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The process of choosing a new apostle explained

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With the passing of a much-loved apostle, Elder L. Tom Perry, a new apostle will be called to take his place. How does the process of choosing a new apostle work?

An article on LDS Living explains the process by initially referring back to the first apostles called in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“In the latter days, we learn that the Quorum of the Twelve was called by revelation received by the Three Witnesses to The Book of Mormon.”

The same process is used today, according to LDS Living.

“Apostles are chosen through inspiration by the President of the Church, sustained by the general membership of the Church and ordained by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles by the laying on of hands,” according to the topic page on apostles on

According to LDS Living, Mormon Newsroom reported the new member of the Twelve may be called from one of the Quorums of the Seventy or from general Church membership around the world.

Within the Teachings of the Living Prophets Student Manual, the act of speculation on who the next apostle is addressed by President Harold B. Lee.

“Speculating on the succession of the Presidency is not pleasing in the sight of the Lord,” President Lee said. “Those who try to guess ahead of time as to who is going to be the next President of the Church are just gambling as they might be on a horse race, because only the Lord has the time table.”

To view the article, click here.


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