Discernment Process for Selection of the President of the Church

From the First Presidency

A joint council of the First Presidency, Council of Twelve Apostles, presidents of Seventy, Presiding Bishopric, presiding evangelist, and president of the Quorum of High Priests met in December 2004 and reviewed a discernment process developed by the Council of Twelve. After considerable discussion, the Council of Twelve finalized the process that is summarized below. It is now shared with the church to assist members throughout the world to prayerfully support the process. For a more complete understanding of the purpose of the process described here, and the special role of the Council of Twelve in leading this process, this material should be read in conjunction with the First Presidency’s Official statement and Questions and Answers on pages 5 and 7 respectively of the January 2005 Herald.

The First Presidency
Kenneth N. Robinson
Peter A. Judd

The Council of Twelve has affirmed the role of each of the other quorums (First Presidency, Council of Presidents of Seventy, Presiding Bishopric) and individuals (presiding evangelist, president of the Quorum of High Priests) composing the joint council in the discernment process and is upholding each one of them in prayer.

The Council of Twelve has requested that each of these quorums and individuals composing the joint council give serious and prayerful consideration to the question, “Who is being chosen by God at this time to serve as president of the church?”

The First Presidency, the Council of Presidents of Seventy, and Presiding Bishopric as groups and the presiding evangelist and president of the Quorum of High Priests individually will provide the Council of Twelve with an official communication indicating any spiritual insight they have gained as a quorum. Each member of the joint council is also encouraged to share specific insight or testimony with the Council of Twelve.

The Twelve will give prayerful consideration to the spiritual insights offered, and will seek the mind and will of God in the process of discerning the one who is called to be president of the church. The Council of Twelve will then offer the name discerned to the joint council for affirmation.

After the joint council has affirmed the name discerned by the Twelve, that individual will be presented with the call and given opportunity to accept. Following acceptance the Council of Twelve will communicate this matter to the church. It is expected that this communication will occur no later than the end of March 2005. The special World Conference called for June 2-5, 2005 will then consider the recommendation that the Council of Twelve has presented.


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