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SALT LAKE CITY — In an unprecedented move, President Russell M. Nelson, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will introduce the new leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Tuesday during a live broadcast at 9 a.m. Mountain Standard Time.

The message will be shared on all church broadcast, internet and social media channels in 29 languages. President Nelson’s message will be followed by a press conference at 10 a.m. MST.

The church has been without a First Presidency since the death of President Thomas S. Monson, the 16th president of the LDS Church, who died Jan. 2 at the age of 90. His funeral was held Friday in Salt Lake City.

The First Presidency was dissolved upon President Monson’s death. Since then, the church has been led by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, an interim period referred to as “apostolic interregnum.”

The church issued a news release Saturday with news of Tuesday’s broadcast and press conference. A church source confirmed to the Deseret News that the Tuesday events will introduce new church leadership.

The senior apostle of the church has been chosen to be the church’s president throughout its history. President Nelson is the faith’s senior apostle.

The quorum first must meet and vote to reorganize the First Presidency. If it did, and President Nelson were set apart as the 17th president of the church, it would create a vacancy in the presidency of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

President Nelson would select his counselors in the First Presidency, and a new president of the Quorum of the Twelve also would be selected. That would be the second-most senior apostle, unless he is called to be a counselor in the First Presidency.

Follow all the news from the press conference at DeseretNews.com or by downloading the app. The broadcast and press conference will also be streamed live at DeseretNews.com.

Tuesday’s message will also be broadcast live on LDS.org and on the church satellite system in Cambodian, Cebuano, Chinese — Cantonese and Mandarin, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Samoan, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Thai, Tongan, Spanish, Ukrainian, and ASL, with closed captioning in English, Mormon Channel, Canal Mormón (Spanish), MormonNewsroom.org, KSL Ch. 5, the KSL-TV app, BYUtv, BYUtv Global, KBYU Ch. 11, and BYUtv International. In addition, audio broadcasts will air on KSL Newsradio (1160 AM and 102.7 FM) and BYU Radio.



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