Mormon Church appoints three men to its governing body

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People walk past Salt Lake temple as they arrive to attend the biannual general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 5, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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People walk past Salt Lake temple as they arrive to attend the biannual general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 5, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Urquhart *Note: This photo may only be republished with RNS-MORMON-GAYS, originally published on January 27, 2015 or RNS-TRANS-MORMONS, originally published on April 1, 2015, or with RNS-PARLIAMENT-RELIGIONS, originally transmitted on Oct. 14, 2015, or with RNS-CONGRESS-FAMILIES, originally transmitted on Oct. 27, 2015.

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) Three men were named to a governing body of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday (Oct. 3), as the church ended its biggest leadership void in over a century by taking the rare step of filling three seats at once, Mormon officials said.

Elders Ronald A. Rasband, Gary F. Stevenson and Dale G. Renlund were named during a church conference in Salt Lake City to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, which serves under the Mormon Church’s president and his two counselors.

The Utah-based church, which has more than 15 million adherents worldwide, saw three members of the quorum die this year.

The quorum had not had three vacancies in over a century, and the last time three leaders were named to the governing body at the same time was in 1896, church officials said.

All three of the men have served in top leadership roles with the church, and all were born in Utah to Mormon parents.

Renlund’s parents immigrated to the United States from Europe in the 1940s so they could marry in a Mormon temple, according to a biography of him on the church website.

They will have the opportunity to serve for life on the quorum, which has never had a woman member.

Feminist groups have pushed for the involvement of women in decision-making within the Mormon Church. In August, the church for the first time in history appointed a trio of women to priesthood leadership councils, after Mormon women’s leadership roles had previously been limited to auxiliary organizations.

(Reporting by Peg McEntee.)

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  • Bernardo

    And the key issue that defines Mormonism as being outdated for the 21st century: “Mormon Church appoints three MEN to its governing body.”

  • KO9s

    Actually, the LDS Church has a great deal of female leadership, especially at the local level. Furthermore, women in the LDS Church are free to do many, many things that require ordination in other churches. President Russell M. Nelson addressed the value and need for strong women in the LDS Church during this same conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb4KyDNeW88 The Lord values both His sons and His daughters equally, and so do his servants.

  • Bernardo

    So your lord has spoken to you? Please forward his/her/its email address or phone number. And if your lord valued his own son, he would not have sent him to suffer for the sins that you are responsible for i.e. your lord is by the way guilty of fliicide.