At 97, Mormon president becomes oldest in church history | World News

The president of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints grew to become the religion’s oldest chief in history on Thursday at 97 years, seven months and 6 days.

President Russell Nelson, a former coronary heart surgeon, has led the religion identified broadly because the Mormon church since 2018 and oversees the whole lot from the church’s multibillion-dollar monetary holdings to church doctrine and coverage. Members of the religion imagine the president-prophet receives divine revelation and direct phrase from God.

Church presidents serve till they die.

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Nelson’s surpasses the earlier oldest church president, Gordon B. Hinckley, who died in 2008 on the age of 97 after serving 13 years.

Though the church continues to increase worldwide and develop its membership, Nelson’s file age displays the broader composition of its growing older white male management. He and his prime two counselors who type what the church calls “the first presidency” are 97, 89 and 88 year-old white males, all older than President Joe Biden, 79, and Pope Francis, the 85-year-old chief of the Catholic Church.

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Nelson has to this point served for 4 years as president, a a lot shorter interval than his quick predecessors, who served about eight and 10 years. Before changing into president, he served for 34 years as a high-ranking church official.

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