LDS Church prepares to announce new leadership

Flags lowered in honor of LDS President Thomas S. Monson

Mourners cross North Temple after paying their last respects to Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, during a public viewing at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Following the broadcast at 10:00 a.m., President Nelson will host a press conference and answer questions "fielded from pre-selected local, national and global media".

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Sometime before Tuesday, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will meet to unanimously vote to select a new leader of the church. In the almost 188-year history of the LDS Church, the longest-serving apostle always has been the one to take over the faith's reins. But it is unknown who Nelson will choose as his two counselors to serve with him in the First Presidency, the highest governing body of the church. Nelson, at age 93, will be the oldest church president to begin that assignment. They could be retained or be returned to their respective places in the Quorum of the Twelve.

Nelson, who is expected to be announced as the church's next prophet, will give a live broadcasted message at 9 a.m. Tuesday that will be shared across the church's broadcast, internet and social media channels.

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