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With average age of 80, Mormon church has never had older top leaders

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the October 2011 general conference. From left to right is First Counselor President Henry B. Eyring, President Thomas S. Monson and Second Counselor Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Photo courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
 The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the October 2011 general conference. From left to right is First Counselor President Henry B. Eyring, President Thomas S. Monson and Second Counselor Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Photo courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the October 2011 general conference. From left to right is First Counselor President Henry B. Eyring, President Thomas S. Monson and Second Counselor Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Photo courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The LDS Church has never had an older First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

For the first time in the history of the 185-year-old Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the average age of the 15 men who comprise the faith’s top leaders is 80.

LDS researcher Christian Anderson in Carlsbad, Calif., did the math, drawing on data provided by lds.org.

Here is what the rounded numbers show:

First Presidency:

  • Thomas S. Monson • 87.53 years
  • Henry B. Eyring • 81.75 years
  • Dieter F. Uchtdorf • 74.32 years

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:

  • Boyd K. Packer • 90.48 years
  • L. Tom Perry • 92.57 years
  • Russell M. Nelson • 90.48 years
  • Dallin H. Oaks • 82.55 years
  • M. Russell Ballard • 86.40 years
  • Richard G. Scott • 86.32 years
  • Robert D. Hales • 82.52 years
  • Jeffrey R. Holland • 74.25 years
  • David A. Bednar • 62.71 years
  • Quentin L. Cook • 74.48 years
  • D. Todd Christofferson • 70.10 years
  • Neil L. Andersen • 63.56 years

Other Mormon bloggers have commented on the men’s advanced age.

John English, a technical project manager living in Utah, has a proposal for dealing with the aging LDS leadership: Have apostles be named emeritus at age 90.

LDS leaders already grant emeritus status to members of the Quorum of the Seventy when they reach age 70.

It feels like the LDS Church “is due for some big things in the 21st century,” English writes, “and this would be a significant policy change that could help the leadership lead on those very things.”

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  • Prophets are supposed to be old men with long beards, robes, and staffs. We have the old men part, but I think it would be awesome if they grew out their beards and started dressing in robes and carrying staffs.

  • Hinckley used a cane in his last years,but they haven’t had a bearded Prophet since George Albert Smith died in 1951.

  • Not to worry, the natural effects of aging means that in the near term we will see many new apostles.

  • How many of the original twelve were given “emeritus” status? Zero. It is no different today in Christ’s church. There is only one way to end apostolic service here on earth, and that is to walk through the veil and continue in His service on the other side. So cool! So eternal! So like God’s plan! Love it! It will be so exciting! It will be totally awesome to continue progressing as children of God, looking to Him for direction, being heirs of our Eternal Father via His Only Begotten Son, the Lamb of God, our Savior. Mortal life is great, and quite necessary (else why are we here: proof of necessity), however . . . “We ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

    Signed,

    – Looking Forward to It!

  • What policies need to be changed? God dosnt change, our policies won’t change. And the bible dosnt change with certain life styles……..

  • I recently found a old photo clipping of the only group picture taken of the presiding officers of the church of Jesus Christ of the latter day saints . Apostle Charles W Penrose , President Herbert J Grant ,& Apostle Orson F. Whitney .
    I would like to share this photo clipping with anyone who may be interested . My contact email is [email protected]

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