Who Will Be the Next Prophet?

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, our leaders aren’t elected. We don’t hold huge conferences where leaders campaign, and we don’t use smoke signals in closed meetings to announce our progress. Rather than voting, our future leaders are already in place, ready to lead when the time comes.

The most senior member of the Quroum of the Twelve is always the next in line to become prophet and president of the Church. As it currently stands, President Boyd K. Packer would be up next if President Monson died. There is a peace of mind in knowing the leadership of the church has already been determined, and that we regularly hear from the future prophet, whoever he is, twice a year.

After a current President dies, the Quorum of the First Presidency dissolves back into the Quorum of the Twelve. The First Presidency is then reorganized with the most senior apostle taking the helm. With the recent health issues of some senior apostles, I was interested in seeing the order of apostles based on seniority. I have listed them here:

President Thomas S. Monson

President Boyd K. Packer

**Elder L. Tom Perry

Elder Russell M. Nelson

Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Elder M. Russell Ballard

Elder Richard G. Scott

Elder Robert D. Hales

Elder Jeffery R. Holland

President Henry B. Eyring

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Elder David A. Bednar

Elder Quentin L. Cook

Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Elder Neil L. Andersen

Names which are bolded are those apostles which have noted health issues recently. When we look at this list it is easier to see who, based on order of seniority, is most likely to take the helm is President Monson were to die today. There is a certain peace in knowing and loving all the men on this list. It provides a calm that reassures us when our current beloved prophet dies, another equally loved man will take his place to lead Christ’s church.

**Update: Elder L. Tom Perry’s cancer has spread to his lungs

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