How a new Mormon apostle is chosen

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President Boyd Packer, left and Elder L. Tom Perry, right, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wait for the start of the first session of the 185th Annual General Conference of the Church in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 4, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/George Frey
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-MORMON-APOSTLE, originally transmitted on June 1, 2015.

President Boyd Packer, left and Elder L. Tom Perry, right, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wait for the start of the first session of the 185th Annual General Conference of the Church in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 4, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/George Frey *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-MORMON-APOSTLE, originally transmitted on June 1, 2015.

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SALT LAKE CITY – All Mormon apostles are seen by members as “prophets, seers and revelators.” They also become full-time executives, running a billion-dollar enterprise.