President Russell M. Nelson appointed as new LDS prophet

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — President Russell M. Nelson has been appointed as the new president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In a live social media event hosted at the Salt Lake City LDS Temple, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, announced the appointment and also revealed President Nelson’s counselor’s Presidents Dallin H. Oaks and Henry B. Eyring.

Before the announcement, Elder Christofferson explained the process of succession of president’s of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in which the Quorum of the Twelve apostles meets to receive revelation from God as to who is to take the place. The usual process is the most senior member of the quorum becomes the prophet and then receives revelation as to who his counselors should be.

Elder Christofferson said the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met in the Salt Lake Temple on Sunday, January 14 and ordained President Nelson as president of the LDS Church.

Following the announcement, President Nelson addressed the viewers and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity and related a story about a prayer offered by a young boy following the passing of President Thomas S. Monson thanking God that President Monson could see his wife again and asking the new president not be scared as he assumes his responsibilites.

President Nelson also emphasized the role of the temple in lives of members of the LDS Church and asked them to “keep on the covenant path.”

“Your commitment to follow the Savior by making covenants with Him and then keeping those covenants, will open the door to every spiritual blessing and privilege available to women, men, and children everywhere,” President Nelson said.

Each of President Nelson’s counselors also addressed the members of the Church, emphasizing the divinity of the call and also encouraging righteousnes in the lives of the faith’s members.

“The grwoth in the number of members and their spread across nations, kindreds, tongues, and peoples are visible miracles, but with a greater miracle — and the one which will accelerate – is the growth in faith in Jesus Christ,” President Henry B. Eyring said.

President Dallin H. Oaks also affirmed the divinity of President Nelson’s calling as prophet and praised President Nelson’s character and lifetime of service after working with him directly for almost 34 years.

“I rejoice in the opportunity to give my full efforts to bear witness of Jesus Christ and to proclaim the truth of His restored gospel,” President Oaks said.

President Nelson also announced that M. Russell Ballard, 89, now serves as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.