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Succession of the Presidency LDS Church

How Succession in the Presidency Works in the LDS Church

The appointment of a new president of the Church happens in an orderly way that avoids any trace of internal lobbying for position or rank. It is a divinely revealed process, it is devoid of electioneering, both behind the scenes and in public. President Harold B. Lee (1899–1973) explained: “[The Lord] knows whom he wants to preside over this church, and he will make no mistake. The Lord doesn’t do things by accident. He has never done anything accidentally” (in Conference