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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Exploring Where President Nelson Will Rank Among His Prophetic Predecessors

Hello again, everyone! With just short of a week left until funeral services are held to honor the life of President Thomas S. Monson, and noting that it will, at earliest, be a couple of days after that (Sunday January 14) before the First Presidency is reorganized, and still another day before the new First Presidency will meet the press and take questions from media representatives, I wanted to take a moment in this post to pass along some data I have compiled regarding where President Nelson will fit in with his prophetic predecessors in terms of his age and tenure.

Obviously, in doing so, I am working off the assumption that President Nelson will become the next President of the Church. At times like these, the Church's doctrines and policies indicate that if the senior apostle consults with the Lord and feels impressed to do so, he could announce his feeling that someone junior to him should be appointed in his stead. But that has never once happened in any of the 15 (soon to be 16) transitions there have been in the Church presidency, so while it is possible, it is unlikely.

With that said, I am going to note the obvious here: that is, that President Nelson will be the Church president with the shortest tenure for the first 9 months or so he serves, and because of the varying tenure lengths of his predecessors, he will mark only one tenure milestone before the end of this year,

In terms of his age, his birth date makes him the 16th in chronological order, while his age will put him at the bottom of the five oldest Church presidents. And if he is still living roughly a week after the April 2022 General Conference, he will have already become the oldest prophet in the Church's history. About one year previous to that time, his tenure length will have reached the 13th longest such period in Church history.

It continually amazes me to consider how Church presidents come to these callings ready to do the Lord's will for as long as his service in that capacity is needed, and also how and when the Lord enables other apostles to move up in apostolic seniority, with some passing away before they become Church president, and others outliving those senior to them, whether they are older or younger than those who have gone before.

I hope this information was helpful to at least some of you. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated. Thank you for the privilege of your time. Until my next post, I wish each one of you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.