Learn More about the New First Presidency

  • 16 January 2018

The First Presidency of the Church, announced January 16, 2018. President Russell M. Nelson (center) with President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor (left), and President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor (right).

Learn more about the new First Presidency of the Church and Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve, announced Tuesday, January 16, during a special broadcast to members from the annex of the Salt Lake Temple.

President Russell M. Nelson

Prior to his service as head of the Church, President Nelson served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since April 7, 1984. He was President of that quorum from July 15, 2015, until his call as the President of the Church.



President Russell M. Nelson

An internationally renowned surgeon and medical researcher, President Nelson’s professional work included the positions of research professor of surgery and director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency at the University of Utah and chairman of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. Read more about President Nelson.

President Dallin H. Oaks

President Dallin H. Oaks

President Dallin H. Oaks has served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since May 1984. He was president of Brigham Young University from 1971 to 1980 and a justice of the Utah Supreme Court from 1980 until his resignation in 1984 to accept his calling to the apostleship. Read more about President Dallin H. Oaks.

President Henry B. Eyring

President Henry B. Eyring

President Henry B. Eyring served as a counselor to President Thomas S. Monson from 2008 to 2018 and to President Gordon B. Hinckley from 2007 to 2008. He was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 1, 1995. Prior to his call as an Apostle, President Eyring was president of Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, from 1971 to 1977. He was on the faculty at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University from 1962 to 1971. Read more about President Henry B. Eyring.

President M. Russell Ballard

President M. Russell Ballard

President M. Russell Ballard has served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve since October 6, 1985. In 1976 he was called as a General Authority Seventy. Prior to his call as an Apostle, President Ballard had interests in the automotive, real estate, and investment businesses. Read more about President M. Russell Ballard.