Leadership

Russell M. Nelson

LDS Church Announces New President

January 19, 2018

Two weeks after the death of leader Thomas S. Monson, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a new president.

93-year old Russell M. Nelson will take the helm as the 17th president of the Church, LDS leaders announced via live broadcast Tuesday. Nelson’s “setting apart” was no surprise—the LDS Church operates according to a fairly predictable hierarchy, and as first counselor to President Monson, Nelson was expected to take his place.

In a live broadcast...

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LDS General Authority Excommunicated, First in Decades

August 11, 2017

A mid-level Mormon church official was removed from his post and excommunicated from the church Tuesday—the first excommunication of an LDS leader in almost three decades.

59-year-old James J. Hamula had served as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy—a body of leadership just below the church’s First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles—since 2008. This body of top officials, together called General Authorities, are the only leaders that work for the church full-time, leaving behind their former careers. Hamula had previously worked as a lawyer.

The...

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St. Louis Archdiocese Questions Girl Scouts' Values

St. Louis Archdiocese Questions Girl Scouts' Values

February 26, 2016

Last week, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri urged Roman Catholics in the region to reconsider their involvement with Girl Scouts of the USA.

In an open letter, Archbishop Robert Carlson lamented what he described as the Girl Scouts’ “troubling pattern of behavior.” Carlson continued,

“It is clear to me that as they move in the way of the world it is becoming increasingly incompatible with our Catholic values.”

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