This Saturday morning, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held its first general session of the 178th Annual General Conference. It was technically a solemn assembly. A solemn assembly is a special type of meeting which is devoted for a very important purpose. Today, that purpose was the sustaining of a new president of the Church.
Latter-day Saints accepted the announcement on February 4, 2008, the The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles ordained and set apart Thomas S. Monson, the senior-most apostle, as President of The Church of Jesus Christ. But today, April 5, 2008, was the first time the membership of the Church had an opportunity to sustain President Monson in his new calling.
(Technically, we believe that President Monson effectually became President of the Church right when President Gordon B. Hinckley passed away. The whole process of ordaining, setting apart, and sustained are all procedural and ways of recognizing what we believe God’s will is. This does not mitigate the fact that President officially became the President on February 3.)
Today we sustain:
THOMAS S. MONSON, President of the First Presidency
HENRY B. EYRING, First Counselor in the First Presidency
DIETER F. UCHTDORF, Second Counselor in the First Presidency
D. TODD CHRISTOFFERSON, apostle and newest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles now consists of:
Boyd K. Packer, President*
L. Tom Perry
Russell M. Nelson
Dallin H. Oaks
M. Russell Ballard
Joseph B. Wirthlin
Richard G. Scott
Robert D. Hales
Jeffrey R. Holland
David A. Bednar
Quentin L. Cook
D. Todd Christofferson
*President Boyd K. Packer became President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on February 3, 2008, when Thomas S. Monson, previous President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was ordained and set apart by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Packer was Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since 1995, acting on behalf of Thomas S. Monson, who was serving in the First Presidency with President Gordon B. Hinckley.
The list you see above is the only form in which the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are listed. This is because the members thereof are considered, listed, and ordered in order of seniority, seniority based on when the member was ordained to the Quorum of the Twelve. Seniority determines who becomes President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.