Friday, 17 August, 2018

Mormon Church names its first Latin-American and Asian-American apostles

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Steven Clarke | 03 April, 2018, 02:57

Elder Gerrit W. Gong became an apostle for the Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter Day Saints in April 2010.

A president and his two top counselors who form what is known as the "first presidency". He also worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Nelson became the 17th church president on January 14 during a private meeting of the Quorum.

Nelson announced two significant organizational changes Saturday night created to help everyday Latter-day Saints in congregations throughout the world minister more like Jesus Christ.

The march had been planned for months by Young, who launched the public campaign past year after he said private attempts to get church leaders' attention failed.

The president sets policy, rules and manages church programs. Attendees at the Salt Lake City gathering also raised their hands to support the new president, 93-year-old Russell M. Nelson, a former surgeon and medical researcher.

The church doesn't disclose or discuss its finances, but Mormon historian D. Michael Quinn estimated in a book published previous year that it brought in $33 billion in contributions and an additional $15 billion from its for-profit businesses in 2010.

The announcement sparked a wave of tweets and other social media posts, some by Mormons who said they never thought they would see the day.

The shortest tenure was Howard H. Hunter, who served only nine months from 1994 to 1995. Youth can still go in alone if they choose. "Nevertheless, we do have sexual predators in our leadership", Young said in the ad, and later, "Many bishops ask disgusting, repulsive and pornographic questions". He later became a member of the Presidency of the Seventy on October 6, 2015.

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Unlike many local roles in the church, an appointment to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is full time, and for life.

The 59-year-old Ulisses Soares of Brazil was an accountant and auditor for multinational corporations in Brazil before joining church leadership, according to a church biography.

There are a few black men serving on the Quorums of the Seventy, the church's second-tier group of leaders.

The Mormon church made history and injected a bit of diversity into a previously all-white top leadership panel on Saturday by selecting the first-ever Latin-American apostle and the first-ever apostle of Asian ancestry.

The two men diversify the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, whose top leaders until today consisted exclusively of white men. When President Thomas S. Monson and Elder Robert D. Hales passed away this left two vacancies which needed to be filled.

The group is modeled after Jesus Christ's apostles.

The nine highest-ranking women in the church oversee three organizations that run programs for women and girls.

"The vast majority of our leaders are good upstanding men".

"[These changes] allow the bishop to delegate more responsibilities to the elders quorum and Relief Society presidents so the bishop and his counselors can focus on their primary duties - particularly presiding over the young women, and the young men who bear the Aaronic Priesthood", Elder Rasband said.

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