Boyd Packer, head of Mormon Church top governing body, has died

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Boyd Packer, the leader of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died July 3. RNS photo courtesy LDS Church

Boyd Packer, the leader of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died July 3. RNS photo courtesy LDS Church

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Packer, who served as president of the church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, had been next in line to be church president, according to his obituary in the Salt Lake Tribune.

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  • Debbie Snowcroft

    From the article: “Packer, who served as president of the church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, had been next in line to be church president…”

    Mormons are fond of saying that “the Lord” decides who the next prophet will be. It would appear that “the Lord” decided it shouldn’t be Mr. Packer.

  • Dan the Mormon

    True. The Lord decided that the prophet should be Thomas S Monson for now. My guess (and this is only a guess based on the ages of people involved) is that Dallin Oaks will be the prophet after President Monson passes away.

  • Debbie Snowcroft

    You mean, after “the Lord” decides to “remove” Mr. Monson, don’t you?

    And according to the D&C, that would involve Mr. Monson leading the church “astray” (see Excerpts from Three Addresses by President Wilford Woodruff Regarding the Manifesto, Doctrine and Covenants, Official Declaration 1).

    Within the context of OD1 it gets even stranger when one considers the fact that all the LDS prophets (except Monson) have been “removed,” and (as you note) we expect Monson’s “removal” any day, in order to make room for the “next prophet.”

  • Tom Johnson

    What a righteous and great leader he was for the believers in our religion.