcast angle.

    I don't think anything earthshaking will happen. Russell Nelson as president/prophet with the existing first presidency staying in their office.

    I would be weird if he "demoted" one of The First Presidency. They seem to do a good job.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 9:30 p.m.

    President Nelson is 93. I hope we cherish every word from this great man for as long as the Lord allows him to lead.

  • SpÄter73 Hughson, CA
    Jan. 13, 2018 7:59 p.m.

    Unprecedented simply because this is the first time it's ever happened on my birthday. All other possibilities seem pretty close to precedented, even if not exactly so.

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 7:26 p.m.

    Thank you to the author. The article has been revised and now it is clear what is unprecedented.

    The revision says: "The invitation to church members to a live broadcast an hour before a press conference is unprecedented. So is the live translation of a press conference into 29 languages."

    Thanks again.

  • NightOwlAmerica SALEM, OR
    Jan. 13, 2018 7:23 p.m.

    Why not announce to the media first?
    I find it very interesting that its announced President Nelson will speak to the church first. Is he going say "I am the new Prophet, and these are my two counselors"?
    Sounds peculiar to me. I think something else is going on.

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 7:21 p.m.

    President Hinkley passed away on 27 January. President Monson was Sustained by the Quorum of 12 Apostles and subsequently set apart as the Prophet and President of the Church 7 days later on 3 February. President Howard W. Hunter passed away on March 3, President Hinkly was sustained by the Quorum of 12 Apostles and set apart 9 days later on March 12.

    Again, I don't see anything unprecedented about the selection of the Prophet next week. Perhaps the unprecedented is that the news conference will be broadcast in so many languages.

    Thank you to gsjpom for the explanation of "Apostolic Interregnum" and letting us know Elder B. H. Roberts used that terminology.

  • Hockey Fan Miles City, MT
    Jan. 13, 2018 7:12 p.m.

    Kudos on the revisions to the article. They render my earlier comment null and void. I'm sorry to see some of the cynical comments on this thread. However, they are more of a reflection on the individuals posting the comment than they are on the Church leadership. All my best to President Nelson and to the members of the Quorum of the Twelve.

  • Utah Soldier Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 6:56 p.m.

    Egyptian origins wrote "This is unusual for the President of the Twelve, not yet unanimously approved by the Twelve to be the President of The Church to announce a special announcement on Tuesday, the day that would normally be reserved for the Twelve to meet after the funeral of President Monson, to unanimously approve President Nelson to become the President of the Church. This is out of the ordinary,"

    I don't believe that there is a normal day that the 12 meet to approve the new president.
    The ordination of the presidents after Joseph Smith (which has been the same day that they are selected is as follows:

    Brigham Young chosen on a Monday
    John Taylor chosen on a Sunday
    Wilford Woodruff chosen on a Sunday
    Lorenzo Snow chosen on a Tuesday
    Joseph F Smith chosen on a Thursday
    Heber J Grant chosen on a Saturday
    George Albert Smith was chosen on a Monday
    David O McKay was chosen on a Monday
    President Joseph Field Smith chosen on a Friday
    Harold B. Lee chosen on a Friday
    Spenser W. Kimball chosen on a Sunday
    Ezra Taft Benson chosen on a Sunday
    Howard W. Hunter chosen on a Sunday
    Gordon B Hinckley chosen on a Sunday
    Thomas S. Monson chosen on a Sunday

  • DarthMaul Vernal, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 6:39 p.m.

    Target crowd to probably address during this time period is the Millenial crowd.

  • gsjpom Lawrence, KS
    Jan. 13, 2018 6:29 p.m.

    "Apostolic Interregnum" is a term used by Elder B. H. Roberts in the History of the Church, Vol. 7, published in 1930 or thereabouts. Hardly a new phrase to describe the current situation. Also see Durham, Reed C., Jr., and Steven H. Heath. Succession in the Church. Bookcraft, Salt Lake City, 1970.

  • mhenshaw Leesburg, VA
    Jan. 13, 2018 6:07 p.m.

    >>Perhaps he will announce its all not true.

    It's far more likely he will reiterate the truth that the Church continues moving forward despite the sour words of naysayers and critics.

  • TAS Tehachapi, CA
    Jan. 13, 2018 5:55 p.m.

    My guess is that they will reorganize the 1st Presidency before the broadcast, then present it to the church membership, then hold a press conference.

  • KevinSim Springville, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 5:00 p.m.

    Rocket Science posted:

    =" In an unprecedented move" I wish you would explain what is unprecedented. I
    =see this as what usually happens.

    I think what's unprecedented is that President Nelson wants to speak directly to the members so soon after President Monson's funeral.

  • KevinSim Springville, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 4:56 p.m.

    Red Corvette posted:

    ="I'm Prophet now and I can do what I want."

    Russell Nelson wouldn't have gotten to the point he's at now if he believed that.

  • Dwayne Nielson Alpine, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 4:29 p.m.

    "Apostolic Interregnum"? When did we start calling it that? I've seen 6 changes in the President of the church and don't recall that phrase. Who started calling it that? Someone from the press? It isn't in scripture. Can we start adding few more rituals and phrases to this process? How about burning a sego lily after the the apostles vote. Or maybe release a seagull after the press conference.

  • observator east of the snake river, ID
    Jan. 13, 2018 4:14 p.m.

    See near the top of the article: It is unprecedented to give an address to the church membership prior to the press conference held by a new First Presidency (assuming that is what is happening). It is also unprecedented to translate the proceedings into so many languages. That's what the article is referring to.

    @Egyptian: Some news outlets are reporting that the Quorum of the Twelve met today (Saturday). I suppose we'll get some further details on Tuesday, but I highly doubt that Pres. Nelson is giving this address before meeting with the Twelve.

    This may be an "unprecedented" move, but anyone who is looking for high political drama will be sorely disappointed. Gordon B. Hinckley said in 1995, regarding his appointment as President, "The presidency was then reorganized, following a precedent well established through generations of the past. There was no campaigning, no contest, no ambition for office. It was quiet, peaceful, simple, and sacred. It was done after the pattern which the Lord Himself had put in place." I suspect Pres. Nelson will have something similar to say Tuesday. We'll have to wait and see.

  • Silver Stingray St George, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 3:38 p.m.

    Perhaps he will announce its all not true.

  • Andrew Nieto South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 3:20 p.m.

    To all the folks asking for clarification on what makes the church broadcast and live translation of the press conference unprecedented: no clarification is needed, the word "unprecedented", by its very definition, is explanation enough. It means it's never been done before. There's usually a press conference when new church leadership is announced, but there's never been a live church broadcast preceding it, and live translation has never been provided for the press conference. On a side note: like the article says, the president of the Quorum of the Twelve is always the administrative head of the church in the absence of a First Presidency. Whether as president of the church or president of the quorum, Russel M. Nelson will be the administrative head of the church until a new First Presidency is organized. Every new apostle is given all of the priesthood keys held by the president of the church.

  • Egyptian origins Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 12:17 p.m.

    This is unusual for the President of the Twelve, not yet unanimously approved by the Twelve to be the President of The Church to announce a special announcement on Tuesday, the day that would normally be reserved for the Twelve to meet after the funeral of President Monson, to unanimously approve President Nelson to become the President of the Church. This is out of the ordinary, for normally the new President just takes over and then we wait until April General Conference to sustain him. This special announcement on Tuesday now becomes a significant Church Historical event, that every Mormon will need to watch live, so as not to miss anything. Very curious.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 12:08 p.m.

    The ongoing leadership from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles provides continual guidance and direction for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their cohesion under President Monson is a testimony of divine guidance to members, every day.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 11:40 a.m.

    The new Quorum of the twelve President can also be in the First Presidency. They would then have a acting Quorum President from the twelve who would be the next in line of senior apostle.

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 11:17 a.m.

    " In an unprecedented move" I wish you would explain what is unprecedented. I see this as what usually happens.

  • Editorial Notes At Home In, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 10:57 a.m.

    Why this is "unprecedented"?

  • Red Corvette St George, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 10:55 a.m.

    "I'm Prophet now and I can do what I want."

  • Hockey Fan Miles City, MT
    Jan. 13, 2018 10:55 a.m.

    Two things:

    First, I'm not quite tracking what exactly is unprecedented.

    Secondly, the article said that the second-most senior apostle would be the President of the Quorum of the Twelve unless he was called to the First Presidency. The person would still be the President of the Quorum, but the Quorum would then have an Acting President. That scenario has occurred many times during my lifetime.

  • Barnsley Boy United Kingdom, 00
    Jan. 13, 2018 10:46 a.m.

    I love the interregnum! I always feel secure in the transition to new leadership. I was a convert in the David O Mackay era and I can testify that it works well!

  • Johnny Triumph Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 10:26 a.m.

    Please include why this is an unprecedented move. It's clear to older practicing members of the Church why it is unprecedented but to anyone else it won't be clear why.